Cold (low level) laser therapy is a revolutionary technology used in the treatment for TMJ pain and inflammation. This treatment is safe, painless, non-invasive, and has health benefits without any side effects. We use state-of-the art laser equipment in our targeted TMJ treatments. Cold laser machines are FDA approved medical devices which have been proven to be safe and effective in the treatment of pain.
How does a cold laser work?
The laser uses light photons and produces different watts of energy to penetrate deep into inflamed tissues surrounding the temporomandibular joint as well as deep into the joint itself. A hand held wand that emits light is moved over the skin and produces a warming sensation as it starts to work on the affected tissues. Initially, laser treatment reduces inflammation and enhances tissue healing by stimulating the production of more red blood cells in the area. Laser therapy also increases lymphatic movement oxygenation of the damaged tissues. This in turn causes them to regenerate healthy cells. Laser treatment for TMJ disorders has also been shown to stimulate an enzyme present in all cells to produce more energy which then speeds up the healing process.
How many treatments will I need?
The treatment of each patient is unique depending on the degree of distress to the TMJoint and muscles. Most patients feel significant relief after 2 or 3 treatments as the inflammation goes down. In some cases, a course of 6 to 12 treatments is recommended. The treatments are only about 5 to 10 minutes long and patients can easily schedule this over their lunch break or stop in quickly before or after work.
Laser treatment for TMJ pain is a painless, non-invasive, and safe procedure that has health benefits that far exceed any relief provided by a drug. The Center for TMJ & Sleep Disorders providers and team are dedicated to helping patients out of the debilitating cycle of pain caused by TMJ disorders. We have helped hundreds of patients regain their quality of life by minimizing or eliminating TMJ pain from their lives! If you are one of the 10 million Americans suffering with some degree of a TMJ Disorder, schedule an appointment with our practice to find out how we can help you become pain free.
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