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33 newly revised and updated hour long lectures that can be immediately streamed
or purchased as DVDs.

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Jeffrey P Okeson, DMD


Professor and Director
 Orofacial  Pain Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky, USA

To hear Dr. Okeson's summary of the lecture series,
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Group IV:  Managing Temporomandibular Disorders
Seven Lectures #18 - #24
Lecture #18: Managing Muscle Pain - Part 1:
Understanding the Program (58 min / 2016)
Muscle pain is the most pain complaint of all humans. However, many clinicians do not have a sound understand of muscle pain and therefore have a difficult time managing it. Too often dentists believe that muscle pain is caused by a mechanical problem such as the occlusion or joint position. In this lecture, Dr. Okeson presents data that will question the traditional approaches to treating muscle pain. He will review and explain a clinical model that will help the clinician better understand and manage muscle pain disorders. Effective management of muscle disorders must begin with understanding the underlining pathophysiology of muscle pain. The masticatory muscle pain model that Dr. Okeson discusses differentiates six different presentations of muscle pain that must be considered before therapy can be selected.
After describing the relationship of all six muscle conditions, he goes into detail explaining the most common muscle condition seen in a dental office, local muscle soreness. It is critical that all clinicians be able to recognize this most common, acute muscle pain complaint.
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​   Lecture 19: Managing Muscle Pain - Part 2: Co-Contraction, Local Muscle Soreness and Myospasm  (56 min /2016)
The most critical task for the orofacial pain clinician is establishing the correct diagnosis. It is only with a proper diagnosis that effective treatment can be selected. The data needed to establish the diagnosis comes from the information the clinician receives from the patient. This information comes by way of the history and the examination of the masticatory structures. In this presentation, Dr. Okeson reviews all the information that must be acquired from the patient to establish the proper diagnosis. He emphasizes the importance of listening carefully to the patient as she or he describes the pain. Dr. Okeson expertly organizes the information that must be attained in a simple and logical manner. He then reviews each aspect of a detailed head and neck examination. Collecting and understanding the information you receive from the history and examination allows the clinician to establish the correct diagnosis.


Lecture 20: Managing Muscle Pain - Part 3: Myofascial Pain, Central Mediated Myalgia and Fibromyalgia  (49 min /2016)
This is part three of the lecture series on masticatory muscle pain disorders. Dr. Okeson specifically describes the diagnostic and therapeutic considerations for myofascial pain, central mediated myalgia and fibromyalgia. The role of the dentist in each of these muscle pain conditions are described in details. 

Lecture #21: The Indications and Fabrication of a Stabilization Appliance    
(53 min / 2016)
The occlusal appliance is one of the most common treatments extended to the patient suffering with a temporomandibular disorder. The clinician needs to appreciate that an appliance does not help all TM disorders, but can be useful with certain muscle conditions. In this lecture, Dr. Okeson presents a simple and straight-forward technique to fabricate a stabilization appliance. Each step of the fabrication is presented with photos and video clips making the procedures easy to use in your office. This technique requires minimum laboratory support and can be fabricated in one office visit.
Lecture #22: The Management of Muscle Pain with a Stabilization Appliance: What
do you do next?  (61 min / 2005)

Many clinicians fabricate stabilization appliances but they may be uncertain as what to do next. In this lecture, Dr. Okeson presents a step by step algorithm that gives direction to the clinician regarding the proper sequencing of treatment for a stabilization appliance. Once the patient has successfully responded to the treatment, the question that needs to be addressed is, “What do you do next? Dr. Okeson reviews eight different ways a stabilization appliance may help reduce the patient's TMD symptoms. Once the patient's symptoms have been reduced, the clinician will need to decide what, if any, additional treatment is needed. This will help the clinician determine if there is a need to permanently alter the patient's occlusion.



Lecture #23: Indications and Fabrication of an Anterior Positioning (50 min / 2016)

There is much controversy regarding the use of an anterior positioning appliance in the management of certain TM disorders. In this lecture, Dr. Okeson reviews the history of this appliance and how the literature has helped the clinician better understand when this appliance may be helpful and what can be achieved. Dr. Okeson also presents a simple technique that can be used to custom design an anterior positioning appliance to meet your patient's intracapsular needs. 


Lecture #24: Treatment Protocol for using an Anterior Positioning Appliance
(62 min / 2016)

Over the years, the use of the anterior positioning appliance has fallen in and out of favor. In this lecture, Dr. Okeson describes a simple and effective way to use an anterior positioning appliance for your patient. A treatment algorithm for a patient with a painful disc displacement with reduction is described making this management very predictable. The concept of when it may be necessary to restore the patient's occlusion is also reviewed. The management of patients with disc dislocation without reduction is also discussed and an algorithm is also presented specifically for this disorder. Expectations and goals for both of these conditions are thoroughly discussed.


   The Seven Lectures in this Group can be streamed at a reduced rate.

Set 3: Lectures on managing muscle pain disorders, #21 and #22, can be streamed at a reduced rate.

Set 4: Lectures on managing intracapsular pain disorders, #23, and #24, can be streamed at a reduced rate.  

Click here to stream lecture #19
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Click here to stream lecture #20
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Click here to stream lecture #21
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Click here to stream lecture #22
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Click here to stream lecture #23
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Click here to stream lecture #24
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Click here to stream all seven lectures in Group IV
$161 US for 9 months
Click here to stream lectures #21 and #22
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Click here to stream lectures #23 and #24
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Click here to stream the complete series of 33 lectures
$825 US for 14 months
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