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May 7-10, 2020

AAOP 2020: Update on Health, TMD and Sleep from a Global Perspective


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Register for the AAOP 44th Scientific Meeting



Pre-Conference Workshops – (Additional Registration Required)

Thursday, May 7, 2020

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

I.   Nutrition and Health– Paul Durham, PhD, Brad Bale MD, Amy Doneen APRN

II.  Physical Therapy: From Research to Clinic

Corine Visscher, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT: Speaker and Moderator for the day - Lecture 1: “Critical Appraisal of Literature”

Hedwig Van der Meer, PT, PhD: Presentation of her recently published research and its relevance in our practice

Garrett Naze, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, PhD: Presentation of his research data and its relevance in our practice

III. Maxillofacial Radiology – Dan Miles, DMD, MD


AAOP Committee Meetings

AAOP Council Meeting                                                                       



Friday, May 8, 2020

7:00– 8:00 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 1Arthrocentesis – Andrew Read-Fuller, DMD, MD

Breakfast Session 2 Red Flags/ Radiology – Dan Miles, MD


7:30-8:00 am                           

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors                                     


8:00-5:00 pm

Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


8:00-8:15 am Welcome Remarks and Meeting Opening                             


8:15-8:30 am Presentation of New Fellows & Introduction of New Members


PLENARY SESSIONS:                     

8:30-9:15 am – Plenary 1

Research Update: Vagus Nerve Stimulation – Paul Durham, PhD


9:15 am-10:00 am – Plenary 2

Understanding the Complexities of Orofacial Pain Mechanisms – Jeff Okeson, DDS, MS


10:00-10:30 am Break with Exhibitors & Posters


10:30 – 11:15am– Plenary 3

Part 1: What’s New in TMD? - Daniele Manfredini, DDS, MSc


11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 4

What’s New in Bruxism? - Frank Lobezzoo, DDS, PhD


12:00-12:15 pm

Panel Discussion


12:15-1:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own 


Lunch & Learns (Additional Registration Required)                                           

Lunch & Learn 1 –Prolotherapy - Larry Lockerman, DDS

Lunch & Learn 2 - Identifying Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Responsive to Oral Appliances– Ali Azarbarzin, MD


Residents & Recent Grads Luncheon


1:30-2:15 pm – Plenary 5

Wellness/ Preventing Arterial Disease and Heart Attacks– Brad Bale, MD


2:15-3:00 Plenary 6

Wellness/ Preventing Arterial Disease and Heart Attacks - Part II – Amy Doneen, ARNP


3:00-3:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters                     


3:30-4:15 Plenary 7

What’s new in Sleep Medicine? - Ali Azarbarzin, MD


4:15-5:00 Plenary 8

Dental Sleep Medicine – What’s New in 2020– Steven Bender, DMD, MS


5:00—5:15 pm

Panel Discussion                                  


5:15 -6:15 pm

AAOP General Membership Meeting             


6:15-6:30 pm

New Members Orientation                                                       


6:30-9:30 pm

Presidents Reception


Saturday, May 9, 2020

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 3Ultrasound Guided Injections – Stan Farrell, DDS 

Breakfast Session 4 Complimentary Medicine in Headache and Facial Pain – Rebecca Wells, MD


7:30-8:00 am                                                               

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors & Posters


8:00-8:20 am

Welcome Remarks and Awards


8:20-9:20 am – Plenary 9

Myofascial Pain- from Historical Perspective to Current Research – Jay Shah, MD


9:20-10:00 am – Plenary 10

Does Botulinum Toxin Change the Quality of the Bone near the Injection Site? Histological Changes associated with Botulinum Toxin Injections – Susan Herring, DDS, PhD


10:00 -10:30 am

Break with Exhibitors & Posters


10:30-11:15 am – Plenary 11

Dental Occlusion: When does it matter? What does the Evidence tell us? - Michael Racich, DDS


11:15 am-12:00am – Plenary 12

Pain Pharmacology– Michelle, Mathews, MD


12:00 - 12:15 pm

Panel Discussion



Lunch on Your Own


Lunch and Learns (Additional Registration Required)

Lunch & Learn 3- Incorporating Trigger Point Injection Therapy in Clinical Practice– Jay Shah, MD

Lunch & Learn 4 - Clinical Case Discussion - Expert Panel consisting of 2 Dentists and 2 PTs


1:15-2:00pm – Plenary 13

Placebo is a Hell of a Drug! –  Kisaalita Nkaku PhD


2:00-2:45 pm – Plenary 14

It's All in Your Head? Or Face? Somatization Disorders in Facial Pain – Ronald Kulich, PhD


2:45-3:00 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters                                 


3:00-3:45 pm – Plenary 15

CGRP Antibodies and Other Research Updates  – Rebecca Wells, MD


3:45-4:30pm – Plenary 16

Orofacial Pain and Myofascial Pain Mechanisms: Identification, Assessment and what do

WE do for our patients?– Michelle Finnegan, PT, DPT, OCS, MTP, CMTPT, CCTT,



4:30-5:15 pm – Panel

Expert Discussions on Treatment Modalities: What to do and what not to do? - Steven Scrivani, DMedSc, DDS, Kisaalita Nkaku PhD, Ronald Kulich, PhD, Jay Shah, MD


Sunday, May 10, 2020


Continental Breakfast                                                                                                  

8:30-9:00 am

AAOP Sponsored Research Presenter 1


AAOP Sponsored Research Presenter 2                                   


Plenary Sessions:

9:00-9:45 am – Plenary 17

Role of Artificial Intelligence in Pain Management - TBD


9:45-10:30 am – Plenary 18

Physical Therapy Assessment in Dental Chair - Corinne Vischer, DPT


10:30-11:15 am – Plenary 19

Analysis of Shared Heritability in Common Disorders of the Brain - TBD


11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 20

Orofacial Pain Curriculum in Dental Schools: Current Standards -  TBD


12:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Preview of 2021 Program

The American Academy of Orofacial Pain is a Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.  Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. Current Term 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2021.  Provider AGD ID # 218197


Total credit educational hours being offered at this conference are 27.5 (including core conference, preconference workshops, breakfast forums & lunch sessions). The core conference offers 17 CE hours. Each preconference offers an additional 6 CE hours, each breakfast forum provides 1 CE hour and each Lunch and Learn provides 1.5 CE hours. Each attendee should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the education. Workshops, breakfast & lunch sessions all require additional registration.

AAOP is a registered CE provider in the state of California.  Permit No. 4597