May 4-7, 2023
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Orlando, Florida

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Updates in Sleep and Pain
2022 AAOP VIRTUAL Sleep Conference

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Program Co-Chairs: Mariona Mulet and Maria Hernandez

Course Description:

Sleep medicine is a developing field of study that has gained a lot of traction in the last decade. Articles about the importance of sleep and the negative consequences of sleep disturbances are frequent nowadays in local and national newspapers. Books and other educational resources on this topic, such as podcasts and social media content, are also available for the general public. Patients are aware of the link between sleep and health and are proactively seeking care for their sleep problems. The diagnosis of sleep disorders such as insomnia, narcolepsy, and sleep apnea has increased appreciably in recent years. Because of the well-known interactions between sleep and pain, and specifically between sleep and orofacial pain, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain has been dedicated to the education of its members on this topic. Orofacial Pain specialists are required to develop an in-depth understanding of the most common sleep disorders, the detrimental effects of poor sleep and pain interactions, so that a comprehensive and often multidisciplinary management approach can be provided to the patient.

The basis of this conference is to provide an update on different aspects related to sleep medicine and the role of the dentist in the management of sleep disorders in an orofacial pain practice. The understanding of sleep and its management involves a wide range of medical and dental specialties, as demonstrated by the diversity of backgrounds of our speakers. A round table with Q & A will take place at the end of the morning and afternoon sessions.

Schedule (times in EST):

10:00 -10:40 am – Comprehensive Sleep Evaluation in an OFP Practice – Massimiliano Di Giossa, DDS
10:45 – 11:30 am – Pharmacology of Sleep and Pain – Alberto Herrero Babiloni, DDS, MS
11:35 – 12:30 pm – Pediatric Sleep Medicine – David Gozal, MD
12:30 – 1 pm – Round Table (all morning speakers)

1-2 pm – Break

2:00 – 2:45 pm – CBT for Insomnia – Luis Buenaver, PhD
2:50 – 3:35 pm – Combination Therapy in OSA – Martin Denbar, DDS
3:40 – 4:30 pm – Surgical Management of OSA – Stanley Yung Liu, MD, DDS
4:30 – 5:00 pm – Round Table (all afternoon speakers)

Note: Included with your membership

Thank you for attending in 2022!


New Frontiers in Orofacial Pain, Headache and Sleep: From The Bench to Clinical Care


Pre-Conference Workshops – (Additional Registration Required)

Thursday, April 28, 2022

9:00 AM-4:00 PM
I. Orofacial Pain and TMD: A Foundation for Diagnosis and Management– Jeffrey Okeson, DDS

II. How Strong is the Evidence You Use in Clinical Practice? Moderator: Corine Visscher, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT

Morning: Critical Appraisal of Literature (Lecture and Workshop) – Corine Visscher, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT

Afternoon: Evidence-Based PT Strategies for Headache and TMD (Lecture and Workshop) Hedwig van der Meer, PT MSc, PhD ©

Afternoon: Measuring Physical and Emotional Health: The Missing Pieces for Comprehensive Pain Management (Lecture and Workshop)- Garrett Naze, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, PhD ©

III. Lunch Time Preconference: Complementary and Alternative Approaches in Orofacial Pain and Sleep Management – Paul Durham, PhD

IV. Procedural and Non-Interventional Management in Orofacial Pain and Headache – Donald Tanenbaum, DDS, MPH, Shruti Handa, DDS, and James Hawkins, DDS, MS


Friday, April 29, 2022

7:00– 8:00 am
Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)
Breakfast Session 1 – Key Points in the Neurological Examination for the Headache and Orofacial Pain Patient – Jan Hoffmann, MD, PhD
Breakfast Session 2 – Mind Body Connection and the role for the “Relaxation Response” in management of the OFP patient. Darshan Hemendra Mehta MD PhD
Breakfast Session 3 – Understanding the Polysomnogram – John Dobrowski MD

7:30-8:00 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00-5:00 pm
Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course – Catalina Morarasu, DDS, PhD, MS

8:00-8:30 am Welcome Remarks and Meeting Opening & Presentation of New Fellows & Introduction of New Members


Session 1: Future of Pain Medicine

8:30-9:15 am – Plenary 1
The Specialty of Orofacial Pain: An Evolutionary Journey- Jeffrey Okeson, DMD, & Richard Ohrbach, DDS, PhD

9:15 am-10:00 am – Plenary 2
Diagnostic Pearls and Pitfalls in Orofacial Pain: Grand Rounds – Rafael Benoliel, DDS, PhD

10:00-10:15 am Break with Exhibitors & Posters

10:15 – 11:00am– Plenary 3
Evidence-Based Advancements in TMD Management- Gary Klasser, DMD

11:00-11:15 pm – Panel Discussion

11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 4
The Importance of The Nervous System-Digestive System Connection in OFP – Paul Durham, PhD

12:00-1:15 pm – Lunch on Your Own
Lunch & Learns (Additional Registration Required)
Lunch & Learn 1 – Key Points to the ENT Examination for a Patient with Sleep Apnea- Noah Sigel, MD
Lunch & Learn 2 – TMD Cases: Expert Panel Discussion- Moderator, Michael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT
Panelists: Charles Carlson, PhD, ABPP, Jeffrey Crandall, DDS and Shaun O’Connnor, PT, DPT, CCTT
Lunch & Learn 3- Imaging and clinical diagnosis of TMJ osteoarthritis, arthritis and ankylosis – Anika Rosen MD, PhD

12:00-1:15 pm – Residents & Recent Grads Luncheon

1:15-2:00 pm – Plenary 5
The Brain Circuitry Supporting Pain Catastrophizing in Chronic Pain: A Functional MRI Approach- Vitaly Napadow, PhD, LicAc

2:00-2:30 pm – Plenary 6
Trainee Forum

Panel Discussion 2:30 pm- 2:45 pm

2:45-3:00 pm
Break with Exhibitors & Posters

Session 2A: Temporomandibular Disorders: New Insights in Interventional Therapies

3:00-3:45 Plenary 7
Management of the ICR vs JRA in The Pediatric and Adult Patient- Leonard Kaban, MD, DMD

3:45-4:30 Plenary 8
Platelet-Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Therapy in The Management of TMD – Antonia Teruel Castellon, DMD, MS, PhD

4:30-5:15 Plenary 9
Minimally Invasive TMJ Arthroscopic Surgery – Joseph McCain, DMD

5:15—5:30 pm – Panel Discussion

6:15-9:30 pm – Presidents Reception

Saturday, April 30, 2022

7:00-8:00 am
Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)
Breakfast Session 4- Nutrition Guidelines for the Patient with TMD/OFP-Paul Durham, PhD
Breakfast Session 5 – Billing/Practice Management – Sherwin Arman, DMD, MPH
Breakfast Session 6 – Cervicogenic Headache: Examination, Diagnosis and Management – Michael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT

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

8:00-5:00 pm
Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course

Session 2B: Temporomandibular Disorders: New Insights in Interventional Therapies

8:00-8:45 am – Plenary 10
Psychosocial Assessment in Clinical Practice– Corine Visscher, PT, MSc, PhD, CCTT

8:45-9:30 am – Plenary 11
Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making in The Management of Patients with Myofascial Pain– Michele Finnegan, PT, DPT

9:30-9:45 am – Panel Discussion

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

Session 3: Headache Disorders: New Insights in Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management

10:00-10:45 am – Plenary 12
Migraine Pathophysiology and New Pharmacological Approaches in Headache Medicine– Andy Charles, MD, FAHS

10:45-11:30am – Plenary 13
Co-Morbidity of Migraine and Temporomandibular Disorders: From the Clinical Side to The Bench- Simon Akerman, PhD, FAHS

11:30-12:15 – Plenary 14

Headache Management in The Orofacial Pain Setting – Marcela Romero Reyes, DDS. PhD, FAHS

12:15-1:30 pm – Lunch on Your Own
Lunch and Learns (Additional Registration Required)
Lunch & Learn 4 – Management of the Symptomatic TMJ Post-Surgical Patient – David Keith, BDS, DMD
Lunch & Learn 5 – Better together: Dry needling and Pain Neuroscience Education In Orofacial Pain – Michele Finnegan, PT, DPT
Lunch & Learn 6 – Clinical Insights for the Treatment Planning of the Patient with TMD and Orofacial Pain – Mariela Padilla, DDS, M.Ed

1:30-2:15 pm – Plenary 15
Red flags and Diagnostic Pearls and Pitfalls in Headache Disorders: Clinical Case-Based Session- Jan Hoffmann, MD, PhD

2:15-2:30 pm – Panel Discussion

Session 4: Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain: New Insights in Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management

2:30-3:15 pm – Plenary 16
Understanding Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain: Persistent Non-Odontogenic Tooth Pain – Donald Nixdorf, DDS, MS

3:15-3:30 pm – Break with Exhibitors & Posters

3:30-4:15 pm – Plenary 17
Current Pharmacological and Interventional Approaches for the Management of Trigeminal Neuralgia and other Cranial Neuralgias– Paul Mathew, MD, FAHS

4:15-5:00 pm – Plenary 18
Neurosurgical Management of Trigeminal Neuralgia – Jeffrey Schweitzer, MD

5:00-5:15 pm – Panel Discussion

Sunday, May 1, 2022
Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:00 am
AAOP Poster Winners

Session 5: Sleep: New Insights in Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management.

9:00-9:45 am – Plenary 19
Sleep Deficiency and Chronic Pain: Potential Underlying Mechanisms and Clinical Implications- Monika Haack, PhD

9:45-10:30 am – Plenary 20
Sleep Pathophysiology and the Role of Orthognathic Surgery in the Treatment of Sleep Apnea – Edward Lahey, MD, DDS

10:30-11:15 am – Plenary 22
Phenotyping for OSA and Role of Hypoglossal Stimulation – Phillip Huyett, MD, MGH

11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 23
Diagnostic Pearls and Pitfalls in Dental Sleep Medicine: Clinical Case-Based Session– Amrittej Virk, DMD

12:00-12:15pm – Panel Discussion

12:15 pm – 12:30pm
Closing Remarks and Preview of 2023 Program

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, pending approval of AAOP’s renewal application through 12/31/2025.  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.