:

 
Orofacial Pain


Background

Orofacial Pain is the emerging dental specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of pain and dysfunction of the motor and sensory aspects of the trigeminal nerve system. Previously this area of practice was referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMDs); however, current evidence indicates that many patients have signs and symptoms outside of the masticatory system that directly affect their orofacial pain complaints. Orofacial Pain practitioners routinely deal with patients whose head, neck, shoulder or systemic conditions masquerade as facial pain. The modern practice of Orofacial Pain requires a distinctly unique blend of knowledge and skills in order to deal with a patient population that frequently "falls between the cracks" of traditional dental and medical practices.

Resources

[PDF] NPDS Orofacial Pain Center Exam Form

[PDF] Physical Self-Regulation Patient Handout

[PDF] DOD OFP Phone Directory

Orofacial Pain CE Course

The Orofacial Pain Department offers a five day continuing education course through the Naval Postgraduate Dental Course (NPDS). The dates, summary and objectives of the course can be found via the Bethesda CE course listing.

Residency

In July 2001, the Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS) opened the military’s first Orofacial Pain advanced training program. The program’s curriculum is based on the training guidelines of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and the International Association for the Study of Pain. The 24 or 36 month residency provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of the physiology of pain and offers a wide variety of clinical experiences through both the NPDS Orofacial Pain Center and specialty rotations in the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center . Upon successful completion of the residency, individuals are eligible to challenge the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Although previous residency training is not a prerequisite, the majority of current orofacial pain providers have completed a prior residency program.

[PDF] Orofacial Pain Residency Program

The Orofacial Pain program accepts one to two individuals per year, or as needed, and is open to all federal service dentists. Non-Navy dentists are encouraged to apply. For further information about the Orofacial Pain residency contact us.


Contact

Orofacial Pain
Building 2 Floor 3 Room 3274
Main: (301) 295-1495
DSN: 295-1495
Fax: (301)295-2070
Fax DSN: 295-1495



Other locations with orofacial pain providers:

Portsmouth, VA

(757) 953-2740

DSN: 377-2740

 

Norfolk, VA

 (757)953-8593

 DSN:377-8593

 

San Diego, CA

(619) 532-8652

DSN: 522-8652

 

Camp Lejeune, NC

(910) 450-4740

DSN: 750-4740

 

Okinawa, Japan

 DSN: 315-636-3171

 

Travis AF Base, CA

 707 423-7008

 DSN: 799-7008

 

Keesler AFB, MS

(228) 376-0511

 DSN: 591-0511

 

Fort Bragg, NC

(910) 432-1893 

 

Fort Jackson, SC

 (803) 751-1809

 

Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX

(210) 671-9899

DSN: 473-9899

 

Tripler Army Medical Center, HI

 (859) 559-2543

 DSN: 433-5283