LVI: Orofacial Pain: Diagnosis and Management

Sep 15-16, 2014

Many painful conditions exist comorbidly with TMDs. Among these are trigger points and migraine mimics. TMDs are a subset of the larger field of Orofacial Pain. Many orofacial pains are confusing to diagnose and effectively treat.

Orofacial pains often have a site they refer pain to that are far from the source of the pain. Diagnostic anesthetic injections are an indispensable tool for differentiating the source of pain from the site of pain. Injections of local anesthetic and other medications are often the first line of treatment for these confusing pain conditions. Other neuropathic pains require neurosensory stents and medications to treat.

This course is designed to teach the most common non-TMD pain syndromes; how to diagnose and treat them to speed the recovery of your patients.

The objectives of this course are for the participant to be able to:

  • Differentially diagnose the most common orofacial pains seen in a general dental practice
  • Differentiate Direct Pain from Referred Pain and treat each appropriately
  • Understand Trigger points, Referral Patterns  and how to perform Trigger Point Injections
  • Differentiate between Dental Pain, Sinus Pain, Referred Pain and Neuropathic Pain
  • Diagnose Odontalgias and Neuromas; and treat them with Neurosensory Stents using compounded pharmaceutical ointments
  • Understand basic pharmaceutical management of  common Orofacial Neuropathic Pains
  • Discuss the armamentarium needed to diagnosis and treat conditions by injection
  • Give diagnostic and treatment injections