33rd Annual UK Orofacial Pain Symposium: TMD for the General Practitioner (2021)

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Begin Date: 
Friday, October 8, 2021 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
University of Kentucky & Online



CE Credit: 6.25 CDE credits 
In-Person Location: University of Kentucky, Charles T. Wethington Building/Health Sciences Building, Room 127, 900 South Limestone, Lexington, KY
Parking: UK Chandler Hospital Parking Garage, 110 Transcript Street (Corner of South Limestone and Transcript Street-enter the garage on Transcript Street). For parking validation, please bring your parking ticket with you to the meeting. See map (PDF).
Distance Location: Via Zoom Webinar. If this option is selected, the Zoom login instructions will be emailed on the Wednesday before the meeting between 4-5 pm.
Schedule: Registration 8:30 am ET; Course: 9 am–4:30 pm ET
Educational Training Methods: Live Interactive Lecture Format
$295 Dentist; $155 Auxiliary; UK Residents must attend via Zoom
                        (Continental breakfast and lunch included) 
      Zoom: $265 Dentist; $125 Auxiliary; $0 UK Resident-When registering, please use your UK email address.
Intended Audience: Dentists, specialists, dental hygienists, and dental team members.
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Questions: Pam Calvert, Program Coordinator, 859-323-8187 or pam.calvert@uky.edu
Meagan Castro, Staff Assistant, 859-323-8155 or meagan.castro@uky.edu
Registration Deadline: October 6, 11:59 pm

Program Description 

The University of Kentucky Orofacial Pain Clinic was established in 1977. Since that time evidence-based dentistry has revealed significant data that has required major shifts in the management concepts of orofacial pain. At the same time, significant interest has arisen in the area of TMD. Over the years, the University of Kentucky orofacial pain faculty have been able to shift management philosophies to best reflect the current evidence. In some areas, the faculty have been able to make significant contributions to these management concepts. This program will be discuss TMD for the General Practitioner. 

Keynote Presentation Overview: This presentation will review orofacial pain diagnoses and contributing factors with a focus on temporomandibular disorders and will discuss therapeutic strategies for managing these conditions.


  • Diagnose common temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
  • Determine when a complaint of non-odontogenic pain falls outside the category of TMD.
  • Assess factors that contribute to their patients' pain.
  • Select appropriate management/referral strategies for their TMD patients.
  • Understand and appreciate the clinical presentation of dystonia.
  • Describe the two most common oromandibular dystonia.
  • Describe national and state epidemiology of opioid use and misuse.
  • Discuss opioid prescription for acute vs chronic pain management.
  • Describe the implementation of a nudge unit to modify prescribing decision-making and trends.
  • Discuss how fatigue contributes to the pain experience.
  • Explain the prevalence and impact of fatigue in chronic orofacial pain.
  • List multiple fatigue subtypes most commonly seen in the context of orofacial pain.

Program Agenda

  • 8:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9 am: Opening Remarks
  • 9:10 am: TMD: Pearls for Pain Management, Part I by Dr. Thomas Weber
  • 10:15 am: Morning Break
  • 10:30 am: TMD: Pearls for Pain Management, Part 2 by Dr. Thomas Weber
  • 11:45 am: Q&A
  • 12 pm: Lunch (Box lunch provided)
  • 12:45 pm: The Management of Dystonia with Botox by Dr. Jeffrey Okeson
  • 1:30 pm: Opioid Prescription Patterns: Identifying the Factors that Influence Prescribing Behavior by Dr. Marcia Rojas
  • 2:15 pm: Afternoon Break
  • 2:30 pm: Understanding the Role of Fatigue in the Orofacial Pain Experience by Dr. Ian Boggero, PhD
  • 3:15 pm: Diagnostic Accuracy of a Portable Device (Bruxoff (R)) to Measure Sleep Bruxism by Dr. Fernanda Yanez-Regonesi
  • 4 pm: Q&A
  • 4:30 pm: Program concludes 

*Schedule subject to change. 


WeberMorning Keynote Speaker: Thomas Weber, DDS, MS
Dr. Weber is an orofacial pain specialist in the U.S. Air Force. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University (2006) and then completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency at Wright-Patterson Medical Center (2007). Dr. Weber completed a residency in the Orofacial Pain Center at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where he received his certificate in Orofacial Pain (2014) and Master of Science degree (2015). He currently practices at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where he serves as assistant professor in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a clinical instructor in the Eglin AEGD residency. Dr. Weber is a diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and a fellow of the AAOP.

Afternoon Speakers:


Ian Boggero, PhD
Dr. Boggero obtained his B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and completed his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Boggero specializes in clinical work and research with chronic pain populations, and is particularly interested in how fatigue impacts pain outcomes in patients with chronic orofacial pain. His research has been published in top pain journals and his work has been funded by the NIH, American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and the American Psychological Association, among others. Currently, his research is focused on delineating the unique and overlapping contributions of poor sleep and fatigue on pain outcomes in chronic orofacial pain. 


Jeffrey P. Okeson, DMD, Orofacial Pain Symposium Course Director
Dr. Okeson is Professor and Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. He founded in the college's Orofacial Pain Program in 1977. Dr. Okeson has more than 240 publications in the area of occlusion, TM disorders and orofacial pain in various national and international journals. The eight edition of Dr. Okeson's textbook Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion is published by Elsevier Publishers. This text is used in most of the United States dental schools as well as in many other countries. It has been translated into twelve languages. In addition to this text, Dr. Okeson has authored the 7th edition of Bell’s Oral and Facial Pains which is published by Quintessence Publishing Company and widely used in orofacial pain programs throughout the world. Dr. Okeson is an active member of many TMD and orofacial pain organizations holding many offices and serving on numerous committees and boards. He is a past President of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and former editor of the Academy’s Guidelines. He is a founding Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and has serviced twice as President. Dr. Okeson is a very sought after lecturer on the subject of TMD and orofacial pain and has presented more than 1300 invited lectures on the subject of TMD and orofacial pain in all 50 states and in 59 countries. He has received numerous teaching awards including “The International Dentist of the Year Award” from the Academy of Dentistry International. This is the highest award recognized by this Academy and was given to him in recognition of his worldwide efforts in providing education in the area of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain. 

RojasMarcia Rojas, DDS, MS, Assistant Professor of Dentistry, University of Kentucky
Dr. Marcia Rojas-Ramirez is an Assistant Professor (tenure track) at the University of Kentucky. She was born and raised in Costa Rica where she received her dental degree from the University of Costa Rica in 2011. She practiced in her hometown as a general dentist before completing a Master’s Degree in Orofacial Pain at the University of Kentucky. Since 2019, she has been working full time at the College of Dentistry. She works at the pre-doctoral level in a clinical setting aiding with the dental diagnostic and treatment plan process. Additionally, she practices at the Orofacial Pain Clinic, where she works with residents/graduate students diagnosing and managing conditions such as temporomandibular disorders, neuropathic pains, and headaches. In this multidisciplinary setting a comprehensive approach to patient care is undertaken, utilizing different methods to manage chronic orofacial pain such as pharmacotherapy, trigger point injections, onabotulinum toxin A injections, oral splints, behavioral and physical therapy interventions. Dr. Rojas-Ramirez also contributes to research and her interest includes biopsychosocial factors that predict disease onset, persistence, or treatment outcomes in orofacial conditions. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and belongs to multiple professional organizations. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, cooking, and gardening.

YanezFernanda Yanez-Regonesi, DDS, MS, Assistant Professor of Dentistry, University of Kentucky
Dr. Yanez-Regonesi received her dental degree (DDS) from Pontificia Universidad Catolica, in Santiago, Chile. She worked for two years in private practice before moving to Kentucky. She completed a three-year Master’s program in Orofacial Pain at the University of Kentucky (2017-2020). Her master project evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of a portable device for sleep bruxism. She obtained a grant from the AAOP for her research. Dr. Yanez-Regonesi obtained board certification in orofacial pain in 2020, and joined the faculty at UK at the Division OFP in 2020. She has presented several posters and given lectures in national and international meetings. Her research areas of interest are/include: bruxism, neuropathic pain, and headaches.

Conflict of Interest 

Our speaker has no proprietary, financial or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service and or company that will be discussed on considered during this presentation. If they do, this has been noted in the promotional material and will be made available to participants at the start of the program. The staff of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry have no relevant financial relationships to disclose pertaining to this course. Members of the CE planning committee have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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