My research areas include the relationship between sleep and pain, novel therapeutic modalities such as topical medications for the treatment of neuropathic pain, new injection techniques such as the twin nerve block.


DMD, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

MSD, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

Research Projects

  1. The efficacy of dexamethasone injections for the management of trigeminal neuropathy secondary to traumatic neuroma formation.
  2. Dental students’ knowledge and understanding of TMD/Orofacial Pain at RSDM
  3. Comparison outcome of different methods for treatment of Temporo-mandibular Disorders
  4. The comparative analysis of sensory and prioprioceptive response around dental implants and natural teeth. (Collaboration with the Department of Restorative Dentistry)
  5. Comparison of the therapeutic effects of trigger point injections compared to twin nerve block


  1. Ananthan S, Patel S, Sofferman B, Korczeniewska O.A, Creanga A. Is the acoustic pharyngometer a valid tool for airway assessment? Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine, January 2021,
  2. Kohli D., Katzmann G., Ananthan S. Glossopharyngeal neuropathy: a case report Journal of the American Dental Association, September 2020, doi: 10.1016/j.esmoop.2020.04.024 PMID: 32900465
  3. Ananthan S, Benoliel R. Chronic orofacial pain J Neural Transm, 2020 Mar 4. doi: 10.1007/s00702-020-02157-3 PMID: 32130516
  4. Ananthan S, Subramanian G, Patel T, Quek SYP The twin block injection: an adjunctive clinical aid for the management of acute arthrogenous temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Quintessence Int. 2020 ; 51 (4) : 330-333. doi: 10.3290/j.qi.a.44150 PMID: 3218528
  5. Kalladka M, Thondebavi M, Ananthan S, Kalladka G, Khan J. Myofascial pain with referral from the anterior digastric muscle mimicking a toothache in the mandibular teeth: case report. Quintessence Int. 2020; 51 (1):56-62. doi: 10.3290/j.qi.a43615 PMID: 31781688
  6. Ananthan S. Kanti V, Zagury JG, Quek SYP, Benoliel R. The effect of the twin block compared with trigger point injections in patients with masticatory myofascial pain: a pilot study. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Patholol Oral Radiol. 2019 Oct 13 pii: S2212 4403(19)315019. doi: 10.1016/j.oooo.2019.09.014. PMID: 32009005
  7. Bresler AY, Kuchukulla M, Ananthan S, Heir G, Paskhover B. Minimally invasive trigeminal ablation: long buccal nerve. Journal of Orofacial Pain & Headache, 2019 Summer;33(3):e19–e22. doi: 10.11607/ofph.2341. PMID: 31017987
  8. Kalladka M., Ananthan S., Eliav E, Nasri-Heir C, Khan J, Heir G.M. Orbital psuedotumor presenting as a temporomandibular disorder: A case report and review of literature. Journal of the American Dental Association. 2018 July 24, pii: S0002-8177 (18)303477. PMID: 30055762
  9. Kanti V, Ananthan S, Subramanian G, Quek SYP. Efficacy of the twin block, a peripheral nerve block for the management of chronic masticatory myofascial pain: A case series. Quintessence Int. 2017 Oct 6:725-729. doi: 10.3290/j.qi.a39094. PMID: 28990015
  10. Kalladka M., Nasri-Heir C., Eliav E., Ananthan S., Vishwanath A., Heir G. Continuous neuropathic pain secondary to endoscopic procedures: report of two cases and review of the literature. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. Volume#: August 2016: 122 (2), e55-e59. PMID: 27422430
  11. Nasri-Heir C, Zagury J, Thomas D, Ananthan S. Burning mouth syndrome: current concepts. Journal of the Indian Prosthodontic Society, October- December 15 (4): 300-307, 2015 PMID: 26929531
  12. Quek SY, Subramanian G, Patel J, Ananthan S, Zagury JG, Khan J. Efficacy of regional nerve block in management of myofascial pain of masseteric origin. Cranio. Sep 14:2151090314Y0000000026, 2014 PMID: 26715419