Atlanta Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C.

What type of Anesthesia does Dr. Loetscher perform?

One of the benefits of coming to Atlanta Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center is that Dr. Loetscher is a board certified anesthesiologist. He is one of the only oral & maxillofacial surgeons in the state that is trained and set-up to safely administer true general anesthesia. He performs four different types of anesthesia; local anesthesia, local anesthesia with nitrous oxide, IV sedation and general anesthesia. He determines which type of anesthesia is best based on the patient and the surgical procedure he is performing.  Our goal is to ensure that our patients have the most comfortable surgery experience. Our team is highly skilled and we can assure you that you will be in good hands.

Watch the video below to hear from Dr. Loetscher himself about the different types of anesthesia the our office has to offer:

The 4 types of anesthesia we offer are as follows:

  1. Local Anesthesia:  Such as lidocaine. It simply numbs up the area while you are awake.

When it’s used:  Simple procedures such as tooth removal and soft tissue procedures such as bumps on your lips and gums.

  1. Local Anesthesia with Nitrous Oxide: We add nitrous oxide through a nasal mask that helps relax you while providing light sedation and comfort. You can drive home after receiving this type of anesthesia.

When it’s used:  This is also used in simple procedures, but for those where you are somewhat anxious and would like some relaxation.

  1. IV Sedation: For this, an intravenous line is used to administer sedative drugs that relax you, make you sit more still, and typically provide a high level of amnesia, so you have minimal recollection of the procedure and feel like you’ve been put to sleep. You may move around during the procedure, but may not recall it. You are not put too deeply asleep because you need to maintain your airway for safety.

When it’s used:  IV sedation is very useful for more straightforward, less technical procedures such as simple extractions, straightforward dental implant procedures, and some biopsies. We often use this on elders as well.

  1. General Anesthesia. For this an IV line is also initiated. You are put completely to sleep with a combination of IV drugs and an inhalation agent. A breathing tube is placed via your nose into your windpipe after you are asleep. The inhalation drugs are administered through this tube. This is an ultra-safe technique because your airway is intact. Most general anesthetics at the hospital are administered this way as well.

With general anesthesia you are asleep so you have no recall. You are sitting still so the surgeon can be very technically proficient.  Also, the drugs used to keep you asleep are ultra-short acting so you wake up quicker and much more alert. We often use no sedatives or narcotics for this.

When it’s used:  General Anesthesia is ideal for procedures such as third molar removal, most dental implant procedures, and procedures on children.  For nervous children and young adults (and occasionally very anxious adults) we often put them asleep with the inhalation agents (gases) and once asleep start the IV line. This way the patient does not “see a needle”, which for many is their greatest concern.

For types 3 and 4 (IV sedation) the patient needs to arrive with an empty stomach (4 hours for IV sedation & 8 hours for general anesthesia) and you will need someone to drive you home.

Anesthesiologist:  We utilize an additional board certified MD anesthesiologist for all orthognathic surgery procedures, longer & more complex reconstructive and implant procedures, and many elders.

Feel free to call our office at 770-664-5550 if you have any questions regarding anesthesia. 


The Best Patient Testimonial!

“I wish the whole world knew how amazing Dr. Loetscher is!” – Maryleigh

There is no greater compliment to our team than knowing our patients are more than satisfied with their outcomes. We were so excited to receive the video below from Maryleigh, who received full upper and lower bridges at Atlanta Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Thank you to Dr. Hal Arnold for sending such a special patient our way, and thank you to Maryleigh for trusting us with your smile!

He along with Dr. Arnold gave me my life back! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Dr. Loetscher and his team.”


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Your New Teeth: Options for Full Arch Dental Implants

Whether you’re missing a single tooth or looking to restore a full arch, dental implants may be the best treatment option to complete your smile. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants replace the root system of the tooth for a complete, natural looking and feeling dental restoration. If you’d like to find out more, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Loetscher and the team at Atlanta Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to schedule a dental implant consultation.

Are Dental Implants Better than Other Tooth Replacement Options?

They can be for many patients. Dental implants offer natural stability and they even look, feel, and function more like the lost tooth structure. Some of the benefits of dental implant-retained tooth replacement include:

  • Natural looking and feeling
  • Preserved gum tissue volume and bone density
  • Improved function compared with traditional prosthetics
  • Longer lasting
  • No impact on healthy oral structures

What Are My Options for Full Arch Dental Implants?

Your doctor will consult with you to determine the best options for you when it comes to dental implants. Whether you elect to go with a “fixed” implant that is screwed into place or an overdenture that can snap on and off, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. The video below, created and narrated by Dr. Loetscher, will provide a brief overview of dental implant options and the materials used to create your permanent set of teeth.


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Atlanta Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Wins 2019 Best of Alpharetta Award

We are excited to announce that Atlanta Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has been awarded the 2019 Best of Alpharetta Award in the Dentistry category by the Alpharetta Award Program. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Christian Loetscher and the AOMS staff on this wonderful accomplishment!

About the Alpharetta Award Program:

Each year, the Alpharetta Award Program identifies companies we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the local community. These exceptional companies help make the Alpharetta area a great place to live, work and play.

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The New Age of Digital Dentistry: Full Arch Tooth Replacement

In this modern era of automation, the most esthetic teeth are digitally designed and made for both strength and esthetics.  Automation has provided for a remarkable reduction in the cost of producing highly esthetic prosthetic teeth.  The Atlanta Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery S2 Digital Dental Lab has one of the finest mills (machines to fabricate prosthetic teeth) in the world – Zirkonzahn’s M4. This high tech piece of machinery is manufactured in Italy and able to make stunningly beautiful teeth.

The S2 Digital Dental Lab is one of the few labs in the US where your implant can be placed by an experienced Oral Surgeon, allowing you to leave with a beautiful digitally designed tooth to match your smile and facial esthetics.

Combining over 30 years of experience, our lab technicians are truly elite in their field, with Larry widely being considered one of the best digital design lab technicians in the area.

“Organic” Smile Design

A major advancement in dental esthetics has been the recognition that nature makes the most beautiful teeth, not lab technicians. Utilizing what we now called “Natural Smile Design”, we are able to choose from libraries of beautiful teeth with nature’s irregularities built into them, such as tiny dents and rotations. They look beautiful to the eye because of nature’s way of breaking up light reflections. Even though they are false teeth, they have a natural and “organic” look.

Dr. Loetscher and his lab technician Larry are both certified in the “Digital Smile Design” protocol, as championed and taught by Christian Coachman.

For more on the digital design process from start to finish, take a look at the video below, narrated by Dr. Christian Loetscher.

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Dental Implants: A New Arch of Teeth in One Day

Do you:

  • Worry about breaking a tooth?
  • Have painful teeth or gum disease?
  • Have loose teeth?
  • Have gaps in between your teeth?
  • Have poor confidence in your smile?

As we age, our teeth age like the rest of our body. Even with proper dental care, often times your teeth need to be replaced over time from wear and other factors. Technology and dentistry have advanced significantly in recent years and we can replace failing teeth in 24 hours or less, providing you with a beautiful set of teeth
designed for esthetics, function, and lifelong service.

When a patient has lost or is about to lose a whole arch of teeth, the treatment of choice is often full arch dental implants. Dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement in dentistry today, holding the most advantages in function and esthetics by mimicking teeth, from root to crown. Most full arch implant protocols require patients to spend months in less-than-ideal temporary dentures as the implants heal before they can receive their final teeth. At our practice, we have developed a full-arch protocol that lets you walk out of our office the day of surgery with a complete new set of strong, esthetic temporary teeth that function just as well as your final prosthesis will.

To learn more about your dental implant options, download our Patient Education Guide below.
Patient Education Booklet

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