Dental Acupuncture and Integrative Oral Medicine

Dental Acupuncture and Integrative Oral Medicine

with Emphasis on Oral Facial Pain and Sleep Issues

In-person at UCLA School of Dentistry

Lectures and Hands-on Workshops

Course Fee: $6800    30-day early registration: $6120
CDE Credits: 80
4 Session Course at UCLA     course start rescheduled from Fall 2023
February 2-4, 2024
March 8-10, 2024
April 19-21, 2024
May 31- Jun 2, 2024

Fridays and Saturdays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sundays 9:00 am - 2:30 pm 

Patients are increasingly seeking out acupuncture as an adjunct to standard pain control measures. This is becoming more relevant in the setting of the current opiate epidemic, as acupuncture provides a non-pharmacologic approach to reduce pain. This is also important in the realms of sleep medicine and orofacial pain where pharmacotherapy is riddled with a high side effect burden and risk of abuse. Despite the WHO having recommended acupuncture for treatments on headache, facial pain, neuralgia and insomnia, few programs are available for dentists who wish to seek training.

UCLA School of Dentistry is offering a unique, evidence-based program to train dentists in the basics of dental acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory. By combining TCM principles with Western allopathic Medicine modalities, participants will feel comfortable diagnosing and understanding the pathophysiology of both acute and chronic oral pain conditions from an integrative East-West perspective. Moreover, participants will learn basic acupuncture treatments that can be safely delivered to patients.

This course consists of 50 hours of didactic and 30 hours of clinical training including instruction on the following subjects:

  1. Theoretical foundation of acupuncture, with emphasis on current physiological concepts as they relate to traditional Chinese medicine
  2. Acupuncture anatomy and physiology
  3. Acupuncture techniques, including instruction in the use of needling techniques; moxibustion, electroacupuncture and other noninvasive techniques for stimulating acupuncture points; precautions (e.g. sterilization of needles); contraindications and complications, including adverse systemic effects
  4. Application of acupuncture to the practice of dentistry


Kenneth E. Moore, DDS
Lecturer, UCLA Orofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine Program, UCLA School of Dentistry

Cynthia P. Diep, DDS, LAc
Clinical Educator and Assistant Project Scientist, Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine, UCLA School of Dentistry, and Teaching Faculty, UCLA Center for East-West Medicine

Andrew Shubov, MD
Director, Inpatient Integrative Medicine, UCLA Center for East- West Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

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Course Topics

  • Diagnose and understand the pathophysiology of orofacial pain from a combination of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and western medicine
  • Understand the neurologic, stomatognathic, myofascial aspects of orofacial pain, including headache and sleep issues
  • Understand acupuncture point locations and diagnosis criteria
  • Choose a TCM treatment plan which may include a combination of scalp, ear, facial and body acupuncture points for chronic dental pain, acute dental pain, sleep apnea, insomnia, and various dental concerns
  • Needles and tools selection; how to insert Acupuncture needles safely
  • Deliver a basic acupuncture treatment
  • Deliver trigger point injection for orofacial pain syndromes
  • Practice clean needle techniques with disposable needles
  • Assess the patient’s progress and individualized treatment plan according to TCM principles
  • Utilize acupuncture in the general dentistry clinic to reduce pain, inflammation, dry mouth and gag reflex


Learning Objectives

  • Introduce Integrative Medicine (Complementary and Alternative Medicine CAM, TCM, and Dental Acupuncture) in managing Orofacial Pain and TMD as well as application in every day dentistry.
  • Ability to evaluate a patient and choose a TCM treatment plan
  • Understanding of the delivery of basic acupuncture treatment as well as trigger point injection for orofacial pain syndromes
  • Motivate the participants to expand their understanding and obtain the appropriate credentialing to practice dental acupuncture

speakers/instructors and topics are subject to change without prior notice


Policies - Cancellation and Refund

UCLA School of Dentistry, Continuing Dental Education 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.

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