Orofacial Pain, TMD (jaw joint) and Sleep
In 2007 Dr. Aylard completed the first "mini" residency in Dental Sleep Medicine at UCLA In December of 2011 she completed UCLA's first "mini" residency in Orofacial Pain and TMD. This education opened up a whole new world of Dentistry for Dr. Aylard while comfirming her philosophy that "less is often more" when it comes to invasive, irreversible treatment. Dr. Aylard's interest in orofacial pain lead her to take one year to study Orofacial Pain and Temporal Mandibular Disorders (TMD) & Dental Sleep Medicine at UCLA, where she maintains a position as guest lecturer. She has earned Diplomate status with the American Board of Orofacial Pain, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.
"The field of Orofacial Pain is concerned with the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of orofacial pain disorders. Such disorders may have pain and associated symptoms arising from a discrete cause, such as postoperative pain or pain associated with a malignancy, or may be syndromes in which pain constitutes the primary problem, such as TMJ disorder pain, neuropathic pains or headaches.
The diagnosis of painful syndromes relies on interpretation of historical data; review of laboratory studies, imaging, behavioral, social, and occupational assessment; interview and examination by the orofacial pain specialist. The orofacial pain specialist serves as a consultant to other dentists and physicians but is often the principal treating health care provider and may provide care at various levels, such as direct treatment, prescribing medication, prescribing rehabilitative services, performing pain relieving procedures, counseling of patients and families, direction of a multidisciplinary team, coordination of care with other healthcare providers and consultative services to public and private agencies pursuant to optimal healthcare delivery to the patient suffering from a painful disorder.
Orofacial pain is evolving; the scope of the field is enlarging. At the present time the orofacial pain encompasses:
Temporomandibular Joint disorders
Masticatory musculoskeletal pain
Cervical musculoskeletal pain
Sleep disorders related to orofacial pain
Intraoral, intracranial, extracranial, and systemic disorders that cause orofacial pain"
The above quote from the AAOP official website.