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AAOP 45th Scientific Meeting - Virtual & Online Learning

Friday, May 07, 2021 to Saturday, May 8, 2021
Virtual/Online Learning Subscription
Additional Info:
Kenneth Cleveland
609-504-1311 (p)
Annual Scientific Meeting
Registration is required
Payment in Full In Advance Or At Event
The AAOP Scientific Meeting prohibits the marketing or promotion of commercial products and/or services in conjunction with CE activities. Commercial Products and literature are to be confined to the exhibit hall and are not permitted in the lecture hall. Due to the professional nature of this meeting children are not permitted in either the lecture hall, exhibit hall or poster viewing areas. Business casual attire is appropriate for this meeting.
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Wednesday, April 07, 2021 at 12:00 AM
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Main Conference Program

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Due to the pandemic’s current rate of infection, CDC travel guidelines, various state mandated post travel quarantines, and limitations on travel/public meetings that are currently in place; the AAOP Council has determined to offer the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting scheduled for May 6-9 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ in a Virtual/Subscription Format option.  The virtual meeting will be held on May 7-8, 2021 and up to twenty additional presentations will be available via the online subscription.

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 (Now OPERRA 3??) – Richard Ohrbach, DDS

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, Clark, Renton, Tanenbaum


Closing Remarks, Introduction to AAOP 2022


Informational Sessions

Resident/Recent Graduates/Student Lunch

Informational Session – AAOP Leadership and How to Get Involved

Informational Session – ABOP Exam

Informational Session – Research Grant Opportunities

Mentorship Meeting



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

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

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, DDS

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 - Which, What and When; Making Sense of Medication Management for Headache– 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




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 TBD (including core conference, preconference workshops, breakfast forums & lunch sessions). The core conference offers TBD 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.