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Allostatic Load & Dental Pain
This presentation is designed to review the stress-sleep-pain connection that effects endodontic patients. A possible mechanism for ‘atypical’ pain that plagues endodontic practices will be presented, along with possible solutions for some of our challenging pain cases.
Understand allostatic load and how this might impact pain experience
Review common sources of sleep disruption (both anatomical and behavioral) that can influence inflammation and pain
Discuss possible strategies for addressing allostatic load as a means of addressing pain
Review outcomes of patients with long-standing pain who were unsuccessfully treated with extensive and sometimes invasive dental/medical interventions who then responded favorably to very conservative biofeedback and behavioral modification directed at addressing allostatic load
What attendees can expect to learn:
The sources of allostatic load (physiologic stress)
How physiologic stress influences our patients and what to look for to identify at-risk patients
Strategies used to address physiologic stress
Resources to consider for unusual pain in the endodontic practice.
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