Introduction to Sleep Medicine, Orofacial Pain, TMD/TMJ

Course Fee: $ 400

30-day early enrollment: $360

CDE Credits: 7
Date to be announced
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm

This course is designed as an introduction and overview to some of the hottest topics in dentistry at this time:

Course Director


Sherwin Arman, DMD, MPH
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor and Director Orofacial Pain Program, UCLA School of Dentistry


Ken Moore, DDS
Lecturer, UCLA Orofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine Program, UCLA School of Dentistry

Robert L. Merrill, DDS, MS
Health Sciences Clinical Professor and former Director UCLA Orofacial Pain Program, UCLA School of Dentistry

Dennis R. Bailey, DDS
Past President of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and Private Practice


Learning Topics
Sleep Medicine: 

The ADA in 2017 published articles that indicate that the dentist needs to be educated in their role specifically related to sleep breathing disorders (Sleep Apnea and snoring) as well as the use of oral appliances for these disorders.  This course is intended to provide an overview of these topics and acquaint the dentist and team with insight into the discipline of sleep medicine, sleep disorders and the ever-expanding role of the dentist

Orofacial Pain: 

The field of Orofacial Pain (OFP) is one that is not typically covered in any detail while in dental school.  The discipline of OFP has far reaching implications as it relates to the day-to-day practice of dentistry by preparing the provider to consider other sources of pain and headache that may be the true cause of symptoms; thus, eliminating unnecessary and potentially harmful dental treatments while obtaining positive patient outcomes. It is important that the dentist be able to recognize common painful conditions of the face and oral cavity as well findings that may present as odontogenic pain which may be caused by underlying dysfunction in muscles, joints, nerves or be related to a primary headache disorder.

TMJ and TMD: 

Having the ability to effectively diagnose TMD and to appropriately mange it, is important in the practice of dentistry.  Understanding the importance of comprehensive patient work-up as well as a scientific approach to diagnosis and evidence-based treatments. The presentations here will focus on the current evidence as it relates to diagnosis and management.

In addition, a discussion of relevant management options for sleep disordered breathing, orofacial pain and TMJ dysfunction will be reviewed.  These include the use of oral appliance therapy as well as common medications that may be considered and other therapies that can be helpful

At the time of the course, each person will be provided the handouts of the lectures as well as a bibliography of the most current literature relevant to each of the topics that will be presented. 


Speakers/instructors and topics are subject to change without prior notice.