2022 Speaker Series

Orofacial Pain Management

4L CE | AGD 200 Orofacial Pain

with LTC Alexander Smith, DDS, MS

Friday, January 21, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Zoom opens at 8:15 a.m.

Maryland AGD Virtual Academy

Course Description:

This course will review the evaluation, diagnosis and management of patients with orofacial pain disorders. Current neurophysiologic constructs of orofacial pain conditions will be provided as the basis for clinical management. Case histories will be used as an instructional tool to obtain guided histories, develop differential diagnoses and formulate management plans of care. Participants will learn how to use a pain history and how to perform a clinical head and neck examination to assess orofacial pain patients. Differentiating between non-odontogenic head and neck pain disorders and how to evaluate patients who present with multiple concurrent pain problems will also be described. The roles of behavior management, pharmacologic intervention, splint therapy and the use of diagnostic/therapeutic local anesthesia will be reviewed and integrated into comprehensive treatment planning. The role of sleep in orofacial pain and management of obstructive sleep apnea will be reviewed.

Course Objectives:

Participants in this course will gain knowledge in the following areas:


  1. Become familiar with the terminology and concepts used in orofacial pain management

  2. Appreciate the importance of stress physiology and how it may affect orofacial pain

  3. Understand how parafunctional habits may contribute to orofacial pain

  4. Become comfortable to examine the masticatory system (cervical and masticatory muscles, TMJ & associated structures) and relate how this information may contribute to orofacial pain

  5. Appreciate the importance of the neuropsychological components of orofacial pain disorders

  6. Discern how occlusion, PTSD and TBI may influence orofacial pain symptoms

  7. Become familiar with the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of orofacial pain patients

  8. Have an awareness of behavioral management strategies for orofacial pain disorders and be able to practice some of these in a clinical setting

  9. Understand the importance of good sleep quality for the orofacial pain patient and how to assess this

  10. Review and management of obstructive sleep apnea

  11. Distinguish between odontogenic versus nonodontogenic sources of pain

  12. Recognize when to refer orofacial pain patients to other healthcare providers

About the Speaker:

LTC Alexander Smith, DDS, MS   graduated from Temple University with a BS in Biology (1997) before attending New York University School of Dentistry (DDS 2005). Following overseas assignments in Germany and Iraq, he completed a two-year AEGD at Schofield Barracks Hawaii (2008-2010), after which he served on staff at Camp Red Cloud, Korea.  He completed a fellowship in Orofacial Pain at NPDS (2013-2015), also earning a MS in Oral Biology. He is a diplomat of the American Board of General Dentistry and the American Board of Orofacial Pain. He currently serves as the Army Orofacial Pain Consultant and Chairman of the Orofacial Pain Residency at NPDS. LTC Smith has authored several dental journal articles on Orofacial Pain.