As our long term dental patients know, Lotus Dental is deeply committed to working holistically – and that includes making sure we have up-to-date technology to offer the most effective treatment with minimal negative impact.
We use a state-of-the-art Weber medical laser for Low Level Laser Therapy. It uses various frequencies of light to penetrate the nerves, tissue and cells to stop or reduce inflammation and pain.
Here are some key questions that patients often ask:
What effect does it have?
Depending on the treatment application, laser therapy assists in a variety of ways:
- reduces pain naturally, both during and after treatment
- speeds up tissue healing and bone regeneration
- increases lymphatic flow
- delivers ‘acupuncture’ without needles
. . . And it does this with no side effects, no risk of infection and (normally) a reduced need for analgesic pain medication.
Is it safe?
Emphatically, yes! It has been in use for many years in medicine for treating a wide range of conditions including chronic back pain, repetitive strain injuries, ulcers, burns and strokes. The results have been outstanding, as many studies have validated.
How does it work in dental treatments?
After tooth extraction
Laser therapy decreases the pain and inflammation, reducing the need for post-operative analgesics (pain-killers). It helps speed up healing of the tissue and dry the tooth socket.
Laser Therapy can be applied in the affected area to increase the lymphatic flow. This reduces the inflammation cells and increases neutrophils for faster healing.
Laser treatment has two effects: it reduces the pain felt during orthodontic treatments and speeds up the tooth movement.
The pain and inflammation caused by the surgical procedure is reduced by laser treatment. Studies have shown improved bone formation (which integrates the implant) and reduction in post-operative pain.
Facial Pain and Neuralgia
Laser therapy is effective for treatment of both acute and chronic facial pain. After long dental appointments some patients experience facial pain and muscle tension, which can be relieved by laser therapy. In chronic TMJ cases, laser therapy can be used to reduce the pain and muscle tension in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches.
Gagging and Nausea
Many people have a gag reflex, which can make it difficult for dental work to proceed smoothly. Applying laser therapy to a particular acupuncture point in the wrist reduces the gag reflex and nausea during dental treatment. This can also assist patients who are nervous or anxious.
Laser therapy helps decrease inflammation in the periodontal tissues and encourages healing.
How many sessions of laser therapy would I need?
As you might expect, the number of sessions depends on the severity of the dental treatment that the laser therapy is supporting. For pain relief during standard dental treatments we administer it once. For major surgical treatments such as implants you may need 2 – 3 sessions per week for 3 weeks. We will discuss this with you during your visit.
For more information please contact us or discuss the options with your dental practitioner.