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Sten M. Ericson, DDS

Sten Ericson, DDS - Dentist Santa Barbara & Lompoc, CASince graduating from the USC School of Dentistry with academic honors, Dr. Ericson has been dedicated to furthering his knowledge and scope of practice. He completes on average six times the required amount of continuing education per year, traveling to the best courses available. Dr. Ericson has excelled at two residencies in implant surgery and multiple residencies in advanced bone grafting, gum grafting, oral surgery and surgical orthodontics.  He has been involved for more than 5 years with the prestigious Kois Center in Seattle in their advanced prosthodontics program.  In addition to this, he has pursued extensive training to obtain his IV sedation license and is an enthusiastic advocate of IV sedation dentistry.  It is his belief that making sure his patients are relaxed and anxiety free is a major factor that contributes to the success of many of his cases.

Prior to USC, Dr. Ericson attended UCSB and graduated with a degree in Molecular Biology. He has traveled significantly with philanthropic organizations that have established dental clinics in some of the most remote corners of Latin America. Dr. Ericson is a former Los Angeles County Fire Department Ocean Lifeguard EMT for 15 years. Continuing his involvement keeps him current with proper preparation for a variety of emergency medical procedures.

In his spare time, Dr. Ericson is a devoted long-distance paddleboarder and has competed for 20 years in numerous races on both coasts, including three times in the storied 32 mile Catalina Classic. When not paddleboarding, he is an avid surfer.  Dr. Ericson and his wife Katrin have 2 boys, Jan and Sebastian.  Katrin has a PhD from UCLA in Stem Cell Biology and currently works at Amgen in Thousand Oaks.  The Ericson Family is happy to call the beautiful Santa Barbara area home.

Professional Affiliations and Recognition:

  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
    ·         Awarded Fellowship in 2012
  • Instructor with Progressive Orthodontics
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of Oral Systemic Health
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • California Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
    ·         Currently in Accreditation Process (Candidate)
    ·         Elected Member of Professional Education Committee
    ·         Elected Member of the University Relations Committee
    ·         Prodigy Progeny Think Tank – Appointed Member
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Santa Barbara Ventura County Dental Society
  • Santa Barbara Rotary Board of Directors
    ·         Honorary Paul Harris Fellow – Pro Bono Work with Local Foster Youth
    ·         Board of Directors – Public Relations

Kois Center Graduate & What it Means

The Kois Center is a didactic and clinical program, featuring a comprehensive curriculum of nine courses. At the Kois Center, we strive to use the latest advances in esthetics, implants and restorative dentistry. Adjunct courses are also offered, which complement the Kois Center curriculum. All courses are based upon Dr. John C. Kois’ mission statement:

“Enabling motivated dentists to achieve extraordinary levels, expanding knowledge and application skills in
restorative dentistry.” -Dr. John Kois

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