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Orofacial pain

Tens of thousands wake up suffering with Orofacial Pain every day. Many thousands also wake up feeling groggy because they have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Both groups suffer in another way — their conditions are often missed, their treatment often difficult and elusive. The Moncada Center for Orofacial Pain and Sleep Apnea is dedicated to helping these patients.

Orofacial pain includes migraines, which are an extraordinarily common disease that affects nearly 1 in 4 households and over 10% of the U.S. population.

– The Migraine Research Foundation

Sleep Disorders

Dr. Elizabeth Moncada, DDS, MS, is one of the first of a growing number of highly trained specialists that now work to find effective treatments for these sufferers. Orofacial Pain covers many types and causes of pain in the neck, mouth, and jaw, including TMJ. It is often accompanied by dental issues, headaches, including migraines, and Sleep Apnea as well. Diagnosis can be difficult and complex, making effective treatment difficult as well.

It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed.

–American Sleep Apnea Association

The American Academy of Orofacial Pain estimates that more than 13 million Americans suffer from chronic orofacial pain disorders including TMD/TMJ.


Orofacial pain is felt in the mouth, jaw and the face. Orofacial pain is a common symptom with many possible causes. The Moncada Center performs the most thorough investigation to find your pain source and treat it successfully.


The “dark room” of migraines is a crowded place. Many of The Moncada Center’s patients suffer from painful, chronic headaches including migraines that stem from multiple issues. Many others suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea that robs them of healthful sleep and can lead to cardiac problems or stroke. Dr. Moncada has learned that effective treatment for both or either nearly always requires extensive medical detective work to develop the best therapy.


Dr. Moncada’s excellent record in finding the source of the pain and resolving it successfully, is why so many physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals refer their difficult to treat patients to Dr. Moncada. They know that she has designed her practice, The Moncada Center, to identify, understand and treat the pain her patients feel with respect and compassion. She and her staff care deeply about finding lasting relief for each of them.

Contact us

Elizabeth Moncada, DDS, MS
695 Oak Grove Avenue Suite 200
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Phone 650-304-9565
Fax 650-618-2545

    Available for Appointments: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Otherwise, For Emergencies and Other Patient Needs, By Appointment Only.
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    Before your appointment, please print the following forms and bring the completed forms to your appointment. Patient Intake and Health History Form