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It is also very important for patients to understand their conditions and the ways they will be managed.
– Aurelio A. Alonso, DDS, PhD, MS

Aurelio A. Alonso, DDS, PhD, MS

Dentist, Pain Medicine Specialist

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Board Certified
American Board of Orofacial Pain, Orofacial
Where I See Patients
Duke Innovative Pain Therapies at Brier Creek - Raleigh, NC
It is also very important for patients to understand their conditions and the ways they will be managed.
– Aurelio A. Alonso, DDS, PhD, MS

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About Me

I am a dentist with special training in temporomandibular disorders, orofacial pain and sleep medicine, specifically, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Orofacial pain can be very debilitating and interfere with all aspects of patient life. When I see patients with orofacial pain, I first try to understand them and their pain. I want to ensure that when they leave my office they have a precise diagnosis and treatment plan. It is also very important for patients to understand their conditions and the ways they will be managed. The most rewarding part of my job is to see patients improve and get back to enjoying life. I practiced five years of general dentistry in my home country, Brazil, before realizing orofacial pain was my passion and moving to the United States. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family.

Languages I Speak
English, Portuguese

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Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.79 out of 5
232 ratings, 51 reviews

Training and Education

Board Certification
American Board of Orofacial Pain, Orofacial
Orofacial Pain, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Dentistry, 2002-2003
Prosthodontics, Sao Paulo State University (UNESP) School of Dentistry (Brazil), 1998-2000
Temporomandibular Disorder and Orofacial Pain, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, 2003-2005
DDS, University of Ribeiro Preto (UNAERP) School of Dentistry (Brazil), 1997
MS, Dentistry, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, 2007
PhD, Oral Biology, University of Minnesota, 2009

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

I am interested in all aspects of orofacial pain, specifically, myofascial pain, headaches and sleep disorders. The relationship between pain and sleep have always fascinated me. I am also interested in how stem cells can help reduce patient pain in hopes that this modality can be used in orofacial pain in the future.

View my publications on PubMed

Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance providers. At Duke Innovative Pain Therapies at Brier Creek, all services may not be covered. Please contact Duke Innovative Pain Therapies at Brier Creek at 919-660-9000 to confirm that we accept your insurance plan, and what (if any) co-payments, co-insurances and deductibles will be your responsibility. For services at other locations, please call your insurance company to confirm your access to health care services.
    • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
    • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS
    • Aetna Medicare HMO Open Access
    • Aetna Medicare Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Premier Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Prime Plan (HMO, PPO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
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    • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
    • NC State Employees Health Plan
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
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    • Cigna Open Access Plus
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    • Duke Basic
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  • First Health
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    • Gateway Health Medicare Assured Select (HMO)
  • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
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    • Humana ChoiceCare (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
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    • Medicare Part B
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    • NC Medicaid*
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  • OneNet PPO
    • FAMIS*
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    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
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    • TRICARE Prime
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    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • State Employee Health Plan (for retirees)
    • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
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    • United Healthcare of the River Valley
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    • United Healthcare Options PPO with Harvard Pilgrim
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    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate with the plan.

External Relationships

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
  • North Carolina Dental Society