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AAOP 45th Scientific Meeting - Virtual & Online Learning

Friday, May 7, 2021 to Friday, December 31, 2021
Virtual/Online Learning Subscription

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Event Contact(s):
Kenneth S Cleveland
609-504-1311 (p)
Annual Scientific Meeting
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
The AAOP Scientific Meeting prohibits the marketing or promotion of commercial products and/or services in conjunction with CE activities.
• The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a health care professional. Because of unique individual needs, the viewer should consult his or her personal dental/medical professional to determine the relative appropriateness of the information.
• Practicing dental/medical professionals should consider the risks of incorporating new techniques and procedures into their practices until such time as they have received supervised clinical training and demonstrated competence.
• 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. Registration is required for the acquisition of continuing dental education credits from AAOP.
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Main Conference Program

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The AAOP has received very positive reviews of the new Online Learning/CE Subscription and will continue to offer this benefit of registration with all future meeting registrations.  If you are already a subscriber, registering will renew your subscription through the remainder of 2021 and to the 2022 annual scientific meeting. Every 2021 Scientific Meeting Registrant will receive:

  1. Access the virtual event
  2. A one-year AAOP Online Learning Subscription which also includes the programs and CE from2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018.
  3. Additional CE presentations to be released throughout the year at no additional costs.
  4. Access to online learning blogs and discussions.

In future years the subscription will continue to be a benefit of registration at no additional charge.  Register now for AAOP 2021. 

You’ll receive continuous access to 4 years of AAOP presentations and more to come for the price of 1 meeting.  Your subscription will renew every year when you register for the annual meeting at no additional costs.  You will have access to an online library of unparalleled presentations and faculty.


AAOP 45th Annual Meeting May 7-8, 2021

From Precision Medicine to Personalized Care

Virtual Meeting Portion of the Program


Friday, May 7, 2021 – All times are EDT

10:30 – 10:45 am – Welcome Remarks, Celebrating the Specialty


1.0 CE - Approaches to Personalized Orofacial Pain Therapies - A Future Vision  A Tribute to William Maixner, 1952-2020 – Richard Ohrbach, DDS, PhD

1.25 CE – Refractory Orofacial Pain – Tara Renton, DDS, PhD

1.0 CE - Myofascial Trigger Points and Chronic Pain:The Dynamic Role of Central Sensitization and Neurogenic Inflammation – Jay Shah, MD

.50 CE - Q&A Speakers - Drs Ohrbach, Renton, Shah

AAOP Membership Meeting

1.0 CE - How to Interpet Pulse Oximetry Screening for Sleep Disorderd Breathing – Steven Bender, DDS, FAAOP, FAHS, FACD, DABOP

1.0 CE - Locked and Loaded: The Basics of Temporomandibular Disorders – Thomas Weber, DDS, MS

1.0 CE - Management of the Orofacial Pain Specialty Practice – James Fricton, DDS, MS

1.0 CE - Use of Botulinum Toxins in Orofacial Pain Management - Khawaja Shehryar Nasir, BDS, MS


Saturday, May 8, 2021– All times are EDT

9:30-10:30 am - Poster Viewing/Grant Reward Recipient

10:30-10:45 am – Welcome Remarks


.75 CE - Obstructive Sleep Apnea—Update 2021 – Stuart Quan, MD

.75 CE -  Physical Therapy and TMD: What Patients Wish You Knew – Janey Prodoehl, PT, PhD, CCTT

1.75 CE – Expert Panel – Case Management – Moderator, Gary Klasser, DMD, Panelists, Glenn Clark, DDS, Tara Renton, DDS, PhD, & Donald Tanenbaum, DDS

.50 CE - Q&A Speakers - Drs Quan, Prodoehl


Closing Remarks, Introduction to AAOP 2022


Informational Sessions

Resident/Recent Graduates/Student Lunch - James Hawkins, DDS, George Maloney, DMD
Physical Therapy Meet & Greet - Eveline Erni, PT, MS, CMA, CCTT

Informational Session – ABOP  - Gary Heir, DDS

Informational Session – AAOP Leadership and How to Get Involved - Ghabi Kaspo, DDS

Informational Session – Research Grant Opportunities - Thomas Weber, DDS

Mentorship Meeting -Mary Charles Haigler, DMD, MS, FAGD, Diplomate ABOP



Online Learning Subscription Portion of the Meeting
These presentation will be available via the AAOP Online Learning Subscription


1.0 CE - From Molecules To The Clinic: Mechanisms of Photo Biomodulation Therapy for Pain Management – Praveen Arany, BDS, MDS, MMSc, PhD

1.0 CE – Telehealth in Orofacial Pain – Alireza “Ray” Besharati, DMD, DDS

.75 CE - Tinnitus Diagnosis and Comprehensive Management – Edward Wright, DDS, MS & Ken Grundfast, MD

1.0 CE – The Psychology of Chronic Pain – Donald Goodman, PhD

1.25 CE - Effective Billing Methods for Sleep and Craniofacial Pain – Randy Curran

1.25 CE - Medical Cannabis: Cannabinoid Pharmacology, Clinical Pain Science & Public Health Impact – Shana Babalonis, PhD

1.0 CE - Focus Orofacial Manual Therapy Assessment and Management of (Awake) Bruxism by Physical Therapy – Harry Von Piekartz, PhD, MSc, PT, MT

.75 CE - Nocturnal Hypoxemia is a Better Predictor of Adverse OSA Related Consequences – Glenn Clark, DDS

1.0 CE – Digital Splint Fabrication – Alex Vaughan, DDS, MS

1.0 CE - Evaluation and Management of OSA in Pediatric Patients – Cristina Perez, DDS, MS

.75 CE- Phenotypical Characterization of Tension-Type Headache and Migraine – Fernando Exposto, DDS, MSc, PhD

.75 CE Sleep and Pain: Practical Applications – Davis Thomas, BDS, DDS, MSD, MSc Med, MSc

1.25 CE – Hypermobility Syndromes – David Saperstein, MD

1.25 CE - Management of Head and Neck Cancer Associated Pain - Khawaja Shehryar Nasir, BDS, MS

1.25 CE - Identifying the Red Flags of Orofacial Pain – Seena Patel, DMD, MPH

.75 CE - Dental Sleep Medicine in the Era of Precision Medicine and thoughts after 40 years of Clinical Research – Gilles Lavigne, DMD, MSc, PhD

.75 CE - Temporomandibular Disorders in the Pediatric and Adolescent Population – Cristina Perez, DDS, MS

.75 CE - Integrative Medicine: A Model for Individualize Care, Past and Future – Dharti Patel, DMD, ND, FDS RCS Ed, MSOM

.75 CE - Multi-Level Determinants of Pain – Flavia Kapos, DDS, MS

.75 CE - Why, What, Where, and When....Reviewing Medications for Treating Migraine Mitchell Halter, PhD, MD

.75 CE - Relationship of the Cervical Spine to Temporomandibular Disorder: Examination and Treatment Considerations – Breanna Reynolds, PT, DPT, PhD, FAAOMPT




Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course

1.0 CE - Sleep and Pain - Ivonne Hernandez, DDS, MS, Diplomate ABOP, ABDSM, Fellow AAOP

1.0 CE - Normal and Poor Sleep: Pathology and Comorbidities – John Dinan, DMD, MS, Diplomate ABOP

1.0 CE - SRBD: Screening and Diagnosis - Subha Giri, DDS, MS; Diplomate ABOP; Fellow AAOP    

1.0 CE - Dental Sleep Patient: Interview, Exam, Treatment Options - Catalina Morarasu, DDS, PhD, MS, Diplomate ABOP, ABDSM, Fellow AAOP

1.0 CE - Oral Appliances for SRBD from A to Z - Mayoor Patel, DDS, MS, Diplomate ABOP, ABDSM, Fellow AAOP

1.0 CE - The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Orofacial Pain and Sleep Disorders – Antonio Romero, DDS, PhD, Diplomate ABOP, ABDSM, Fellow AAOP

1.0 CE -Medical Billing for Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine - Rose Nierman -Nierman Practice Management

1.0 CE - Clinical Examination for TMD and Orofacial Pain Patients - William Butcher, DDS, MS, Diplomate ABOP

1.0 CE - The Dental Assistant’s Role in the Self Care for TMD and Orofacial Pain Patients - Edward Wright, DDS, MS; Fellow AAOP; AAOP Past President

1.0 CE - Common Oral Lesions – Jaisri Thoppay, DDS, MBA, MS

1.0 CE - Headaches and Neuropathic Pain Disorders- Management - May Al-Kudhairy, BDS, DMSc, Diplomate ABOP, Fellow AAOP

1.0 CE - Physical Therapy Treatment for TMD and OFP with a Focus on At-Home Advice and Exercises -Shaun O’Connor, PT, DPT, Diplomat PTBCCT


Conference Clinical and Academic Learning Objectives

During the AAOP 2021 Scientific Meeting Attendees will:

1. Learn about and understand the emerging field of orofacial pain

2. Become familiar with foundational research that influences clinical practice

3. Understand the multidisciplinary nature of orofacial pain treatment, including the role of physical therapists, psychologists, and physicians

4. Understand the emerging trends and technologies in chronic facial pain including medications, photo biomodulation, injections, and digital fabrication

5. Learn about the latest data regarding sleep / pain relationship

6. Learn about the latest data regarding pharmacotherapeutic management of headache disorders

7. Explore the role of the dentist in sleep medicine and the latest research in sleep disordered breathing

8. Learn applicable elements of orofacial pain practice regarding such topics as insurance coding, staff management, marketing, and establishing scope of practice

8. Understand the neurological and psychological basis of treatment modalities involved in chronic facial pain

9. Develop strategies to assist patients with challenging presentations


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 24.75 Virtual Meeting and Online Learning Library. Each attendee should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the education.