Orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders are common in the general practice of dentistry. Often these conditions are difficult to diagnose and manage. The use of local anesthesia can be very valuable in assisting the clinician in establishing the correct diagnosis thereby allowing the selection of proper treatment. In some instances injections have therapeutic value. This course will highlight the indications for diagnostic and therapeutic injections. Critical information will be provided to effectively and safely inject your patient for orofacial pain conditions. The therapeutic use of local anesthetic, as well as onobotulinum toxin A (Botox) for TMD pain,
will be discussed. Each participant will perform injections on fellow participants, therefore each participant must be willing to perform and receive injections. Attendance for this program will be limited to 18 participants.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:
- Describe the indications for providing diagnostic injections for your patient.
- Describe the indications for providing therapeutic injections for your patient.
- List the rules to follow before any injection is performed.
- Be able to describe the anatomic features associated with the injection for each injection you wish to administer.
- Describe the mechanisms by which onobotulinum toxin A reduces muscle activity
- List the indications for onobotulinum toxin A injections for TMD pain.