Graduate Orofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic

Location:1st Floor, UCLA Dental Clinics, Room 10-157 CHS

Phone Number: (310) 794-1929

Fax Number: (310) 206-5302

Provider Level:  Post-Graduate

Services

The UCLA Graduate Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic provides state-of-the art diagnosis and treatment for chronic orofacial pain conditions, based on current information and knowledge that is supported by appropriate research and studies. The clinic also provides dental devices for  patients referred with obstructive sleep apnea who cannot tolerate a CPAP device. The examination and treatment are provided under the direction of the Attending Faculty who are Board Certified and Diplomates of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.

What to Expect as a New Patient

There are many causes of chronic orofacial pain, including nerve disorders, headache, musculoskeletal and TMJ disorders. The New Patient will receive a comprehensive examination for head and neck pain, including a neurological and head and neck physical assessment to determine cranial nerve function, cervical and TMJ function. Additionally, we do an oral status examination, a thorough muscle palpation of the head and neck muscles and a sleep breathing disorder assessment. These examinations are necessary to determine the cause or source of the pain and suggest the most effective treatment protocols.  A CT or MRI and blood tests may also be ordered as part of this comprehensive evaluation. Diagnosis and treatment of chronic orofacial pain requires medical codes and is not covered by dental insurance.

Since chronic pain can have an overwhelming impact on the patient’s ability to function normally, the New Patient will be expected to fill out some pencil and paper psychological status tests to determine how much impact the pain is having on their life and to guide us in providing the most effective treatment protocols to address the patient’s specific pain problems. We may recommend cognitive behavioral therapy with our clinical psychologists to address the psychological/stress components of the pain.

Chronic pain is very complicated and treatment usually takes several visits to gain improvement. Chronic pain develops over time and treatment procedures also take time to make an impact on the pain. There is no “magic bullet” for chronic pain.  Treatments differ, depending on type of pain and may involve physical medicine modalities, nerve blocks, joint lavage and medications. 

Hours

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm
Clinic Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm

Contact Us

For questions regarding appointments, billing, or your care, please contact the main clinic line at 
(310) 794-1929.