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                             Seminar In Paradise






Presented by . . .

             Davis Thomas, BDS, DDS, MSD, MSc Med (Sleep Medicine) 



President's Week Cruise

Sunday February 15 – Sunday February 22, 2020


7 night  Western Caribbean  Cruise
                  leaving from    
 Miami, FL


Symphony of the Seas





The science of Pain and Pain Management is just exploding with new facts, studies and reversal of traditional myths. The dental practitioner comes across several instances of common and not so common pain conditions that are not adequately addressed in dental school curricula. As a matter of fact, studies done specifically to see how our professional institutions fare in Pain education to our graduates and post-graduates show the training in this field to be abysmal! Many dental practitioners go through the frustration of having to deal with Pain cases in their practices with an inability to diagnose and treatment plan them.


Orofacial Pain (OFP) is an emerging specialty in the United States. It has already been recognized as a sub-specialty of Dentistry in several countries such as Canada, Brazil and Israel. The complex nature of OFP conditions and the crossover to other branches of dentistry as well as Medicine make the diagnosis and treatment of OFP conditions often cumbersome and difficult. The lack of coordination and consensus amongst different organizations concerned with the management of these patients also make this a complex issue. TMJ conditions form only a portion of these OFP diagnoses.

This course is meant to describe the basics of OFP/ TMJ/ TMD and give the principles of evidence-based Diagnosis and Treatment for these conditions. The science of Sleep Medicine and treatment of sleep disorders have been going through major advances in the past two decades. The significant morbidity and mortality associated with Sleep disorders is well documented in the literature. There is a growing interest among the dental professionals to learn how to treat patients with sleep disordered breathing utilizing oral appliances. Pain is integrally related to sleep!!



1. To describe the physiology of “normal” and pathologic pain (acute and chronic pain)

2. To understand how to screen patient cases for warning signs & symptoms of who may end up in a
    chronic pain or “TMJ” case       

3. To properly differentiate between “dental” and “non-dental” tooth aches: neuropathic, myofascial and neurovascular pain

4. To understand the evidence-based management of dental pain and what is NEW

5. To have a thorough understanding of the warning signs of ominous cases of pain

6. To have a good knowledge of Orofacial Pain conditions and how to begin managing them

7. To know what cases to definitely refer; when and to who

8.  To understand the basics of Sleep and Pain associations  

9. To have basic knowledge of the management of BRUXISM and other sleep related disorders




1. Introduction to Pain Physiology; acute and chronic pain: what dentists should know

2. Pain Management: EVIDENCE BASED approach in DENTISTRY and Orofacial Pain

3. Non dental tooth aches: the basic SCIENCE behind them; when is dental pain NOT “dental”

4. Ominous cases of dental pain: CAUTION with these cases!! Medico-legal aspects of Pain management in Dentistry

5. Basics of TMJ/ TMD/ clicks, pops, locks, jaw pain etc.

6. Bruxism: the latest science and myths; management

7. Nerve injuries in dentistry: how to prevent, recognize and manage them and stay out of trouble

8. Analgesics, anesthetics, opioids: which might be appropriate for what

6. Sleep and Pain associations: what we dentists must know

7.  Role of dental occlusion in causation of TMD: what are the facts? What is the latest in this science?"

8. Adjuvant modalities for Pain: Botox, injections, PT, ultrasound, meditation







(detailed course material will be posted shortly)



AGD Codes:  tba




Davis Thomas, BDS, DDS, MSD, MSc Med

·          Asst. Clinical Prof, Department of Orofacial Pain, Rutgers University Dental School, Newark, NJ, USA

·          Ast. Professor, Rochester medical School, Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY

·          Masters ( MSc Med) in Sleep medicine, Univ of Sydney, Australia

·          Masters (MSc) candidate in Clinical Pain Management, Univ. of Edinburgh, UK

·          Diplomate American Board of Orofacial Pain

·          Fellow, American Academy of Orofacial Pain


Davis Thomas BDS, DDS, MSD, MSc Med        

Dr. Davis Thomas successfully completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from the prestigious Kasturba Medical College, India, in 1992. He then joined New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry in 1994, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) three years later. In 1998, he went on to complete one year of Advanced Education in General Dentistry at NYU.

In 2002, he established his first practice in Oakhurst, NJ and while in private practice, he took several Continuing Education courses at reputed US dental and medical schools in the field of TMJ/TMD and Orofacial Pain. To further his education in this area, Dr. Thomas joined the Post Graduate Fellowship in TMD and Orofacial Pain at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in 2005. After completing the fellowship he then went on to receiving his Masters (MSD) in Orofacial Pain, also from UMDNJ.  Dr. Thomas recently successfully completed his Masters in Sleep Medicine (MSc Med) with the University of Sydney, Australia. Currently, he is doing his Masters (MSc) in Clinical Pain Management under the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Dr. Thomas now continues his research in Pain Management at Rutgers University Dental School, where he is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Diagnostic Sciences Division. There, he is in charge of the dental treatment of established Orofacial Pain cases. He is also the faculty in charge of setting up a Dental Sleep Medicine Program. He has over 2000 hours of Continuing education credits on record. The experience and education Dr. Thomas has acquired over the years has allowed him to lecture extensively all around the world. He has presented several posters and papers at international pain conferences, and met with leading researchers in the field.

Dr. Thomas also acts as a consultant to several dental and medical insurance companies by performing Independent Medical Examinations. He has been a commissioned officer in the United Sates Army since 2001. He is also an Attending at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ and at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

Dr.Thomas continues his practice limited to TMD/ Orofacial Pain / and Dental Sleep Medicine, and continues as Faculty at Rutgers School of Dental medicine ( Newark, NJ, USA) and Rochester Medical School, Rochester, NY, USA.

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                                                                       16 CE Credit

                                                               Approved PACE Program Provider                                      

                                                           FAGD/MAGD Credit

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                                                                 Approval period extends 6/1/17 to 5/31/23

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