Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorder SERIES 1 ON SALE!!

Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorder (OPTD1A)


Short Course:  8 for California Board of Dental Examiners (CBDE) for CD/CPD Credits (Part B is available only for those that have taken Part A prior; call our office to order Part B)

Courses are appropriate for:  General Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Endodontists, Geriatric Dental Specialists, Dental Implant Surgeons, Prosthodontists, Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists

Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorder, Series 1A (OPTD1A) Topics Include: Musculoskeletal Pain, TMJ Pain, Imaging for TMD, and more.

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Instructor Bio

Dr. Vanessa Benavent, DDS, MSD, FAGD

Dr. Vanessa Benavent is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.  She is also a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry.

She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 2009, pursued a General Practice Residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore, and then completed a two-year Master’s program in Orofacial Pain at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers School of Dental Medicine) in 2012. 

She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD), served as Clinical Director of the UMSOD Brotman Orofacial Pain Clinic, and has a private practice limited to orofacial pain, TMJ disorders, and dental sleep medicine.  Dr. Benavent is on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, is a member of the Council of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and is President-Elect of the Maryland State Dental Association.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None reported


Introduction and Pain History

TMJ and Musculoskeletal Pain

Physical Exam

Cranial Nerve Screening

Imaging for TMD

Evidence-Based Treatment of TMD and OFP

Neurovascular Pain

Neuropathic Pain

Acute vs. Chronic Pain

Course Objectives

Dentists are very skilled at diagnosing odontogenic pain in their everyday practice, but sometimes a patient comes along that does not fit the mold.  Their pain does not sound like a typical toothache, and vitality testing is at best equivocal…now what? Understanding the characteristics of non-odontogenic pain that arise from different systems in the head and neck can provide an illuminating framework for recognizing musculoskeletal, neuropathic, and neurovascular pain. 

Dr. Vanessa Benavent explores the foundations of orofacial pain for the general practitioner.  She explains how to ask these exceptional patients about their pain to elicit the most valuable information. Reviews the primary features of musculoskeletal pain. Elaborates on the key components of the TMD exam and cranial nerve screening. As well as the role of imaging in TMD and the evidence-based management of temporomandibular disorder pain.  She also delves into the features of neuropathic and neurovascular pain as important clinical presentations to recognize in the course of general dental practice.  Someday you will come across one of these patients, and it is valuable to recognize these clinical features early on to provide the most effective treatment possible for your patients. 


California Board of Dental Examiners (CBDE)

American Seminar Institute is an approved provider for the California Board of Dental Examiners, License# 2068, Original Issuance Date:  01/27/88; Expiration Date:  01/31/20. Credits satisfy California Dental Education Requirements, as well as most State and Dental Academy requirements.


Because each individual agency/academy/state has specific requirements, it is necessary that you consult with the appropriate agency/academy/state regarding final approval of continuing education credits.

Produced:  4/21/2017      Expired for ADA/AGD Credit: 4/20/2020

Additional Information

Additional Dental Continuing Education (CE/CPD) options available:

Other courses of interest may include:  Foundations in Pediatric DentistryConquering Difficult CasesHead and Neck Cancer and Modern Restorations

For up-coming courses, please visit: Dental Courses Coming Soon There you will find abbreviated listings of additional courses that are soon to be released.


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    Susan R., RDH, Colorado