Schedule

Pre-conference
Workshops

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Orofacial Pain Introductory Program

Summary
The Orofacial Pain Introductory course provides a basic overview of the evaluation, diagnosis and management of the most common Orofacial pain conditions encountered in the general practice setting. It provides an opportunity for clinicians to recognize different clinical scenarios and provides tools for identifying proper referral to Orofacial pain specialists.

8:30am – 8:55am
Welcome and Introduction to Orofacial Pain
Seema Kurup

9:00am – 9:40am
Anatomy and imaging of the masticatory system
Beth Groenke

9:45 am – 10:30am
Interview taking and physical examination of the OFP patient
Marcia Rojas

10:30am – 10:45am
Question & Answer

10:45 am – 11:00 am
Break

11:00 am – 11:55am
The Art of Diagnosis: Exploring Painful and non-Painful
Temporomandibular Disorders

Fernanda Yanez

12:00pm – 12:45pm
Refractory tooth pain “Think outside the Box”
Prathishtha Mishra

12:45pm – 1:00pm
Question & Answer

1:00 pm – 2:00pm
Lunch Break

2pm – 2:45 pm
Case Presentation
Seema Kurup

2:50pm – 3:40pm
Tools for initial management of patient with Temporomandibular Disorder
James Hawkins

3:45pm – 4:15pm
Oral Appliance Therapy for TMD
Alex Vaughan

4:15pm – 4:30pm
Question & Answer

The Neuroscience of Pain: Clinical Application Strategies for the Management of Persistent Pain

Summary
With high rates of chronic pain and the opioid epidemic, various strategies are being explored to help patients with chronic pain. In the last 20 years, pain neuroscience education (PNE) emerged in rehabilitation as an evidence-based, clinically applicable approach to help people with chronic pain. PNE aims to teach patients more about their underlying biology and physiology of their pain experience, using metaphors, examples, and images.

To date, a dozen meta-analyses and systematic reviews have shown strong evidence for PNE to positively influence pain ratings, disability scores, limited movement, fear-avoidance, pain catastrophizing and healthcare utilization.

Additionally, when PNE is combined with behavioral and movement-based treatments (PNE+), it yields even superior results. PNE literature is now becoming common-place in medical journals, and it is proposed that ideally all healthcare providers would collectively use PNE to provide evidence-based, multidisciplinary care for people with chronic pain. First, this lecture aims to update medical providers on the latest neuroscience of pain, followed by a session describing how PNE, along with other non- pharmacological treatments can help people in pain. A key part of the session will delve further emerging research that shows how interaction, especially words used by healthcare providers can increase pain (WordsHARM), but also, more importantly strategies to use to decrease fear, anxiety, catastrophizing and ultimately…pain (WordsHEAL). This session does not only apply to chronic pain, but all phases of pain and a must for all medical providers seeking to decrease pain, disability and suffering of those experiencing pain.

9:00am – 10:30am
The Neuroscience of Pain

10:30am – 10:45am
Break

10:45am – 12:15pm
PNE + Nonpharmacological Treatment Strategies for Pain

12:15pm – 1:15pm
Lunch Break

1:15pm – 2:45pm
Words that Harm and Words that Heal

2:45pm – 3:00pm
Break

3:00pm – 3:45pm
Case-based Learning: Clinical Application and Clinical Pearls

3:45pm – 4:00pm
Question & Answer

Introduction to the Management of Sleep-related Breathing Disorders with Oral Appliances

Summary:
This pre-conference course is designed for dental professionals who plan to introduce sleep apnea treatment for their patients. It is a full day course that starts off with the basics: definitions, epidemiology of sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD), and the role of dental treatments in the management of sleep apnea.

The course will then move into explanations for the pathophysiology of SRBDs and phenotyping of OSA patients who are candidates for treatment with dental appliances.

The afternoon session will involve “hands on” teaching and practice for the examination and treatment of the OSA with the most used dental appliances.

9:00am – 10:00am
Course Introduction
Jeff Shaefer

10:00am – 11:00am
Understanding Sleep Apnea

11:00am – 11:15am
Coffee Break

11:15am – 12:00pm
Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Oral appliances
Sherwin Armen

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Lunch Break

2:00pm – 4:00pm
Hands-on Instruction for Dental Treatment of SRBDs
Facilitators: Jeff Shaefer, Sherwin Armen, Aurelio Alonso, Ashkan Saadi and others from AAOP Sleep Committee

4:00pm – 4:30pm
Question & Answer

Orofacial Pain Private Practice

Summary:
The Orofacial Pain (OFP) Private Practice course provides information that will help new and established OFP practitioners establish and maintain a financially successful OFP practice that is committed to the highest level of quality of care. Presentations will cover practice management models that will review private practice and hospital practices, transitioning from general to OFP practice, and in-house OFP services for multiple referring group practices. Start-up, corporate organization, supplier, and working with professional advisors will be covered.

9:00am – 9:30am
Introduction & Overview
Nojan Bakhtiari

9:30am – 10:15am
Practice Model 1: Hybrid OFP Private Practice and Hospital-affiliated OFP Practice
Katayoun Omrani

10:15am – 11:00am
Practice Model 2: Transitioning from General Dentistry to an OFP Private Practice
Michelle Schultz

11:00am – 11:15am
Question & Answer

11:15am – 11:30am
Break

11:30am – 12:15pm
Practice Model 3: Start-up Orofacial Pain Practice
Nojan Bakhtiari

12:15pm – 12:30pm
Question & Answer

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Lunch

1:30pm – 2:15pm
Practice Model 4: Providing in-house OFP Services in Multiple Group Practices Brijesh Chandwani

2:15pm – 3:00pm
Corporate structuring and working with professional advisors

3:00pm – 3:45pm
Dental supplier perspective on the nuances of an orofacial pain practice
Alan Withall

Scientific
Program

Opening Remarks
8:00am – 8:15am
Jeff Goldberg

Keynote
8:15am – 9:00am
Evidence-based Dentistry and Critical Thinking
Gary Klasser

Tributes
9:00am – 9:05am
Tributes to Drs. Gary Klasser & De Leeuw
Marcela Romero Reyes

Plenary
9:05am – 10:05am
The Human Pain Experience: Clinical Insights from Pain Neuroscience Education
Adriaan Louw

10:05am – 10:30am | Break

Plenary
10:30am – 11:15am
Sleep Bruxism: Assessment & Comorbidities
Frank Lobbezzoo

Concurrent 1A
11:15am – 12:15pm
Mechanisms of Orofacial Pain Referral
Fernando Exposto

Concurrent 1B
11:15am – 12:15pm
Ergonomics in Craniofacial Pain Management: A Practical Guide to Enhance Patient Care
Brett Weiss

Lunch & Learn
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Onabotulinum Toxin Injections for Pain Management

Lunch & Learn
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Headache Procedures

Lunch & Learn
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Manual Techniques for the Cervical Spine in Orofacial Pain
Brian McGeeney

Concurrent 2A
1:30pm – 2:15pm
Nanomedicine for Therapeutics and Diagnostics
Jelena Jancic

Concurrent 2B
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Practical Application of Trigger Point Injections and Dry Needling in the Management of Orofacial Pain: Similarities and Differences

Concurrent 3A
2:30pm – 3:15pm
Optimizing Sleep Apnea Management: Dentistry’s Role in Personalized Care through the Identification of Endotypes
Alberto Herrero Babiloni

Concurrent 3B
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Practical Application of Trigger Point Injections and Dry Needling in the Management of Orofacial Pain: Similarities and Differences
Denielle Medynsky, Janey Prodoehl

3:30pm – 4:00pm | Break

Debate 1
4:00pm – 5:15pm
Do We Understand the Nature of Myofasical Trigger Points?
Fernando Exposto, Michael Karegeannes

AAOP General Membership Meeting
5:15pm – 5:50pm
Jeff Goldberg

5:50pm – 6:15pm
Mentoring Program Reception

Requires reservation.

President’s Reception
6:15pm – 9:30pm

Plenary
8:00am – 8:45am
Tinnitus & Dizziness Demystified: A Roadmap for Dentists and Orofacial Pain Therapists
Willem De Hertogh

Plenary
8:45am – 9:30am
Updates in Headache Medicine
Brian McGeeney

9:30am – 10:00am | Break

Plenary
10:00am – 10:45am
Understanding the TMJ through Radiographic Imaging
Dania Tamimi

Plenary
10:45am – 12:00pm
Gender Differences in Chronic Pain
Roger Fillingim

Lunch & Learn
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Conquering Coding and Insurance Challenges in Dental Sleep Medicine
Alex Vaughan

Lunch & Learn
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Clinical Tools for Managing Tinnitus & Dizziness
Willem De Hertogh

Lunch & Learn
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Acupuncture in Orofacial Pain – Demonstration
James Hawkins

Debate 2
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Is Botulinum Toxin Effective for TMD?
Steve Bender, Don Tannenbaum

Plenary
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Best Practices on Management of Orofacial Pain in Pediatric Patients
Thomas Stark

3:30pm – 4:00pm | Break

Plenary
4:00pm – 4:45pm
Evolution and Management of Burning Mouth Syndrome
Andres Pinto

Plenary
4:45pm – 5:45pm
Behavioral Interventions for Insomnia in Chronic Orofacial Pain Patients
Ian Boggero

AAOP Researcher Award
9:00am – 9:30am
Telerehabilitation is effective and non-inferior for individuals with TMD
Emily Kahnert

Oral Abstract Presentations
9:30am – 10:15am
To be determined

Poster Awards
10:15am – 10:30am

Showdown at the Evidence Corral:
What does the science say about popular TMD treatments?
10:30am -11:45am

Panel Discussion
11:45am – 12:00pm

Closing Remarks and 2025 Preview
12:00pm – 12:15pm

  American Academy of Orofacial Pain is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.  ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. American Academy of Orofacial Pain designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credits.