Healing with Light

By Gail S. Siminovsky, CAE

This October, the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) is featuring conversations with the world’s top experts on Improving Patient Care & Wellbeing Using Light Therapy.  Healing with Light presents the latest scientific evidence, and clinical best practices, for using photo-bio-modulation (PBM) light therapy in everyday patient care.  Chiropractors, physical therapists, myofunctional therapists, and nurses use PBM for pain management, wound healing, and reducing inflammation.  Veterinarians use PBM to treat our pets and large animals.  Research on PBM’s role in reducing opioid use, treating side-effects of cancer therapy, addressing respiratory complications arising from COVID-19, and reversing brain trauma and macular degeneration are ongoing.


Dentists control patient pain after surgery, improve healing of implants and grafts, heal dry socket complications, treat facial pain and TMD pain and eliminate opioid prescriptions with non-invasive PBM therapy. PBM heals oral soft tissue lesions such as cold sores and aphthous ulcers and prevents and/or treats oral mucositis. 


According to ALD Immediate Past President Mel Burchman, DDS, “To those living in chronic pain, PBM or low-level laser therapy is a godsend. It not only provides relief, it promotes healing”. 


According to Dr. Burchman, the challenges for PBM include low awareness of its effectiveness, limited knowledge of how it works, and a lack of insurance reimbursement. “The US and our medical community should be leading the way for change by understanding PBM as a method to treat pain and reduce inflammation”.


The Academy of Laser Dentistry is committed to raising professional and consumer awareness of PBM as a highly effective treatment to relieve pain and aid healing.


Attend The ALD 2020 Fall Symposium Wednesdays in October 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Join ALD’s discussion for unbiased, educational information on how PBM represents the future of healthcare



Access to the recorded sessions will be available to those who register. CE can be earned for viewing the recorded sessions. 


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