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Frequently Asked Questions

Helping our patients feel comfortable and confident about their impending oral healthcare is very important to the North Shore Family Dentistry team. That’s why we’ve compiled several of our most popular FAQs and their answers below for easy access. If you don’t see the information you need, that’s not a problem either. Simply contact our Skokie, IL dental office directly to speak with a knowledgeable staff member, Dr. Schwartz.

Can a dentist really treat sleep apnea?

Yes! Mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can often be managed with a custom-made oral appliance, and no one knows your mouth better than a dentist. Better yet, Dr. Schwartz is one of the nation’s leading experts on dental sleep medicine, having earned the rare Diplomate distinction from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He looks forward to helping you regain your best quality of life through his dedicated efforts.

How often should I be coming in for a checkup and cleaning?

Please plan at least two appointments each calendar year, or one per six months. This span of time is ideal for our team to maintain a continuing understanding of your oral health needs and any concerning developments that need professional attention. If the patient is struggling with moderate periodontal disease, has a significant sensitivity to tooth decay, or experiences other outstanding factors, more frequent checkups and cleanings may be recommended.

Can you improve the way my smile looks?

Of course. Our dentist offers a variety of cosmetic services that will elevate your appearance, including porcelain veneers, professional-strength teeth whitening, metal-free crowns, and more. We look forward to helping you plan the perfect smile makeover!

What’s the best way to replace missing teeth?

In most cases, Dr. Schwartz strongly recommends dental implants. Implants stand apart from the crowd because they rebuild every component of the natural tooth instead of just the white, aesthetic crown. The final result is strong, functional, and long-lasting.

If dental implants aren’t right for your personal circumstances, we can also help you explore more traditional solutions.

I have a lot of jaw pain. Can you help?

Yes. Chronic jaw pain is typically either a sign of bruxism (habitual teeth grinding) or TMJ disorder. Our dentist will evaluate your condition, pinpoint the source, and provide effective therapy (such as the use of a custom-made oral appliance) to restore harmony to your oral health systems.

Do you see dental emergencies?

Yes! If you are in the greater Chicago area and experiencing a severe dental injury and/or pain, contact our Skokie office for emergency assistance. Our team will make time to see you as soon as possible.

How can I pay for my dental care?

Our team will work with most major insurance plans and also accepts payment plans through CareCredit. We enjoy helping patients make this process as smooth and free of stress as possible. To learn more, please visit our new patients page.