William Halligan, DDS

San Diego practice limited to treating Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) and Orofacial Pain.

Dear Valued Patients,

Due to concerns about the Coronavirus, and following recommendations of the California Dental Association, we will be offering only limited office hours until April 6, 2020. As you are aware, the situation is rather fluid and government mandates may impact our availability. Meanwhile we will take your calls when we can and even if we are not in, phone messages will be checked and calls returned as promptly as possible. Office phone 858-277-3910.

Meanwhile, enjoy the following during what for many is an unexpected forced time away from the usual routine.

Thank you,
Dr. Halligan

“Pandemic,” a Poem by Lynn Ungar


What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

William Halligan, DDS

San Diego practice limited to treating Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) and Orofacial Pain.

We offer a safe, non-surgical approach to rapid & long-lasting relief from orofacial pain and TMJ disorders.

WELCOME, you are our greatest concern! We are dedicated exclusively to the treatment of orofacial pain and TMJ disorders. We provide you with special, individualized care delivered by a highly qualified staff. Dr. Halligan has treated hundreds of patients with TMJ dysfunction, headaches and neck pain.

We offer many treatment options based upon the personal diagnosis of each individual. Should you have any questions or comments, let us know. We understand you have a choice of practices from which to choose, and we look forward to offering you the experienced, excellent care you deserve.

Dr. Halligan's Blog

Run Silent, Run Deep

It is early in the second week of April 2020 and I am at my desk in a mountain cabin. Outside my window I can see a powdered sugar-coated hillside of snow, a few pinyon pines, rabbit brush, lilac, and a neighbor’s house—perhaps 200 yards away, and silent, no movement, no sound—we are indeed miles

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ASMR and Super Bowl Football

I tuned in to the Super Bowl on Sunday, not because I was a Patriots fan or a Rams fan, but just out of curiosity: Could anyone give Tom Brady’s team a good game? While the LA Rams played remarkably well on defense, the answer was, well, I guess not. Meantime, I wanted to see

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Turn Left at San Cassiano

The first indication of any cultural rift in South Tyrol came when Andrea and I headed out on foot from the lovely Park Hotel Laurin in Bolzano and went north along the Talvera River to see Castel Roncolo. The 13th century castle is known for a long and convoluted history and whole rooms devoted to

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Practice or Business Growth: Part Two

Despite the various interpretations you may put on the following, keep in mind dear reader that the reasons for our difficulties were ultimately of my own making. Incorporating a second dentist into the practice, while appearing to be a strategy to reduce my own time in the office and reduce stress, soon seemed destined to

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A Moveable Christmas

And then there was the Christmas tree. We have not had a Christmas tree for 7 or 8 years because we fled the country every year at the holidays mostly to escape the crazy aunt who was always there for Christmas dinner then for the opening of presents and she could be counted upon to

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A Midsummer Night’s Reading List

OR…The Halligan TMJ Review of Books I can’t claim to be a voracious reader but looking back on spring and summer I find that I have savored, enjoyed, waded through, occasionally endured, laughed and sometimes even wept through 11-1/2 books. Why should you read my opinions about these books? I’m not a professional critic, after

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Blackie the Cat—A Love Story

I was once voted Least Likely to Ever Own a Cat. A farm kid who always owned dogs, and who–from the age of 4 onward– always had an old dog following me around Wisconsin woods and back roads, I never had much to do with cats; and in fact even got a few guilty chuckles

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The Great Halloween Candy S’mores Taste Test

The idea germinated during a combined family camping trip in the local mountains over the summer. After all, what do you do on a campout? Roast marshmallows over a campfire, slap the softened, browned or charred result on a graham cracker, add half a Hershey bar, let the chocolate melt a bit, enjoy. Repeat. There

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Kite Surfing at Windblown Jalama Beach

A brilliant turquoise-blue day in mid May, the wind is blowing hard out of the northwest like God’s own hair dryer. There’s no escaping the wind that’s a steady 25 knots down from Lompoc and Vandenberg Air Force Base. This is Jalama Beach and seems ideal for one thing and it’s not for taking the

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