Graceland Prairie Dental is the oldest continuing dental practice in Des Plaines. It was originally started by Dr. John M. Hannon after he graduated from Northwestern Dental School in 1935. He practiced near the Des Plaines Theater on the upper floor and across the hall from Dr Fahey, the founder of Fahey Medical Clinic. Dr Hannon was drafted during the war and then returned to Des Plaines. In 1950, he built a new office at 779 Pearson St.
Dr. Hannon practiced quality dentistry for generations of Des Plaines folks. In 1980, at the age of 70, Dr Hannon happily retired and asked Dr. Barry to continue his practice. Dr. Barry was Dr. Hannon’s dentist.
Dr. Joseph P. Barry was raised in Des Plaines. He went to St. Stephen’s Elementary School and St. Viator High School. Dr. Barry’s undergraduate studies were in Chemistry at Illinois State University and he finished his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Champaign. Dr. Barry went on to one of the top schools in the country, Loyola University Dental School. In 1980 he graduated and started practicing in his home town, Des Plaines.
In 1996, the old building was sold and necessitated a move to the old O’Brien’s Florist space at the corner of Graceland and Prairie. The name of the practice was changed to Graceland Prairie Dental in 2010 with the addition of two associates. The name conveys location and our emphasis on natural solutions and concern for the environment. We continue the tradition of helping the patient through their dental work and delivering high quality results.
Dr. Barry and his associates have built a one stop operation. The patient can conveniently receive all their dental work at our office. Graceland Prairie Dental works with an outstanding team of specialists should a patient need their services.
At Graceland Prairie Dental we provide quality fillings, crowns, root canals, sleep apnea solutions, and periodontal work. We also provide a whole gamut of implant solutions for our patients. Our focus is to offer the patient our best suggestions and let them decide which avenue to take.
In 2003, Dr. Barry completed the yearlong program in IV anesthesia at the University of Illinois Dental School. Besides the rigorous classroom, the program included 25 cases of anesthesia supervised by the Oral Surgery Department and the Pedodontic Department. Dr. Barry became licensed by the State of Illinois in IV, oral and inhalation sedation. In 2004, after sitting for an exam, he became Board Certificated by the College of Conscious Sedation. Dr. Barry feels he can now help many patients who would otherwise not be able to be seen by a normal dental office. This is especially true of fearful patients, children and patients with special needs.
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We accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover credit cards as well as cash and personal checks. We accept Dental PPO insurance plans and are in-network with most of them. To find out if we accept your plan, please call our office.
Our office is located at 685 Graceland Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60016 with ample parking in our lot at the North end of our building (parking is also available out front). Please enter your zip code or city, state below for door-to-door directions.