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Dentistry redefined

A new kind of dental experience

You deserve to feel catered to and cared for at the dentist office—from the moment you step through the doors, to the moment you leave. At Hlavaty Dental Arts, that’s our mission and purpose: to provide high quality dental care with an exceptional patient experience. Dr. Shawn Hlavaty takes time to truly listen to each patient and address their unique dental needs, whether it’s a routine exam or a more complicated restorative treatment. From the spacious, spa-like design of our office to the inviting and attentive attitude of our staff, Hlavaty Dental Arts puts you first.


Building beautiful smiles in Santa Barbara

Meet Dr. Shawn Hlavaty

Dr. Shawn Hlavaty is pleased to bring his passion for helping patients achieve beautiful smiles to the Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Summerland areas. Before entering the world of dentistry, he spent 11 years as a landscape architect, but he felt he needed a change. While in college, he had a job doing orthodontic lab work (building retainers and appliances), and needless to say it sparked his curiosity. He decided return to school to finish up a second undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Utah. Dr. Shawn Hlavaty then attended dental school at New York University before settling in Santa Barbara where his parents and his grandparents grew up.

At his previous practice, Dr. Shawn Hlavaty specialized in implants, grafting, reconstruction cases and cosmetic work. He’s now thrilled to open his own practice, where he can not only build beautiful smiles for his patients, but prioritize their needs in an inviting, spa-like environment. He’s been a sought-after Santa Barbara dentist for everything from routine exams to complex reconstructive cases, partnering with each patient to help them achieve their goals.

In his spare time, Dr. Shawn Hlavaty enjoys being with his wife and kids, traveling, off-roading, snowboarding, mountain biking, playing guitar, or seeing live music.

Meet Our Team

Serving you with a smile

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What to Expect

Your first visit with us

At your first visit, you’ll be introduced to our spa-like office amenities and friendly front desk staff. Our team will help answer any questions you may have about your dental concerns and you’ll head back to see Dr. Shawn Hlavaty. You and Dr. Shawn Hlavaty will discuss the health of your smile and potential options for additional treatments. Prioritizing the patient experience over profits is one of our core values—so we never pressure you to pursue a path that isn’t in your best interest. New patients can also take advantage of our New Patient Special for a risk-free way to experience the Hlavaty Dental difference.

Office Comforts

Soothing, Spacious, Spa-like

Step into our open and inviting office and see for yourself why we’re redefining dentistry. With soothing amenities available from the moment you walk through our doors, we pride ourselves on having the kind of atmosphere that helps you feel right at home. From warm towels, neck pillows, and blankets to streaming services and noise-canceling headphones, our patients enjoy a relaxing environment while they wait and during services.

Tech Highlights

Innovative care in every exam room

Hlavaty Dental Arts is committed to staying up to date on the latest technology and innovations in dental care. Some of our technological highlights include:

  • CBCT x-rays that can display images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways, and bone in a single scan.
  • Intraoral cameras in every exam room, connected to large TVs to show you your results.
  • Portable/handheld digital x-rays for convenience.
  • Intraoral cancer screening lights.
  • 3D intraoral scanners, so impressions with a mouth full of goo can be a thing of the past.

While we utilize extensive, innovative technology, each exam room is designed to be soothing and spacious. Various equipment pieces that may be required are kept closed off and only brought out as needed.

Community Outreach

Ways we give

We pride ourselves on being active in our community, donating time to help our community thrive through various philanthropic efforts. Dr. Shawn Hlavaty and his family also personally enjoy giving back through several organizations each year.

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