Nannette Goyer, DDS

Thank you for visiting our website and for either being a patient or considering becoming a patient! I have been a dentist for over thirty years, receiving my degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1989. I moved to the beautiful Walla Walla Valley in 1998, fulfilling a long-time desire to live in the Pacific Northwest. I love our part of the state and our wonderful community.

If you are thinking of coming to see us, I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our dental family. To those of you who are current patients, thanks for visiting the website. I hope you find some good information, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

After graduating from the University of Texas Health Science Center, I had a unique opportunity to visit a practice in Jonestown, Texas. The dentist I eventually succeeded built his practice through commitment, compassion, and relationships. I don’t think many new dentists get to experience the human aspect of providing health care. I consider myself one of the lucky few and strive to set that example in how I practice.

Being a dentist is not limited to the act of evaluating and fixing teeth. At its core, like most things in life, it is about relationships and building trust to foster a positive environment and favorable outcomes. How you feel during a dental procedure is just as important as the procedure. That is my practice philosophy.

Over the years, I have studied many specialty aspects of dentistry. In addition to general dentistry, I enjoy the complexities of full mouth restorations, including both fixed and removeable options. Until recently, I helped patients with an alternative to CPAP, providing the oral appliance for sleep apnea. This was a point of pride as I witnessed the life-changing impact many patients experienced. Because of the complexities of a dental office providing a medical service, our decade-long quest to streamline the administrative aspects of medical insurance finally exceeded our capacity to manage.

I am proud to offer Invisalign to patients of record. A common misconception about orthodontic treatment is that patients only receive care for aesthetic reasons. On the contrary, teeth that are too close together or overlap each other are harder to keep clean, making these areas more prone to harbor bacteria. Occlusion, or how your teeth fit together, matters! Proper occlusion helps prevent broken teeth, tension headaches & jaw pain, and more. Of course, hopefully, you smile all the time. How you feel about your smile impacts how you feel about yourself.

Our office focuses heavily on prevention—it is the key to oral health. Proper home care is vital to this effort; therefore, creating proper space and alignment is key. Tying back to obstructive sleep apnea, the development of the dental arches early in life impacts the development of the airway, so while I don’t provide early intervention orthodontic care, the reasons for treatment throughout a lifetime are all relevant.

I am a member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, Walla Walla Valley Dental Association, and Society of American Indian Dentists. Over the past few years, I have enjoyed mentoring Native American students who are interested in pursuing dentistry or who are working toward their dental degree. This is a special profession, and I believe more young adults know about what it means to provide such personal, vital care the better owe can serve our communities.

Interests

  • Playing with grandkids
  • Pollinator conservation
  • Cycling

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