Orofacial Pain

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  • Kentucky Clinic, Orofacial Pain Clinic, 740 S. Limestone, Lexington
    Appointments: 859-323-5500
    Hours: By appointment Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm
  • UK Healthcare at Turfland, 2195 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington
    Appointments: 859-257-9272
    Hours: By appointment Monday-Friday, 8 a
    m-5 pm

The Orofacial Pain Clinic, founded in 1977, offers patients the advantage of a multi-professional center for the management of complex orofacial pain problems. Dentists specializing in various areas, psychologists, and physical therapists routinely work together to determine the cause of a patient's pain and the best, personalized course of treatment for their condition. 

The unique structure of the clinic allows for effective assessment and management of:

  • Pain Diagnosis & Treatment: Clinicians with extensive experience in chronic intractable oral and facial pain are available to assist with: Management of continuous and episodic neuropathic oral and facial pain; and Management of temporomandibular disorders and associated neck pain and headaches.
  • Children & Adolescents Orofacial Pain: Specialized clinicians are available to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorders and other orofacial pain conditions in children and adolescents.
  • Sleep Treatment: Clinicians with extensive experience in dental sleep medicine are available to assist with snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea using oral appliances.
  • Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology: Clinicians are available to assist with the management and treatment of various conditions, including: Oral lesions; Ulcers; Dry or burning mouth; Sjögren’s syndrome; Oral manifestations of systemic diseases; Oral bacterial, fungal, and viral infections; and Salivary gland problems. Soft tissue and minor salivary gland biopsy services are available.

Common patient complaints/symptoms include:

  • Temporomandibular disorders (TMJ pain)
  • Bruxism
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Non-odontogenic toothaches
  • Face pain
  • Burning mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • Oral lesions
  • Oromandibular dystonia
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea

Faculty Providers & Dentists

Isabel Moreno Hay, DDS PhD - Division Chief
Rinskje de Leeuw, DDS, PhD
Jeffrey Okeson, DMD
Elizangela Bertoli, DDS, MS
Craig Miller, DMD, MS
Pratishtha Mishra, BDS MS
Thamer Musbah, DDS
Cristina Perez, DDS, MS
Marcia Rojas, DDS MS

Patient Feedback

Comments from Orofacial Pain Clinic patients:

  • "I feel extremely lucky and blessed to have found this clinic! I had lived with pain for more than nine months and the treatment here is what gave me my life back!" 
  • "Very thorough & good listeners!"
  • "I appreciated the time taken to fully investigate what was going on and find the best plan for my care."
  • "Love this place!! I'd highly recommend them to everyone!!!"
  • "I appreciate the sincere care and not hurried attention given to me."
  • "I have been a patient here for over eight months. At the start of these appointments, I was extremely emotional and felt like there was no hope for "no pain."  Now, even though, I still have pain, it is much more manageable and I don't feel as hopeless." 


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