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Cold Laser Therapy Specialist

Katharine Christian, DMD -  - Dental Sleep Medicine

Snoring & Sleep Apnea Center

Katharine Christian, DMD

Dental Sleep Medicine located in Belltown, Seattle, WA

If you suffer from temporomandibular disorder (TMJ) pain, Snoring & Sleep Apnea Center in Seattle, Washington, offers a noninvasive and effective pain-management solution. Katharine Christian, DMD, and her expert team provide cold laser therapy to enhance healing naturally and relieve discomfort. Schedule an appointment with Snoring & Sleep Apnea Center by phone or book online today.

Cold Laser Therapy Q & A

What is cold laser therapy?

Cold laser therapy uses low-intensity laser light energy to stimulate healing without discomfort, heat, needles, incisions, or downtime. Snoring & Sleep Apnea Center specialists offer this noninvasive procedure to alleviate TMJ pain. 

Cold laser therapy works by allowing tissues in your body to absorb light, triggering cell regeneration. It results in tissue repair with less inflammation and pain. 

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?

Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are like sliding hinges that connect your jaw to your skull. You have these joints on both sides of your face. TMJ disorders can cause the following symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Tenderness
  • Aching facial pain
  • Discomfort near your ear
  • Problems chewing
  • Pain when chewing
  • Jaw joint locking or popping
  • Clicking sounds in your jaw

If TMJ pain diminishes your quality of life and you want relief, see the Snoring & Sleep Apnea Center team for an evaluation. 

Is cold laser therapy right for me?

To find out if cold laser therapy is the right pain management solution for you, your specialist reviews your medical history and symptoms. They examine your jaw joint and ask you to open and close your mouth. Your specialist might recommend you undergo imaging procedures, such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans. 

What should I expect during the procedure?

During cold laser therapy, you rest in a comfortable chair. Your provider applies a hand-held laser device to your face to emit laser energy into targeted cells. While you feel the device touching your skin, the treatment is painless and might last just a few minutes.

What happens after cold laser therapy?

There’s no downtime associated with cold laser therapy, so you can resume normal activities right away. Your Snoring & Sleep Apnea Center specialist may recommend you undergo multiple laser sessions to achieve the best outcome. Over time you can expect less pain, enhanced healing, and improvements in your jaw’s range of motion.

Additional TMJ treatments include physical therapy exercises, custom-fit oral appliances, corticosteroid or Botox® injections, and medications.

Don’t live with TMJ pain when cold laser therapy is a highly effective, noninvasive treatment. Schedule an appointment with Snoring & Sleep Apnea Center by phone or book online today.