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                             Seminar In Paradise






Presented by . . .

             Davis Thomas, BDS, DDS, MSD, MSc Med (Sleep Medicine) 


July 4th Week Cruise

Sunday, June 28 - Sunday, July 5, 2020


Western Mediterranean Cruise
Barcelona, Spain


Allure of the Seas





As a seasoned clinician (and a 15 year academician) practicing in the US for the past twenty-plus years, I have tried to compile some of the many dental science related questions asked to me by practicing dentists throughout the US. These topics are not covered in most CE courses that I have seen (and definitely not by most, if not ANY, dental school curricula). 


As ‘surprises’ – both pleasant and some not so pleasant are often encountered in our practices, this course will try to scientifically unravel some of these enigmas based on evidence and literature. These will mostly be case-based discussions. This 12 CE course is intended to elaborate on clinical pearls you could take home that I am super-confident you will find applicable in your practice. Whenever I had given glimpses of these scientific explanations during my several yearly lecture/course presentations, I have noticed the enthusiasm of clinicians to finally get plausible scientific explanations for these issues and pearls for management.





1.    To understand and refresh the mechanism of anesthetic action and then begin to understand the various reasons for the annoyance of a failed block. Also to understand what it may mean if the patient has prolonged anesthesia.

2.    To understand the phenomenon of joint hypermobility which is very common and the co-morbidities that are so significant to our daily practices, but not covered by most dental schools curricula.

3.    To understand the recognition and management of persistent post-endo pain, how to manage and when to stop any further dental procedures on that tooth.

4.    To learn the latest in literature on Sleep related bruxism in adults and children. Why is it NOT a “habit” and what more ominous things may come with it.

5.    Understand the basics of pathophysiology of snoring and apnea and how this could impact your practice.



1.    Failure and perils of local anesthesia: Why do some anesthetic blocks fail? What if the patient reports of having prolonged anesthesia every time? Are there anesthetics I should NOT use in a block? We will discuss the anatomic and other reasons for failure of local blocks. It is frustrating for the clinician when these don’t work out of the blue with no apparent reason. Is there a much higher hidden danger in a patient reporting consistent prolonged anesthesia after LA?

2.    Joint hypermobility: Should I be concerned about my hyperflexible patient? What if she is a ballet dancer or cheer leader or gymnast? Is it possible that this is the patient most prone for IATROGENIC injuries?

3.    Persistent post root canal pain : “Doc that tooth you did the root canal on: it still hurts”!! Is this that ever elusive extra canal perpetually hiding from you, or could it be something else?

4.    Appliances for “grinding” : do they really treat bruxism? Sleep related bruxism is not related to dental occlusion?? Which is better an upper guard or lower? Soft or hard? With ramp, without ramp? What is the evidence?

5.    Pediatric bruxism: I was told bruxism in children (mixed dentition stage) is “normal”. Literature is saying it might not be?

6.    Occlusal dysesthesia: That one patient I can never get the “right bite” for! Is there any scientific explanation?

7.    The perpetual denture seeker: This patient has had five dentures made, she still complains of pain! What possible pathology here?

8.    Non-dental tooth ache: The seemingly normal tooth that hurts. The case of that newly “leaking” amalgam causing pain! Can dental pain jump from tooth to tooth?

9.    IV or GA or LA:  What are the red flags for my patient scheduled for IV sedation/or GA?

10.   My sleep less , snoring patient: Should I be concerned about my snoring patient with
   hypertension?  Is there any concern with local anesthetic?





AGD Code:  130 - 12 hours




Davis Thomas, BDS, DDS, MSD, MSc Med

·          Asst. Clinical Prof, Department of Orofacial Pain, Rutgers University Dental School, Newark, NJ

·          Asst. Professor, Rochester medical School, Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY

·          Masters ( MSc Med) in Sleep medicine, Univ of Sydney, Australia

·         Masters (MSc) candidate in Clinical Pain Management, Univ. of Edinburgh, UK

·          Diplomate American Board of Orofacial Pain

·          Fellow, American Academy of Orofacial Pain


Davis Thomas BDS, DDS, MSD, MSc Med        

Dr. Davis Thomas successfully completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from the prestigious Kasturba Medical College, India, in 1992. He then joined New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry in 1994, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) three years later. In 1998, he went on to complete one year of Advanced Education in General Dentistry at NYU.

In 2002, he established his first practice in Oakhurst, NJ and while in private practice, he took several Continuing Education courses at reputed US dental and medical schools in the field of TMJ/TMD and Orofacial Pain. To further his education in this area, Dr. Thomas joined the Post Graduate Fellowship in TMD and Orofacial Pain at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in 2005. After completing the fellowship he then went on to receiving his Masters (MSD) in Orofacial Pain, also from UMDNJ.  Dr. Thomas recently successfully completed his Masters in Sleep Medicine (MSc Med) with the University of Sydney, Australia. Currently, he is doing his Masters (MSc) in Clinical Pain Management under the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Dr. Thomas now continues his research in Pain Management at Rutgers University Dental School, where he is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Diagnostic Sciences Division. There, he is in charge of the dental treatment of established Orofacial Pain cases. He is also the faculty in charge of setting up a Dental Sleep Medicine Program. He has over 2000 hours of Continuing education credits on record. The experience and education Dr. Thomas has acquired over the years has allowed him to lecture extensively all around the world. He has presented several posters and papers at international pain conferences, and met with leading researchers in the field.

Dr. Thomas also acts as a consultant to several dental and medical insurance companies by performing Independent Medical Examinations. He has been a commissioned officer in the United Sates Army since 2001. He is also an Attending at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ and at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

Dr.Thomas continues his practice limited to TMD/ Orofacial Pain / and Dental Sleep Medicine, and continues as Faculty at Rutgers School of Dental medicine ( Newark, NJ, USA) and Rochester Medical School, Rochester, NY, USA.

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