Hands on and Didactic Maxi-Residency in Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine

Session I - Hybrid - In Person or Live-Streamed Virtual

  • Friday, October 13, 2023 to Saturday, October 14, 2023
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both days

Session II - In Person

  • Friday, November 10, 2023 to Saturday, November 11, 2023
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both days

Session IIIHybrid - In Person or Live-Streamed Virtual

  • Friday, December 8, 2023 to Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both days

Session IV - In Person

  • Friday, January 12, 2024 to Saturday, January 13, 2024
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both days


*Virtual option is available for In Person Modules upon request, please note that these In Person Modules will focus on hands on workshops that will not translate to a virtual format, please reach out to Office of Continuing Education/Lifelong Learning for more information at dentalce@tufts.edu


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Program Instructors

MAYOOR PATEL, DDS, MS, Dr. Patel received his dental degree from the University of Tennessee in 1994.  After graduation he completed a one-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD). In 2011 he completed a Masters in Science from Tufts University in the area of Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Patel has earned a Fellowship in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.  He also has earned Diplomate in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Board of Orofacial Pain, American Board of Craniofacial Pain and American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. 

Presently, Dr. Patel is a cofounder of the British Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and Ben-Pat Institute.  He also served on the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain as secretary, board member of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine, and a board member and as examination chair for the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. Holds adjunct faculty with the Atlanta Sleep School. In the past has served as a founding and board member of the Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals.

Since 2003, Dr. Patel has limited his practice to the treatment of TMJ Disorders, Headaches, Orofacial Pain and Sleep Apnea.  Additional contributions have been published a textbook for Dental Sleep Medicine and numerous textbook chapters on orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine, consumer books, one on treatment options for sleep apnea and the other on understanding temporomandibular disorders, and various professional and consumer articles.

Dr. Patel speaks nationally and internationally on topics of dental sleep medicine, Orofacial pain and TMJ disorders.


TERRY R. BENNETT, DMD, DABCP, DABDSM, In 1977, Dr. Bennett graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry with his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. Dr. Bennett has had more than 40 years of experience in private dental practice, but for the last 32 years he has shifted focus.

For over three decades, Dr. Bennett has limited his practice to the conservative treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) and sleep apnea. This has allowed him to expand his area of expertise in dentistry to continue to treat his patients to his utmost ability. To continue to expand his knowledge in craniofacial pain and dental sleep medicine, Dr. Bennett is a member of many organizations. He also holds diplomate certifications in several of these dental organizations.

In particular, Dr. Bennett has been extremely active in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP) having served on the board of directors for more than a decade. He also served as program chair for four years and president of the AACP for two years. Additionally, Dr. Bennett served as the AACP Institute Director of Education, which allowed him to organize and provide education around the treatment of TMD and dental sleep medicine.

Currently, Dr. Bennett divides his time between his TMD and Sleep practice in Tulsa and lecturing for dental schools and several organizations across the country and internationally.  He was directly involved with the University of North Carolina Dental School in establishing their Dental Sleep Mini Residency for Dentists. Dr. Bennett and Dr. Mayoor Patel have also started the BenPat Institute for Education and provides TMD and Sleep courses in those two disciplines.  He also enjoys being with his grandchildren, playing golf and enjoying the sun and sand at his beach house in Alabama.

Course Details

Dentists and their teams are uniquely positioned to screen for sleep apnea and craniofacial pain. Why? Because they are trained to evaluate the entire patient. And with dentists seeing patients at least twice a year, they can recognize traits, characteristics, and behaviors that may predispose patients to various systemic conditions. It is time to consider screening for sleep apnea and craniofacial pain in your dental practice.

Globally, about 1 billion people between the ages of 30 and 69 have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The prevalence of OSA continues to rise and affect all countries, especially as it is driven by an increase in obesity, a major risk factor for sleep apnea.

On top of that, craniofacial pain appears to occur in about 10% of the adult population, with women affected two times more than men. And it is one of the most common causes of chronic pain after back, neck, and knee pain. Yet, while acute pain in the craniofacial area is often tooth-related, chronic craniofacial pain is most commonly related to musculoskeletal disorders such as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs).

Any way you look at it, OSA and craniofacial pain are interrupting the lives of individuals across the globe. Knowing the prevalence of these conditions signals a growing need to provide relief for patients with these conditions, and dentists are in a unique position to do so.

As dentists, we are committed to providing our patients with relief from their conditions. However, it is vital that dentists advance their education to learn more about dental sleep medicine and craniofacial pain in order to provide proper care.

Course Topics

Craniofacial Pain:

  • Anatomy Related to Sleep and TMD
  • Neuroanatomy related to pain
  • TMJ Disorder
  • Muscle Disorders
  • History taking for pain
  • Imaging for TMD and Sleep
  • Pharmacology for Pain
  • Injections
  • Basic Concept of Pain
  • TMJ Splint Therapy
  • Neurovascular/Neuropathic Pain
  • Understanding Oral Appliance Therapy for Pain and Sleep

Dental Sleep Medicine:

  • Physiology of Normal and Abnormal Sleep
  • Classification of Sleep Disorders and HST/PSG
  • Screening for Dental Sleep Medicine and Identifying Patients within your Practice
  • Treatment Options for OSA
  • Oral Appliance Selection and Procedures
  • Dental Sleep Medicine Case Management
  • Building a TMD and DSM Practice
  • Pediatric Sleep Medicine
  • Getting paid – medical billing

Hands On Workshops
This Mini-Residency program offers a variety of exciting workshops and hands on demonstrations throughout the four sessions.

Through these workshops, each attendee will receive two different dental sleep appliances made for themselves.

Hands-on Modules:

  • TMJ Evaluation, ROM, Cranial Nerve Evaluation, Muscle Palpation Workshop
  • Fitting Temp Appliances
  • Injection Workshop
  • Bite Registrations for TMD and Sleep Appliances
  • Seating OSA Appliances and Trouble Shooting Problems

Learning Objectives


  • Basic understanding of the physiology of sleep, breathing, sleep-related movement disorders, upper airway resistance syndrome, adult and pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • Review of health consequences of sleep deficiency.
  • Understanding the anatomy as it relates to the upper airway to understand the anatomic model of airway obstructions better.
  • Understand the interrelationship between TMD and sleep.
  • Review the common orofacial pain disorders (internal derangements, muscle disorders, neuropathic, neurovascular) and the criteria to diagnose such conditions.
  • Review patient intake forms and conduct a comprehensive interview to gather clues to help with a differential diagnosis.
  • Hands-on examination, taking sleep appliance and TMJ appliance bite registration.
  • Review of oral appliances for the management of OSA and which appliance is appropriate for each case.
  • Hands-on appliance fitting, adjustment, and troubleshooting.
  • Review normal and pathological images of Panorex, CBCT, and MRIs of the TMJ and upper airway.
  • Indication and contraindications of injections for orofacial pain.
  • Hands-on module allowing clinicians to feel comfortable with the landmark and techniques of such injections.
  • Fabricating temporary appliances for TMD and Sleep.


Course Fee

Tuition: $9975

TUSDM Alumni: $7980

TUSDM Faculty: $7980

Alums of Orofacial, TMD, DSM, PDSM: $5995

VA Members: $7980

ADSO Members: $7980



Payment Plans are available. You can select this option when registering for this course. You will be required to pay $2,500 upon registration and then 1/3 of the remaining balance two weeks prior to each session.


All Dental Professionals interested in this topic and those interested in incorporating it into their practice.

CE Credits

Participation Credit Hours: 60


AGD Code: 730, 180

Refund Policy for Mini-Residencies

Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least one month prior to the course start date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be given after that time or to no-shows.

Wait List Policy

If a CE course obtains enough registrations where a wait list is established, the CE office will notify individuals with unpaid registration balances and ask them to pay their balance to secure their place in the course. If payment is not made to secure their place, the CE office has the right to offer that place to a paying individual on the wait list.

COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

Tufts University is committed to promoting safe campus environment. Currently there are no required screenings prior to attending a Continuing Education/Lifelong Learning and Distance Education course at Tufts University School Dental Medicine.

Individuals are asked to use masks on clinical floors and masking is an option in classroom settings.

International Travelers

For our international participants attending On Campus modules, please review necessary travel requirements prior to entering the United States of America. As Continuing Education programs do not lead to a degree, they are not eligible for Student Visas (category F) and are instead eligible for Visitor Business Visas (category B-1). Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visitor.html or individual United States of America's Embassy/Consulate's website. If you require a letter verifying your registration and payment for a course in the United States of America, please contact the Continuing Education Office at dentalce@tufts.edu. Please also review this website for current entry limitations into the US: https://icenter.tufts.edu/immigration/covid-19/coronavirus-travel-suspensions/. These rules are subject to change, so please continuously monitor.

Educational Method

This program includes four 2-day sessions.


Session I is a hybrid session where participants have the option to attend in person for lectures and demonstrations or attend virtually for live lectures and demonstrations.


Session II is an in person session at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. Participants will receive lectures, demonstrations, and hands on workshops.


Session III is a hybrid session where participants have the option to attend in person for lectures and demonstrations or attend virtually for live lectures and demonstrations.


Session IV is an in person session at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. Participants will receive lectures, demonstrations, and hands on workshops.


This course will be offered with Virtual and In Person modules.

For In Person modules, the program will be held at:


Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

1 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111

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