Orofacial Pain

Course No: 125312
Format: Lectures
Date: Friday 16 November 2012
Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm (Registration from 8:00am) - includes full day's catering
Venue: Sebel Surry Hills, 28 Albion Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Cost: $650
Limit: 60
CPD Hours: 6

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Most of us will experience orofacial pain at some stage, and in 10% this pain will persist. Integral to pain management is patient education, as it helps reduce fear, and increase coping ability and treatment participation and adherence. Patients need to know what pain is, why it may persist without signs of disease, and how effective treatments work.

Topics to be covered

  • Pathways and mechanisms of pain
  • Analgesics - selection, mode of action and efficacy
  • Trigeminal neuralgia and other orofacial neuropathies - symptoms, diagnosis and management
  • Traumatic trigeminal neuropathy - aetiology, including iatrogenic, diagnosis and methodologies for assessing nerve damage
  • Differential diagnosis of neurovascular headaches and orofacial pain
  • Chronic muscle pain - clinical signs and symptoms, pathophysiology and predisposing factors, and management


Professor Rafael Benoliel graduated BDS from the University of London in 1981 and undertook specialist training in Oral Medicine at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem 1984-1988 where he is currently an Associate Professor in Oral Medicine in the Faculty of Dental Medicine. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Oral Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey.

Rafael has held numerous research grants and his research interests are the clinical syndromes of chronic orofacial pain, the relationship between headaches and oral pain, experimental models of trigeminal pain and neuropathic pain mechanisms. He is also on the editorial boards of Quintessence International and the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation.

Rafael is a member of the Israel Dental Association, the Israeli Oral Medicine Society, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, the International Headache Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain for which he has been on the Scientific Program Committee for two World Congresses. He has spent a number of years as the Director of the Walter D Cohen Middle East Centre for Continuing Dental Education and has lectured extensively in his field nationally and internationally.