Quality Resource Guide: Assessing Orofacial Pain is organized by MetLife and will be held from Nov 01, 2016 - Dec 31, 2020. This CME Conference has been approved for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education credits.
Orofacial pain encompasses a wide range of potential disorders usually separated into three primary categories: musculoskeletal, neurovascular and neuropathic. The fourth edition of this Guide presents straightforward guidelines for the dental professional to categorize a patient's orofacial pain by identifying the quality of the pain and history, and performing a clinical exam. A series of clinical approaches are discussed to identify, or rule out, factors that may be contributing to, or exacerbating, the pain.
Following this unit of instruction, the learner should be able to:
• Describe the primary categories for orofacial pain.
• Understand how local anesthetic challenges may be used to identify a patient’s true source of pain.
• Discuss how to evaluate whether sinus congestion is contributing to a patient’s orofacial pain.
• Understand how referred pain patterns may be used to help determine whether a patient’s perceived pain is coming from a different location.
• Realize masticatory and/or cervical pain may contribute to a patient’s headache.
Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available.
Dentistry, Pain Management, Quality Management