Designing Splint Therapy for TMD Patients: A-Z Approach Including Billing Medical and Dental Insurance

UCSF Parnassus Campus - Nursing Building N-225

Online Registration is closed. Please call 415-514-0778 to register or you may register on-site.

This course will assists participants to effectively diagnose and treat TMD in any dental office. The key in any treatment provided is focusing on a patient’s problem list, doing an examination and then making an accurate diagnosis. Part of the challenge in TMD is the multi-factorial nature of this problem. Participants will analyze which cases can be treated and which cases might need the help of another provider.

The fundamentals of an examination and imaging will be explained and how information can be used to make a diagnosis. The overlap of TMD and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) will be discussed, where dentistry is in recognizing these patients in your office and in which order to treat first, TMD or OSA.

Course Benefits:

  • Understand the importance in making a diagnosis and how it relates to successful treatment
  • Learn how to effectively treat TMD patients to help build practice

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify which imaging is needed and when do I take imaging.
  • Explain difference in using splint therapy in 2019 vs. a night guard
  • Describe What’s needed in billing dental and medical insurance.

Intended Audience:
Dentists, hygienists and dental personnel interested in TMD and orofacial pain.
Any other medical personnel are invited including physicians, medical staff and physical therapists.


Craig Pettengill, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Pettengill earned his dental degree from the University of Southern California. He is board certified from the American Board of Orofacial Pain and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. He has published several articles in orofacial pain and sleep apnea and was an assistant clinical professor at UCSF for several years. Dr. Pettengill has a private practice in San Jose.

CDE Coursework Units:
7 Category I Units

Dentist - $299
Auxiliary - $229
For UCSF faculty/staff/students, please contact our office at 415-514-0778.

Tuition includes continental breakfast, electronic course materials (if available), and parking.

Tuition refund, less a $50 cancellation fee, will be issued only for cancellations received in writing at least 3 business days prior to the start date of the course. No refunds will be issued for late cancellations or no-shows. We reserve the right to cancel any course due to circumstances beyond our control; under those circumstances we will refund all course fee payments. Please be aware that UCSF School of Dentistry CDE is not responsible for reimbursement of nonrefundable airline tickets or any other travel expenses in the event that a course is cancelled