Dr. J. Derek Tieken has earned lots of accolades and honors in his more than 32 years as a dentist, and before that, while earning his degree from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston. President of his fourth-year class, Dr. Tieken delivered the commencement address.
Focus On Patient Well-Being
Dr. Tieken has always had a passion for dentistry and knew he wanted to practice at a young age. He continues to be fascinated by the connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. This shows in his work, through his focus on improving his patients’ overall well-being. He takes time to build close relationships with his patients and provide each and every one of them with personalized care.
Dr. Tieken enjoys continuing to grow in his dental profession and staying on the cutting edge of dental technology. He stays up to date on the latest dental trends by taking courses at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and is a member of the International Academy of Sleep.
His sleep apnea practice, Sleep Well Southeast Texas, opened in 2022. As a dentist, Dr. Tieken is uniquely suited to assisting patients diagnosed with sleep apnea and other sleep breathing disorders. The mouth is the gateway to the body and by finding solutions to open the air way with oral appliances, Dr. Tieken can help his patients breathe easy, sleep well and gain a better quality of life.
In His Free Time
In his free time, Dr. Tieken enjoys traveling with his wife, Lori, reading and writing, being outdoors, and boating. He also enjoys following sports, especially his alma mater Baylor University and The University of Mississippi, where his daughter attends.
“The Million Dollar Smile”
“The Million Dollar Smile: Changing Lives with Cosmetic Dentistry” takes a frank look at the most common cosmetic and restorative treatments used to enhance your smile.
Coauthored by experts in the dental field, this book provides honest and informative details describing each treatment method and the mouth-to-body relationship, and it offers advice for patients looking to improve their teeth.