About Dr. Hezkial
Dr. Carol Hezkial, DDS, DABOP, FAAOP
Board Certified Orofacial Pain Specialist
Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain
Fellow, American Academy of Orofacial Pain
Dr. Hezkial trained extensively in a 2-year Orofacial Pain Residency program at the University of Kentucky, and managed more than 400 patients, suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Snoring, and various disorders related to Temporomandibular Joints Disorders (TMD). During her postgraduate residency program in Orofacial Pain and afterwards, Dr. Hezkial treated a wide variety of oral medical conditions including Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Myofascial Pain, Dystonia, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Central post stroke pain, Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and post-radiation oral cancer patients. She is skilled in managing atypical facial pain such as Trigeminal Neuralgia, Headaches Attributed to TMDs, and Neuropathic Pain Disorders, as well as trained in smoke cessation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Services include: Splint therapy. Diagnostic & therapeutic injections. Pharmacological treatment. Oral appliance therapy for snoring and apnea. Nerve blocks.
Dr. Hezkial acknowledges the Opioid crisis in the dental setting, she served on an expert panel and co-authored a paper through John Hopkin’s University that was published in the International Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery focused on, “Opioid Guidelines for Common Dental Surgical Procedures.”
Her goal as an Orofacial Pain/Sleep Medicine specialist is to serve the community by providing the highest quality dental care possible. Dr. Hezkial believes in treating her patients like they are family, and strives to listen to their needs and treat them with compassion, honesty and skill. She enjoys caring for her patients’ oral health and wellness while building lasting relationships with her patients and their families.
INOVA Fairfax Hospital
Orofacial Pain Residency Program – University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
– Lexington, KY 2015-2017
Certifications & Memberships:
- Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain
- Fellow of American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- Certified in Laser Dentistry
- Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Member of American Academy of Laser Dentistry
- Member of the American Dental Association
- Member of Virginia Dental Association
- Member of Academy of General Dentistry
- Member of Northern Virginia Dental Society
Life & Hobbies:
Dr. Hezkial enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She is an avid tennis and soccer fan who cheers for Liverpool, and loves connecting with friends on the weekends. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as: running, landscaping, and hiking.