Sleep Dentist Dr. Dexter Since 1996

Dr. Donald Dexter, Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine

 

Dr. Donald R. Dexter, Jr. completed his BS in Psychology at Lewis and Clark College and earned his DMD at Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry. He has advanced training in dental sleep medicine and treatment of TMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Dexter is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), and a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Dental Association, Oregon Dental Association, Lane County Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Born and raised in Oregon, Dr. Dexter is an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes of southern Oregon, the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college, and the first member of any of the federally recognized tribes of Oregon to attend and graduate from dental school.

I am a Modoc

I am an enrolled member of 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.

First ABDSM Diplomate dentist in Eugene

The Diplomate designation is the gold standard in obstructive sleep apnea treatment by dentists, representing a commitment to the highest level of care within this field. The 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.

Celebrating Diversity

has become a common theme in today’s culture, as an Indigenous person I understand and appreciate diversity every day of my life. My practice of dentistry is based on the core values of my cultural upbringing. Hard work, listening to others, respecting differences and sincerely treating people as I would like to be treated.

Education

Lewis and Clark College, B.S., Psychology

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

Interests

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.

Diplomate American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate, October 7, 2020

Dr. Dexter is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) and the first dentist to receive this status in Eugene, Oregon and Lane County. The ABDSM is the leading testing organization in the United States for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. 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.

Certificate, Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, Donald R. Dexter, Jr., DMD
Certificate, Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, Donald R. Dexter, Jr., DMD

Pediatric Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency 2021-2022

Completing Tufts Pediatric Dental Sleep Apnea Mini-Residency provides Dr. Donald Dexter with the foundational education to recognize the risks and understand the treatment options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in children and infants.

This was Dr. Dexter’s introduction to the clinical journey of treating this surprisingly common condition. As a result, he has a greater understanding and appreciation for the value of building a comprehensive team of providers in the community to provide complementing and comprehensive care. Often there is no one modality in treatment, so building a network of trained providers is critical to care and involves working with pediatric dentists, orthodontists, ENT physicians, myofunctional therapists, and acupuncturists, among others.

Dr. Dexter’s experience at Tufts School of Dental Medicine reinforces his belief that to be the best, you train with the best. Continued training and education allows him to remain a leader in our community in dental sleep medicine for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

What inspires you to be a Sleep Dentist?

Out of professional curiosity, in 2008, I attended a multi-discipline medical symposium on sleep apnea. A cardiologist spoke of the cardiac risks associated with sleep apnea and recommended that attendees return home and have a sleep study. I did, and I was surprised to learn that I suffered from mild sleep apnea. I had none of the common risk factors, apart from the higher risk associated with being male. My first-hand experience of failed CPAP therapy led me into the field of oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. My pursuit of better treatment for myself inspired me to seek and obtain the skills, knowledge, and qualifications to become a practicing sleep dentist for the benefit of others.

Behind our Logo

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.

The four directions are represented by the four sacred colors of yellow, red, black, and white. The east represents the sun and is yellow; the south represents the warmth and vitality of life blood and is red; the west represents the stars and the darkness in the night sky and is black; the north represents the purity of snow and is white.

Each of the four directions represents a stage in life: east symbolizes birth, south the vitality of youth, west the maturity of experience and north the wisdom of age.

Donald R. Dexter, Jr., DMD