Welcome to Northwest Oral Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a specialty of Dentistry that requires up to 6 additional years of hospital based surgical and anesthesia training. Drs. Steichen, Chemello, Jensen, and Gauthier manage a wide variety of problems relating to the Mouth, Teeth, and Facial Regions. Our doctors practice a full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with expertise ranging from Corrective Orthognathic Jaw Surgery to Wisdom Tooth Removal. They also diagnose and treat Oral Pathology, Facial Trauma, TMJ Disorders, and perform a full range of Dental Implant procedures. The vast majority of surgical procedures are performed in our state of the art office, but more complicated treatment is scheduled at the hospital (Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Sherman Hospital in Elgin).

As a result of the extensive anesthesia training of our doctors, we are able to offer our patients several anesthesia options in our office. They have considerable experience for the pediatric, adult, and geriatric patient. The staff at Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is trained in assisting with anesthesia in our office setting. Patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery using the same monitoring used in hospital operating rooms.

Oral Surgery Anesthesia Options

  • Local Anesthesia provides numbness of the surgical area so your procedure can be performed pain free. An accompanying escort is not necessary since your level of consciousness is not altered.
  • Inhalational Analgesia (nitrous oxide) is administered through a nasal mask and breathed during a procedure. Nitrous oxide provides a relaxed, awake state in which anxiety is reduced. It is used in conjunction with local anesthesia to provide pain relief.
  • Intravenous Conscious Sedation is a state of reduced consciousness (awakeness). This technique provides relaxation, stress reduction, amnesia, and is accomplished by medications through and intravenous catheter (IV). This requires an escort to be present at the office and the patient must not eat or drink for 8 hours prior to the appointment.
  • Intravenous Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia is a state of unconsciousness where the patient is unaware of any aspect of the procedure. This technique is administered via an intravenous catheter (IV) or in special circumstances by breathing anesthetic gases through a mask. This anesthetic requires an escort to be present in the office and the patient can not eat or drink for 8 hours prior to the appointment.

Surgical Staff

The surgical staff at Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is experienced and are certified oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants, who assist during anesthesia and surgery. All of our staff is certified in CPR. They are trained to monitor the patient before, during, and after the administration of anesthesia. They are here to make your visit as comfortable as possible.