TMJ Care

John Van der Werff, DDS


Providing TMJ Care and Dental Sleep Medicine services in Northern California

About - Dr. John Van der Werff

Dental Legal Expert

John Van der Werff received his D.D.S. degree from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1982. He was in private general practice until 2004, when he limited his practice to TMJ disorders, orofacial pain and dental sleep apnea. He has completed over 2300 hours of continuing education, including over 850 hours in orofacial pain. Dr. Van der Werff is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, and is certified by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Van der Werff is also a qualified medical evaluator (QME) for the state of California.


Dr. Van der Werff has made presentations to dentists, physicians, nurses, physical therapists and the general public on many aspects of dentistry. Both the CDA and ADA have invited him to be a table clinic presenter at their annual conventions.

Dr. Van der Werff's practice philosophy includes a conservative, non-surgical approach to pain management. He strongly believes in providing gentle care, using the least invasive techniques.  Surgery and extensive dental treatment are rarely needed for TMD.


Curriculum Vitae

John Van der Werff, D.D.S.

Professional Practice:

  • 1982 to 2004: General dentistry including root canals, cosmetic dentistry, dentures, Bioesthetic dentistry, extractions, veneers, and crowns
  • 2004 to present: Practice limited to TMD, Dental Sleep Medicine & Orofacial/Craniofacial Pain
  • 1982 to 2003: Hospital dentistry in geriatric and acute care hospitals


  • University of California, San Francisco: B.S., D.D.S, 1982
  • University of California, Davis: B.S. in Zoology, 1978
  • Santa Rosa Junior College: A.S in Pre-dental, 1976


  • California State Board of Dental Examiners - July 1982 to present
  • California State QME - 2004 to present

Leadership Roles:

  • Member of the Northern California Dental Society peer-review committee from 2008 to 2014
  • Expert witness for jury trial
  • Board of Directors, Northern California Dental Society: 1986-93, 2005-2008
  • Editor for "Roots" newsletter Northern California Dental Society: 2005-2008
  • Continuing Education Committee, Northern California Dental Society: 1998 to 2013
  • President, Northern California Dental Health Foundation 1986-1988
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Oral Medicine: 1982-1985 (U of CA - San Francisco)
  • Academic positions: Assistant Clinical Professor, Operative: 1983-1984 (U of CA - San Francisco)

Professional Organization Memberships:

  • Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain 2008
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orofacial Pain 2006
  • Northern California Dental Society since 1985
  • American and California Dental Associations since 1982
  • Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine since 2004
  • Mastership, Academy of General Dentistry 2010
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 1997-2003
  • Diplomat, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine 2008- present

Hospital Affiliations:

  • Staff: Mercy Medical Center, 1992-2014
  • Staff: Northern California Rehab Hospital, or Vibra since 2003
  • Dentistry for home bound patients and nursing homes: San Francisco Bay Area 1983-1985 and Redding area 1986-2002

Continuing Education:

  • Over 2300 hours. Covering all areas of dentistry, with over 850 hours on TMD and Orofacial/ Craniofacial pain
  • Orognathic Bioesthetics International Institute- Level IV graduate 1996
  • Leadership and management training - Pride Institute 1990

Courses Developed:

  • Multiple slide / PowerPoint presentations to dentists, physicians, nurses and general public
  • Table clinic presenter - CDA and ADA conventions
Dr. John Van der Werff

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