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Frequently Asked Questions

When should my child first go to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen starting at twelve months of age and I agree with and follow their recommendation. Patients under three years old can be held on a parent's lap during the exam, cleaning and fluoride treatments. I encourage parents who also have younger children to bring them in too when their older sibling(s) visits to get used to dental check-ups.


Do you treat patients with intellectual and physical disabilities?

Yes, patients with intellectual and physical disabilities and other special needs are a large part of our practice and I have many decades of working with their unique needs for care. We are honored to have them in our practice family and I truly enjoy the challenges and rewards of working with these patients.


Do you accept insurance and what plans?

For services ranging from routine cleanings and checkups to our various restorative services make sure that it is covered by your insurance if applicable. My office happily accepts several dental plans. Please see our a list of popular plans and contact us by phone or email to check if we accept your insurance or for more information about coverage for our services.


Do you see adults too?

Yes, I am happy to see both new adult patients and to continue to see children through adolescence, college and adulthood for all their dental needs. I also do braces, retainers, and clear aligners (i.e. Invisalign®), custom sports mouthguards, implant restoration and many cosmetic dentistry services to care for smiles of all ages through life.


Why should my child see a pediatric dentist instead of a general/ family dentist?

A pediatric dentist is a practitioner who has undergone additional training of two to three years at a dental school or in a hospital-based program specifically on the unique needs of children and adolescents. Some pediatric dentists like myself have had post-doctorate training at both facilities. In addition, certain states like Illinois require completion of specialty boards to practice as a pediatric dentist. We enjoy working in environments which are “kid” friendly!


Do you do braces and Invisalign®?

Yes, I perform traditional orthodontic services (e.g. braces) and/or clear aligner (Invisalign®) treatments.


I’m worried about visiting due to Coronavirus. Do you have virtual appointments?

We’re taking every to keep you safe during your visit to our office. Please visit our safety page to learn more. However, if you’d prefer, we’re happy to schedule a teledentistry appointment with you to provide advice and care instructions remotely during this challenging time.


Typically, where do your patients live?

The heart of our business is Glenview, but we have patients from all over Chicago’s NorthShore and the wider Chicagoland area. But we’re happy to see anyone who would like to make the drive– including our friends to the north in Wisconsin, or remotely through teledentistry.


Do you sedate patients?

I do not generally use sedation in my patient treatment. I use nitrous oxide as an analgesic to help with patient anxiety. If a challenging patient must be sedated, I will see him or her in-office, or alternatively in a hospital or surgicenter where I use a certified anesthesiologist to administer general anesthesia or other sedation.

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