Meet William Walden, DDS, FCII
Dr. Walden was one of the first general dentists in Arizona to offer IV sedation. He knows that some patients are too anxious to get even the most basic care without it. Helping these patients, who often have struggled with dental care their whole lives, is deeply fulfilling for Dr. Walden. To that end, he completes more than double the number of continuing education credits required for dentists annually in Arizona, including substantial credits in IV sedation.
He also has earned a Fellowship in Implant Dentistry from the California Implant Institute, in cooperation with the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. This is an intensive post-graduate program that involves 300 hours of lecture time plus hands-on workshops. This is one of the most advanced implant training courses in the country.
“Patients should have proper information as to what is going on in their mouths and be offered reasonable solutions that work for them. It’s not what we can sell them but rather what their needs and desires are. I’ve spent my career helping people find solutions that are best for them, from the most basic to advanced procedures.”
For Dr. Walden, medical science is a lifelong passion:
“I’ve always had a deep interest in science and biology. When I was in high school, my older brother was badly hurt in a car accident. As we interacted with his doctors, I became very interested in what they did and why. My mother was a nurse and also encouraged me. It took some time to figure out that dentistry was the way I wanted to go. I loved working with my hands, and dentistry required an artistic touch, which I had. Over time, it just fell into place.
“I truly enjoy the variety of things that I encounter in general dentistry and the continuous learning that keeps it fresh for me. I also love the relationships that I have formed with my patients over the years. That relationship of trust motivates me each day.”
Dr. Walden explains his treatment philosophy:
“We emphasize prevention, from cleaning and fluoride to achieving functional occlusion so that the teeth work together properly and don’t wear each other out prematurely. When we make a decision to treat a tooth, it’s with the idea in mind of the best possible outcome for the longest time possible.”
- Bachelor of Science in Medical Science, University of Colorado
- Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Colorado School of Dentistry
- Conscious Sedation, University of California Los Angeles
- Fellowship in implant dentistry from the California Implant Institute and University of Nevada at Las Vegas
- Esthetic Continuum in Cosmetic Dentistry, University of California Los Angeles
- American Dental Association
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
- American Academy of Facial Esthetics
- Arizona State Dental Association
- Central Arizona Dental Society
Dr. Walden grew up in the South but has lived all of his adult life in the West, from California to Utah and Arizona to Colorado and back to Arizona. He appreciates the state’s many open spaces and outdoor activities year-round. He married his wife, Carrie, who is also an Arizona native, in 1988. Together, they have three grown children and four grandchildren. They also have two Shih Tzus, Millie and Marley, who are princesses and loads of fun.
When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Walden enjoys playing golf and riding his two motorcycles—a Triumph cruiser and a Honda sport touring motorcycle. He has also taken after his late father as the family genealogist.