Smile with confidence: Dr Century’s team, technology, and training lets you do so in Barrington, IL

Few things makes a good impression like a beautiful, healthy smile. As the dentist who has trained other dentists and dental school professors, she can help you and your family get the brilliant, straight smile they've always wanted. Come get the comprehensive dental service, laser periodontal treatment, and even cosmetic procedures to help you look and feel your best.

Nano, our dental therapy dog, looks forward to meeting you!

Our Goals list

  • 100%
    Patient Satisfaction
  • 100%
    Patient Comfort

Meet the Team users

  • Dr. Janet Century DDS

    read more…Dr. Janet CenturyDr. Century recognized her passion to help people at an early age and decided at 12 years old that she was going to work on teeth when she grew up. In 1986 she obtained her degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in the top 10% of her class from Case Western Reserve University. After graduating she taught post-doctorate dentistry in the Michael Reese Dental Clinic, was awarded the Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship which requires 500 post-doctorate credit hours, and was a peer-nominated member of the Chicago Dental Society Peer Review Committee. Her unwavering commitment to staying on top of dentistry's latest science has created an office that is comfortable, welcoming, and relaxing. In her free time, Dr. Century loves to go to agility competitions with our dental therapy dog, Nano. ×

  • Dr. Sadia Ahmed DDS

    read more…Dr. Sadia AhmedTo know Dr. Century helps you to appreciate Dr. Ahmed. As the head of the Chicago Dental Society peer review board, Dr. Century served as the final judge of the quality of a dentist’s work. It was with that professionally critical eye on judging highly skilled work that Dr. Ahmed was brought on board.

    It’s not surprising Dr. Ahmed’s work is exemplary. With a brilliant college career, Dr. Ahmed applied to one the top 15 dental schools in the world, New York’s University at Buffalo. She beat out a field of several thousand for one of just 24 admission slots. Even among this “Best of The Best” student body, she graduated with honors.

    After excelling in prosthodontics, which is the restoration of missing teeth under complex circumstances, she was accepted into one of the top, and most selective, post-doctorate training programs in the country.

    She’s a recognized fellow of the International Dental Implant Association implant skills and her orthodontic skills have garnered professional awards.

    Dr. Ahmed enjoys playing guitar and is an avid photographer.

  • Lucy Patient Coordinator

    read more…LucySince 2007,our patient coordinator, Lucy, has been the first smile you see upon entering Lakeside Dental. Lucy loves to talk with the patients and help them through the many steps from the beginning of treatment until the very end when she can celebrate them being cavity free! Along with going on adventures to try new restaurants, trying new recipes at home, or spending time with her family, Lucy is also our Google expert in the office and is able to locate any information we might possibly need.×

  • Jen Dental Hygienist

    read more…JenJen, our lead hygienist, joined Dr. Century at Lakeside Dental in 2003 after graduating from Harper College with her degree in Dental Hygiene. Along with exceptional patient care, as lead hygienist she also ensures that our patient's experience will always be top-notch no matter which hygienist provides your hygiene care. In her free time, Jen enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, niece and nephew, frequenting live entertainment, reading, and traveling.×

  • Anna Dental Hygienist

    read more…AnnaAnna, who is originally from the beautiful country of Poland, began her career as a dental hygienist in 2004 in Illinois after graduating from Harper College. She has worked at Lakeside Dental since 2006 and loves being an active advocate for flossing. Anna brings her passion to help her patients achieve effective oral ­health home care everyday. When she's not helping her patients have healthier smiles, she loves to travel, walk her dog Choxi and enjoys yoga.×

  • Desire Dental Assistant

    read more…DesireIn 2009, Desire joined the Lakeside Dental team and is our lead dental assistant. Originally from Canada, she moved to Illinois when she was 19 years old and now considers Chicago to be her home. She has been in the dental field for more than 10 years and currently enjoys working four-handed dentistry with Dr. Century using our microscopes. Desire dedicates most of her free time to finding fun, outdoor activities to spend family time with her husband, daughter, two baby boys, and her dog Bella.×

  • Audra Dental Assistant

    read more…AudraAudra is a dental assistant and came to Lakeside Dental in 2015 after 24 years in the dental field. She prides herself on her ability to get to know the patients on a personal level and make them comfortable in the dental chair. Her passion for helping people also permeates her personal life as she currently holds certifications as an Emergency Medical Responder and a Phlebotomist. She is also pursuing certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Paramedic. When she's not saving teeth (or lives) she loves spending time walking her dog, riding her bike, and reading books.×

  • Nano Therapy Canine

    read more…NanoNano Centstein has worked her whole life in the dental field and is phenomenal at her current position as Lakeside Dental's patient therapy dog. Nano is a Löwchen and currently certified as a Canine Good Citizen, an Emotional Support Animal, and also has won many agility competitions! Along with spending her free time with her boyfriend, Cooper, she likes to practice agility with her friends and watch TV while sitting on laps.×

Services Provided layers

+ General Services

At Lakeside we are dedicated to having the newest technologies to bring the highest quality dental care to our patients. Along with all of our high-tech services we also offer a variety of general services including tooth colored fillings, veeners, periodontal maintaince, teeth cleanings, and preventitive dentistry.

Also, for any dental work that you need to be numb for, Dr. Century will use a computer controlled STA unit instead of a traditional syringe. We start with a tiny, thin needle, not much thicker than a few human hairs. Once the needle slides in and the anesthetic flow begins, the magic starts to happen. The computer instantly and continuously adjusts the flow rate to what your body is able to comfortably accept. When you combine that with drugs decades newer than Novocaine and a dentist who waits to make sure you're numb, you'll see why people often nap while having Dr. Century perform their work. Many don't even realize they got a shot!

+ Pinhole Surgical Technique Gum Grafting

Dr. Century learned the Pinhole Surgical Technique directly from its inventor, Dr. John Chao. What is it? The Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive procedure to treat gum recession and is completely different from any type of grafting gum surgery. There is no tissue removed from the roof of the mouth or annoying sutures to deal with.

The Pinhole® Surgical Technique can be performed on one tooth or multiple teeth and affords our patients an immediately healthier and more beautiful smile. Patients who opt for The Pinhole® Surgical Technique instead of traditional gum surgery report minimal discomfort and faster healing, as there are no incisions made during the procedure and no subsequent sutures.

+ LANAP Laser Treatment

The earlier periodontal gum disease is treated, the less severe the impact on oral and overall health. Many who suffer from gum disease may avoid treatment due to a fear of surgery. Laser treatment, however, offers an alternative to traditional surgery, treating gum disease without scalpels or sutures. LANAP® removes the bacteria that cause periodontal disease as well as any infected tissue, without harming your healthy gum tissue, teeth, and bone. Performed with the PerioLase® MVP-7™, which has been cleared by the FDA for use in the treatment of gum disease, LANAP® delivers a healthier mouth with minimal post procedure pain and swelling. In fact, much of the inflammation associated with gum disease is instantly relieved after one session due to the elimination of the bacteria that causes it.

Dr. Century is one of the most experienced LANAP practitioners in the world, having started in 2005 when there were fewer than 200 dentists trained. She was the first general dentist to have achieved Level 6 Enhanced Proficiency certification. Dr. Century has lectured to other dentists about LANAP and served for 2 years as the Moderator of the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry annual LANAP practitioners’ group meeting. With years of experience and training, it is safe to say that Dr. Century is an expert in LANAP laser gum procedures.

+ Implant Services

From implant supported dentures, all-on-4 dentures, to implant crown restoration, Dr. Century is diligent in creating a beautiful and functional option based on your personal needs.

+ Sedation

Everyone wants a beautiful smile but there are many people who suffer from dental anxiety, feeling extreme fear that keeps them from attending dental visits. Dr. Janet Century want all patients to receive excellent dental care in spite of their dental anxiety. To this end, we offer sedation dentistry in Barrington, IL to ensure the comfort and oral health of our patients. If you suffer from a fear of dentistry, schedule a consultation with Dr. Century to learn about the types of sedation we offer, including oral sedative and nitrous oxide.

+ PowerProx 6-month Braces

Crowded or crooked teeth can affect your self-esteem as well as your oral health, yet some patients may not be willing to wear metal braces for two to three years. Now, people who feel self-conscious about their smiles have an alternative to traditional orthodontics, PowerProx. This method shortens the treatment time for most cases to just six months.

The PowerProx technique focuses upon moving the teeth that show when you smile, shortening the treatment time considerably. The brackets placed on the front of each tooth are lighter weight and a shade that is close to the natural color of teeth. The wire that connects the brackets uses low force to guide the teeth into position quickly.

+ One-visit CEREC Crowns

No temporary crown. No second visit. No goo in your mouth. The CEREC one-visit crown machine helps the Dr. Century or any of our highly trained assistants create a restoration for your tooth. The 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Your Dentist then uses her dental expertise to design the restoration using the 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, we click a button, and the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office.

A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. About 10 – 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place. Finally, your Dentist tries the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no "temporary" or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment!

+ Somnomed CPAP Alternative

Worn during sleep, a Somnomed device is a first line treatment option for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea and consists of devices that have two components which fit over the upper and lower teeth.

These oral devices are comfortable and simple for patients to use which is why many patients prefer the Somonmed appliance to other options, such as a CPAP machine. A Somnomed appliance is also a viable option for those who do not respond well to other treatment options or for frequent travelers.

Devices in the SomnoDent® family of products treat sleep apnea by stabilizing and/or moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This optimal position of the jaw, prevents the patient’s airway from collapsing during sleep resulting in better sleep, easier mornings, and improved overall health.

+ NTI Migraine Prevention

It is estimated that 44 million Americans suffer from chronic migraines caused by the clenching and grinding of the jaw. Not only are patients suffering with this debilitating condition, the constant wear on the teeth can cause severe damage and even tooth loss. If you are suffering from chronic migraines, you are not alone.

Our office can treat your migraines with an NTI-tss Plus Night Guard. This simple appliance is FDA approved for the prevention of migraine pain and carefully handmade in the office for a perfect, custom fit. The NTI night guard prevents the posterior teeth from touching, greatly reducing the harmful and damaging stress on your teeth. With the reduction of jaw clenching during sleep, the neck and jaw muscles are able to fully relax, preventing migraine pain during waking hours.

In clinical studies, 82% of medically diagnosed migraine sufferers reported a 77% reduction of migraine pain attacks within the first eight weeks of use. And, because there are no medications involved, the NTI night guard has no side effects and is safe for pregnant women.

+ KöR Whitening System

KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching™ is the most effective whitening system in the world today. KöR Whitening is the only system recognized to significantly whiten even difficult tetracycline stained teeth within a short time.

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+ Botox

Look younger without surgery. Botox injections can smooth the wrinkles in your forehead and brows, giving you a rested, serene appearance. The lines gradually soften over a span of ten days and there is no recovery time involved. Botox is a safe, effective, and temporary anti-wrinkle treatment. Also, Dr. Century uses a new needle for every injection which not only makes it much more comfortable but also minimizes the change for bruising or infection.

Along with the traditional uses for Botox, Dr. Century also uses it to treat tight and painful TMJ. Because Botox is a muscle relaxer, when injected in muscles affected by tempromandibular joint and facial pain, the intensity of muscle contractions will be significantly reduced. When these muscle contractions are reduced, the pain associated with TMJ or bruxism is significantly reduced.

Few medical professionals receive the specialized training for oral and maxillofacial areas that a dentist completes. Dentists have a comprehensive knowledge of the muscles, nerves, and bones of the entire face, which is crucial for a successful injection result. In addition, some medical facilities rely upon physician’s assistants to deliver injections. In our office, Dr. Century performs these treatment themselves. There is no substitute for the training and experience of a doctor when undergoing facial procedures.

+ Juvederm

JUVÉDERM® XC is a smooth gel filler used to smooth away wrinkles around the mouth and nose. The JUVÉDERM® XC treatment is designed to be a natural looking treatment that can last up to a year. Manufactured using HYLACROSS™ technology, JUVÉDERM® XC is a smooth-consistency gel infused with lidocaine to improve comfort during treatment. The smoothing gel is proven to get the results you expect with the improved comfort you want. JUVÉDERM® XC is the first hyaluronic (HA) filler that is FDA approved to last up to one year with just one treatment. From smile lines to vertical lip lines, the gel can be used to smooth away unwanted wrinkles and restore natural contours.

Few medical professionals receive the specialized training for oral and maxillofacial areas that a dentist completes. Dentists have a comprehensive knowledge of the muscles, nerves, and bones of the entire face, which is crucial for a successful injection result. In addition, some medical facilities rely upon physician’s assistants to deliver injections. In our office, Dr. Century performs these treatment themselves. There is no substitute for the training and experience of a doctor when undergoing facial procedures.

+ Tekscan Bite Adjustment

Tekscan, or T-Scan, is a valuable tool that aids in diagnosing problems with a person’s bite. The T-Scan system can show what is and what is not functioning properly when a person bites down. When a bite is unstable it can cause pain, broken restorations, gum disease, tooth loss, headaches, and TMJ disorder.

The T-Scan device includes an ultra-thin sensor that a patient bites down on. The computer then analyzes and displays the data. Because the sensor technology is so advanced, the T-Scan can detect both biting time and force. This will allow your doctor to correct any bite issues without the guesswork previously needed and reduce the number of office visits you will need to have your occlusion (bite) corrected.

+ Velscope Cancer Screening

Dr. Century feels that early cancer detection is so important for her patients that she includes the service with every dental exam, while most offices charge for a Velscope cancer screening. Approximately 36,540 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx in 2010. During the same time period 7,880 Americans will die of oral cancer. Nearly half of oral cancer patients are expected to die within 5 years because of a late diagnosis, however when detected early it is 80% to 90% survivable. One of the VELscope®system's most important tasks is to help identify areas that might, if not identified and treated, progress to oral cancer. The VELscope®system is designed to help dentist recognize oral abnormalities found on the lips, mouth, and upper throat. In just two minutes, with no rinses, stains or discomfort, a VELscope®examination allows dentist to improve their assessment of your overall oral health.

+ Low Radiation Digital X-Rays

It is important to know that your doctor is keeping up with the constant and rapid advancements in modern technology. Digital x-rays are just one more advantage you will have at your disposal when you visit our office. Instead of using a conventional film, we use a special computer sensor which puts the x-ray picture directly into the computer and which allows us to reduce the amount of harmful radiation by nearly 90%.

In fact, we recently had our radiation check and the technician said our radiation output was the lowest they had seen. Since the pictures are in the computer, we can enhance the images to better diagnose conditions--often before they become problems. This proves to be much more convenient for you because the x-rays can then be displayed on the computer right in front of you!

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106 S Wynstone Park Dr.
Suite #102
North Barrington IL 60010
(847) 438-7338
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