Meet Dr. James Derrico

When I began my career, over 31 years ago, my aspiration was to provide dental care in a predictable, comfortable and trusting environment. Through the years, I have had the good fortune of realizing these aspirations by providing extraordinary dental care in the interest that my patients may achieve optimum oral health and maintain their overall wellness.  Myphilosophy has always centered around YOU and what YOU value for your own, personal dental health.

I have always put my patients first by hiring and training the very best staff I could possibly have to partner with me to share in this vision of optimum dental care.  I learned very early on in my career that proper diagnosis, thorough treatment planning, patient education and exceptional care are the most important aspects to providing outstanding dental care that is predictable and can last a life time.

With a conservative, yet comprehensive, approach to my patients' care and investing time in continuing education for myself and the team, we are able to keep current in state-of-the-art technology and care for our patients.

I am very fortunate that you have chosen College Square Dental for your oral health care and would like to assure you that, along with our entire team, I will provide you with dental care that will exceed your expectations.


Dr. Derrico graduated from Loyola University of Chicago School of Dentistry in 1985 where he received the Harry M. Sicher Award, The Odontographic Society of Chicago award and the Loyola University President’s Award. Following graduation, he studied and practiced for an additional year at the University of Chicago Hospitals as a General Practice Resident.

He attended the prestigious L.D. Pankey Institute and The Dawson Academy where he focused his studies in Advanced Restorative Dental Treatment. He is on the Board of Directors for the Contemporary Dental Forum, a Naperville Chapter of the Seattle Study Club. He maintains memberships in the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disordered Dentistry andthe American Academy of Cranio-facial Pain. Dr. Derrico isInvisalignand CEREC certified.


Philosophy of Care

Dr. Derrico stands out as having a focused attention to detail while still providing a personal touch to his patient’s care. His efforts to stay with the technological curve has enabled him to do more for his patients than merely meet their needs.

It has allowed him to provide a level of care the goes beyond what is simply expected.

With a commitment to connecting oral health to overall wellness, Dr. Derrico has begun to focus more on the treatment of those individuals who suffer from sleep disordered breathing - more commonly known as sleep apnea. He has been pursuing this endeavor for the past several years studying with numerous experts in this field, most recently at Tufts University in Boston. He is recognized by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine as achieving the Qualified Dentist Designation. He is currently preparing for his Diplomat status with the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. 

Personal Interests

He and his wife have been married since 1986 and together, have raised three amazing sons – James, Matthew and Marc.  As a family, they have enjoyed many competitive golf games together, camping and backpacking trips across our beautiful country and have been fortunate to travel within and outside the U.S. When he has free time, Dr. Derrico enjoys quiet time with his wife, cooking, reading, bicycling and hanging out with his sons when they are around.