Why would I choose laser therapy for pain management?
At Winchester Dental, we understand the importance of providing fast, effective pain relief for patients with severe and/or chronic pain resulting from various dental conditions. Through our investment in K-Laser® modern pain relief technology, we can prioritize and help ensure your physical comfort before we perform any other treatment you might require.
What is laser therapy?
Laser therapy for pain management is a painless, non-invasive alternative to potentially addicting pain medication; and in some cases, to surgery. It is safe, FDA-approved, and has no side effects. Our K-Laser® therapy unit stimulates fast tissue repair and pain relief. It features four wavelengths within the infrared spectrum: 660, 800, 905, and 970nm. Lower wavelengths are long-lasting and effective for reducing inflammation; higher wavelengths are fast-acting for reducing pain. Our laser unit can emit its four wavelengths simultaneously or in any combination, allowing us to customize pain treatments based on patient need.
How does laser therapy work?
Energy from the laser unit induces a photochemical reaction, stimulating cells to remove toxins. This energy can penetrate 3-5 cm deep and generates no heat. It speeds up the body’s own healing process, which can significantly decrease healing time. The effectiveness of laser treatments is cumulative, with the benefits of each treatment building upon those of previous treatment. In addition to reducing pain, laser therapy reduces inflammation, and stimulates tissue repair and blood circulation.
Which pain conditions does your practice treat with laser therapy?
- Cold sores
- Dental hypersensitivity
- Head, neck, and shoulder pain resulting from dental issues
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Myofascial pain
- Periodontal disease
- Post-extraction wounds
- Post-scaling trauma
- Temporomandibular joint disorders
How many laser treatments are needed, on average?
Typically, our patients will need more than one treatment. While many patients experience pain relief right after their first laser therapy treatment, we recommend specific number of sessions based on the patient’s age, diagnosis, pain levels, and overall health status. Patients with acute pain conditions may require between four and six treatments, while we may recommend between six and ten treatments for those with chronic conditions.