“What makes us unique is not only our latest dental equipment and high-end materials but our attention
to detail and careful consideration of our patients’ needs. Because of Chevy Chase Dental Center, dentistry is not only a
science — it’s an art form and a truly pleasant experience.” — Dr. Sannaa


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Akram Sannaa, DMD

Dr. Sannaa’s career in dentistry began at Boston University School of
Dental Medicine. His dedication to improving oral health had roots in
his involvement with public health research at Harvard School of
Public Health prior to dental school.

His recognition and achievements have been constants in his career,
he was honored with the esteemed International College of Dentists
Leadership Award, along with the prestigious Henry M. Goldman
School of Dental Medicine High Achievement Award.

A firm believer in a multi-specialty approach, Dr. Sannaa’s prowess
encompasses root canals (attended a Mini Residency in state-of-theart endodontics), comprehensive dental care, implant dentistry,
smile makeovers, and sleep appliances. He’s celebrated as the
Invisalign maestro and has an exceptional aptitude for soothing
anxious patients, seamlessly blending his charming personality with
a range of techniques.

As the proud owner of the Chevy Chase Dental Center for the past
five years, Dr. Sannaa has skillfully blended his expertise, charisma,
and commitment to excellence into every facet of the practice. This
has resulted in a patient-centered environment that resonates with
his core values, epitomized by the practice’s mission, “Dentistry with
Heart.” His unwavering dedication to providing top-tier care, driven
by patient satisfaction, continuously fuels his pursuit of excellence.

Beyond the dental realm, Dr. Sannaa cherishes moments with family
and friends. His interests span from exploring hiking trails and
camping to pursuing culinary adventures. His family’s legacy of olive
oil production in Syria adds a profound layer to his identity,
symbolizing generations of dedication and craftsmanship passed
down through time.

Here’s a fun twist: “Sannaa” means “The Makers” in Arabic, and in
Italian and Spanish, “Sana” means “Health.” which is convenient
because Dr. Sannaa is making healthy smiles every day.

Building on the foundation of this first practice, Dr. Sannaa’s –
commitment and successful approach has led to an exciting
development. In 2024, the Chevy Chase Dental Center is set to open
a second location in Bethesda, Maryland.
This expansion reflects his desire to serve the community while
offering his expertise in dentistry to a wider audience along with
making a positive impact in the world of dentistry.

Meet Our Team

Sarah Deckard – DMD

Dr. Deckard is an enthusiastic and compassionate general dentist
who enjoys treating patients of all ages. Her priority has always been
providing comprehensive, high-quality care to patients in a relaxed
and comfortable atmosphere. As a patient and caring practitioner,
she treats all her patients with respect and consideration.

Dr. Deckard received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts
University, and her bachelor’s degree from The Honors College and
College of Arts and Sciences from Adelphi University.

Dr. Deckard was awarded the Joseph R. Evans Award for the Most
Distinguished Achievement in Clinical Operative Dentistry, Tufts
University Tiberi Scholarship, and the Pre-Dental Mascolo Award
during her studies.

Dr. Deckard has always had a passion for treating the whole patient.
As such, Dr. Deckard has taken extensive continuing education to
provide her patients with dental care that considers the patient’s
overall health. Her dedication to this end has led her to memberships
with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the ADA, the
Massachusetts and Maryland Dental Societies, and multiple dental
study clubs.

Dr. Deckard also achieved Alumni and Scholar Status of the Dawson
Academy for Occlusion and Complete Care Dentistry. A Dawson
dentist is one who has dedicated many hours of postgraduate
education to learn how to care for patients at the highest ethical and
professional level, and is trained in an analysis of the TMJ (jaw joints)
to help patients achieve a comfortable bite and peaceful
neuromuscular system.

Most recently Dr. Deckard has completed the AMR residency at the
Raphael Center for Integrative Orthodontics and Airway Focused
Dentistry and is continuing her education with courses focusing on
functional dental care.

Away from the office, she is an avid painter and prides herself on her
cooking skills. She especially enjoys making her family’s traditional
Italian recipes and exploring world cuisine. Originally from New York
she really enjoys the great outdoors of the DMV, swimming, and
taking hikes with her family.

Tayler Qura – Dental Hygienist

Tayler is a highly skilled and compassionate Registered Dental
Hygienist at Chevy Chase Dental Center. Patients appreciate her
gentle touch and warm personality, which make every visit a
comfortable and positive experience.
Tayler is passionate about staying up to date with the latest
techniques and technologies in dental hygiene. She has received
advanced training in the field and is committed to providing her
patients with the highest level of care.

Her skill level is admirable, and she enjoys working in an
environment with professionals who trust and encourage her clinical
skills. She is known for her comprehensive periodontal care, using
techniques such as air polishing to provide patients with the highest
level of care.

She is also licensed in providing local anesthesia and nitrous
sedation for patients who need it, making their experience as
comfortable as possible. She is passionate about attending
continuing education courses to further her ability and provide the
best care possible for her patients.

Tayle’s dedication to her patients is evident in her personalized
approach to dental hygiene. She takes the time to listen to each
patient’s concerns or needs and develops a customized treatment
plan that is tailored to their unique situation. Her diligence and
attention to detail ensure that each patient receives optimal care.

Outside of work, Tayler enjoys exploring new restaurants and culinary
creations around DC and is always on the lookout for new fashion
trends. Her patients appreciate her positive energy and friendly
demeanor, which reflect her enthusiasm for life. Tayler has two
Siblings, Brianna and Andrew who she loves dearly and consider
them her best friends.


Meg Assefa – Dental Hygienist

With over a decade of experience, Megdelawit (Meg) has excelled as
a practicing hygienist, bringing her unwavering commitment to
dental care to each patient she serves.

A proud alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University School of
Dentistry, Meg holds a bachelor’s degree and a dental hygiene
license from her esteemed education. Her dedication to continuous
learning is showcased through her certifications in Invisalign® and
sleep apnea treatment. Specializing in working with special needs
patients, she possesses the expertise to cater to a diverse range of

Known as our “queen of technology,” Meg is rarely seen without her
trusted intraoral camera. With a keen eye for detail, she navigates
dental technology seamlessly. Her genuine connection with people,
combined with her meticulous nature, ensures that her patients
always feel at ease.

Meg’s calming presence creates a welcoming atmosphere for
patients, making them feel right at home during their visits. Beyond
the dental chair, she’s a devoted parent to her young son and
daughter, who constantly keep her engaged. Her interests extend to
enjoying stand-up comedy and giving back through volunteering at
her church.

Originating from Ethiopia, where the art of coffee brewing began,
Meg brings a unique cultural perspective to her work. Her dedication
to excellence, coupled with her warm spirit, defines her approach to
both dentistry and life.

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