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Utah AGD

TMD, Orofacial Pain and Sleep Dentistry with Drs. Patel and Bennett

March 3, 2023 4:30 PM - March 5, 2023 12:00 AM (GMT)

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Up to 32 CEs for $350! Earn hands on credit towards your MAGD. You don't need to have your FAGD yet to accumulate hands on credit.

This 2-day education program at Roseman Dental school will cover dental sleep medicine and orofacial pain, discuss TMJ disorders

and briefly touch on other orofacial pain seen in a general dental practice. Check out the presenter's website at 

It is estimated that more than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea—when a person’s airway gets

blocked while sleeping. This will often happen because a person is overweight, and additional tissue

thickens the wall of the windpipe, making it more difficult to keep open. And, sometimes, it is because the

throat muscles relax more than normal. A long, bony neck can also make for a narrower airway, leading

to sleep apnea.

The most common treatment option is the use of a CPAP machine. However, many patients are non-

compliant to this form of treatment and do not want to undergo surgery. When this occurs, their best

option may be oral appliance therapy, which a dentist provides. By wearing an oral appliance, it opens the

airway by pushing the lower jaw forward and is more comfortable than a CPAP machine. The one-day

program will give you an overview convening the following;

● Basics of Sleep, Sleep Medicine and Sleep Disorders

● The Role of the Dentist in Sleep Medicine

● Screening for Sleep Disorders

● Oral Appliances for Airway and Breathing Disorders (SRBD)

● The Jaw/Bite Registration for Construction of an Oral Appliance (Demonstration and Hands-On


Orofacial pain covers a wide spectrum of symptoms. It can be exhibited in many head and neck areas,

with most complications associated with the temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). An essential part of

routine dental examinations for all patients and the gold standard for diagnosing TMD is based on the

patient’s history, clinical examination, and imaging when necessary.

The connection between airway issues, bruxism, and TMD (orofacial pain) is no longer a question of ‘if’.

Instead, it is a question of proper evaluation and diagnosis by the dental and medical teams. As a dentist,

you will often evaluate, refer, and possibly manage these issues impacting a large percentage of the

population. And, with a clear relationship, we look to understand that clenching or grinding one’s teeth is a

way for the brain to protect itself from suffocation during sleep.

● Performing a comprehensive examination

● Taking a Pain history - what it all means

● Splint therapy for TMJ disorders

● Orofacial pain - what you should be aware of.

Dr. Mayoor Patel DDS, MS

Dr. Patel received his dental degree from the University of Tennessee in 1994. After

graduation he completed a one-year residency in Advanced Education in General

Dentistry (AEGD). In 2011 he completed a Masters in Science from Tufts University

in the area of Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Patel has earned a

Fellowship in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, American Academy of

Craniofacial Pain, the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, the

Academy of General Dentistry and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He also has

earned Diplomate in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Board

of Orofacial Pain, American Board of Craniofacial Pain and American Board of

Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine.

Presently, Dr. Patel is a cofounder of the British Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

and Ben-Pat Institute. He also served on the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain

as secretary, board member of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine, and a

board member and as examination chair for the American Board of Craniofacial Pain

and Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. Holds adjunct faculty with the Atlanta Sleep

School, and Augusta University. In the past has served as a founding and board

member of the Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals.

Since 2003, Dr. Patel has limited his practice to the treatment of TMJ Disorders,

Headaches, Facial Pain and Sleep Apnea. Additional contributions have been

published a textbook for Dental Sleep Medicine and numerous textbook chapters on

orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine, consumer books, one on treatment options

for sleep apnea and the other on understanding temporomandibular disorders, and

various professional and consumer articles.

Dr. Patel speaks nationally and internationally on topics of dental sleep medicine,

Orofacial pain and TMJ disorders.

Utah AGD is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from May 19, 2022 to May 31, 2023. Provider ID# 219329

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