AAOP 45th Annual Meeting

From Precision Medicine
to Personalized Care

May 7-8, 2021 Virtual Meeting

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Friday, May 7, 2021

10:30 – 11:30 (EDT)

Welcome Remarks

Approaches to Personalized Orofacial Pain Therapies – A  Future Vision – A Tribute to William Maixner, 1952-2020
Richard Ohrbach, DDS, PhD

11:30 – 12:15 (EDT)

Refractory Orofacial Pain
Tara Renton, DDS, PhD

12:15 – 1:25 (EDT)

Myofascial Trigger Points and Chronic Pain: The Dynamic Role of Central Sensitization and Neurogenic Inflammation
Jay Shah, MD

1:25 – 1:35 (EDT)

Message from True Function Laboratories

1:35-2:05 (EDT)

Q&A Speakers

Richard Ohrbach, DDS, PhD
Tara Renton, DDS, PhD
Jay Shah, MD

2:05 – 2:35 (EDT)

AAOP Membership Meeting
Jeff Shaefer, AAOP President

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Conference Clinical and Academic Learning Objectives

During the AAOP 2021 Scientific Meeting Attendees will:

1. Learn about and understand the emerging field of orofacial pain

2. Become familiar with foundational research that influences clinical practice

3. Understand the multidisciplinary nature of orofacial pain treatment, including the role of physical therapists, psychologists, and physicians

4. Understand the emerging trends and technologies in chronic facial pain including medications, photobiomodulation, injections, and digital fabrication

5. Learn about the latest data regarding sleep / pain relationship

6. Learn about the latest data regarding pharmacotherapeutic management of headache disorders

7. Explore the role of the dentist in sleep medicine and the latest research in sleep disordered breathing

8. Learn applicable elements of orofacial pain practice regarding such topics as insurance coding, staff management, marketing, and establishing scope of practice

8. Understand the neurological and psychological basis of treatment modalities involved in chronic facial pain

9. Develop strategies to assist patients with challenging presentations

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Concurrent Sessions – Join the Zoom meeting of your choice

2:45pm to 3:45pm EDT

May 7th – 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm EDT

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How to Interpet Pulse Oximetry Screening for Sleep Disorderd Breathing

Steven D Bender

Dr. Bender is a Clinical Associate Professor in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas Texas and serves as the director of Facial Pain and Sleep Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and has earned Fellowships in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, the American Headache Society, the International Academy of Oral Oncology and the American College of Dentists. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas in1986 and practiced general and comprehensive restorative dentistry for 14 years. He then studied orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders at the Parker E Mahan Facial Pain Center at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

From 2000-2015, Dr. Bender maintained a private practice limited to pain management of the head and face, as well as sleep disorders before transitioning to a full-time faculty member at the College of Dentistry in 2016. He is a past president of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain as well as the Fourth District Dental Society of Texas and the Dallas Academy of General Dentistry. In addition, he serves as a consultant for the United States Army.

Moderator: Mariona Mulet Pradera DDS, MS

May 7th – 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm EDT

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Locked and Loaded: The Basics of Temporomandibular Disorders
Thomas Weber, DDS, MS

AAOP Presenter Weber

Thomas Weber is an orofacial pain specialist in the U.S. Air Force. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University (2006) and then completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency at Wright-Patterson Medical Center (2007). Dr. Weber completed a residency in the Orofacial Pain Center at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where he received his certificate in Orofacial Pain (2014) and Master of Science degree (2015). He currently practices at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where he serves as assistant professor in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a clinical instructor in the Eglin AEGD residency. Dr. Weber is a diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and a fellow of the AAOP.

Moderator: Isabel Moreno Hay, DDS PhD ABOP ABDSM 

May 7th – 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm EDT

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Management of the Orofacial Pain Specialty Practice
James Fricton, DDS, MS

James R Fricton

Dr. James Fricton is a Professor Emeritus in the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Public Health, and Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center. His past research has resulted in 6 textbooks and over 150 journal and book publications and abstracts. As a principal investigator and co-investigator, he has received many grants from National Institutes of Health and industry with a principle focus on chronic pain and health informatics. His most recent NIH-sponsored research developed and testing the Personalized Activated Care and Training (www.PACTforPain.com) to help health professionals and patients prevent chronic pain, disability, and addiction.

He graduated with a B.S. and D.D.S. from the University of Iowa, graduate studies in computer science, and completed postgraduate residency training in pain management in the Department of Anesthesiology at UCLA School of Medicine. He also received a M.S. in research from UCLA during the same period. He has held top leadership positions in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, American Board of Orofacial Pain, the American Board of Dental Specialties, the American Pain Society, and the International Myopain Society. He had taught many courses on chronic pain with his most recent On-line Course on Preventing Chronic Pain: A Human Systems Approach at www.coursera.org/learn/chronic-pain with over 50,000 participants from 176 different countries.

Moderator: Douglas Wall DDS

May 7th – 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm EDT

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Use of Botulinum Toxins in Orofacial Pain Management
Khawaja Shehryar Nasir, BDS, MS

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Dr. Khawaja Shehryar Nasir is one of the top certified Pain Management Specialist in Lahore, having the degrees of Bachelors in Dental Surgery – University of Health Sciences, Lahore Medical and Dental College, 2010, Masters of Science in Oral Sciences – State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine, 2014, Residency in Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain – State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine, 2013, Fellowship in Teaching and Research in Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain – State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine, 2015, Residency in Orofacial Pain – Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 2017, Diplomate American Board of Orofacial Pain , 2016. Currently, he is practising at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre. Dr. Khawaja Shehryar Nasir has advanced medical expertise in Pain Management and is providing the following services and treatments: Muscular, neck and back pain management, ligament treatment, arthritis, physiotherapy for frozen shoulder, muscular pain treatment after asthma, sports injuries, genetic mobility issues, fatigue, pain, stiffness, bowel problems, palliative care and pelvic issues. Dr. Khawaja Shehryar Nasir is available for consultation via Healthwire.pk. You can easily book an appointment with Dr. Khawaja Shehryar Nasir by calling at (+042 32500989) or by clicking on the “Book an Appointment” option.

Moderator: Jeffrey I. Goldberg DDS MS MBA

Thank You for Joining Us!

These On-Demand presentations will be available via the AAOP Online Learning Subscription

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1.0 CE – From Molecules To The Clinic: Mechanisms of Photo Biomodulation Therapy for Pain Management – Praveen Arany, BDS, MDS, MMSc, PhD

1.0 CE – Telehealth in Orofacial Pain – Alireza “Ray” Besharati, DMD, DDS

.75 CE – Tinnitus Diagnosis and Comprehensive Management – Edward Wright, DDS, MS & Ken Grundfast, MD

1.0 CE – The Psychology of Chronic Pain – Donald Goodman

1.25 CE – Effective Billing Methods for Sleep and Craniofacial Pain – Randy Curran

1.25 CE – Medical Cannabis: Cannabinoid Pharmacology, Clinical Pain Science & Public Health Impact – Shana Babalonis, PhD

1.0 CE – Focus Orofacial Manual Therapy Assessment and Management of (Awake) Bruxism by Physical Therapy – Harry Von Piekartz, PhD, MSc, PT, MT

.75 CE – Nocturnal Hypoxemia is a Better Predictor of Adverse OSA Related Consequences – Glenn Clark, DDS

1.0 CE – Digital Splint Fabrication – Alex Vaughan

1.0 CE – Evaluation and Management of OSA in Pediatric Patients – Cristina Perez, DDS, MS

.75 CE- Phenotypical Characterization of Tension-Type Headache and Migraine
Fernando Exposto, DDS, MSc, PhD

.75 CE Sleep and Pain: Practical Applications – Davis Thomas, BDS, DDS, MSD, MSc Med, MSc

1.25 CE – Hypermobility Syndromes – David Saperstein, DDS

1.25 CE – Management of Head and Neck Cancer Associated Pain – Khawaja Shehryar Nasir, BDS, MS

1.25 CE – Identifying the Red Flags of Orofacial Pain – Seena Patel, DMD, MPH

.75 CE – Dental Sleep Medicine in the Era of Precision Medicine and thoughts after 40 years of Clinical Research – Gilles Lavigne, DMD, MSc, PhD

.75 CE – Temporomandibular Disorders in the Pediatric and Adolescent Population – Cristina Perez, DDS, MS

.75 CE – Integrative Medicine: A Model for Individualize Care, Past and Future – Dharti Patel, DMD, ND, FDS RCS Ed, MSOM

.75 CE – Multi-Level Determinants of Pain – Flavia Kapos, DDS, MS

.75 CE – Which, What and When; Making Sense of Medication Management for Headache
Mitchell Halter, PhD, MD

.75 CE – Relationship of the Cervical Spine to Temporomandibular Disorder: Examination and Treatment Considerations – Breanna Reynolds, PT, DPT, PhD, FAAOMPT

Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course

1.0 CE – Sleep and Pain – Ivonne Hernandez, DDS, MS, Diplomate ABOP, ABDSM, Fellow AAOP

1.0 CE – Normal and Poor Sleep: Pathology and Comorbidities – John Dinan, DMD, MS, Diplomate ABOP

1.0 CE – SRBD: Screening and Diagnosis – Subha Giri, DDS, MS; Diplomate ABOP; Fellow AAOP    

1.0 CE – Dental Sleep Patient: Interview, Exam, Treatment Options – Catalina Morarasu, DDS, PhD, MS, Diplomate ABOP, ABDSM, Fellow AAOP

1.0 CE – Oral Appliances for SRBD from A to Z – Mayoor Patel, DDS, MS, Diplomate ABOP, ABDSM, Fellow AAOP

1.0 CE – The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Orofacial Pain and Sleep Disorders – Antonio Romero, DDS, PhD, Diplomate ABOP, ABDSM, Fellow AAOP

1.0 CE -Medical Billing for Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine – Rose Nierman -Nierman Practice Management

1.0 CE – Clinical Examination for TMD and Orofacial Pain Patients – William Butcher, DDS, MS, Diplomate ABOP

1.0 CE – The Dental Assistant’s Role in the Self Care for TMD and Orofacial Pain Patients – Edward Wright, DDS, MS; Fellow AAOP; AAOP Past President

1.0 CE – Common Oral Lesions – Jaisri Thoppay, DDS, MBA, MS

1.0 CE – Headaches and Neuropathic Pain Disorders- Management – May Al-Kudhairy, BDS, DMSc, Diplomate ABOP, Fellow AAOP

1.0 CE – Physical Therapy Treatment for TMD and OFP with a Focus on At-Home Advice and Exercises –Shaun O’Connor, PT, DPT, Diplomat PTBCCT

Until We Meet Again… In Person!

AAOP On-site Reception
AAOP President
AAOP Onsite poster session
AAOP On-site Awards

See You There!

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