Fundamentals of TMD Diagnosis & Treatment 

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The goal of this program is to introduce the fundamental principles of diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), and sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBDs) to dentists who are new to the field and to dentists who would like to refresh their knowledge base. This program is also ideal preparation for dentists who wish to enroll in the AACP Institute’s Craniofacial Pain Mini-Residency program.

After completing Fundamentals, you will have learned:

  • To recognize the signs and symptoms of TMD and SRBDs;
  • The neuroanatomy, and muscle anatomy and function, of the head and neck;
  • How to interpret cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head and neck;
  • The diagnosis and treatment options for OSA, and the dentist’s role;
  • How to do a comprehensive clinical examination of the head and neck, including medical and trauma histories;
  • The rationale and technique for taking a bite registration for oral appliance therapy, and the available types of oral appliances for treating TMD and SRBDs.


The Fundamentals program is broken into eight modules:

  1. Diagnosis: Symptoms versus Origin;
  2. Neuroanatomy 101;
  3. Muscle Anatomy and Function;
  4. Imaging for the Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine Practitioners;
  5. Fundamentals of Treating the Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Patient in the Dental Setting;
  6. Comprehensive Clinical Examination;
  7. Bite Registration for Oral Appliance Therapy; and
  8. Appliance Therapy.

Program length: 9+ hours

Program expires: March 28, 2018

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$975.04 $780.04

List of Modules

Instructor: Steven Olmos, DDS

Dr. Steven Olmos has been in private practice for more than 30 years, with the last 20 years devoted to research and treatment of craniofacial pain, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and sleep-disordered breathing. He obtained his DDS from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and and is Board Certified in both chronic pain and Sleep Related Breathing Disorders by the American Board of Crainofacial pain, The American Academy of Pain Management, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and American Board of Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine.

Instructor: Lynn Lipskis, DDS

Dr. Lipskis is a graduate of Loyola University School of Dentistry and founded St. Charles Family Dentistry Ltd., a family dental practice, with her husband. They have practiced together for 30 years. In 2011, Dr. Lynn made the decision to concentrate her professional attention solely on the practice of Dental Sleep Medicine and the treatment of TMD and chronic pain.

Instructor: Melody A. Baron, DDS

After completing an undergraduate BFA degree in Flute Performance and participating on the U of M dance line, Dr. Melody Baron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She is interested in many areas of dentistry, especially endodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery, which was sparked by a college mission trip to Jamaica.

Instructor: Edmund Liem, DDS

Dr. Edmund Liem has been in general dentistry for 34 years. He graduated in January 1979 from the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. He went in private general practice in the city of Nijmegen till 1994.
He moved to Canada in 1994 and is in general practice in the city of Chilliwack, BC, Canada. Since then he pursued his interest in Orthodontics, TMD and Sleep Disordered Breathing; to learn and stay up to date he has spent more than 2000 hours of continuing education on the topics of Orthodontics, Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Disordered Breathing.

Instructor: David E. Shirazi, DDS

Dr. Shirazi graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry, in Washington D.C. in 2000 and earned a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine from SAMRA University in 2006 and is also a board licensed Acupuncturist. He has completed over 2000 hours of continuing education in TMD and facial pain, craniomandibular orthopedics, and sleep disordered breathing. He has also completed a hospital mini-residency in oriental medicine at the China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Centre which is the only organization the World Health Organization (WHO) has authorized to teach internationally on acupuncture and herbology, and another at Kyung Hee University and Medical Center, the top medical hospital and medical research school in Korea. In 2011, he became a board licensed RPSGT, the first and so far only, dual degreed dentist and RPSGT. He is the founder of the Bite, Breathe and Balance study group, dedicated to the multidisciplinary approach to treating craniofacial pain and sleep disorders. Dr. Shirazi is the director of a state of the art private practice, The TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Conejo Valley, that is limited to the treatment of TMD, craniofacial pain, Sleep breathing disorders, and craniomandibular orthopedics.

Instructor: Catherine McGregor, DDS

Following a B.Sc. in Biology-Chemistry, Dr. McGregor graduated from Dentistry at McGill University in Montreal in 1974. She has completed extensive postdoctoral studies throughout North America with the leaders in the fields of craniofacial pain, jaw joint disorders, dentofacial orthopedics and sleep disordered breathing. She earned her AACP Fellowship in 2007.

Instructor: Chase Bennett, DDS

Dr. Chase Bennett is a second-generation dentist growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he attended Oklahoma State University. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology and then made the 90-mile trek south to attend the University Of Oklahoma College Of Dentistry. Dr. Bennett graduated from the College of Dentistry with very special distinction, and also completed an externship at the renowned Tufts University Dental School-Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Center under the direction of Dr. Noshir Mehta in Boston, MA.

At a very young age Dr. Bennett was exposed to the expanding field of Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Disordered Breathing, as his father’s practice was limited to the treatment of these disorders. Dr. Bennett spent 9 years working under his father’s direction while he pursued advanced education in the fields of TMD, Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Disordered Breathing through Dr. Steven Olmos’ residency programs.

Instructor: Edmund Lipskis, DDS

Dr. Edmund Lipskis has over 2000 hours of post graduate education in the fields of orthodontics, TMJ dysfunction, sleep related breathing disorders and chronic pain therapies. He has traveled worldwide to study with some of the leaders in these fields. His commitment to learning continues today.
Dr. Lipskis is a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain. He is also a fellow in the International Association or Orthodontics.