Orofacial Pain Faculty Practice
The UCLA Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine Faculty Practice offers diagnostic and treatment expertise by world renowned faculty, using a team approach to patient care, including a comprehensive exam and individualized treatment program. We emphasize conservative approaches: physical therapy, medication management and behavioral (stress) management. We also provide mandibular advancement devices for patients referred by a physician with a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. The strength of our program is our team of internationally known faculty including dentists, psychologists, physical therapists and consulting physician experts in orofacial pain. Conditions that are treated in out clinic include temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD), neuropathic pain conditions, obstructive sleep apnea and primary headaches.
Diagnostics & Treatment of Orofacial Pain for the Following Conditions:
Jaw pain (TMD)- Pain and dysfunction of the TMJ and associated structures
Primary headaches- Examples include migraine and tension-type headaches
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Neuropathic pain- Including trigeminal neuralgia, post-herpetic neuralgia and neuropathic pain as a result of trauma or other injury
Hours & Contact Information
Hours: Thursday, 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
UCLA Dental Clinic
A Level, Room A0-125 CHS
- Providers: Faculty
Please bring previously taken radiographs (X-rays), radiology reports and oral appliances you are currently using.
There are many causes of chronic orofacial pain, including nerve disorders, headache, musculoskeletal and TMJ disorders. New patients receive a comprehensive examination for head, neck and facial pain. This includes cranial nerve function testing as well as cervical and TMJ function. An oral evaluation, thorough muscle palpation of the head and neck muscles and a sleep breathing disorder assessment are also performed. These examinations are necessary to determine the cause or source of the pain which will assist in determining the most effective treatment protocols. A CT, MRI or blood tests may also be ordered as part of this comprehensive evaluation. Diagnosis and treatment of chronic orofacial pain requires medical codes and is not covered by dental insurance.
Since chronic pain can have an overwhelming impact on normal function and may be related to sleep disruption, new patients must fill out psychological and sleep-related questionnaires. We may recommend cognitive behavioral therapy with a clinical psychologist to address the psychological/stress components of the pain or be referred to a sleep physician for an evaluation.
Chronic pain is often multi-factorial and treatment usually takes several visits to gain improvement. Since pain and other symptoms may have been present for some time, the treatments also take time to make an impact on the pain. There is no “magic bullet” for chronic pain. Treatments differ, depending on the type of pain and may involve physical medicine modalities, nerve blocks, joint lavage as well as oral and topical medications.
For questions regarding appointments, billing, or your care, please contact (310) 825-8082.