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Welcome to the Northern Virginia Dental Society!

Founded in 1931, the Northern Virginia Dental Society (NVDS) is the largest of eight component societies of the Virginia Dental Association and the American Dental Association with over 1,4​00 local member dentists including specialists.


NVDS CE PROGRAM – “Understanding Orofacial Pain in a GP Practice” with Mayoor Patel, DDS, MS

  • Fri, Oct 22, 2021 | 8:30 AM - Fri, Oct 22, 2021 | 4:00 PM
  • Location: Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
  • Address: 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax, VA
  • Contact: Erin Matlock
  • Email: ematlock@nvds.org
  • Phone: 703/642-5297

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In-Person Continuing Education Lecture
Registration starts at 8 am
Full Day - 6 CE 


This 1-day orofacial pain program is designed specifically to help dental practitioners become more proficient in evaluation, differential diagnosis, treatment, management and in some cases refer patients to other healthcare providers who have TMD, and other types of orofacial pain.

The management of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain is a complex problem in dentistry. In order to effectively manage TMD and orofacial pain disorders the clinician must be able to recognize these disorders from other orofacial pain disorders so that correct treatment can be selected.

We will dive deep into reviewing the multiple factors that relate to TMD and orofacial pain disorders. Treatments based on sound scientific principles will be discussed. Clinicians will be challenged with clinical cases on diagnosing and understanding on how to take a detailed history so that correct therapy can be selected for each patient. This program will benefit all practitioners interested in understanding the complexity of managing temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain.

Key Takeaways:

● Differentiate between the many common types of orofacial pain.

● Expand your knowledge in orofacial pain treatment.

Course Objectives:

Differentiate temporomandibular disorders from other orofacial pain disorders

Understand the referral pain patterns that mimic tooth pain

Take a comprehensive pain history and complete a thorough examination for temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain disorders

Understand the role of pharmacology in managing orofacial pain disorders

Interactive case studies

About Our Presenter:

Dr. Patel received his dental degree from the University of Tennessee in 1994. After graduation he completed a one-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD). In 2011 he completed a Masters in Science from Tufts University in the area of Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Patel has earned a Fellowship in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He also became a Diplomate in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Board of Orofacial Pain, American Board of Craniofacial Pain and American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. 

Presently, Dr. Patel serves as a board member with the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine and is a cofounder of the British Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and Ben-Pat Institute. He also served on the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain as secretary and a board member and as examination chair for and American Board of Craniofacial Pain and American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep medicine. Holds adjunct faculty with the Atlanta Sleep School, and Augusta University. In the past has served as a founding and board member of the Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals.

Since 2003, Dr. Patel has limited his practice to the treatment of TMJ Disorders, Headaches, Facial Pain and Sleep Apnea. Additional contributions have been published textbook chapters, consumer books, one on treatment options for sleep apnea and the other on understanding temporomandibular disorders, and various professional and consumer articles. 

Dr. Patel speaks nationally and internationally on topics of dental sleep medicine, Orofacial pain and TMJ disorders. 

The Northern Virginia Dental Society is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. See each course description for the number of continuing education credits designated by the Northern Virginia Dental Society.