The surgical staff at Northern Montana Oral Surgery are experienced oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants, who assist with the administration of IV anesthesia or outpatient general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art office setting. We also have trained surgical assistants to assist in surgery. All staff are informed administrative personnel, well-versed in health and insurance policies, and are CPR certified.

Steven J. Whitney, DDS


Dr. Steven Whitney graduated from Huron High School in 1971 in Huron, South Dakota. He attended the University of South Dakota and then served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in South Africa and Rhodesia from 1972-1974. He finished his undergraduate schooling at BYU in Provo, Utah from 1975-1977.

Dr. S. Whitney graduated Magna Cumme Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. He attended Creighton University Dental School in Omaha, Nebraska from 1978-1982.

Dr. Whitney served in the United States Air Force as a General Dentist from 1983-1987, while completing a one-year General Dentistry residency. Dr Whitney completed a four year residency in Oral Surgery at the University of Florida in 1991, and completed a 22 year career in the United States Air Force as a full Colonel and Chief of Oral Surgery at several military bases.

Dr. Steven Whitney moved to Montana in 2004 to join in practice with his long-time friend. Together with Dr. D. Whitney and Dr. T. Clifton, they have oral surgery offices in both Great Falls and Havre, and are staff surgeons at Benefis Healthcare.

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Montana Dental Association (MDA)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Past President of the Great Falls District Dental Society
  • Current Vice President of the Montana Society of Oral Surgery.


  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)
  • American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS)
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesia (ADSA)

Dr. Steven Whitney is a board certified member of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABOMS) and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology (NDBA).

Away from the office, he is an active member of his church and community and has participated as a Boy Scout and youth leader for over 22 years. He enjoys spending time with his family as well as music, almost all sports and the great outdoors. He has completed in marathons and triathlons.

Dr. Steven Whitney has been married to his wife Maxine for more than 40 years. They are proud parents of 6 children and and a growing number of grandchildren.

Daniel C. Whitney, DDS


Dr. Daniel Whitney graduated from Brigham Young University in 2004. He then attended the University of Iowa, School of Dentistry where he received his training and graduated with his dental degree in 2008. He completed a four year surgical residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa in 2012.

Dr. Daniel Whitney joined Dr. Steven Whitney (his father) at Northern Montana Oral Surgery in the summer of 2012.

Being raised as a military dependent, Dr. D. Whitney lived many places while growing up. He met the love of his life while working on his undergraduate studies at BYU. They were married and after finishing their studies at BYU moved to the Midwest, where they spent eight years in Iowa City, Iowa to study dentistry and oral surgery. Upon completion of his surgical training, they decided to move closer to their extended family roots in the West. They have settled in to life in Great Falls, and are now happy to call it home.

Dr. Daniel Whitney is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA) and the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS). He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABOMS).

Dr. Whitney is very active in his church and with community service. His interests are in spending time with his wife and 7 daughters. They enjoy music, sports, reading, and spending time in the great outdoors.

Trent C Clifton, DMD, MD

Dr. Trent Clifton was born in Arizona and later moved to Utah. Growing up in Utah, he learned to love the outdoors, including skiing, camping, and horseback riding. He met his wife, Emily, while working on her dad’s farm; they have 5 children ranging from 1 year old to 11 years old. Trent has worked with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community for 18 years, including serving a mission for his church for 2 years in California speaking American Sign Language.

Dr. Clifton graduated with a BS in Biology from BYU and then attended the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, where he earned his DMD. He and his family then moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where he graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine with a MD and where he finished his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency.

Trent enjoys treating children and uses the full scope of his training to alleviate their anxieties. Dr. Clifton is experienced with replacing missing teeth with implant-supported dentures. In addition to routine dentoalveolar surgery and dental implants, he has experience treating patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction, as well as orthognathic surgery, facial trauma, and skin cancer.

When he’s not in the office or treating patients, Trent can be found building or renovating something, gardening, camping, and photographing the small details of life.