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JENNIFER BUCHANAN, DDS

Jennifer Buchanan, DDS has dedicated the past 35 years to helping patients with TMJ and jaw pain issues. She is the go-to referral for Bay Area dentists whose patients need help diagnosing and treating jaw pain disorders.
Dr. Buchanan's interest in temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain is personal.  She suffered from "TMJ" pain and disfunction since the age of 13 and was treated by many dentists unsuccessfully with analysis and adjustments to her bite.  When she went to dental school at UCSF and studied with Dr. Charles McNeill, she began to understand the nature of orthopedic injuries, the role of habitual movement patterns, and a bio-psycho-social model for temporomandibular disorders.  With greater awareness and understanding of her own chronic pain problem, she was able to learn to care for herself and has been pain-free for over 35 years. "I'm able to treat my patients from both my professional depth of knowledge as well as my personal experience with a temporomandibular disorder".  Dr. Buchanan went on to be an assistant clinical professor working with Dr. McNeill at the UCSF Center for Orofacial Pain and Sleep Medicine.  She began the study and treatment of snoring and sleep apnea in 2007 and has completed training at UCLA in Dental Sleep Medicine.