Recorded Seminar

Myofascial Sources of Pain

Speaker: Seena Patel, DMD
Fee: $50/MDA DDS; $50/Staff; $75/Non-member DDS
CE Credits: 1

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Myofascial pain is a common source of musculoskeletal pain affecting the jaws and neck. It can lead to chronic, debilitating pain that also manifests as unexplained tooth pain, earaches, and headaches. This course will review the musculoskeletal sources of orofacial pain, namely myofascial pain. Specifically, this session will cover the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management of myofascial pain of the head and neck. Dentists will learn how to identify a patient with myofascial pain, identify myofascial trigger points, and manage the patient’s symptoms.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of myofascial pain.
  • Identify patients with masticatory and cervical myofascial pain.
  • Describe the referral patterns of myofascial trigger points in the jaws, head, and neck.
  • Describe how to perform a musculoskeletal examination for the head and neck.
  • Explain treatment protocols for myofascial pain.

This course counts toward the Michigan Board of Dentistry’s pain management requirement.

About the Speaker … Dr. Seena Patel currently serves as the Associate Director of Oral Medicine and Assistant Professor at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health at A.T. Still University. She is also an associate at Southwest Orofacial Group in Phoenix, Arizona, limiting her practice to orofacial pain, oral medicine, and dental sleep medicine since 2012. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and the American Board of Oral Medicine. Dr. Patel simultaneously earned her dental and master’s in public health degrees from the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in 2010 and completed her residency in both orofacial pain and oral medicine at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California in 2012. Her educational interests are in myofascial pain, neuropathic pain, oral mucosal diseases, management of obstructive sleep apnea with mandibular advancement devices, and the dental management of medically complex patients. Dr. Patel maintains her membership in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and American Academy of Oral Medicine, Central Arizona Dental Society, Arizona Dental Association, American Dental Association and American Dental Education Association.