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(This weekend will consist of the 2 new disciplines required for Mastership)


Dr. Steven Bender
“Triaging the Facial Pain Patient: From Diagnosis to Management Strategies”

Dr. J. Bruce Bavitz
“Anesthesia, Pain Management, Sedation and Pharmacology

Friday, October 27, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017
[ 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day ]


Dr. Steven D. Bender earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1986 and practiced general restorative dentistry for 14 years.

He then studied orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders at the Parker E Mahan Facial Pain Center at the University Of Florida College Of Dentistry under the mentorship of Doctors Henry Gremillion and Parker Mahan.

From 2000-2015, Dr. Bender maintained a private practice devoted to pain management of the head and face, as well as sleep medicine.

Beginning in 2016, he transitioned to a full time faculty member of Texas A&M College of Dentistry and assumed the role of director of facial pain and sleep medicine.

He has earned Fellowship in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, the American Headache Society, the International Academy of Oral Oncology and the American College of Dentists.

He is a past president of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain as well as the Fourth District Dental Society of Texas and the Dallas Academy of General Dentistry. In addition, he serves as a consultant for the United States Army.


Dr. J. Bruce Bavitz, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1984 and completed his Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) Residency in Pittsburgh in 1988.

He is currently the Merritt C. Pederson Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgical Specialties at the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry, and has given multiple CE courses to dentists both nationally and internationally.

He is past president of the Nebraska Society of OMFS, the Lincoln District Dental Society, and the Nebraska Chapter of the American College of Dentists and is a Diplomate of the American Board of OMFS.

He has a United States patent on a dental implant aligning device, is a member of the Oral Surgery/Pain Control test construction section for the National Dental Board, and has performed office inspections for the State of Nebraska for dentist’s seeking advanced anesthesia permits.

He is currently the coordinating editor for Practical Reviews in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and serves as a reviewer for multiple implant and oral surgery journals. His primary area of research and publishing involves the surgical anatomy of the jaws and alveolar bone reconstruction.

“Triaging the Facial Pain Patient: From Diagnosis to Management Strategies”

with Dr. Steven Bender
Friday, October 27, 2017, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 8 a.m. – 12 noon

By far, the most common reason patients seek care in a medical or dental setting is for pain.

At least 22% of the population has suffered from facial pain more than once in the past 6 months with the highest prevalence in the 18- to 25-year-old age group.

Oral and facial pains may be due to disease of the orofacial structures, musculoskeletal system, peripheral or central nervous system, or possibly, the manifestation of psychosocial disorders.

These pain conditions can be primary in presentation or secondary due to referral from other sources such as cervical or intracranial structures.

The diversity of these numerous structures and their complex innervations are potentially responsible for the sometimes-puzzling symptomatology these patients present with.

In order to effectively treat the facial pain patient; a systematic approach to examination must be a part of the diagnostic process.

This course will provide the clinician with a cursory background of pain definitions, classifications and presentations commonly seen in the head, face and oral cavity regions.

The second portion of this course will discuss management strategies of some of the most frequently encountered facial pain presentations.

This activity will be enhanced with real patient case presentations designed to encourage discussion. It is encouraged for the participants to bring some of their most challenging cases for group discussion.

At the conclusion of this course, the clinician should feel comfortable with the process necessary to adequately screen, treat or refer this often-misdiagnosed group of patients.

• Learn the classifications of pain
• Recognize pain presentations in the oral and facial region and common referral patterns
• Establish diagnostic procedures and office protocols for patients with chronic facial pain
• Review evidence-based treatment protocols for different chronic facial pain conditions
• Know when and how to work with other specialties and when it’s best to refer

• Introduction: what is orofacial pain
• Epidemiology of orofacial pain
• Classifications of pain
• Introduction to assessment strategies
• Orofacial pain presentations:
o musculoskeletal
o neuropathic
o burning mouth syndrome
o primary headache disorders “the red flags”
• Management strategies for orofacial pain conditions with case studies


“Anesthesia, Pain Management, Sedation and Pharmacology”

with Dr. J. Bruce Bavitz
Saturday, October 28, 2017 • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

• What’s new in local anesthesia
• Intranasal administration
• Buffering
• Reversal
• Pediatric dosing review

Pain Management
• Acute versus Chronic
• Central versus peripherally acting agents
• Nation’s opioid epidemic
• Contemporary narcotic prescription guidelines

• Rationale, why sedate?
• New ADA Guidelines and NE state laws, why the drama
• Minimal, moderate and deep sedation definition review
• Capnography
• Review of overdose cases…what went wrong?

• Review of drug classes and best agents from each class
• Future breakthroughs?
• Advantages and disadvantages of each route of drug administration
• FDA approval process
• Antibiotic review, both topical and systemic

Product Training
• Kovanaze intranasal local
• Emergency epinephrine options glass ampules versus Epipens
• Mock challenging case scenarios…
can’t get numb, anxious and pregnant, medication related osteonecrosis, novel oral anticoagulants, respiratory depression during sedation, allergic to local


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When / Where:

PACElogo2All 3 days will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, 3650 S. 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68124

October 27, 28 & 29, 2017


7:15 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . Registration/Breakfast
8 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . Course Begins
12 noon – 1 p.m.. . . . Lunch Hour
1 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . Course resumes
5 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . Course adjourns
** Breakfast, Coffee breaks and lunch will be provided each day


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Register Here!

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Please Mail Your Payment to: NAGD, 2244 Stockwell Street, Lincoln, NE 68502 (made payable to the NAGD).

For Credit Card Payment: Call the NAGD Office at 402.438.2321 to pay by Credit Card. Your registration can not be processed until payment is received. An email confirmation will be sent once we receive payment and registration is processed.

PLEASE NOTE: A $85 processing fee will be applied to all person requesting a refund before September 26th. No refunds will be issued after that date.

Questions? Contact the NAGD/IAGD Office at 402.438.2321 or email julieberger50@gmail.com

Course Fees

AGD Dentists:$1,950
Entire 3 day EventRegister by August 1, 2017 and receive a $200 member only discount. Includes materials, meals and handouts. Lodging not included.
Non-AGD Dentist:$2,600
Entire 3 day EventIncludes materials, meals and handouts. Lodging not included.


Important Notes:

  • Due to the popularity of this course, we encourage you to register early and take advantage of the member discounts. Space is limited!!!
  • The entire 3 day event is for doctors only. Register by September 26th to avoid a $45 late fee!
  • A block of sleeping rooms have been reserved at the Doubletree Hotel until August 31, 2017. Ask for the Nebraska Academy of General Dentistry (NAD) rate of $89. To make reservations call the hotel directly at 402.905.9414.

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The AGD-Nebraska is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry. The current term of approval extends from 1/1/2014 to 12/31/2017. Provider ID# 219313


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