TMD for the DSM Dentist

When providing oral appliance therapy, dentists are likely to encounter patients with a history of TMD or who have TMD complaints throughout their treatment. Presented by a line-up of board-certified orofacial pain specialists, this evidence-based course will review protocols for patient evaluation prior to treatment and strategies for managing treatment emergent TMD symptoms, ensuring that you have the knowledge and resources to support your TMD clinical decision-making and provide optimal patient care. 

Registration has closed for the TMD for the DSM Dentist Course

Registration for the TMD for the DSM Dentist Course also includes access to the following pre-recorded lectures and demonstration videos (over a $100 value!) in the AADSM Online Learning Center:

  • Evaluation and Management of the TMJ and Associated Muscles: A Physical Therapist’s Approach (1 CE Credit)
  • Baseline TMJ and Muscle Examination (1.25 CE Credits)

Access to these recordings will be provided to all registered attendees in early October so that they can be viewed prior to attending the course.

Course Co-Chairs

Dan Tache, DMD
Alex Vaughan, DDS, MS

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Implement simple screening tools and examination protocols to identify TMJ and muscle baseline health or dysfunction and inform treatment planning for OSA;
  2. Review evidence and recognize contributing factors that increase risk for TMD with or without OAT;
  3. Weigh OSA disease severity, symptoms and comorbidities against TMD risk in clinical decision-making; and 
  4. Describe physical therapy protocol and advanced TMD splint or injection therapies that collaborating specialists may use to treat TMD, allowing patients to continue with OAT.

Target Audience

Dental sleep medicine practitioners who want to provide optimal care for patients with a history of TMD or who have TMD complaints during OAT.

Topics and Speakers

Introduction to Orofacial Pain Affecting DSM Patients
Alex Vaughan, DDS, MS
Demystifying Splint Therapy 
Brijesh Chandwani, DMD
Talk to Your Patients: They Will Tell You What is Wrong
Brijesh Chandwani, DMD
Effective Management of Pain and Bite Changes 
Dan Tache, DMD
Head and Neck Examination - Abnormal Findings or Variation of Normal
Mariona Mulet Pradera, DDS
Better Together: The Role of Physical Therapy in Multidisciplinary Management of TMD in DSM Patients
Emily Kahnert, DPT, CCTT
 Myofascial Trigger Points:  When TM Joints Remain Dysfunctional
Dan Tache, DMD
Teaching Cases Regarding Treatment of Sleep and/or TMD Symptoms 
All speakers panel
Normal & Abnormal Anatomy of the Temporomandibular Joint and Masticatory Muscles
Mariona Mulet Pradera, DDS
Pharmaceutical Management
Alex Vaughan, DDS, MS
Developing an Effective Differential Diagnosis and Timing for Treatment
Mariona Mulet Pradera, DDS
Diagnostic Injections-Principles and Rationale
Robert Mier, DDS
Understanding the TMJ, Airway and Occlusion through Imaging
Dania Tamimi, BDS, DMSc
Putting it All Together: How to Stage Evaluation and Treatment
Alex Vaughan, DDS, MS
Headaches:  When It is NOT a Migraine
Robert Mier, DDS

TMD for the DSM Dentist Faculty

Dates and Times

Friday, October 21        12:45pm* - 5:15pm
Saturday, October 22    8:00am - 6:00pm**
Sunday, October 23      8:00am - 12:15pm

*Registration opens at 12:00pm.
**Networking reception in exhibit hall takes place from 5:30pm - 6:00pm.
Continental breakfast will be served on Saturday and Saturday and lunch will be served on Saturday. 

Course Location and Hotel

Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
7677 North 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Discounted Rate: $179 until September 23, or until the room block sells out.
Check-in time: 4:00 PM
Check-out time: 11:00 AM 

Reservations: To make reservations online click HERE, or call: 800-455-8667 and reference: 2022 TMD Course


The hotel is located 10 miles from the Sky Harbor International Airport (approximately a 15-minute drive).

Registration Rates 


 On or Before


 AADSM Member*



 AADSM Dental Team Member**



 AADSM Active-Duty Military Member***







*Member categories includes: Regular, Academic, Emeritus, and Student
**This rate is only available to dental team members who are members of the AADSM. Click here to learn more about dental team membership. 
***This rate is only available to those who are Active-duty Military Members of the AADSM. If you are active-duty military and want to become a member of the AADSM, download the application for Active-duty Military Membership.

Cancellation Policy

To cancel a registration, written notification must be submitted to the AADSM at  A $50.00 administrative fee will be withheld on cancellations postmarked by September 30, 2022.  After this date, no refunds will be available. Refunds are not provided to no-shows. The AADSM reserves the right to cancel a course and provide full refunds should conditions warrant. The refunds will only include the cost of registration for the course. 

Refunds will not be applied to the original payment source (i.e., credit card). Any refunds processed by the AADSM will be paid by check to individuals in the US (or e-payment to individuals who chose to set up an account in and by wire transfer to individuals outside of the US.

Weather Cancellation Policy

In the event that a registrant is unable to attend a course due to severe weather forcing airline cancellations or airport closures, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine will apply 50 percent of the individual’s registration fees toward another AADSM course (excluding the AADSM Annual Meeting) held within 12 months. Registrants will need to provide documentation from the airport or airline confirming the inability to travel due to severe weather within 30 days following the course. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine will not apply this policy to the AADSM Annual Meeting, as the length and nature of the meeting allows for registrants to attend a portion of the event regardless of severe weather.

Confirmation and Registration Disclaimer

Registration is limited. Please register early. Confirmation letters will be sent via email within one week of receipt of mailed or faxed-in registration forms and payment. All attendees must preregister; on-site registration will not be accepted. The AADSM will not be held liable if an individual purchases an airline ticket before receiving confirmation of registration for a course.

Dress Code

The dress code for in-person courses is business casual.

Teaching Method

This course will be comprised of lectures followed by discussion and pre-recorded demonstrations when applicable.


Photography and/or recording of any kind (other than by the AADSM) of sessions or speakers is strictly prohibited. No cameras or recording devices will be allowed in the meeting rooms at any time. Violation of this rule could result in the confiscation of the film or recording device and removal of the individual from the meeting.

Continuing Education

The AADSM 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.  The AADSM designates this course for 16, live, in-person continuing education credits and 2.25 on-demand, electronically mediated continuing education credits.



Any opinion expressed or communicated regarding any product, device or appliance during an AADSM educational program is solely the opinion of the individual(s) expressing or communicating that opinion, and not that of the AADSM.

The AADSM does not endorse or recommend any products or services. The AADSM does not review, investigate, or otherwise approve the quality, type, message, nature, or value of any product or service discussed in the course and assumes no liability of any kind for any verbal or written information provided by speakers or attendees. We encourage you to conduct your own independent research to verify and investigate any company prior to purchasing its products or services. Please consult your own professional advisors for all advice concerning dental, legal or financial matters in connection with any products or services discussed.
The AADSM cautions participants about the potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating techniques and procedures into practice when they have not had supervised clinical experience or demonstrated competency.

COVID-19 Warning

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and attendees with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

Please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to Phoenix. By attending the TMD for the DSM Dentist Course in-person, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and you are confirming that you have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms, are not under any self-quarantine orders, and are not experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

AADSM Code of Conduct

Please click here to review the AADSM’s official guidelines and requirements for behavior in an AADSM meeting. All course participants must observe all standards at all times. Violations of this code are taken seriously and may result in action including, but not limited, to limiting the ability to participate in the course.

For questions, contact Megan Scanlan at or 630-686-9874.