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Arizona AGD

A Comprehensive Review of Temporomandibular Disorders and Non-Odontogenic Pains

March 22, 2024 3:00 PM - March 24, 2024 12:00 AM (GMT)

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Course Description:

Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) affect approximately 10% of the general population. Obtaining an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan can be perplexing. This course will review the types of TMDs: arthrogenous disorders, myogenous disorders, internal derangements, as well as other uncommon joint conditions. Etiology, pathogenesis, pain mechanisms and dysfunction, examination methods, diagnostic tests, and management strategies will be discussed. Dentists will also learn how to perform the orofacial pain examination, physical medicine techniques, as well as interventional treatment methods. In addition, this course will provide a comprehensive review of non-odontogenic sources of tooth pain. Attendees will learn how to differentiate between odontogenic and non-odontogenic toothaches, the appropriate examination methods, diagnostic tests, and management of non-odontogenic toothaches.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify patients with TMDs and treat uncomplicated conditions.
  • Describe the underlying pain mechanisms and dysfunction of the orofacial structures.
  • Perform a comprehensive head and neck examination and oral diagnostic evaluation.
  • Define the specific TMD diagnoses.
  • Manage TMDs through non-pharmacological methods, including splint therapy, interventional therapy, and physical medicine.
  • Select, administer and prescribe pharmacological agents in the treatment of TMDs.
  • Learn how to perform trigger point injections and spray and stretch.
  • Describe the nonodontogenic sources of tooth pain.
  • Differentiate between odontogenic and non-odontogenic toothaches.
  • Implement diagnostic techniques in the evaluation of nonodontogenic toothache.
  • Describe management strategies for each type of nonodontogenic tooth pain.

Orofacial Pain Disorders: Diagnosis, Management, and Hands-On Course:

Day 1: Temporomandibular joint disorders, Muscle Disorders, Non-Odontogenic Tooth Pains

Day 2: History Taking, Comprehensive Exam, Physical Therapy Exercises for TMDs, Injection Therapy for TMDs (Lecture and Hands-On)

Tentative Course Schedule:

8am - 12pm: Didactic Education

12pm - 1pm: Lunch

1pm - 1:30pm: Demo

1:30pm - 5pm: Hands-on Clinical Training

Speaker Bio: 

Dr. Seena Patel is an orofacial pain and oral medicine dentist in Phoenix, AZ. She loves dentistry and began her journey at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. There, she found her passion for public health, research, and oral diseases, and then completed a 2-year residency in orofacial pain and oral medicine. She is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Orofacial Pain and the American Board of Oral Medicine. She maintains her practice at Southwest Orofacial Group and serves as the Director of Oral Medicine and is an Associate Professor at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. She has also volunteered on the National Board of Dental Education Test Construction Committee, serves on the ADA Commission on Continuing Education Provider Recognition and the AzDA Council on Education, and is a peer reviewer for several dental journals. She believes that knowledge should be shared and loves speaking at medical and dental conferences.

Curriculum Vitae (CV): Doctor's CV can be requested by email 

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Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made more than 30 days before the start of the course - full refund (minus 5% processing fees)

Cancellations made between 15-30 days before the start of the course - 50% refund (minus 5% processing fees)

Cancellations made 14 or less days of the start of the course - no refund

Arizona 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 January 2, 2023 to January 1, 2027. Provider ID# 219287

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