Welcome to Pathway Dental Group

Your Modern Dentist in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, & Lompoc, CA

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Enhancing Smiles at Pathway Dental Group

We love to see you smile, but we love it even more when you have a healthy smile. Here at Pathway Dental Group, we’re devoted to oral health for all our patients in and near Santa Barbara County. What sets us apart is our complete range of dental services. We offer IV sedation, teeth cleanings, wisdom teeth removal, clear aligners, and more. Whether you’re looking for preventative, cosmetic, restorative, or emergency dentistry, we make it convenient to get what you need.

Please schedule an appointment at one of our three locations: Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, or Lompoc. 

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Convenient Hours & Locations

Visit us at one of our three locations in Santa Barbara County, California. Our experienced staff are ready to serve you five days a week, with same-day treatment for dental emergencies.

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Affordable Payment Options

Get both the dental treatment and payment plan that works for you. We not only accept most major dental insurance providers but also have financing options and a savings plan.

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Family Dental Care Services

Access dental services that benefit your entire family. We do everything we can to make sure your visit is stress free — from renovated offices to updated technology and a friendly staff.

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Meet Your Dental Care Team

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Dr. Sten Ericson, DDS

Dr. Ericson is the founder of Pathway Dental Group. He excelled at two residencies in implant surgery and multiple residencies in advanced bone grafting, gum grafting, oral surgery and surgical orthodontics. His goal is making sure his patients are relaxed and anxiety-free.

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Dr. Kent Tubbs, DMD

Dr. Tubbs grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota, and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. After graduation, he attended the Oregon Health and Science University’s School of Dentistry where he graduated with high honors.

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Dr. Jennifer Vitez, DMD

Dr. Vitez attended Boston University School of Dental Medicine, from which she graduated with honors. Throughout her career, Dr. Vitez has served a diverse population, ranging from pediatric dentistry and community health, to public health and private practice.

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Dr. Matthew Carmody, DDS

Dr. Carmody completed his undergraduate degree at Washington State University before enrolling in the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He has furthered his education by averaging more than 150 hours per year in continuing dental education, and he is fluent in Spanish.

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Dr. Sonia Vanmali, DMD

Dr. Vanmali was born and raised in sunny Southern California. She is a general dentist with experience ranging from pediatric dentistry, clear aligner orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry and full mouth rehabilitations.

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State-of-the-Art Technology

We are committed to staying at the forefront of technological advances. We pride ourselves in utilizing effective and efficient modern technologies in your care. Our office features some of the revolutionary tools of the past few years, including 3D scans and models to show your dental progress in real-time and milling machines to provide same day crowns.

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Digital X-rays

Our digital X-rays emit less radiation, take images faster without any need for processing, and allow us to optimize the images so we can provide a more precise diagnosis.

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3D Printer

3D Printers allow the manufacture of various dental implants in-office, rather than requiring outsourcing to a lab. Besides allowing faster turn-around times 3D printers also allow greater oversight and accuracy, ensuring a better fit.

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Cone Beam Computed Tomography machine

Cone Beam Computed Tomography

Known as CBCT, this advanced imaging technique uses a cone-shaped X-ray beam. The cone beam rotates around your head to create a highly detailed 3D image of your mouth to help us accurately design your treatment plan.

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Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC) machine that is used at Pathway Dental Group


The CEREC® system takes the normal, multi-visit traditional dental crown procedure and cuts it down. You’ll receive your permanent, natural-looking restoration faster than ever!

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Intraoral Camera

A picture explains what words never can, especially when it comes to your teeth. An intraoral camera can take pictures with such detail, it can show cracks and stress marks in a tooth that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

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