The Botox Option: An Introduction to its Use for TMD

Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Some temporomandibular disorders are highly resistant to treatment: One patient has already broken three night guards, another patient cannot tolerate any night guard, and another has severe and intractable anxiety. For such cases, botulinum toxin injections may be beneficial.

This course will introduce you to judicious and responsible Botox treatment for temporomandibular disorders. First you will learn how to determine whether a muscular TMD is present, or another source of pain (articular TMD, primary headache, neuralgia, etc). As part of this, the examination of the jaw will be covered. Then, the decision-making process for Botox treatment, versus the various other options, will be explained.

The second half of the course will cover Botox specifically:

  • Biochemistry of Botox
  • Ordering
  • Consent/complications
  • Mixing
  • Anatomy of injections
  • Medical-legal issues


Who Should Attend

This course is designed for dentists, specialists, allied dental professionals and medical providers.


You Will Learn

  • How to recognize that a muscular TMD is present
  • The components of a jaw examination
  • How to decide if Botox is indicated
  • The biochemistry of Botox
  • The logistics of Botox administration
  • Botox safety

About Us

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years. The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care. The Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.



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CE Credit

CEU: Units - 6

This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Tuition: $295 for Dentists, $195 for Allied Dental Professionals

*Course includes lunch and coffee/tea service in the morning


Andrew Young, MSD, DDS studied Orofacial Pain at Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.  As the director of the orofacial pain curriculum and patient care at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, he treats temporomandibular disorders and neuropathic pain.  He also leads the evidence-based decision-making curriculum.

Benjamin Shimel, DDS is the Residency Assistant Program Director and full time faculty member at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.  He joined the Highland Hospital/University of the Pacific Oral and Maxillofacial Residency Training Program as an Assistant Professor and full-time Attending Surgeon in July 2017.  He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.  He earned his Bachelor of Science (BA) Degree in the Integral Program of Liberal Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2002 and completed a post-baccalaureate program from San Francisco State University in 2009 before earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2013. He completed the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at UOP/Alameda Health System, Highland Hospital in 2017.

Dr. Shimel is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is the current president of the Sadi Fontaine Academy and is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). He is a member of the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CALAOMS) and the chair for Exhibits within the Association



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