There are numerous procedures you can have at the dentist's office that require the use of anesthesia. Typically, anesthesia is administered to the patient via a syringe, and it is known to leave the face feeling numb even for several hours after treatment. The team at Smiles of Chevy Chase, however, offers their patients a different alternative to traditional syringe-distributed anesthesia. Experienced dentist Dr. Despina Markogiannakis is a trusted advocate of The Wand, a computerized system that administers local anesthesia in a manner that is significantly less uncomfortable than traditional injections. Countless patients of Dr. Markogiannakis's have expressed an appreciation for this technology over other forms of anesthesia.
"I’ve been seeing Dr. Marko and her amazing team for 3 years now. I did my research when it came time to finding a new dentist after moving to DC, growing up in a dentist office caused me to have high standards. (And come on who actually enjoys the dentist?!) Well they blew all my expectations out of the park. They’re professional, thorough, informative, caring and very friendly. They always take the time to go above and beyond- even when I gave them the hardest time about finding the right material for my night-guard. Everyone (except me) had patience and reassurance through the whole process. They make every appointment a pleasant experience!"- A.M. / Google / May 28, 2020
"Everyone was pleasant and took all precautions during this time."- J.A. / Google / May 19, 2020
"De. Marko and her team were amazing at my appointment. All necessary safety precautions were in place. I felt well cared for and appreciate the exceptionally thorough consultation. ."- L.S. / Google / May 19, 2020
"Dr Marko worked on restoring my 3 front teeth. They were very weak and decayed. I could not bite into anything major for awhile. I was scared my teeth would tear. I am amazed how beautiful and strong my teeth are today. Really amazing !!! Thank you Dr. Marko for your skill set, diligence and patience with me. My smile is back and even better !!! Thank you for all your hard work ! 💪 Demitra"- D.M. / Google / May 09, 2020
"I love this dentist! Best experience I have evee, I’ve been going for 3 years and my kids love it there too. Professional, always on time and everyone is so pleasant to deal with. They really deserve this 5 star review. No hesitation at all in recommending!"- L.H. / Google / Mar 05, 2020
The Wand is a suitable syringe substitute for any patients who are sensitive to pain and who do not wish to endure the difficulty associated with having a partially numbed face for several hours. Dr. Markogiannakis utilizes this state-of-the-art technology to give her patients a more comfortable dental experience overall, eliminating the majority of the discomfort associated with traditional syringe-administered anesthesia. Time and time again, Dr. Marko's patients have expressed a preference to The Wand over traditional anesthesia distribution alternatives.
What to expect
The Wand uses innovative technology to carefully control the pressure of the anesthesia, as well as the rate at which it flows during the injection to minimize discomfort. The computer-assisted system comes with three speeds designed for each injection type, ensuring optimal comfort and efficiency. This technology allows Dr. Marko to have better control over the distribution of the anesthesia in comparison to other methods. The Wand also allows Dr. Marko to address specific locations, resulting in the distribution of the most effective numbing injections. With this state-of-the-art device, patients who visit Smiles of Chevy Chase are able to experience numbing injections that are less likely to decrease their level of comfort during an appointment.
Because The Wand is a localized single-tooth anesthetic system, you should not experience any excessive numbness following the injection. With The Wand's innovative technology, you will be able to go about your day following your dental procedure without experiencing the inconvenience of having a numb face for several hours following treatment.
Depending on your individual coverage, some of the costs of your anesthetic may be covered by your insurance. A member of our team will get in touch with your provider to determine your costs. For any remaining out-of-pocket costs, Smiles of Chevy Chase accepts various forms of payment, as well as low-interest medical financing. Dr. Marko works with all of her patients to ensure that their personalized dental care is accessible and affordable.
THE WAND, PAINLESS ANESTHETIC
Although they are a necessary precaution for a number of dental procedures, many patients express displeasure with the feeling and discomfort associated with syringe-distributed anesthesia. To alleviate this discomfort, experienced dentist Dr. Despina Markogiannakis employs The Wand, a computerized, single-tooth anesthetic system that allows her to numb her Chevy Chase, MD patients' mouth in a significantly more comfortable manner than traditional methods allow. Contact Smiles of Chevy Chase, and schedule an appointment with our team to experience the magic of The Wand.