Orofacial Pain


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.


[PDF] NPDS Orofacial Pain Center Exam Form

[PDF] Physical Self-Regulation Patient Handout

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.


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. The graduate will receive a residency certificate upon graduation, along with a Masters in Oral Biology degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. 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.


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


Sewell's Point Norfolk, VA


 DSN: 377-8593


Naval Branch, San Diego, CA

(619) 532-8652

DSN: 522-8652


Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, NC

(910) 450-4740

DSN: 750-4740


Kadena Flight Line, Okinawa, Japan

 DSN: 315-634-6420


Travis AF Base, Fairfield, CA

 Front Desk: (707) 423-7008

 DSN: 799-7008


Keesler AFB, MS

(228) 376-0511

 DSN: 591-0511


Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan



(315) 243-5609


Army DENTAC, Fort Jackson, SC

 (803) 751-1809


Wilford Hall, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX

(210) 671-9899

DSN: 473-9899


AFB, Destin, FL

OFP Clinic: (850) 883-9192



 DSN: 875-8712