About Dr. Buchanan

Dr. Jennifer Buchanan earned her degree in dentistry from UCSF School of Dentistry in 1987, and worked at the UCSF Center for Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain for five years, both as a post-graduate student and as a voluntary clinical instructor. She practiced general dentistry for ten years before focusing her practice solely on the treatment of orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders. Dr. Buchanan completed additional  coursework at UCSF and passed her board exams in Orofacial Pain in 1999. She began the study and treatment of snoring and sleep apnea in 2007, and has completed serious study at UCLA in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Buchanan's interest in temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain is a personal one.  She suffered with "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 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 15 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 is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.

She is a member of these professional associations:

American Pain Society

American Headache Society

Headache Cooperative of the Pacific

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

The Marin County, California and American Dental Associations.