Orofacial Pain is a discipline of dentistry which includes the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with complex acute and chronic orofacial pain; temporomandibular disorders; oromotor and jaw behavior disorders; chronic head, neck, and facial pain; as well as the pursuit of knowledge of the underlying pathophysiology and mechanisms of these disorders.
Years of experience and an educational background shared by too few others in the Portland area make Dr. Paxton uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat orofacial pain, TMD, daily headaches, snoring, obstructive sleep apnea and more. His approach is compassionate and integrated. Dr. Paxton has experience serving as a consultant to other dentists and physicians, but is often the principal treating health care provider, delivering care at various levels, such as direct treatment, prescribing medication, prescribing rehabilitative services, providing direction of a multidisciplinary team, providing coordination of care with other healthcare providers, and providing consultative services to public and private agencies pursuant to optimal healthcare delivery to the patient suffering from a painful disorder.
Dr. Paxton and his staff focus on the conservative, non-surgical treatment of chronic facial pain disorders using a scientific, evidence-based multidisciplinary team approach. His practice philosophy is to educate and guide the patient, while providing care that will move the patient in the right direction.
Facial pain patients are seen in our practice on a referral-only basis, as a coordinated effort by all involved practitioners is best for achieving a successful outcome. This means our care will be problem-focused, and the majority of patients will be referred back to their primary provider to continue their general medical and dental care.
These patients are common in clinical populations, and can have a significant decrease in quality of life due to these symptoms. They often require a sophisticated multi-disciplinary approach to their care. If we can assist you in caring for a patient experiencing atypical facial pains, please do not hesitate to contact us.