Graduate Orofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic
The UCLA Graduate Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic provides state-of-the art diagnosis and treatment for chronic orofacial pain conditions, based on current information and knowledge, supported by appropriate research and studies. The clinic also provides oral devices for patients referred by their physician for management of obstructive sleep apnea. The exam and treatments are under the direction of the attending faculty who are board-certified diplomates of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Conditions that are treated in our 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
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9am-5pm
714 Tiverton, Los Angeles, CA
1st Floor, UCLA Dental Clinics, Room 10-157 CHS
- Providers: Residents
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 the main clinic line at (310) 794-1929.