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Advance Registration for AAOP 2015 is

now CLOSED.  Registration will reopen onsite only

- Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00 PM MDT.  

AAOP Denver 2015  

A Custom website is set up to allow you to book your  hotel room for the 2015 scientific meeting via:  

Hotel Reservations Sheraton Denver 



Sleep and Pain: A Translational Approach to Comprehensive Care


Pre-Conference Workshops – (Additional Registration Required)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

9:00-4:00 pm

  1.   Orofacial Pain Review Course Gary Heir DDS, et al.
  2.   The Business of Orofacial Pain Harold Menchel DDS, Rich Hirschinger, DDS, MBA
  3.   Physical Therapy- Evaline Ernie PT, et al.
  4.   Sleep Medicine - Dennis Bailey, DDS

AAOP Committee Meetings

AAOP Council Meeting                                                                  


Main Program

Friday, May 8, 2015


7:00– 8:00 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 1
Establishing a Differential Diagnosis: The Most Critical Things You Can Do - Jeffrey Okeson, DMD


Breakfast Session 2                                                                        

Psychological Screening Tools for the Orofacial Pain Practitioner – Charlie Carlson, PhD


7:30-8:00 am                                   

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors                                            


8:00-5:00 pm

Dental Assistants TMD Course                                                       

Catalina S. Morarasu, DDS, PhD, MS – Lead Instructor


8:00-8:10 am

Welcome Remarks                                                                           

Steve Bender, DDS, Maureen Lang, DDS


8:10-8:30 am

Presentation of New AAOP Fellows and Introduction of New Members – Sal Mannriquez, DDS - AAOP Membership chair                                      


Plenary Sessions:


8:30-10:00 am

Keynote presentation                                                                      

Pain and Sleep: A Translational Approach - Barry Sessle, MDS, PhD, DSc(hc) FRSC, CAHS


10:00-10:30 Break/Exhibits


10:30-12:00 am

Traumatic Brain Injury as a Model to Better Understand the Transition From Acute to Chronic Pain and Onset of Sleep Disturbances – Gilles Lavigne, DMD, PhD, FRCD (c)



Panel Discussion


12:15-1:45 pm

Lunch on your own or Lunch and Learns (Additional Registration Required)

Lunch and Learn 1

Physical Therapy Assessment and Management of the Orofacial Pain Patient with Airway and Myofunctional Disorders - Jennifer Hobson, PT, DPT, MTC, CFC, CMTPT.

Lunch and Learn 2

ICD-10 Coding: Are You Ready for 10/01/2015? - Harold Menchel, DMD


Residents & Recent Grads Luncheon                                             


1:45 – 2:30

Medications and Sleep – Bob Meir, DDS MS


2:30-3:15 pm

Head, Neck and Airway Evaluation – Eddie Sal, DDS, MD                                 


3:15-3:45 pm

Break with Exhibitors/ Poster Viewing                                           


3:45-4:30 pm

Swallowing, Hyoid Function and Airway: Overlooked Assessment – Ron Auvenshine, DDS, PhD


4:30-4:45 pm

Panel Discussion                                          



AAOP General Membership Meeting                                 



New Members and Fellow Orientation                                                                   


6:00-9:00 pm

Presidents Reception


Saturday, May 9, 2015

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 3                                                                         

Marketing Your Orofacial Pain Practice and Managing Your Reputation – Rich Hirschinger DDS, MBA


Breakfast Session 4                                                                        

Choosing an OA for OSA- Steve Carstensen, DDS


7:30-8:00 am                                                                                   

Continental Breakfast


8:00-8:30 am

Welcome Remarks and Awards                                                                  

Steve Bender, DDS, Maureen Lang, DDS


8:30-9:15 am

Temporomandibular Disorders and Sleep Disorders: How are They Related? - Peter Baragona, DMD


9:15-10:00 am

Burning Mouth Syndrome: Evidence Based Management Strategies - Gary Klasser, DMD


10:00-10:30 am

Break with Exhibitors/Poster Viewing                                            


10:30-11:15 am

Painful Oral Lesions – Steve Hargitai, DDS


11:15-12:00 am

Botulinum Toxin for Motor and Pain Disorders – Glenn Clark, DDS



Panel Discussion                                                                              


12:15-1:45 pm

Lunch on your own or Lunch and Learns (Additional Registration Required)


Lunch and Learn 3 - 

Topical Medications for Orofacial Pain-  Gary Heir DDS

Lunch and Learn 4
Management of TMD and Comorbidities Using Behaviour Modification - Dale Ehrlich, DDS, MS; Peter Bertrand, DDS

1:45-2:30 pm

Functional Brain Imaging of Pain in the Trigeminal System

Steve Scrivani, DMD


2:30-3:15 pm

Hormones and Headache – Anne Calhoun, MD                                        


3:15-3:45 pm

Break with Exhibitors/Poster Viewing                                            


3:45-4:30 pm

The What, Where, When of Nerve Blocks for Headache – Mo Levin, MD       


4:30-5:15 pm

The Scope of Physical Therapy for Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders: A Collaborative Treatment Approach - Mark Strickland, PT, OCS, MTC, Cert MDT, CFC, CCTT, COD



Panel Discussion


Sunday, May 10, 2015


Continental Breakfast                                                                                 


Plenary Sessions:

8:30-8:45 am

Winner of the Poster Competition                                                              


8:45-9:30 am

Pediatric Sleep

Steve Carstensen, DDS


9:30-10:15 am

Home monitors for Sleep Related Breathing Disorders

Dennis Bailey, DDS


10:15-11:00 am

Incorporating Sleep into Your Dental Practice

Paul McLornan, DDS, MS


11:00 am-11:45 pm

Myofunctional Therapy for the OSA Patient - Joy Moeller, BS, RDH


11:45 pm

Closing Remarks


Dental Assistant and Auxiliary Program Schedule

Friday, May 8th, 2015

7:30 – 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 am Anatomy and Imaging for TMJ, OFP and Headaches - Ghabi Kaspo, DDS; Diplomate ABOP; Fellow AAOP

9:00 – 10:00 am Clinical Examination in TMD and Orofacial Pain Conditions - Subha Giri BDS MS, Diplomate ABOP

10:00 – 10:30 am Break with the Exhibitors

10:30 – 11:30 am Primary Headaches and the Relationship with TMD - Aurelio Alonso, DDS, MS, PhD; Diplomate ABOP; Fellow AAOP

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch on your own

1:00 – 2:00 pm Case presentations - Donald Tanenbaum, DDS, MPH; Fellow AAOP; Past President of AAOP

2:00 – 3:00 pm Conditions that Mimic Orofacial Pain - Nicholas Mazzeo , DDS, MS, PhD; Diplomate ABOP; Fellow AAOP

3:00 – 3:30 pm Break with the Exhibitors

3:30 – 4:30 pm Trigeminal Neuropathies - Catalina Morarasu, DDS, PhD, MS; Diplomate ABOP, ABDSM, Fellow AAOP

4:30 – 5:30 pm Dental Sleep Medicine and the Role of the Dental Assistant and Hygienist in Screening patients -Mayoor Patel, DDS, Diplomate ABOP, ABDSM


Saturday, May 9th 2015

7:30 – 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 am Splint Therapy and Pharmacological Management in the Treatment of TMD and Orofacial Pain - Ivonne Hernandez, DDS, MS; Diplomate ABOP; Fellow AAOP

9:00 – 10:00 am Self-care Principles in the Orofacial Pain Management - Ed Wright, DDS, MS; Fellow AAOP; AAOP Past President

10:00 – 10:30 am Break with the Exhibitors

10:30 – 11:00 am Basic Principles in the Treatment of Temporo- Mandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain - TBD

11:00 – 12:00 am  New Trends in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Mandibular Advancement Devices - Antonio Romero, DDS, PhD; Diplomate ABOP

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch on your own

1:30 – 4:30 pm Marketing of a TMD, Orofacial Pain and Sleep Apnea Practice and Insurance Credentialing. - Stanley Farrell, DDS, Fellow AAOP; Rich Hirschinger, DDS, MBA; Diplomate ABOP, Fellow AAOP; Brandon Miller, VP Marketing

4:30- 5:00 pm Adjourn

Certificates presentation

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 from1/1/2015 – 12/31/2018.


Total credit educational hours being offered at this conference are 26 (including core conference, preconference workshops, breakfast forums & lunch sessions). The core conference offers 15 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.