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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC


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Overview / Abstract:

This course focuses on Chronic Orofacial Pain (OFP) and headaches (e.g. Neuropathic Pain, Neurovascular Pain, Neuralgia, Neuritis and Neuroma). It reviews underlying mechanisms of pain induction, nerve injury and repair, sensitization and spontaneous ectopic pain generation. Lectures include an explanation of how various analgesic blocks and sensory testing procedures, in combination with historical information, produce a differential diagnosis of neurogenous and headache pain. Lectures will also focus on the appropriate pharmacologic, behavioural, surgical, and physical medicine manage- ment procedures for these conditions. Finally, real patient cases will be presented with the goal of helping the attendee become more comfortable in diagnosing and treating OFP disorders and providing a new understanding of chronic pain.

This two-day course will cover the medications used to treat chronic orofacial pain, including neurogenic, musculoskeletal, headache and uncommon pain disorders. To be able to treat patients with these problems, dentists must understand the underlying mechanisms of pain transmission, nerve injury and repair, sensitization, sympathetic pain maintenance and spontaneous ectopic pain generation. Dentists must be able to perform various analgesic blocks and sensory testing procedures as well as understand how these procedures combined with historical information allow for a differential etiologic-based diagnosis to be made. This course is divided into lecture presentations in the morning, demonstrations and workshops in the afternoon and specific case discussions at the end of the day.


Chronic orofacial pains (neuralgias, neuromas and neuropathies of the trigeminal nerve)
Headache disorders which mimic Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) and cause orofacial pain
Neurology for the novice
New medications used for pain
Examination methods for chronic pain
Issues of California drug law, the DEA/DOJ and using off-label prescriptions
Advances in pharmaco-gentics as a way of predicting drug to drug interactions and adverse drugs reactions
Treatment of chronic pain using behavioral, physical and surgical therapies
Use of an electronic medical record and automated computer-patient interface for medical documentation
PDA-based drug program
Pain diary and pain treatment agreements in dental practice
Know the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and pathobiology of the trigeminal nociceptive system
Understand neurogenous and neurovascular diseases
Be able to conduct a differential diagnosis of neurogenous and headache disorders
Know the current therapies used for these problems
Understand how neurovascular headaches can convert from episodic to chronic
Be familiar with the latest medications used for managing both neurovascular and neurogenous pain
Know how to make stents, perform intramuscular injections, and conduct a myofascial examination.
Medications used in dentistry and the Law: What can be prescribed and what not?
10 Top medications used in an OFP Specific Treatment Center
Metabolism of medications including liver enzymes systems
The various chronic pain diseases that appear in the orofacial region
Non-pharmacologic therapies for OFP
Pharmacogenetics and medication efficacy
Current approaches for treating non-malignant chronic orofacial pain
How to conduct a myofascial examination
How to perform therapeutic injections (trigger point, botulinum toxin and corticosteroid


Oct 20, 2017


Dental CDE


Live / Seminar, Seminar, Webinar / Webcast / Video



Credits / Hours

7 Continuing Education Credits



Is This Activity Certified for "Live" Credit?


Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Dr. Glenn Clark, Dr. Parish Sedghizadeh, Dr. Jack Broussard, Dr. Saravanan Ram, Dr. Rick Borquez, Dr. Sal Manrriquez, and Dr. Mariela Padilla

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Dentistry General, Pain Management, Pharmacology

Keywords / Search Terms

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LIVE Activity Location Details


Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
925 W. 34th St.
Los Angeles, CA   90089
United States of America

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