Katrin Azizzadeh, DDS
Libbit Dental, a family dental practice, offers preventative dental care as well as state-of- the-art cosmetic services including veneers, porcelain jackets, bleaching/whitening and Invisalign—all the while keeping a keen eye on patients’ comfort and ensuring that the experience is stress-free. In addition, the practice offers night guards and retainers.
Owner Dr. Katrin Azizzadeh has practiced dentistry for more than 25 years, after graduating from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. A resident of Encino for more than two decades and the mother of two children, she opened her practice on Libbit and Ventura five years ago.
How does Libbit Dental differ from other dental offices?
“We have a boutique dental practice, and my staff knows all our patients by their first names—which immediately fosters a sense of trust and comfort. At my practice, patients literally have no wait time; they walk in and immediately are seated in the dental chair. I like to provide dental hygiene services for patients myself (instead of having a hygienist do it as many other practices do) because I can detect changes during the process. Most importantly, I develop a very customized dental plan that best fits patients’ needs. We focus on improving smiles and dental health. Both can truly impact one’s quality of life.”
What is your favorite thing about being a dentist?
“I love connecting with my patients. This not only brings joy to my day-to-day life but also reduces their anxiety in the dental chair. When I make a diagnosis, there is a full discussion with the patient. I don’t rush it. Their input is important. The best reward is when a patient is about to leave after a procedure and tells me, ‘That was easy.’”
How does your practice provide personalized attention to patients?
“Our practice is more like a concierge dental practice. Not only do we provide the most advanced care, but we do the little things that can have significant impact on a patient’s experience. We provide sedation, headphones, pillows and blankets as needed. And it is not just about the time a patient spends at our office; we are always available to communicate with patients, their caregivers and doctors should medical issues arise that may impact their care.”
Who inspired you to work in health care?
“My grandfather and uncle were both dentists, and I grew up in a family that valued education, integrity, honesty and helping others. Becoming a dentist was natural and rewarding, as it has allowed me to help so many people with their quality of life.”
How can parents instill a lifestyle of health and wellness in their children from a young age?
“The most important step parents need to take toward their child’s dental health is to teach them a daily oral hygiene routine starting when they are young. Flossing and brushing as well as six-month dental checkups should be done from an early age. We make the process smooth and seamless so kids can look forward to their visits.”
Is there a common concern that you hear frequently?
“Obviously most people want to have healthy teeth and avoid cavities and gum disease. Additionally, many are concerned with the appearance of their teeth because of discoloration and crookedness, which we can improve with Invisalign, bleaching, veneers and/or lasers. As the stress level in people’s lives has increased, we are seeing more people come in with jaw pain and grinding, which we can help with night guards and relaxation techniques. Many people are seeing us due to snoring and/or sleep apnea. There are now sleep appliances that are much easier for patients to use than CPAP machines.”
What methods do you use to stay on top of current research and treatments?
“Recently I finished my mini-residency for sleep apnea at UCLA. I am also involved with the SPEAR education group, which brings together subspecialties to keep doctors informed about the latest developments in dentistry. We meet once a month to discuss different cases and also take multiple continuing education courses on a regular basis.”
How do you give back and support those in need?
“Our family is involved in Global Smile Foundation, which is dedicated to treating dental and surgical issues for children with craniofacial deformities in third world countries such as Ecuador and El Salvador. My brother, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, is one of the leading facial plastic surgeons who travels annually to help these kids. As a health care provider, it is great to give back to optimize global health care.”