Orofacial Pain Lecture October 2014

Rich Hirschinger, DDS, MBA presents, "Are My Patients Crazy or Do They Have Real Pain? How to Account for Facial Pain When You Can’t See a Cause."

About the topic:
In the past, if a doctor could not account for the source of a patient’s pain, treatment was still provided including root canals and/or extractions. If the pain did not resolve even after an extraction, it was assumed the patient was crazy or the pain was not related to the scope of dentistry. The patient was likely then referred to a physician or they just continued to live with their pain. During Dr. Hirschinger’s presentation, you will see a video testimonial of a patient who had multiple root canals when the source of her pain was not the teeth. You will see a video testimonial of a patient with a 15-year history of “TMJ” treatment but the cause of her pain was not the joint, and how her pain resolved with the proper diagnosis and treatment. You will learn about patients that had other unnecessary dental treatment that did not relieve their pain since the pain was not odontogenic. You will learn how muscles can, and do, cause severe pain that can cause patients to be very debilitated since no doctor had properly diagnosed their pain as being caused by muscles. Attending this presentation will likely save you the grief and aggravation of treating those patients who complain about what appears to be “dental” pain but the source of the pain is not related to their teeth or their occlusion. 

About the speaker:
Dr. Rich Hirschinger is in private practice treating patients with orofacial pain and obstructive sleep apnea at his office in Beverly Hills. He graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1985, and practiced dentistry for 10 years after which separate hand and back injuries forced him to sell his practice. After receiving a Masters in Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business in 2001, he founded DDS.com and DMD.com. After a few other life changing events, he completed a 2-year full time residency in Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine at the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2012, and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain the same year. In 2013, Officite acquired DDS.com, and Dr. Hirschinger was the first member of, and serves on, the Professional Advisory Board of the company. He started his private practice in May 2013, serves as a clinic director at UCLA in the Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine program, and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain in 2014. And he practices without a high-speed handpiece.