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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

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The ABOP exam will be given on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.  Please visit for more information.

Pre-Conference Workshops – (Additional Registration Required)

Thursday, May 7, 2020

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

I.   Nutrition and Health– Paul Durham, PhD

II.  Physical Therapy: How Strong is The Evidence You Use in Clinical Practice?

Corine Visscher, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT: Speaker and Moderator for the day – 

Lecture 1: Critical Appraisal of Literature

Hedwig Van der Meer, PT, MSc, PhD(c) 

Lecture 2: Evidence Based PT Strategies for Headache and TMD

Garrett Naze, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, PhD(c) 

Lecture 3: Measuring Physical and Emotional Health: The Missing Pieces for Comprehensive Pain Management

III. Maxillofacial Radiology– Dale 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 1
The Use of Arthrocentesis in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Diseases – Andrew Read-Fuller, DDS, MS

Breakfast Session 2 Medical Billing: Pearls and Pitfalls– Rose Nierman


7:30-8:00 am                             

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors                                          


8:00-5:00 pm

Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course                                                   


8:00-8:30 am Welcome Remarks and Meeting OpeningPresentation of New Fellows & Introduction of New Members                    



PLENARY SESSIONS:             

8:30-9:15 am – Plenary 1

Orofacial Pain Standard of Care–James Fricton, DDS


9:15 am-10:00 am – Plenary 2 

The Evolution of  A Specialty: The Facts and The Fantasies From a Historic and Personal Perspective–Jeffrey Okeson, DDS, MS


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


10:30 – 11:15am– Plenary 3

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


11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 4

Epigenetics & Wellness – Paul Durham, PhD


12:00-12:15 pm

Panel Discussion


12:15-1:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own  


Lunch & Learns (Additional Registration Required)                                             

Lunch & Learn 1Extra Oral Injections and Prolotherapy- Larry Lockerman, DDS 

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


Residents & Recent Grads Luncheon


1:30-3:00 pm – Plenary 5/6

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


3:00-3:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters                          


3:30-4:15 Plenary 7

Placebo Effects in Medicine, Mechanisms and Acceptable Clinical Application– Nkaku Kisaalita, PhD


4:15-5:00 Plenary 8

Dental Sleep Medicine – Practical Screening for Sleep Disordered Breathing in Clinical Practice– Steven Bender, DDS


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 3
Ultrasound Guided Injections – Stan Farrell, DDS  

Breakfast Session 4 Complimentary  and Integrative Medicine for Headaches– Rebecca Wells, MD, MPH, FAHS


7:30-8:00 am                                                                             

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors & Posters


8:00-5:00 pm

Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course


8:00-8:15 am 

Welcome Remarks and Awards 


8:15-9:00am – Plenary 9

Psychosocial Assessment In Dental Practice– Corine Visscher, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT


9:00-9:45 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


9:45-10:00 am

Break with Exhibitors & Posters


10:00-10:45am – Plenary 11

Dental Occlusion: When Does it Matter? What does the Evidence Tell Us? -Michael Racich, DDS


10:45am-11:30am – Plenary 12

Pragmatic Approach to Pain Pharmacology–Michelle, Mathews, PharmD, BCACP, CPE, FASHP


11:30-12:15pm – Plenary 13

Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making in the Management of Patients with Myofascial Pain – Michelle Finnegan, PT, DPT, FAAOP



Lunch on Your Own 


Lunch and Learns(Additional Registration Required)

Lunch & Learn 3 – Bruxism Workshop: Assesssment and Management Guidelines– Daniele Manfredini, DDS, MSc., PhD


Lunch & Learn 4 – TMD Cases: Expert Panel Discussion– Michael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT, Charles Carlson, PhD, ABPP, Jeffrey Crandall, DDS, Shaun O’Connor, PT, DPT, CCTT


1:30-2:15pm – Plenary 14

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness: Considerations In Pain and Sleep Disordered Breathing - Jonathan Lown, MD


2:15-3:00 pm – Plenary 15

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


3:00-3:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors & Posters                                      


3:30-4:15 pm – Plenary 16

CGRP  Medications for Headache: A New Treatment Approach–Rebecca Wells, MD, MPH, FAHS


4:15-5:00 pm – Plenary 17

Bruxism and Pain  –Daniele Manfredini, DDS, MSc., PhD


5:00-5:30pm – Panel

Expert Discussions on Treatment Modalities: What to Do and What Not to Do? -Kisaalita Nkaku PhD, Ronald Kulich, PhD, Rebecca Wells, MD,  Corine Visscher, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT


Sunday, May 10, 2020


Continental Breakfast                                                                                                                              

8:30-9:00 am
Poster Competition Winner Announced

AAOP Sponsored Research Presenter 1

AAOP Sponsored Research Presenter 2                                    


9:00-9:45 am– Plenary 18

Research Update: Vagus Nerve Stimulation – Paul Durham, PhD


9:45-10:30 am– Plenary 19 

A Piece of Mind for Piece of Mind - Risk Management Strategies- Kevin Huff, DDS , MAGD


10:30-11:15 am– Plenary 20 

Update on Pharmacotherapy for TMD from the SOPPRANO Trial- Inna Tchivileva. MD, MS


11:15-12:00 pm– Plenary 21

Artificial Intellegence and Augmented Reality for Orofacial Pain – A (Human) Brainstorm on How They are Revolutionizing Pain Research, Education and Treatment– Alex DaSilva, DDS, DMedSc


12:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Preview of 2021Program

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