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Meet Dr. Jake Smith

Jake Smith originally hails from Mount Lake Terrace, Washington, but hardly considers it home. Due to being the son of an Air Force dentist, his childhood also included stints in Idaho, Guam, Texas (twice), Mississippi, and Alaska. Jake completed his first year of college at the University of Texas at San Antonio, followed by a two year church mission to Chicago, Illinois, where he learned to speak fluent Spanish and was able to finally check Wrigley Field off his bucket list.

Following his missionary service, Jake completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. In his final year there, he married his sweetheart, Erin, and was accepted into dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jake accepted a United States Air Force dental school scholarship for his outstanding academic achievements.

After graduating Cum Laude from dental school and being commissioned as an Air Force officer, Jake and his family moved to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV where he would complete his Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency. During this time, Jake became especially adept at multiple advanced dental procedures, including root canal therapy, wisdom teeth extraction, periodontal surgery, pediatrics, and IV sedation dentistry. He would further hone these skills at his next two duty stations, RAF Lakenheath, England, and Minot Air Force base, North Dakota.

While serving “across the pond,” Jake was routinely recognized as one of top general dentists among his peers at the 48th Dental Squadron as he helped deliver excellent dental care to thousands of service members and their families. Jake and his family enjoyed traveling throughout Europe and even acquired a taste for “Fish and Chips”!

Following a brief tour of duty in the frozen tundra of North Dakota, Dr. Smith proudly completed his service commitment to the United States Air Force and in 2014 relocated to the great state of North Carolina. He is happy to report that the weather is a considerable upgrade!

Jake is thrilled to be reunited with his dental cohorts from England and is excited to provide outstanding dental care to the families of the greater Raleigh area.

In his spare time, Jake enjoys the outdoors, is a self-proclaimed foodie, and passionately follows sports, especially his beloved San Antonio Spurs. Above all, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.

Royal Oak Dental Group is proud to provide a full scope of dental health services to patients from Raleigh, Cary, Siler City, Chapel Hill, Durham, North Hills, Wake Forest, Garner, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell and Morrisville, NC, as well as the greater Triangle area.
Click Here: COVID-19 & Office Updates

Dear Patient:
We hope this message finds you safe and healthy as we all collectively do our best to navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout these challenging times. Because the health and safety of our patients and community is paramount, it has been necessary to limit our patient care to urgent and emergency care over these last few months.

As we have closely followed recommendations from the North Carolina Dental Board, CDC, and other reputable health organizations, we recognize the importance of regional-specific guidance based on the most comprehensive, accurate, and current scientific literature and data available. While community guidelines may continue to evolve, we must continue to make our treatment decisions based on the best knowledge available. It is our job to help improve the health of our patients by approaching comprehensive dental treatment PROACTIVELY, not just reacting after the compromise has become irreversible in nature.

With this in mind, we have made the decision to safely reopen our doors to ALL PATIENTS beginning Monday, May 11th. This means routine dental care, such as cleanings and simple restorations, will resume. When you come to our office you will notice the following elevated measures and precautions that we believe are necessary to maintain until we emerge from this COVID-19 environment (and likely thereafter):  

  • Sanitation stations in the front desk/waiting area
  • Anti-microbial Hydrogen Peroxide mouth rinses before the start of each appointment
  • Hi-Evacuation suction for hygiene appointments to minimize cavitron-related aerosols
  • Patient entrance doors will remain open to reduce contact 
  • Mandatory pre-screening questionnaire over the phone when appointments are confirmed and upon arrival to the office, in addition to temperature checks of ALL STAFF and PATIENTS
  • Patients will wait in their vehicles until their appointment begins
  • Limited access to patient waiting areas and operatories whenever possible (e.g. restricted to patients, parents of young children, translators, service animals, special needs assistance, etc.)
  • Enhanced social distancing measures throughout the office 

This is not the first crisis that we have endured as a state or as a nation, and we look forward to overcoming this event better, stronger and more resilient than ever before. We cannot thank you enough for trusting us with your oral health. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns, and let us know if there is anything we can do to better serve you.
Royal Oak Dental Group