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AAOP 47th Scientific Meeting

Thursday, May 4, 2023 to Sunday, May 7, 2023
AAOP 2023 Hotel Reservations
4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL  32830

(407) 824-3000
Event Contact(s):
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 5, 2023 at 12:00 AM
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to the left of the activity/item to view the details)
Main Conference Program
Preconference I:
Pre-Conference II:
Pre-Conference III:
Pre-Conference IV:
Breakfast Forum #1:
Breakfast Forum #2:
Breakfast Forum #3:
Breakfast Forum #4:
Lunch & Learn #1:
Lunch & Learn #2:
Lunch & Learn #3
Lunch & Learn #4:
Dental Assistant/Auxiliary Course
Spouse/Guest Registration



May 4-7, 2023


Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Orlando, Florida

As a registrant for the AAOP 2023 annual meeting you will also receive a one (1) year subscription to the AAOP CE Learning Portal.


Pre-Conference Workshops – (Additional Registration Required)
Thursday, May 4, 2023
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
I. Digital Scanning and Printing – Michael Pagano, DDS
II. Craniofacial Pain: Clinical Solutions for Complex Presentations - Harry Van Piekartz, PT, PhD, MSc, MT
III. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injections in Orofacial Pain and Headache– Donald Tanenbaum, DDS, MPH

Orofacial Pain Introductory Program – (Additional Registration Required) Thursday, May 4, 2023
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
I. 8:00 - 8:10 am: Welcome and Introduction to Orofacial Pain – Mariona Mulet, DDS, MS
II. 8:10 - 9:00 am: Functional Anatomy of the Masticatory System, TMJ Imaging - Sherwin Arman, DMD, MPH
III. 9:00 - 9:50 am: Interview Taking and Physical Examination of the Orofacial Pain Patient - Thomas Weber, DDS, MS
9:50 am - 10:15 am: Break
IV. 10:15- 11:05 am: Diagnosis of Muscular Disorders - Mary Charles Haigler, DMD, MS
V. 11:05 - 11:55 am: Diagnosis of TMJ Intraarticular Disorders - Mary Charles Haigler, DMD, MS
11:55 am - 12:25 pm: Q&A
12:25 - 1:25 pm: Lunch Break

VI. 1:25 - 2:15 pm: Neuroanatomy of Orofacial Pain - Subha Giri, DDS, MS
VII. 2:15 - 3:05 pm: Headache Disorders - Steve Bender, DDS
3:05 - 3:30 pm: Break
VIII. 3:30 - 4:20 pm: Neuropathic pain disorders - Marcela Romero Reyes, DDS, PhD, FAHS
4:20 - 4:50 pm: Q&A

Orofacial Pain Introductory Program – (Continuation)

Friday, May 5, 2023 7:30-8:00 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
8:00 - 8:30 am: Outgoing President Welcome Remarks, Meeting opening, Presentation of new Fellows/new members - BALL ROOM
8:30 - 8:40 am: Welcome and Remarks
IX. 8:40 - 9:30 am: Initial Management Strategies in Orofacial Pain - selfcare, pharmacology - Connor Peck, DDS, MS
X. 9:30 - 10:15 am: Role of Behavioral and Psychological Management in Orofacial Pain - Ian Boggero, PhD
10:15 - 10:40 am: Break
XI. 10:40 - 11:25 am: Role of Physical Therapy in the Management of Orofacial Pain - Emily Kahnert, PT
XII. 11:25 am - 12:10 pm: Intraoral Splints for Temporomandibular Disorders - Brijesh Chandwani, DMD
12:10 - 12:30 pm: Q&A
12:30 - 1:45 pm: Lunch Break
XIII. 1:45 - 2:30 pm: Sleep Disorders, Sleep and Pain, Intraoral Appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Isabel Moreno Hay, DDS, PhD
XIV. 2:30 - 3:15 pm: Diagnostic and Interventional Injections - Brijesh Chandwani, DMD
3:15 - 3:35 pm: Break
XV: 3:35 - 4:35 pm: Case Presentation - Faculty
4:35 - 5:00 pm: Q&A
Friday, May 5, 2023
7:00– 8:00 am
Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)
Breakfast Session 1 – Cannabinoids in Pain Management - Marc O Martel, PhD
Breakfast Session 2 – Assessment of Disordered Breathing in Orofacial Pain – Janey Prodoehl, PT, PhD

7:30-8:00 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

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

8:30-8:45 am Tribute to Dr. Robert Merrill PLENARY SESSIONS:

8:45-9:30 am – Plenary 1
Making Pain Matter: Prioritizing Prevention and Management of Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents- Tonya Palermo, PhD

9:30 am-10:15 am – Plenary 2
The National Academy of Medicine 2020 Report on Temporomandibular Disorders: Progress, Opportunities and Perspectives – Richard Ohrbach, DDS, PhD
10:15-10:40 am Break with Exhibitors & Posters 10:40 – 11:25 am– Plenary 3
Neuropathic Orofacial Pain: From Basic Science to Clinical Application- Rafael Benoliel, BDS

11:25 am -12:10 pm - Plenary 4
Trigeminal Neuralgia - Make the Diagnosis, Know your Risks – Richard Zimmerman, MD

12:10 - 12:30 pm
Panel Discussion

12:30-1:45 pm
Lunch on Your Own
Residents and Recent Graduates Luncheon
Lunch & Learns (Additional Registration Required)
Lunch & Learn 1 – Botox for Migraine Prevention- Timothy Collins, MD
Lunch & Learn 2 – Orofacial Pain Practice Management Tips- Rich Cohen, DDS

1:45-2:30 pm – Plenary 5
Pharmacological Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea- Luigi Taranto Montemurro, MD

2:30-3:15 pm – Plenary 6
Opioid Misuse and Chronic Pain - Marc O Martel, PhD

3:15-3:35 pm
Break with Exhibitors & Posters

3:35-4:20 pm Plenary 7
Demystifying Neuromodulation - Treatment Options for Headache, Neuropathic Pain and Other Refractory Pains- David Darrow, MD, MPH

4:20-5:05 pm Plenary 8
Glial Targets for Neuropathic Orofacial Pain - Paul Durham, MS, PhD

5:05—5:20 pm
Panel Discussion

5:20 -5:50 pm
AAOP General Membership Meeting

5:50-6:05 pm
New Members and Fellows Orientation

6:15-9:30 pm
Presidents Reception

Saturday, May 6, 2023 7:00-8:00 am
Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)
Breakfast Session 3– ICOP Classification of Orofacial Pains - Rafael Benoliel, BDS Breakfast Session 4 – Sleep, Pain and the Gut Microbiome - Dennis Bailey, DDS Breakfast Session 5 – ICR and JIA. Case Based Multidisciplinary Pannel Discussion

7:30-8:00 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors & Posters

8:10-9:00 am - Plenary 9
Acupuncture in the Management of Orofacial Pain– James Hawkins, DDS, MS

9:00-9:45 am - Plenary 10
Unraveling the Orofacial Cervical Complex– Harry von Piekartz, PT, PhD, MSc, MT

9:45-10:20 am
Break with Exhibitors & Posters

10:20-11:10 am – Plenary 11
The Current Definition of Bruxism and its Impact on Pain Studies- Daniele Manfredini, DDS, MSc, PhD

11:10-12:00 pm – Plenary 12
The Connections Between Occlusion and Temporomandibular Disorders– Gary DeWood, DDS, MS

12:00-12:20 pm
Panel Discussion

Lunch on Your Own

Lunch and Learns (Additional Registration Required)
Lunch & Learn 3 – The First Multidimensional Evaluation System for Bruxism: the STAB –
Daniele Manfredini,
Lunch & Learn 4 – Acupuncture in Orofacial Pain - Demonstration - James Hawkins, DDS, MS
Lunch & Learn 5 – Interdisciplinary Patient Care - How to Make it Work - David Darrow, MD and Donald Nixdorf, DDS, MS

1:45-2:30 pm – Plenary 13
The Role of Physical Therapy in the Management of TMJ Intra Articular Disorders – Emily Kahnert, DPT, CCTT

2:30-3:15 pm – Plenary 14
Sleep, Pain, and Strategies to Decrease Suffering through Better Rest- Michael Howell, MD

3:15-3:35 pm
Break with Exhibitors & Posters

3:35-4:20 pm – Plenary 15
Imaging in TMD: New Technologies on the Horizon - Donald Nixdorf, DDS, MS

4:20-5:05 pm – Plenary 16
CGRP Blocking Medications for Migraines: Update and New Additions– Timothy Collins, MD

5:05-5:25 pm
Panel Discussion

5:30-6:30 pm
Mentoring Program Reception

Sunday, May 7, 2023 8:00am-8:30am Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00 am
AAOP Research Presentations and Awards, Poster Winners

9:00-9:45 am – Plenary 17
A Pediatric Rheumatologist Perspective on TMJ Arthritis- Challenges in Diagnosis and Management Mona Riskalla, MD

9:45-10:30 am – Plenary 18
Orofacial Movement Disorders - Glen Clark, DDS, MS

10:30-11:15 am – Plenary 19

Myofunctional Therapy - Christina Semonick, XXX

11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 20
Managing Fatigue and Insomnia Symptoms in Orofacial Pain. A Practical Guide for Dentists - Ian Boggero, PhD

Panel Discussion

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm
Closing Remarks and Preview of 2024 Program


American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP)  

Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. 

Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.   

1/1/2022 to 12/31/2024.  


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 TBD 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.