Use of Trigger Point Injections, Nerve Blocks and Botox in the Treatment of TMD

Use of Trigger Point Injections, Nerve Blocks and Botox in the Treatment of TMD

UCLA School of Dentistry


Course Fee: $750         30-day Early Enrollment: $675       Limited Enrollment
CDE Credits: 8
January 20, 2024
Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Lecture and Workshop

This course is designed for the provider with previous training in the diagnosis and management of orofacial pain and is familiar with the differential diagnoses of non-odontogenic orofacial pain conditions. The course includes a review of anatomy related to temporomandibular dysfunction as well as diagnostic criteria and  injection techniques for different types of injections routinely performed in the orofacial pain practice.


Learning Topics

  • Review of pertinent anatomy for injection sites
  • Mechanisms for trigger point injections and nerve blocks
  • When Botox is appropriate for TMD treatment
  • Mechanisms for Botox’s use in treating TMD
  • Demonstration and videos of the different injections
  • Hands on injections with participants practicing on each other with faculty injecting trigger points and nerve blocks one side and participant injecting the other.*

* To fully participate in the hands-on portion, a valid CA license and proof of active liability insurance is required.

Course Faculty

Sherwin Arman, DMD, MPH
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor and Director UCLA Orofacial Pain Program, UCLA School of Dentistry

Joseph R. Cohen, DDS
Lecturer, Orofacial Pain, UCLA School of Dentistry

Learning Objectives

participant will be:

  • Knowledgeable about the science behind the use of Trigger Point Injections, Nerve blocks and Botox in Diagnosing and treating Jaw pain, headaches, neckaches and non-dental tooth pain
  • Able to identify muscle trigger points and nerves in the head and neck
  • Understand the techniques for injections to identify sources of pain and treat these pains
  • Familiar with use of consent forms recommended for patients to sign before administering any of these procedures
  • Familiar with the risks and benefits of these procedures


Speaker/instructor subject to change without prior notice


Policies - Cancellation and Refund

UCLA School of Dentistry, Continuing Dental Education is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

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