Karen Benitez, DDS | Bethesda Magazine

Dentist Profiles


Karen Benitez, DDS

Chevy Chase Pediatric Center

8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 650

Chevy Chase, MD





Nitrous oxide, mild oral sedation, all-white cosmetic zirconia crown, silver diamine fluoride, toddler exams for optimal oral health practices, strong preventive and educational philosophy

How would your patients describe you?

Patients and parents describe me as playful, comforting, knowledgeable, patient and relatable. 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 and let them know that I don’t take myself too seriously. I engage with my patients because I want them to feel comfortable talking to me. Some are initially scared and withdrawn, but after a few visits, they’re smiling and giving me high fives.

What is one thing that your patients should know about you?

I genuinely care. Parents entrust me with their kids. Frankly, I perform some big tasks on little people in small spaces. My practice philosophy is absolute patient comfort! The office design creates a feeling of happiness with bright colors and natural light. I offer nitrous oxide and mild sedation, fidget toys and weighted blankets for kids requiring additional reinforcements, above-head TVs, wall-mounted toys, chattering teeth, the crocodile dentist, joke books and an ever-expanding collection of shark teeth. This is more than a dental office—it’s an experience!

What makes you different than others in your profession?

I’m approachable and engaging with parents. They are critical in the entire experience and I want to educate and empower them. There’s a lot to talk about during an exam. Parents might have questions after they leave the office. I write a resource blog and provide short videos to explain various topics that parents can reflect on in their own time. Plus, I’m only one phone call away. It’s all part of building relationships with my families and gaining their trust.

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