Don Nixdorf, DDS, MS

Don Nixdorf, DDS, MS


Health Networks

  • University of Minnesota Physicians

Languages I Speak

  • English

Care Philosophy

I provide evidenced-based and patient-centered care.  The focus is first to understand what the underlying reason for the patient’s complaint of pain.  Then, I work with my patients to determine an individualized plan that has three goals; i) pain reduction, ii) improvement in function, and iii) development of independence.

Care and Clinical Interests

  • Diagnosis and management of chronic orofacial pain disorders
  • Headache disorders
  • Neuropathic pain such as trigeminal neuralgia
  • Temporomandibular disorders (TMD)

Education, Training and Certifications


  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Hospital Dentistry)


  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (Anesthesia)
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada (Orofacial Pain)

Other Education

  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada (Dental School)
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (Master of Science in Clinical Research)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orofacial Pain, Diplomate
  • National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, Diplomate

Recognition and Leadership


  • Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic & Biological Sciences
  • Director, Division of TMD & Orofacial Pain
  • Member of the Medical Advisory Board, TNA Facial Pain Association