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Dr. John Van der Werff

Dentistry
Redding, CA
41 years experience male

Locations

John Van der Werff, DDS

Redding, CA

Address

2315 Bechelli Ln #D, Redding, CA
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My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Medicare

Office

Redding, CA

John Van der Werff, DDS

Chico, CA

About

Bio

Dr. Van der Werff has been a general dentist since 1982 where he practiced all forms of dentistry including non surgical periodontal treatment, extractions, complex restorative dentistry, removable prosthodontics, esthetic dentistry, hospital dentistry, and geriatric dentistry. In 2004 he limited his practice to TMD, orofacial pain, craniofacial pain, and dental sleep medicine. He is a member of the California and American Dental Associations. He achieved Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry.He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, a Distinguished Fellow in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, and board certified by the American Board of dental Sleep Medicine. He is also on staff at Resta Sleep Center. I'm sorry I am not able to participate in the online virtual practice consultations.

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Dentistry

Pain Management

Doctor Q&A

722 Answers
700 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Jaw pain..: It sounds like you may have some form of tmd. I would suggest seeing a dentist trained in diagnosing your condition before considering treatment opti... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Ignore: Have positive input the 1st and last hour of each day.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Hard to tell: Without seeing you it is hard to tell what is going on. I would suggest seeing a dentist with experience in diagnosing oral pathology..
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Maybe: Dry mouth has multiple causes including medications, breathing through the mouth and systemic conditions. I would suggest seeing your MD about possib... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
No.. but: Gum disease can only be controlled through daily cleaning of the teeth and gums. Having your teeth cleaned is part of that process and depending upon ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Should improve: It should improve with time... If it does not continue to improve see your dentist, .
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
What to do...: If it heals and does not return I would not worry... however if it does not heal or returns, I would see your dentist for an evaluation.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Could save...: It could save you from loosing more of your jaw...
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Good question..: I'm sorry for your loss.... However, I would suggest seeing a headache specialist or neurologist to determine the cause... I don't want to scare you... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
See doctor: An ENT or oral surgeon needs to evaluate and diagnose what you have... it could be a number of different things..
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Statistics: I suspect the numbers may go something like this: of all the lichen planus patients observed in any one year .2% of them are cancer and in a person wh... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Anti fungal: This medication is used to treat fungal infections. In dentistry it is used for oral fungal infections called thrush.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Maybe: I would suggest seeing a sleep specialist for an evaluation. It could be many things.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
No idea..: Unless your teeth are loose to begin with. Have a dentist check to see if your teeth are loose...
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Seek an evaluation: It is hard to tell without examining you. I would suggest a visit to an oral surgeon, oral medicine specialist, or ENT physician for an evaluation.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
See physician: If the pain continues, I would see a physician for an evaluation.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Options: There are some over the counter medications and other meds requiring a prescription. The key is to catch it early.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Avoid: Avoid sweets in between meals to reduce cavities.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Maybe: I would suggest an evaluation by a physician to make sure you don't have something serious or infectious that needs treatment.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Maybe: Causes of a headache include sleep apnea and clenching your teeth at night. I would suggest seeing a dentist or physician that can deal with these is... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Delta sleep: When our brains are producing delta waves in non rem sleep or in rem sleep. It is usually towards the end of each cycle of 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours. Al... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Stop: Get them to stop... Consider ear plugs... Or using a fan as white noise. Good luck...
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Sounds like it: You should see a sleep physician for an evaluation and diagnosis before discussing treatment options.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Plastic mouthpiece: A plastic mouthpiece that is worn at night. There are over 100 different designs and they do different things.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Yes: The key to success with a root canal is to sterilize the canal and keep it sterilized. A rubber dam is very effective at keeping saliva, which is ful... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Wear: Wear a mouth protector when participating in contact sports.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Couple causes: Two known causes include stress and sleep apnea. There is little scientific evidence to support that a poor bite causes tooth gnashing.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Not normal: Normal sleep is 6 to 8 hours with 7 being the best. You might check with a physician if there is some cause for needing that amount of sleep.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Possibilities: They include moving the teeth, bonding of tooth colored material, or wearing a rubberized material that looks like gums. Talk with your dentist to ev... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Normal: Anything above 90% oxygen saturation is normal.
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A female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
See physician: I would suggest seeing a physician to determine what is causing your problems and help you find solution.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Treat early: The earlier they are treated the less time they last. An anti viral medication prescription is needed from a physician or dentist. Otherwise it may t... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Possible candida: I would suggest you see a dentist trained or specialized in oral medicine.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Depends: It depends upon how excessive. Water in the southwestern part of the country had too much Fluoride in it for many years and the only thing noted was ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
None: At least until a diagnosis has been provided. There may be something serious and pain meds may prolong getting appropriate treatment.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Multiple: Melatonin, going to bed at the same time every night, avoiding alcohol before bed, avoiding exercise before bed, and using your primarily for sleeping... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Last resort: That should be a last resort for treatment. There are non surgical options with less risk and acceptable results.
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A member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Can work well: They can be very effective at treating obstructive sleep apnea. The keys are seeing how severe the sleep apnea is, the type of appliance used, and wh... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Depends: What you can do depends upon your symptoms and diagnosis. Tmd is a group of conditions related to the jaw joint. It could be a joint problem, muscle... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Hard to tell: It is hard to tell without more information... Could be a torus. If it just showed up and does not go away in two weeks i would suggest another opini... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Talk: Talk with the surgeon. Sometimes things happen beyond the control of the surgeon and nothing was done wrong. However if something was done improperl... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Maybe: Usually root canal pain resolves within a few days. Keep in touch with your dentist and consider talking with your dentist about options such as re-t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Check with Dr.: Also, see a dentist. A dentist is the only person that can help you get rid of the pain.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Local or systemic: You may have a localized or systemic problem... I would suggest seeing a dentist to determine why your gums are bright red.. Then a solution can be of... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Perception or..: It may be that one is more aware of pain or one may be clenching their teeth which can cause more pain... For help i would suggest seeing a dentist w... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Not needed: You may be getting plenty of sleep at night and not need a nap....
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
See your dentist: There is medication that your dentist can place in the area if it is not healing properly.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Normal: In a rest position there should be a space between your teeth. Lips together... Teeth apart is good rule of thumb..
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
See physician: It does not sound like std but if it is not gone within a couple days see a physician.
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Testimonials
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Mar 16, 2013
Dr. John Van der Werff is the one to see for Sleep Apnea, Oro\Facial Pain, and TMJ Evaluations and treatment. His knowledge and experience is unmatched, along with his dedication to his patients and...Read More
Feb 6, 2013
I am constantly impressed by the outstanding informative, to the point, common sense, articulate answers given by Dr. Van der Werff. His expertise is evident and his patients are truly lucky to have ...Read More
Oct 1, 2013
Great answers! I love this dentist. I learn from him. Smart, caring, to-the-point answers. A great contributor to Health Tap. Highly recommend.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Care credit is based on your your credit hostory.It is all profit driven.No insurance? Does not matter how sick you are.No medical attentio
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! I ran out of room. It's not secluded to one tooth, and the muscle itself is not sore. It's a lot of constant pressure nothing helps with.
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! Was hoping I wouldn't have to see a dentist ever again (no offence)...but thanks for your advice. Will book my appointment

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Francisco School of Dentistry, CA
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

Mini Residency

Residency

American Board Dental sleep Medicine
Completed 2007

Awards

Master, Academy of General Denistry
Fellow, American Academy of Orofacial Pain
Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain

Affiliations

American and California Dental Associations
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Northern California Dental Society

Publications

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