Patient Information


Choices you make concerning your health and appearance are some of the most important decisions you will ever make. It is our policy to deliver the highest standard in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The scope of services available involve the utmost excellence in professional care while utilizing state-of-the-art technologies.

All of our doctors are dedicated to intensive and continuous quality advancements as evidenced by the participation of our doctors and team in frequent continuing education programs. 

We appreciate that you have chosen us to serve you. Your expression of confidence in our high level of professional skill and personal touch is a valued compliment to our doctors and team.

Background Information

Oral and maxillofacial surgery requires additional years of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training after graduation from dental school.  As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Drs. Lutchka and Thatcher manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial regions.  Drs. Lutchka and Thatcher practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal to corrective jaw surgery. This also includes techniques designed to rebuild bone structure with minimal surgical intervention and optimal patient comfort.  Our office can also diagnose and treat oral pathology, facial injuries, and fractures.  Our doctors maintain current certification in Basic Life support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery.

Surgical Staff

The surgical staff at River Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are experienced oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants, who are trained to assist in the administration of IV sedation and surgery in our state-of-the-art office setting. They have completed and are in compliance with the Anesthesia/Sedation Assistant Monitoring course laws in the state of Illinois.  Our staff are informed administrative personnel, well versed in health and insurance policies, and are CPR certified.