This is a guest post written by Dr. Karen Benitez, founder & designer, board certified pediatric dentist at Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Benitez writes a series of guest posts related to adolescent dentistry and questions for Beltway Bambinos based on questions and concerns she frequently receives from patients. If you have a topic you’d like to see her feature, leave it in the comments.
Hello! I am the Pediatric Dentist Founder & Designer of Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry; Dr. Karen Benitez. I author various blog subjects shared through our trusted resource; Beltway Bambinos and now I am pleased to share a GIVEAWAY of a $100 gift card to Amazon. I hope you have enjoyed the various guest posts I have written on Beltway Bambinos.
What Makes Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry Stand Out?!
I created my office to offer our neighborhood a FUN and EXCITING enigma for going to the dentist. My office is designed specifically for kids like yours with various vibrant colors, wall art to make you laugh and wall-mounted toys along the way to keep your littles engaged. It is filled with extra conveniences for kids; eye-level mirrors to check out their shiny teeth, a variety of chattering teeth toys and the crocodile dentist to make them laugh, jokes to share, movies of your choosing and did I mention the wall of TOYS?! Yes, we believe hard work by your littles should be rewarded!
We are STRONG on prevention! Babies should be seen early on to get parents familiar with best practices to prevent cavities, tooth injuries or developmental changes from extended habits.
I am approachable and engaging with parents. Parents are critical in the entire experience and I want to educate and empowerparents as well. There is a lot to talk about during an exam and parents might have questions after they leave the office. This is in part the reason I started blogging on various subjects and provide short videos—to help parents reflect and gain in knowledge on in their own time. I’m only one phone call away and welcome patients to reach out at any point. It’s all part of building relationships with my families and gaining their trust.
We are the leading practice in the area to meet the dental needs of even our most nervous patients. I have successfully treated countless kids in the most comfortable of manners by offering laughing gas, and yes, sometimes a much-needed sedative option. It feels incredibly great to make this happen!
What Is My Philosophy?
My practice philosophy is absolute patient comfort! The office design creates a feeling of happiness with bright colors and ample natural light. I offer nitrous oxide and mild sedation when necessary, a bin of fidget toys and weighted blankets for kids requiring additional reinforcements, above-head TVs, wall-mounted toys, joke books and an ever-expanding collection of shark teeth. This is more than a dental office—it’s an experience! Parents describe me as playful, comforting, attentive, patient, relatable and knowledgeable. I’m passionate about providing the highest quality dental care. I chat at eye level with my patients and wear funny hats and masks to set the tone that I don’t take myself too seriously.
As a mother of three young children, I absolutely understand and relate to parental concerns and the complexity that comes with parenthood. I often offer my best advice related to my own personal experiences with having three different personality types in my own kids. It is helpful to know that even my own children have made their own progress in the many steps of going to the dentist!