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The Complex Orofacial Pain Patient: A Case for Collaboration Between the Orofacial Pain Dentist and the Clinical Health Psychologist

  • John L. ReevesII
  • Robert L. Merrill

This chapter presents an example of a integrated biopsychosocial collaborative relationship between a dentist board-certified in orofacial pain and a board-certified clinical health psychologist with advanced training in clinical psychopharmacology. The orofacial pain dentist and the clinical health psychologist collaborated in diagnosing and successfully treating a patient with complex chronic orofacial pain and excessive narcotic and benzodiazepine use. After reading this chapter the reader should have an appreciation of how utilizing a integrated collaborative biopsychosocial model results in a comprehensive treatment plan that guides a dynamic treatment process to optimize clinical outcome.

Keywords

Trigeminal Neuralgia Trigger Point Extraction Site Myofascial Pain Borderline Personality Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John L. ReevesII
    • 1
  • Robert L. Merrill
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Oral Medicine and Orofacial PainUCLA School of DentistryLos AngelesUSA

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