Uptown Columbia Falls, Montana
-Dr. John Miller, Dr. Dean Calderwood and Dr. Jeff Ashe
At Smile Montana Dental Center, we pride ourselves in offering the highest level of dental services from Laser Dentistry to Digital x-rays, all while helping our patients to feel relaxed and comfortable. Our goal is pain-free dentistry and communication is the key! It is our pleasure to go the extra mile to deliver top quality service to our patients.
105 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
Mon: 8am – 5PM
Tues – Thurs: 7am – 7pm
Fri: 8am – 5pm
Columbia Falls Dental Services
- Routine Cleanings
- X-Rays. Full mouth series. Panoramic, Ceph and 3D Conebeam.
- Advanced Periodontal Therapy*
- Tooth Colored Composite Fillings
- Same Day Permanent Tooth Colored Crowns
- Dental Implant Restoration
- Dental Sealants
- Root Canal Therapy*
- Custom Nightguards
- Custom Athletic Mouthguards
- Crowns and bridges
- Teeth Whitening
- Aesthetic Crown Treatment
- Dental Implant Restoration
*Services performed by a general dentist
We Cater to Cowards
We know that for some people, a visit to the dentist’s office isn’t something to look forward to. Dental procedures can bring out a lot of uncertainty regarding pain and the results. That’s why our team offers sedation dentistry services to help those who need it. Below you will find the many options we offer giving you the most pain-free dentistry and comfortable experience:
Starting with your first visit in our dentistry office, we open the lines of communication and gain an understanding of any possible apprehensions you may have towards dental care. Our patients occupy the full spectrum ranging from those with dental anxiety to patients who enjoy their dental visits. During treatment you are encouraged to communicate with us about your comfort level. If at any point you are uncomfortable, we make the necessary adjustments before proceeding.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For our patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety, who have a family member or friend who can get them to and from their dental visits, we recommend Oral Conscious Sedation. This requires the use of prescription anti-anxiety medications in the benzodiazepine family. While under oral conscious sedation the patient tends to be very sleepy and unaware. While sedated the patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels are closely monitored using a pulse oximeter. There is very little risk involved if the appropriate doses are administered and the patient is monitored.
Inhalation Sedation (“Laughing Gas”)
At our dental center in Columbia Falls, we have a highly committed and qualified team of sedation dentistry specialists ready to help you become comfortable with certain dental procedures. One of the methods we use is ‘laughing gas’.
Nitrous Oxide (N2O) is combined with Oxygen (O2) at a safe level and inhaled through the nose. Nitrous oxide can reduce pain, produce pleasant feelings, and sometimes create a slight numbing sensation. Patients often begin to feel its effects after breathing the gas for as little as two to five minutes. Some people experience mild lightheadedness. Others get the giggles, giving nitrous oxide its nickname. The effects of the gas only last a short time and wear off quickly once its administration is discontinued. This provides for the patient an increased level of comfort and a decreased level of anxiety. Laughing gas is great for those patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety, and because it has no long term side effects patients can drive to and from their appointment.
Meet the Team in Columbia Falls
Dr. John F. Miller
Dr. John F. Miller was born and raised in Northern Arizona, but spent summers with relatives in the beautiful Flathead Valley. He knew at an early age that he would settle in Northwest Montana. Dr. Miller graduated Magna cum Laude with a Biology degree from Arizona State University in 2007. Following graduation he was accepted to the world renowned University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco as a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. He graduated from Dental school in 2011 and immediately moved his family to Montana.
Dr. Miller has a passion for life that spills over into the art and practice of Dentistry. Outside of the office he spends his time as a Husband to Juli Miller and Father to Nayvee Lee, Banks, Maxwell, and Lennon. He enjoys the lake in the summer and Big Mountain in the winter, especially when he is in the company of great friends.
Dr. Miller is a participating member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Association of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, as well as the local Montana Dental Association. He treats every patient the way he would want to be treated.
Dean W. Calderwood
Dean W. Calderwood was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and was raised and graduated from high school in Anchorage, Alaska. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University with a major in zoology. He received his D.D.S degree in 1981 from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. He started his practice that same year in Columbia Falls, Montana and continues to practice in that same building.
He is a member of the American Dental association, Montana Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He attends many continuing education programs to keep current with the latest technologies that will enhance the practice and provide for a more comfortable dental experience for his patients. He can do everything from treatment of individual teeth to full mouth reconstruction. His philosophy is to do whatever is needed in his practice to help in the comfort of his patients. Dr. Calderwood believes in family. He and his wife, Faith, have 10 children, Kelly, Chris, Lauri, Jenny, Trish, Eric, Brian, Brittany, Jacob, and Emily. He chose this area to live and practice because he liked the people and how friendly, honest and down to earth everyone is. He enjoys hunting, fishing and watching the high school sports in the area.
Dr. Jeffrey M. Ashe
Dr. Jeffrey M. Ashe graduated from Flathead High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Montana State University. Dr. Ashe completed his dental training at the University of the Pacific in 2011 and served as a United States Naval Officer from 2011-2016. As a dental officer, he completed training in General Practice Residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda with a focus on hospital dentistry and oral surgery. Dr. Ashe also served one year overseas in a combat zone during the Arab spring. When he’s not taking care of his patients, Dr. Ashe enjoys hunting, fishing, snowboarding, and playing music. He’s been playing the guitar for twenty years.
Naomi was born in Missoula, Montana and came to the Flathead Valley in 1989. She is happily married with two children. Her children keep her very busy between football, wrestling, basketball, track and baseball. She spends as much time as she can with her family and friends. Together they enjoy camping, downhill mountain biking, motorcycle riding, boating, snowmobiling, shooting and hiking.
Front Office Coordinator
Leslie was born and raised in Middleton, ID. She moved to the beautiful Flathead Valley in 2003. She enjoys life’s adventures from camping to floating the river and raising her two beautiful daughters with her husband Dan. This year was full of accomplishments for her from finding her place with Columbia Falls Family Dental in the front office and building a new house. The happy environment here in the dental office and the wonderful team and patients are like a second family and she looks forwards to what the future will bring.
Front Office Coordinator
Kate Piper was born and raised in Columbia Falls and is very much a Montana girl. Kate enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, boating, shooting and spending time with her family which includes her Boston Terrier, Cheyanne. Kate recently started working for Columbia Falls Family Dental Center and is happy to be a part of the team.
Jaime is originally from Northern California and lived in Reno, Nevada for many years before moving to the Flathead Valley in 2012. Jaime lives along the shores of Flathead Lake and takes advantage of every opportunity to be out on the water and spend time with her two daughters. Jaime loves to travel and has visited many beautiful places. Not only does she love the beaches of the Caribbean, Jaime enjoys helping our patients have a great experience.
Patient Relations and Event Coordinator
Laura was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in English. She and her husband have three children and have lived in Whitefish since 1999. She is an occasional triathlete and loves to travel. She especially loves the beauty of the Flathead and spending time in the outdoors with her family.
Bailey was born and raised in Eureka, MT. She attended assisting school in Utah and has been a dental assistant for 5 years. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family, and being a mom.
Jessica is a third generation native to Whitefish. She now lives in Columbia Falls with her husband and two children. As a family they enjoy skiing, camping, rafting and hunting. She has been a dental assistant for 10 years here in the Flathead Valley. She joined Columbia Falls Family Dental Center in 2013. She truly loves her ability to help others everyday through dentistry. She feels very blessed to be a part of such an amazing team.
Carrie is a Maine native who moved to the Flathead Valley in 2015. She earned her CDA in 2001 through the Dental Assisting National Board. When not working, Carrie can be found on the trails getting her fix of fresh air with her husband, Mike, and dogs, Maggie and Ellie.
Erica was born and raised in the Flathead Valley and feels very blessed to call the valley home. In her spare time she enjoys rafting, camping, hiking and spending time with family and friends. Erica started working for Columbia Falls Family Dental in 2013 and is proud to be a part of the team!
Kerris is one of our full time Hygienists. She moved here in 2012 from the small town of Hobart, WA. She moved here not knowing a single person and looking for an adventure! She attended the University of Washington and later graduated from Clark College Dental Hygiene in 2010 and received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University. She was drawn to Montana because she enjoys the outdoors including snowboarding, skiing, dirt biking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Although her biggest passion is endurance horseback riding and volunteering with kids. She volunteers with Dream Adaptive and Shepherd’s Hand dental clinic, coaches girl’s lacrosse, and is part of the Big Brother/Big Sister program.
Emily has been working with us since 2014 as a dental hygienist. She is a local from Creston, MT. She received her hygiene degree from Great Falls College NSU. She came back to the valley to be close to her family. Emily and her husband enjoy biking, hiking, and spending time with family. They are connoisseurs of local dining, so if you are in need of a recommendation ask Emily!
Zoe is originally from Hawaii but spent most of her youth living in Raymond Alberta Canada. She graduated from dental hygiene in 2004 and has been helping patients with their oral health ever since. She keeps busy taking care of her six awesome kids. She is an amazing mom and does it all! Zoe, her husband Ted, and their family love swimming, snowmobiling, fishing and any adventure in the outdoors they can find.
Karlene is a native of the Flathead Valley and has served as a Dental Hygienist since 1996. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of South Dakota. In 2009, she became Laser Certified keeping up-to-date with the latest treatments. She loves bettering the lives of others through dental hygiene and enjoys being apart of a caring practice. Karlene and her husband have three children who keep them busy with sports, drama, music and more. In her spare time she coaches basketball, mentors youth, is active in her church and spends time in the beautiful outdoors of Montana.
Lynn has resided, worked and raised her family in our awesome Flathead Valley for almost 30 years. Originally from Virginia, she received her Bachelors of Science degree in dental hygiene, magna cum laude, from Old Dominion University. Lynn is married to Kirt and loves being a mom to Luke, Scott, twins Jenna and Jessica and their friends. Besides enjoying her patients and trying to help them leave their dental experience healthier, educated, and smiling …Lynn loves serving in her church and community, going to Bible study, packing into the back country, water sports, reading, travel, volunteering year round with Operation Christmas Child and just enjoying life.