We hope that you and your families are safe, healthy and coping with with all that various challenges posed by the current pandemic.

The AAOP 2020 Meeting has been rescheduled for September 4-5, 2020 at the Disney Contemporary Hotel and Conference Center.  While there is no guarantee that the meeting will take place we are hopeful that the situation will continue to improve in order to allow our members and professional colleagues to come together for continuing education and for an informative update and dialogue on the ADA’s National Commission recognition of Orofacial Pain as the newest dental specialty.

The program has been revised as listed below and re-titled:  

The Newly Approved Dental Specialty of Orofacial Pain: Bridging Medicine and Orofacial Pain Dentistry. 

All registrants for the September 2020 meeting will also receive a complimentary 1 year subscription to AAOP’s soon to be released Online Learning/CE Portal.  Included in this subscription will be many of the original 2020 presentations that will not be presented in September, all of the 2018 & 2019 annual scientific meeting presentations that were permitted to be recorded, and additional online learning presentations throughout the year including those presentations that were to occur at the November Sleep Meeting, short topic videos, interactive blogs and podcasts. A subscription to the Online Learning/CE portal will be included with each year’s registration to the annual scientific meeting subject to future revision.  The current plan is to include this as an added benefit of registration every year.  Additional details will be coming shortly including the link for making your hotel reservation with Disney and the social distancing protocols that will be in place.  Your safety is AAOP’s and Disney’s number 1 priority.  All of this is included in your 2020 registration regardless of whether your are pre registered or register at a future date.

What this means if you are still registered for the May meeting.
1. You will receive an email indicating that you are now registered for the September meeting and will receive immediate access to the Online Learning/CE Subscription when it is launched (target date is NLT June 6th).  You will receive an email with a link, user ID and password for the subscription that will be good until the 2021 meeting at no additional costs.  As mentioned above the subscription to the Online Learning/CE will be included in all future annual scientific meeting registrations subject to revision.
2. Once the new Disney hotel link is set up you may reserve your room at the same rate that was established for the May meeting.  Any park tickets you purchased for the May meeting will be honored by Disney.  Should you choose not to utilize you park tickets this year, Disney will issue you a credit for a future use without an expiration date.
3. If you choose to attend a detailed list of social distancing protocols will be send to your agreement.
4. The following events will not take place at this year’s meeting and all those currently registered for them will receive an immediate credit to their account which can be applied to any future AAOP expense including dues, registration or subscriptions services without expiration: Preconfrence Workshops, Auxiliary/Dental Assistant Program.
5. Options for those currently registered
A.  Stay registered, attend the meeting and receive the Online Learning/CE subscription free for  one year.
B.  Cancel and receive a credit toward future AAOP expenses (membership dues, meeting registration or subscription services).  You credit will not expire and can be used for more than one item and does not need to be used all at once.  Note that membership renewal notices will mail in mid September.
C.  If you have a financial need for a refund due to COVID-19 hardship please contact the AAOP office.

What this means if you are not currently registered for the May meeting but want to attend the September meeting.
1.  You may register for the September 4-5, 2020 meeting via the following link and receive all of the benefits listed above for those who are registered.

Walt Disney World-COVID 19 Precautions and Disney FAQ on Health & Hygiene

Anyone who has registered for the 2020 meeting will enjoy full access to all of the CE presentations as part of your registration.
Hotel Reservations

The Newly Approved Dental Specialty of Orofacial Pain:
Bridging Medicine and Orofacial Pain Dentistry

Additional virtual presentations will be provided in 4 sub-sections to registered attendees via the AAOP Online Learning/CE Portal at no additional costs as follows:

  • Health

  • Sleep Medicine

  • Pain Management

  • Physical therapy and Behavioral Medicine


Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

AAOP Committee and Council Meetings

Friday, September 4th, 2020

7:00– 8:00 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 1- Cone Beam At The Edge- Dale Miles, DDS, MS, FRCD(c)

Breakfast Session 2 – Medical Billing- Pearls and Pitfalls – Rose Nierman

7:30-8:00 am – Continental Breakfast with Posters and Possibly Exhibitors                                                      

8:00-8:15 am 

Welcome Remarks
Presentation of New Fellows & Introduction of New Members & PT Board Recognition


8:30-9:15 am

Plenary 1 – The Evolving Dental Speciality – James Fricton, DDS

9:15 am-10:00 am

Plenary 2 – The Evolution of a Specialty: The Facts and Fantasies From a Historic and Personal Perspective – Jeff Okeson, DMD

10:00-10:30 am Break with Exhibitors & Posters

10:30 – 11:15am

Plenary 3 – Part 1: What’s New in Bruxism? – Daniele Manfredini, DDS, MSc, PhD

11:15-12:00 pm

Plenary 4 – Epigenetics and Wellness – Paul Durham, PhD

12:00-12:15 pm  Panel Discussion

12:15-1:30 pm – Lunch on Your Own or Lunch & Learns (Additional Registration Required)

Lunch & Learn 1 The Use of Arthrocentesis in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disease – Andrew Read-Fuller, DDS, MS
Lunch & Learn 2 – Identifying Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Responsive to Oral Appliances – Ali Azarbarzin, MD                  

1:30-2:15 pm

Plenary 5 – Practical Screening for Sleep Disordered Breathing in Clinical Practice – Steven Bender, DDS

2:15-3:00 pm

Plenary 6 – Excessive Daytime Sleepiness: Considerations In Pain and Sleep Disordered Breathing – Jonathan Lown, MD

3:00-3:25 pm – Break with Exhibitors & Posters


Plenary 7 – Orofacial Pain is the Newest Recognized Dental Specialty – A Roundtable Discussion About How Dental Sleep Medicine fits in. – Jonathan Lown, MD,  Steven Bender, DDS, Ali Azarbarzin, MD, Dennis Bailey DDS (unconfirmed)


Plenary 8 – TBD

4:55—5:10 pm – Panel Discussion

5:10-6:00 pm

AAOP Membership Meeting

6:00-8:00 pm – President’s Reception

Saturday, September 5, 2020

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 3Ultrasound guided injections– Stan Farrell, DDS
Breakfast Session 4 Digital impressions and 3D printing – TBD

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

8:00-8:15 am

Welcome Remarks and Awards  

8:15-9:00 am

Plenary 9 – Orofacial Pain is the Newest Recognized Dental Specialty – A Round-table Discussion Regarding What it Means for Practitioners – AAOP Officers 

9:00-9:45 am

Plenary 10 – Botulinum Toxins; What Happens to Muscles and Bones After Temporary Paralysis? – Susan Herring, PhD

9:45-10:00 am   Break with Exhibitors & Posters

10:00-10:45 am

Plenary 11 – Dental Occlusion: When Does It Matter? What does the Evidence Tell Us? – Michael Racich, DMD

10:45 am-11:30am

Plenary 12 – New Insights Into Migraine and the Migraine-Preventative Medication, Propranolol, for Management of Painful TMD – Inna Tchivileva, MD, MS 

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Plenary 13 – Health and Nutrition – Paul Durham, PhD *unconfirmed – pending discussion with speaker

12:15-1:30pm – Lunch on Your Own or Lunch and Learns (Additional Registration Required)

Lunch & Learn 3- Bruxism Workshop: Assessment and Management Guidelines – Daniele Manfredini, DDS, MSc, Phd
Lunch & Learn 4 – Clinical Case Discussion – Expert Panel 2 DMD and 2 PTs – TBD


Plenary 14  – Placebo Effects in Medicine, Mechanisms and Acceptable Clinical Applications – Nkaku Kisaalita, PhD 

2:15-3:00 pm

Plenary 15 – It’s All in Your Head? Or Face? Somatization Disorders in Facial Pain – Ronald Kulich, PhD

3:00-3:30 pm – Break with Posters (possibly exhibitors)

3:30- 4:15 pm

Plenary 16 A Piece of Mind for Peace of Mind: Risk Management Strategies – Kevin Huff, DDDS , MAGD


Plenary 17 – Artifical Intelligence and Augmented Reality for Orofacial Pain – A (Human) Brainstorm on How They are Revolutionizing Pain Research, Education, and Treatment – Alex F. DaSilva, DDS, DMedSc

PACE CEThe 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 27.5 (including core conference, pre-conference workshops, breakfast forums & lunch sessions). The core conference offers 17 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.