The Orofacial Pain Center at the University of Kentucky was founded in 1977 for the purpose of helping patients suffering with various temporomandibular disorders.
Since that time it has expanded into a multi-disciplinary center for the management of complex orofacial pain problems, including temporomandibular disorders. Patients are routinely evaluated by dentists, clinical psychologists and physical therapists. Medical and dental specialists are called upon regularly to assist in the diagnosis and management of complex pain problems.
In 1997 the University of Kentucky Orofacial Pain Master's Degree Program was nationally accredited by the Post-Graduate Education Committee of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. The Kentucky Program was the first to achieve this national accreditation. The Orofacial Pain Program has become one of the first of three orofacial pain programs in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. After a successful site visit in March of 2011, the accreditation became official in October of 2011.
The Orofacial Pain Center has been offering education in the areas of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain since 1985. Presently, the Center offers three full-time graduate training programs and three part-time continuing education programs.
Our educational philosophy is to create a collegial atmosphere that is challenging, provocative, conducive to learning, and based on the development of critical thinking skills in clinical and scholarly activities. To achieve these goals, we provide a diverse set of didactic and clinical experiences in the area of temporomandibular disorders, orofacial pain, oral medicine and sleep apnea.