Photo of Dr. Oushy with a photobiomodulation laser and a patient in her Santa Teresa New Mexico Office

Photobiomodulation (PBM), also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or cold laser therapy, is a non-invasive treatment that involves the use of low-level lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to stimulate tissue repair, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. In our whole body approach to dentistry, one of the practices we incorporate is photobiomodulation which can induce cell proliferation and enhance stem cell differentiation.

Benefits of Photobiomodulation

Pain Management

PBM can help manage both acute and chronic dental pain by reducing inflammation and stimulating tissue repair. This can be particularly useful for patients undergoing dental procedures or experiencing conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

Accelerated Healing

By promoting cellular regeneration and tissue repair, PBM can accelerate the healing process following dental surgeries, extractions, or other invasive procedures. This can lead to faster recovery times and reduced post-operative discomfort for patients.

Reduced Inflammation

Inflammation is a common issue in many dental conditions, including periodontal disease and gingivitis. PBM can help decrease inflammation in the oral tissues, contributing to improved oral health outcomes.

Non-Invasive Approach

Integrative dentists often prefer non-invasive or minimally invasive treatment options whenever possible. PBM fits well into this approach as it is non-surgical and does not involve the use of pharmaceutical drugs, reducing the risk of side effects and complications.

Enhanced Patient Comfort

Dental anxiety is a common concern for many patients, and integrative dentists prioritize patient comfort and well-being. PBM therapy is gentle, painless, and well-tolerated by most patients, making it a suitable option for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.

Overall Wellness

Integrative dentistry emphasizes the interconnectedness of oral health with overall health and wellness. PBM can support this holistic approach by addressing oral health issues while also promoting systemic health benefits, such as improved immune function and reduced systemic inflammation.

Photobiomodulation can be viewed as a valuable tool in the toolkit of integrative dentistry, offering safe, effective, and minimally invasive therapeutic benefits for various dental conditions and procedures. However, like any treatment modality, its efficacy may vary depending on the specific patient and condition, and it should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to individual needs.