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BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 16 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1517
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A strategy for identification and initial management of orofacial pain

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Congratulations to Banigo et al. on a succinct and informative paper. However, it is important to emphasise that benzodiazepines in the management of temporomandibular disorders should be reserved for patients in distress, at a low dose, and for a short and defined period of time.1

Oral medicine specialists, primarily based at Dental hospitals, should be considered when referring patients for the medical management of orofacial pain.

1. Gauer RL, Semidey MJ. Diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorders. Am fam physician. 2015 15;91(6).

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 May 2018
Daire Shanahan
NIHR ACF/Str in Oral Medicine
University of Bristol Dental Hospital,Lower Maudlin Street, Bristol