TMD, Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic

Open for patient care:

Providing care in-person and remotely, using telehealth for Minnesota residents while in Minnesota.

Our mission

We strive to achieve the highest quality of care for patients with TMD, orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine conditions. This involves an interdisciplinary team to help patients achieve their highest level of jaw function and movement, while reducing orofacial pain utilizing state-of-the-art treatment techniques.


At the TMD, Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic, faculty and staff are involved in patient care, teaching and research. We provide care to patients with TMJ (temporomandibular joint), jaw, head, and/or neck pain disorders, including clicking, locking of the TMJ, difficulty using the jaw and atypical toothaches. We also provide care for sleep-related breathing disorders, including sleep apnea and snoring.

We are located on the 6th floor of the Moos Tower building in room 6-440.

Conditions treated

  • jaw, head, and/or neck pain disorders
  • clicking, locking of the TMJ
  • sleep apnea and snoring

Our teams

  • Donald Nixdorf, D.D.S., M.S. 
  • Gary Anderson, D.D.S, M.S.
  • Shanti Kaimal, B.D.S., M.S.
  • Cory Herman, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Estephan Moana-Filho, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

ADA Recognized Specialty

On March 31, 2020, Orofacial Pain became the 12th ADA recognized specialty. The specialty of Orofacial Pain is dedicated to the evidenced-based understanding of the underlying pathophysiology, etiology, prevention, and treatment of these disorders and improving access to interdisciplinary patient care. A list of ADA specialties can be found here.