The goal of this program is to introduce the fundamental principles of diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), and sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBDs) to dentists who are new to the field and to dentists who would like to refresh their knowledge base. This program is also ideal preparation for dentists who wish to enroll in the AACP Institute’s Craniofacial Pain Mini-Residency program.
After completing Fundamentals, you will have learned:
- To recognize the signs and symptoms of TMD and SRBDs;
- The neuroanatomy, and muscle anatomy and function, of the head and neck;
- How to interpret cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head and neck;
- The diagnosis and treatment options for OSA, and the dentist’s role;
- How to do a comprehensive clinical examination of the head and neck, including medical and trauma histories;
- The rationale and technique for taking a bite registration for oral appliance therapy, and the available types of oral appliances for treating TMD and SRBDs.
The Fundamentals program is broken into eight modules:
- Diagnosis: Symptoms versus Origin;
- Neuroanatomy 101;
- Muscle Anatomy and Function;
- Imaging for the Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine Practitioners;
- Fundamentals of Treating the Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Patient in the Dental Setting;
- Comprehensive Clinical Examination;
- Bite Registration for Oral Appliance Therapy; and
- Appliance Therapy.
Program length: 9+ hours