Family Dentistry in Palos Park, IL – Choose One Dentist for Your Entire Family

Most Extensive Family Dentistry Plans in Palos Park, IL for All Ages

At Sheehan Dental, our family dentists even offer specialized treatments for patients with more advanced dental needs. Sheehan Dental provides dental solutions to the unique requirements of family members of all ages. 

A family dentist will provide comprehensive care for your entire household at one convenient location, saving you time and trouble. While other types of dentistry restrict care to specific audiences, family dental practices provide a variety of services for both children and adults.

Family Dentists in Palos Park IL

Accommodating the Dental Needs of Families in Palos Park, IL & Surrounding Area

The mere fact of treating families and patients of every age is not enough to satisfy us. We do everything we can to accommodate the needs of families. We understand that parents have hectic lives and enough on their plate without having to run back and forth to multiple dental appointments. We will schedule your visits so your entire family can come in at once, and we will work around your busy schedule. 

A family dentist is a dental practitioner who offers personalized care to patients of all ages, possessing the ability to adapt their services to each individual patient. If you live in the Palos Park, IL area and are looking for one dentist to take care of every member of your family, the experts from Sheehan Dental are ready for you.

Your local Family Dentist, F. Michael Sheehan, DDS specializes in providing patients of all ages with the highest level of care geared towards promoting a lifetime of optimal dental health and well-being. Regardless of your age when you first visit our office, we will customize dental  treatment plans specifically for your individual needs through our comprehensive selection of family dentistry services.

Extensive Family Dental Training & Experience

Like all dental professionals, family dentists complete a rigorous dental school program that includes both coursework and clinical experience working directly with patients. To become licensed to practice in a state, graduates must pass the National Dental Board Examination. When you visit a family dental practice, you can rest assured that you and your family are receiving dental care from a qualified and experienced dental professional.

Personalized Family Approach to Family Dentistry in Palos Park

For a distinct population of child and adult patients, visiting the dentist can be a terrifying experience. Despite frequent reassurances from family members and friends, they may dread an upcoming visit and panic in the dentist’s chair. Older family members may even actively avoid visiting the dentist due to an overwhelming fear of dental exams.

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In addition to possessing a dental education, family dentists understand the different approaches to making patients of every age comfortable before and during a visit. While expert care in addressing dental needs is important, adults and especially children need to also trust and feel comfortable with their practitioner. When a calm and trusting rapport is present, patients find it easier to relax during the visit and understand any instructions they’re given about upcoming visits or an ongoing treatment plan.

Sheehan Dental in Palos Park, IL offers quality care with a personal approach for the whole family. As a complete source for dental care, you can maintain regularly scheduled appointments for your whole family at one location.

Board Certified Pediatric Dental Care for Your Baby at Sheehan Dental

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As early as age one, the ADA recommends that parents start taking children to the dentist. Rather than further complicating your schedule by visiting different dentist offices multiple times a year, you can visit one family dentist who addresses the needs of your entire family in one comprehensive visit. 

A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth and typically begin to appear when a baby is between 6 months and 1 year.

Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are three years old. See the baby teeth eruption chart for order in which teeth break through and at what ages you can expect specific teeth to appear. Every child is different, but usually the first teeth to come in are located in the top and bottom front of their mouth.

Family Dentistry in Palos Park for Children & Teens

Invisalign Clear Braces in Palos Park for Children & Teenagers

Much like traditional braces with metal brackets and wires, clear plastic aligners apply pressure to teeth and help them shift into alignment. The user wears each set of aligners for a couple weeks before moving on to a new set. The end result, hopefully, is an even smile.

Consider the benefits of selecting Invisalign for your child or teen…
Improved Self-Confidence

Many kids and teens get self-conscious when they have a mouthful of braces. Invisalign Clear plastic aligners are less noticeable, your child may not feel as conspicuous.

Removability & Flexibility for Brushing

It’s easier for many kids to brush and floss without having to maneuver around wires and brackets. As a result, better oral hygiene usually means fewer cavities.

Less Mouth Irritability

Sore spots inside your mouth where the brackets or wires rubbed up against the inside of your lips or cheeks, is a common issue. Invisalign won’t cause that kind of friction and irritation.

Fewer Dental Emergencies

That’s an advantage that Invisalign has over traditional braces. You won’t have to call your child’s orthodontist for an emergency appointment to fix something that’s broken.

Dental Emergency Dentistry for Kids, Teens, & Young Adults

If you face a dental emergency, give us a call immediately. If you need urgent treatment after hours, you can call our emergency number. We are always here to assist when your child’s dental health is at risk. Below are tips on dealing with urgent dental situations; you may want to display this list on your refrigerator or store it near your emergency phone numbers for easy reference.

Family Dentistry in Palos Park IL - Children & Teens

Bitten Lip or Tongue

If your child has bitten his lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give us a call to help determine how serious the bite is.

Object Caught In Teeth

If your child has something caught between his teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.

Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth

If your child has chipped or broken a piece off of his tooth, have him rinse his mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off. Call us immediately.

Knocked Out Tooth

If your child’s tooth has been knocked out of his mouth, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it’s in place). If you can, place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth. If you can’t return the tooth to its socket, place it in a clean container with milk. In either case, call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly it’s possible to save the tooth.

Loose Tooth

If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.


If your child complains of a toothache, rinse his mouth with warm water and inspect his teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Children’s pain relievers may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment immediately.

Broken Jaw

If you know or suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call our emergency number and/or head to the hospital immediately. In many cases a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

Avoiding Injury

You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Child-proof your house to avoid falls. Don’t let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods. Always use car seats for young children and require seat belts for older children. And if your child plays contact sports, have him wear a mouth-guard. Ask us about creating a custom-fitted mouth guard for your child. Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office.

Family Dental Services in Palos Park, IL – Dentistry for the Entire Family

Our team of dental professionals are fully equipped with the skill and experience to create the safest and most comfortable dental experience for each of our patients, from the youngest child to the oldest senior citizen. We understand that each patient in every age group has their own comfort level and tolerance towards visiting the dentist, and thus we strive to cater to those needs before, during as well as after your dental visits.

Discover more about our family dental service plans in Palos Park, IL – Contact Sheehan Dental Today. Obtain a free consultation and/or schedule your first appointment with us by phone or by filling out our online contact form.