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Meet Iwona Iwaszczyszyn, DDS

Dentist Barrington, Iwona IwaszczyszynDr. Iwona Iwaszczyszyn, or as she prefers “Dr. Iwona”, was always interested in working in the medical field. As a child, she first wanted to be a nurse, though as she grew older, she realized dentistry was the perfect fit.

Dr. Iwona attended and graduated from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. She is also a graduate of The Dawson Academy and continues to grow professionally, expanding her knowledgebase in order to provide the best possible treatment for her patients.

As a general dentist that performs all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry, she also treats sleep apnea, TMJ/TMD and facial pain. As a migraine suffer, treatment of facial pain is of special interest to her, which spurred her to complete a mini-residency on TMJ and orofacial pain at UCLA. At Hart Dental, Dr. Iwona will be focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of facial pain and TMJ treatment while her daughter, Dr. Aggie Iwaszczyszyn, will be offering general, cosmetic and restorative services.

Dr. Iwona is affiliated with the AMITA Health system and is a member of:

  • American Academy of Orofacial Pain
  • American Pain Association
  • International Association for the Study of Pain
  • American Dental Association
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Providing Pain Relief

Helping to alleviate patients’ pain is of paramount importance to Dr. Iwona. That’s why she participated in the Orofacial Pain Shadowing Program through the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry Continuing Education in Lexington. She earned a Certificate of Completion. Dr. Iwona participated in seminars, case presentations, literature reviews, and patient care activities totaling 40 hours. “I wanted to take part in the program to gain more experience and knowledge in how to diagnose and treat patients in pain.”

The Orofacial Pain Clinic was established in the 70s and was the first in the United States to treat facial pain patients. Its clinical director Dr Jeffrey Okeson is a pioneer and world leader in the facial pain/TMD field. Dr. Iwona chose to earn her certificate from the University of Kentucky as it has an excellent reputation and is recognized as being a distinguished research and facial pain university. The biopsy samples that we take at Hart Dental are sent to their oral path lab.

Impacting Patients

Dr. Iwona’s favorite part about being a dentist is the impact she has on her patients’ lives. Improving the quality of life of those that are in facial pain is a gift she’s pleased to give patients. As she puts it, “I don’t think I’m planning to ever retire.”

Outside of the Practice

When she isn’t changing lives in the practice, Dr. Iwona enjoys hiking and biking, reading books and listening to podcasts—most recently, “Fresh Air” and “Hidden Brain” on NPR. She spends time as a volunteer with the CDS Foundation Clinic in Wheaton, the Mission of Mercy of Illinois, and Support Lurie Children Hospital.

Get to know more about Dr. Iwona Iwaszczyszyn when you book your next visit to our practice. You can also follow her on Facebook!

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