Husband & Wife Make Visiting the Dentist a Pleasure
Owners of Blue Sky Dental Group, Dr. Jonas Ashbaugh and Dr. Kathleen Stevens, met in Dental School over fifteen years ago. They opened their practice in Jacksonville in July 2017 where they provide outstanding dental care to our community. The couple lives in Durbin Crossing with their two young sons Benjamin and Jonathan. Family is very important to them, and they love living and working in northeast Florida and especially enjoy time with their family at the beach.
What is your practice’s mission?
People hate the dentist. They despise going because of past experiences and our colleagues. They avoid having the dental and systemic health they deserve. Our mission is to create such an amazing and unheard of dental experience, that people are excited to get their teeth healthy and tell their family and friends about it. We will set the bar to which all other dental offices are measured.
If we don’t succeed, people in our community as well as other communities’ dental health will suffer. People won’t be as confident in themselves as they would like, be able to eat the foods they want to, get the best nutrition and hence, won’t be as healthy as they could be. We help people live their best lives.
How do you work together as a team to help patients?
What we have to do:
We must treat every patient as we would a family member. Every patient is our audience. If we want to impress them, we have to put our heart into every single moment, just like it is the most important performance of our career. This way, they will share our story and we can help more people.
We have to believe in what we provide. We have to believe in the value and far reaching implications of how what we do changes people’s lives for the better. We must stay positive, optimistic, and committed to each other as a team. We must stay committed to providing this experience.
What is at risk?
People’s dental health is declining everywhere. It affects their lives in a big way. As it affects them, it affects every person they know and touch, as dental health undoubtedly affects their behavior as well as longevity. **We are the answer. We have the power to make an impact. **We can help them eat healthily and happily. We can help them smile and exhibit confidence so that they can be a light to the world.
If we can provide a dental experience, enthusiastically, authentically, with understanding, with integrity, and with the patient’s best interests in mind, we can change how people feel about dentistry and provide the vehicle in which people can obtain their best dental and physical health.
As Dentists and Teachers how many years have you practiced and how do you keep up with current dental technology and education?
We (Dr. Jonas Ashbaugh and Dr. Kathleen Stevens) are committed to staying on the forefront of the latest dental treatments and technology to better care for our patients. Combined we have 15 years of dental experience to draw from and share over 1600 continued education hours. Dr.Jonas has gone above and beyond by receiving his F.A.G.D. which requires extensive training and commitment to improvement and excellence in his field.
Some of the really cool stuff that we have gotten into include 3d Printing, Cone Beam Computer Tomography or 3d CBCT scans and we most recently acquired a 3D intra-oral scanner(Trios 3Shape) to scan teeth to create crowns without the need for traditional impressions.
Your office is incredible. What are some of the special features you offer patients to make their experience enjoyable?
Blue Sky Dental Group strives to provide a relaxed, fear erasing, comfortable environment. We try to achieve an extraordinary experience that is like no other. We want patients to feel like they have never been to a dentist like us before without us having to directly say it.
How do you help people who are embarrassed by their smile? A crown is sometimes more than just a crown, a filling can most definitely be more than just a filling to some people. What I’m saying is that sometimes it can just be the littlest thing that causes someone to be embarrassed by their smile but of course it’s the big things too. Misalignment, extensive decay, missing teeth are the big things we think about that most definitely lead to a negative self image with regards to their smile.
Some of our favorite cases have been those that have a life altering effect. The cases where we not only change someones appearance but we revitalize their overall personality. We can change not only their physical appearance but their mental image of who they are and begin the process of healing their self confidence.
How does 3-D technology help you in creating the ideal treatment for each patient?
We probably place roughly 90-95% of our implants with the assistance of a 3d printed surgical guide. I’d like to do 100% but sometimes that’s just not possible. For those unfamiliar, a surgical guide is an appliance that sits over the teeth or bone that constricts or “guides” the direction and depth of the drill and implant. Here’s how I can best describe why a guide is better. Imagine if you yourself were drilling a screw into drywall to hang a photo. How straight would you be? How about if you needed to hang two photos and drill two screws at the same height? How parallel would you be? Probably pretty good but not perfect. A surgical guide makes things near perfect for me. I can with confidence place two or more implants at the same depth with exact parallelism. It also allows me to avoid any vital structures that could potentially be life threatening. Its powerful new technology and essentially the standard of care in our office.
In recent years many people are choosing dental implants as a solution to maintaining a beautiful smile throughout their lifetime. Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Most patients are surprised to learn that nowadays, most everyone is a good candidate for implants. Implants are the most lifelike, strongest, longest-lasting replacement for teeth.
Dr. Jonas Ashbaugh earned his dental degree from the Ohio State University, after earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. He maintains professional memberships in the American Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Southern Jacksonville Dental Society. Dr. Ashbaugh has also been awarded the Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Ashbaugh takes numerous postgraduate education courses each year and has received extensive training in sedation, occlusion (your bite) and esthetic dentistry, allowing him to incorporate these treatments into his practice so he has a multitude of methods for solving complex dental problems. Most recently, Dr. Ashbaugh has completed a nine month comprehensive dental implant program through the Las Vegas Implant Maxicourse.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Ashbaugh is an instructor for Smart CE online instructional series for Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, and Dentist nationwide. He is also a co-host for a popular dental podcast, Shared Practices, in which he shares his expertise in
best practices for running a successful dental office.
Dr. Ashbaugh is an active participant in the community. He and his wife, Dr. Stevens, live in the area with their two children, Benjamin and Jonathan. In his spare time, he enjoys in-shore and off-shore fishing, wakeboarding, golfing and catching a football game.
Dr. Kathleen Stevens earned her dental degree from The Ohio State University School of Dentistry, after earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. She holds professional memberships in the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association and Northeast District Dental Association. Throughout her career Dr. Stevens has always strived to further her skills. She has completed several post graduate education courses and has received extensive training in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and facial esthetics. Her commitment in continued education has allowed her to provide a wide array of services to her patients while delivering the highest quality of dental care.
Dr. Stevens and her family enjoy participating in the activities this great city of Jacksonville has to offer. Whether it be a day on the beach or an afternoon football game (go Jaguars!) you can always find her out enjoying time with friends and family.
For more information visit https://www.blueskydentalgroup.com/
14866 Old St. Augustine Rd, Suite 111, Jacksonville, FL 32258
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