About Friendly Smiles Dental

We’re Friendly Smiles Dental, California Central Coast Dentists

Our dedicated team of dentists, hygienists, and admin professionals serve the California Central Coast communities in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey counties through our offices in Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, and King City. When you visit any one of Friendly Smiles Dental offices, your smile is our top priority and we’re dedicated to providing you with the personalized gentle care you deserve.

We believe good health starts with good oral health and we’re committed to assisting you in achieving and maintaining long-term dental health, oral wellness, and a beautiful smile!

At Friendly Smiles Dental, we continuously invest and participate in learning the latest advancement in dentistry and technology.  Friendly Smiles Dental offices are equipped to provide all that modern dentistry has to offer, including a comprehensive list of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of our community members and their families.

SLO dentist Hamlet Karapetian

Dr. Hamlet Karapetian and family.  Photo by Hayley Marie Photography Morro Bay, CA

Our Story

Meet Our Dentists

Dr. Hamlet Karapetian, DMD
Dr. Hamlet Karapetian is a licensed California dentist. He graduated from Boston University, School of Dental Medicine in 2004. Before establishing his private practice in Santa Maria California, Dr. Karapetian spent an additional year of residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in Bronx, New York. Dr. Karapetian is a member of the American Dental Association and the Central Coast Dental Society.

Dr. Karapetian has been calling Santa Maria his home since 2005. He is an active member of the community and sponsors numerous local charities. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Karapetian enjoys fishing, cooking, traveling, and spending quality time with his wife and daughters.

Dr. Rogelio Barrera, DDS
Dr. Rogelio Barrera was born and raised in Michoacan Mexico. He graduated from the University Of Michoacan and has been a licensed California dentist since 1995. He moved from the Sacramento area to practice dentistry at Friendly Smiles Dental in 2010. Dr. Barrera specializes in restorative dentistry. He received his training in cosmetic and occlusion dentistry from “Esthetic Professionals” with Dr. Crispin in Tarzana, California.

Dr. Barrera and his wife Lillian have been married since 1998 and together they have three wonderful children: Lillian, Julian, and Andrea and two adorable grandchildren: Joshua and Marcelin. Dr. Barrera’s favorite hobbies include cycling, running and shooting.

Dr. Arturo Silva, DDS
Dr. Silva was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He graduated from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in 1992. Dr. Silva is a licensed California dentist and has been practicing dentistry in the Central Coast California communities since 2008.

Dr. Silva is happily married and is the proud father of two girls. He likes swimming and undertaking small home renovation and restoration projects in his free time.

Dr. Nima Mashhoon, DMD, MS
Dr. Nima Mashhoon, D.M.D., M.S., originally from Santa Maria, CA, received his dental training from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine in Southern California. After the completion of his education, Dr. Mashhoon decided to move back home where he was raised and give back to the community that gave me him so much. Dr. Mashhoon received his Bachelor’s in Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a minor in Psychology and his Master’s in Biology from CSUB.

Dr. Mashhoon loves all aspects of dentistry, especially surgical and endodontics but has been known to sing to his pediatric patients. Did someone say; “Baby Shark?” Dr. Mashhoon has a simple philosophy, “treat every patient as they are family.”

You can catch Dr. Mashhoon playing basketball, beach volleyball, or golf in his free time when he is not hiking the local trails. Currently, his new passion is teaching himself how to play the piano.

Dr. Kamiar Dehkordi, DDS
Dr. Dehkordi is a licensed California dentist. He graduated from NYU College of Dentistry and now proudly calls SLO his home. Dr. Dehkordi believes in minimally invasive, preventative Dentistry using the latest materials and best surgical techniques.

On the weekends, Dr. Dehkordi can be found close to the beach eating fish & chips, mountain biking on the trails and racing his motorcycle at the local tracks.

Dr. Karapetian successfully restored a missing tooth by placing a dental implant. The implant surgery itself was trouble-free, quick and painless. The implant looks and feels like my natural tooth! I am extremely happy with the results. My Thanks to Dr. Karapetian for all his help!

Judy A., Arroyo Grande

I’ve been going to Friendly Smiles Dental for the last four years, the Doctors & staff are all friendly and informative. I no longer dread my dental appointment but now actually enjoy going. All my family from my 9 year old daughter to my 70 year old grandmother are all patients here!

Maria S., Santa Maria

Me gusta Friendly Smiles Dental porque todo el personal es amable y los Doctores son muy profesionales. Yo me siento como en casa cada vez que bengo. Aqui le perdi el miedo alos dentistas.

Elena M., Santa Maria

Thank You Friendly Smiles for getting me in so quickly for my wisdom teeth, the pain was like nothing I had ever experienced in my life. The staff took my X-rays and Dr. Karapetian took all 4 of my wisdom teeth out and gave me pain medication and by the next day I felt so much better. Thank you again Dr. Karapetian.

Tim M., Arroyo Grande

I am very pleased with my new appearance and I seem to be smiling a lot more. The whole experience from start to finish was very pleasant; may I say I have never in my life enjoyed going to the dentist so much. You and your staff went out of your way to be gentle kind and positive. I have had many comments from friends, family and total strangers and all have been positive and complimentary. I would recommend your services without hesitation.

Tiffany S., Arroyo Grande

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