How Red Light Therapy Works to Reduce Pain After Oral Surgery

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Putting together an effective natural healing protocol involves utilizing different methods of holistic solutions to ensure proper pain management care. Increasingly popular practices include anti-inflammatory medications and topical oral kits. Wilmington Oral Surgery implements a combination of these two methods and is excited to add the use of Photobiomodulation, also known as Red Light Therapy, to our pain management plan. Red Light Therapy is most commonly known by the public for treatment of visible skin conditions including but not limited to scars, redness, and wrinkles. Additionally, this form of laser light therapy is also extremely beneficial for treating conditions in a multitude of different areas of healthcare including oral health.

What is Photobiomodulation or Red Light Therapy (RLT)?

Photobiomodulation (PBM) is an FDA approved treatment that uses red light and near-infrared light to promote healing by reducing inflammation and enhancing bone and soft tissue healing at surgical sites. The concentrated light wavelengths penetrate into tissues and stimulate mitochondria to generate more energy to help the body regenerate and heal. The use of this therapy assists in reducing inflammation and swelling while also helping relieve acute and chronic pain. According to a number of studies, there have been no recorded risk factors or negative side effects of RLT making it an extremely safe form of pain management for oral surgery.

Benefits of Red Light Therapy

  • Pain Management
  • Virtually Risk-Free
  • Enhanced Healing of Bone and Soft Tissue
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Dry Socket Treatment
  • Quicker Recovery Time
  • Painless Treatment

How is it Performed?

Best use of this method is consistent treatments performed in the office. How many sessions needed will be discussed with your care team and will differ depending on individual need. Schedule a consultation or call our office for additional information or questions regarding the treatment. Please keep in mind that while some information advertises the use of at-home red light therapy sessions, increased risk of negative side effects and injury is more likely to occur due to improper use. Our main priority is safe and effective pain management and we highly recommend completing your treatments in office following your procedure. 


  • The Process. The treatment is quite simple. We will lend you a stylish pair of protective eyewear and position the near-infrared light close enough to penetrate into the tissues and target the surgical sights. This process is pain-free, and takes anywhere from 5-20 minutes.


Offering this additional form of natural healing only furthers our ability to aim for eliminating or minimizing the need for the use of narcotics and prescription drugs during the healing process following oral surgery. Our homeopathic approach is proving to be extremely popular among patients and is resulting in faster healing, minimal pain and swelling, less bruising, and has our patients returning to normal daily function quicker than ever. For more information on our natural healing protocol, visit our website here to discover the improvements in holistic care over time and our proven effective methods used for pain management.


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