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An Overview Of Orofacial Pain

Friday, February 24, 2017, 7:30 AM until Saturday, February 25, 2017, 12:30 PM
Downtown Marriott Hotel Reservations
540 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL  60611

Kenneth Cleveland
Annual Scientific Meeting
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 An Overview of Orofacial Pain

Downtown Marriott – Chicago, IL

February 24-25, 2017   


Course Description

No matter what our field or dental specialty the clinician must always be prepared to encounter the patient with pain.  Pain Management in dentistry depends on an accurate diagnosis.  This review course will discuss basic concepts of orofacial pain. Material, including case presentations, will be suitable for clinicians of all levels.  Come prepared for a lively discussion and share your Cases.


This program is being held immediately following the AES-Leaders in Occlusion, TMD, Comprehensive Oral Care 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting.  AES has graciously allowed AAOP to utilize their hotel room block for this meeting.  For more information on attending this meeting please visit their meeting web page: AES 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting


Course Learning Objectives

Participants will gain an understanding of an organized method for reviewing and assessing difficult cases as well as a review of basic orofacial pain concepts including:

  Differential diagnosis

  • Musculoskeletal pain
    • Temporomandibular disorders
    • Myofascial pain / Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain
    • Neuralgia
    • Post endodontic neuropathic pain
    • Traumatic neuropathic pain
  • Neurovascular pain
    • Headache
    • Migraine
    • Vascular tooth pain
  • Case presentations, learn to and analyze your difficult cases

 The program will be interactive in order that the faculty may assess the need to stress any of the following areas to enhance the clinicians understanding:

  • Anatomy, development, normal and abnormal function of the masticatory system
  • Diagnoses and pathophysiology of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain
  • Physical assessment and imaging
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Sleep and pain
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Orthotic appliances, dental procedures and physical medicine procedures
  • TMJ surgery
  • Behavioral sciences

Case based lectures will test the participant’s skills in:

  • Taking a history
  • Clinical examination
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Treatment planning

AAOP 2017 Orofacial Pain Review Course - Program

February 24-25, 2017

Downtown Marriott, Chicago, IL


February 24, 2017

08:30-09:30 Introduction to Orofacial Pain, Assessment and Differential Diagnosis - Gary Heir, DMD


09:30-10:15 The TMJ Anatomy, Development, Normal and Abnormal Function of the Masticatory System - Ronald Auvenshine, DDS, PhD


10:15-11:00 Myogenous TMDs: Diagnosis and Management - Henry Gremillion, DDS


11:00-11:15 Break


11:15-12:00 Imaging for Orofacial Pain - Ghabi Kaspo, DDS


12:00-12:45 The Cranial Nerve Exam and WHY - Sowmya Ananthan, DDS, DMD, MSD                     (Working Lunch)


12:45-13:30 TMD & Physical Therapy: The Basics of PT Evaluation and Therapy.  Modalities Explained - Sharon Farquharson, DPT


13:30-14:15 Physiology of Pain and Central Sensitization - Jose de la Hoz, MD, DDS, MS


14:15-15:30 Pharmacology of Orofacial Pain - Sowmya Ananthan, DDS, DMD, MSD


15:30-16:15 Neurovascular Orofacial Pain - Gary Heir, DMD


16:15-17:00 Ominous Cases & Diagnostic Problems -  Discussion,


February 25, 2017

08:30-09:30 Sleep & Pain – Dr. Davis Thomas, BDS, DDS, MSD, MscMed


09:30-10:15 TMJ's, TMD, Orthotics, Occlusion: Treatment Consideration & Recommendations - Michael Racich, DMD


10:15-11:15 Structured Patient Care and Treatment Planning - Anthony Schwartz, DDS


11:00-11:45 Cognitive and Emotional Components of Chronic Pain - Gary Heir, DMD


11:45-12:30 Discussion and Closing Cases from Attendees -  Discussion,





Registration includes attendance to all sessions, continental breakfast on both days and lunch on day one.



The American Academy of Orofacial Pain is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry, or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 1/1/2015 – 12/31/2018. The AAOP has designated this program for 13 hours of continuing education.