What Sets Us Apart
All dentists are trained in the basic science and practice of dentistry, but it is our personal values and experiences that sets us apart.
an enrolled member the Klamath Tribes of Southern Oregon. My personal values exist in relation to the cultural values that I was raised with as a Native American.
Those values include empathy, humility, respect and acceptance of the differences between people.
has become a common theme in today’s culture, as an Indigenous person I understand and appreciate diversity every day of my life.
This designation is the gold standard in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea by dentists and represents a commitment to provide the highest level of care within this field of practice. American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) is the leading testing organization in the United States for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.
to attend and graduate from college. I was also the first member of a federally recognized Oregon tribe to become a dentist.
As a first in these achievements there was no one ahead of me to provide guidance, support or mentoring in my educational and professional pursuits.
It was through hard work that I endeavored to persevere and accomplish my goals.
Born and raised in Southern Oregon on the former Klamath Indian reservation, Eugene dentist Dr. Donald R. Dexter, Jr. graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a B.S. degree in Psychology and earned his D.M.D. at Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry. He has advanced training in dental sleep medicine and the treatment of TMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Dexter is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, (ABDSM.)
Dr. Dexter is an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes of Southern Oregon. He is the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college and the first member of his tribe to attend and graduate from dental school.
Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry, D.M.D.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, TMD Mini-Residency
Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
Dr. Dexter has a broad range of interests beyond the field of dentistry and medicine. He has a passion for the arts; particularly enjoying photography, architecture, and the design world. A proud supporter of local artists, he hosts quarterly photography shows in his office. Additionally, Dr. Dexter takes delight in food and cooking. He is a firm believer that food not only nourishes the body, but also the soul. Above all else though, what Dr. Dexter enjoys most is the constant joy of spending time with his children and grandchildren.
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Academy for Sports Dentistry
- American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
- American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
- American Dental Association
- Oregon Dental Association
- Lane County Dental Society
Behind our Logo: Medicine Wheel
The medicine wheel, sometimes known as the sacred hoop, embodies the Four Directions which symbolize dimensions of health and the cycles of life. The presence of the medicine wheel in my practice is a reminder of the fact that when you live your life in a circular pattern, there is no beginning or end.
It’s a reminder to live in health and wellness, and treat others with the dignity and respect that you would like in return.