Orofacial Pain and Calming the “Noisy Brain”

Course Fee: $500

30-day Early Registration: $450

CDE Credits: 6
Saturday  9:00 am-4:00 pm

One of the major challenges in managing patient both in a general dental practice and in a chronic TMD and Orofacial Pain practice is dealing with the psychological issues that the patient brings into the dental treatment room. These issues have been described as a “noisy brain”.  Physical or procedural treatments are not fully effective or accepted until the “noisy brain” is calmed. This course will describe the phenomena and concepts of the “noisy brain” and present a process for quieting the “noisy brain” in patients who have chronic conditions such as TMD/OFP or a “bad bite” that does not resolve with occlusal adjustments.

Course Directors

Donald Goodman, PhD

Robert L. Merrill, DDS, MS

Lecture Topics / Learning Objectives
• Pain Science as it relates to OFP/TMD – Robert L. Merrill, DDS, MS
• Chronic Pain – Where does the brain go wrong? – Don Goodman, PhD 
• The Default Mode Network – its history and implications in treating pain and distress – Robert L. Merrill , DDS, MS
• CBT, CBT Plus, rewiring and changing the brain – Don Goodman, PhD
• The Physical Medicine Protocol – The Magic Bullet - Robert L. Merrill, DDS, MS
• Bringing the brain to a meeting of the mind – Don Goodman, PhD


speakers/instructors and topics are subject to change without prior notice