What is Laser Photobiomodulation?

Laser photobiomodulation, or low-level laser therapy (LLLT), involves the application of specific wavelengths of light to particular tissues. These light photons interact with cells, triggering improved cellular energy production, enhanced blood circulation, and reduced pain and inflammation. This process accelerates the body's natural healing mechanisms while relieving discomfort.

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How does it work?

During a laser photobiomodulation session, a handheld device delivers precise wavelengths of light to the affected regions of your face, jaw, or neck. This therapy is painless and non-invasive, with most patients finding it comfortable and soothing. The light energy is absorbed by cells, resulting in enhanced cellular function, reduced inflammation, and pain mitigation.

What are the benefits of laser photobiomodulation?

Pain alleviation

Laser photobiomodulation effectively relieves orofacial pain issues like TMJ disorders, headaches, and muscle tension.

Inflammation reduction

The therapy minimizes inflammation in muscles, joints, and tissues, contributing to improved comfort and functionality.

Accelerated healing

Laser photobiomodulation expedites the body's natural healing processes by stimulating cellular activity.


Laser therapy is a non-surgical option that doesn't require medications.

Minimal side effects

The treatment is generally well-tolerated and has minimal side effects.

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Your custom treatment plan

Before starting laser photobiomodulation therapy, you'll undergo a thorough consultation and evaluation with our experienced team. This assessment lets us understand your unique symptoms, medical history, and treatment goals. Based on this information, we'll design a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

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The treatment experience

During a laser photobiomodulation session, you'll relax while a handheld device administers the targeted wavelengths of light. The procedure is painless; each session typically lasts 2-3 minutes but can be 15-20 minutes for patients in significant pain or for patients who are experiencing locking. It should be noted that for patients with severe pain and locking, LLLT is not sufficient as a stand alone treatment—20 to 30 minutes. Many patients experience immediate relief, although some may require multiple sessions to achieve the most significant improvement. 

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What is the recovery time?

After undergoing laser photobiomodulation therapy at the San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea, you can anticipate a comfortable and straightforward post-treatment experience. This non-invasive procedure generally involves no downtime, allowing you to resume your daily activities immediately.

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Relief from orofacial pain with laser photobiomodulation

Many patients experience immediate comfort and a reduction in pain following a laser photobiomodulation session. Therapeutic light energy triggers enhanced cellular activity and reduced inflammation, relieving orofacial pain symptoms. While some individuals notice immediate benefits, it's important to note that the full effects of laser photobiomodulation develop with time. Over the days following your treatment, you may notice a gradual reduction in pain and improved functionality as your body's natural healing mechanisms are activated.

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How many sessions will I need?

The number of laser photobiomodulation sessions you'll require depends on the severity of your condition and your response to treatment. For many patients, sessions are recommended to achieve optimal and sustained results. At the San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea, our experts will tailor a treatment plan to match your condition to ensure you receive the most effective care. Laser photobiomodulation offers a convenient and comfortable treatment experience with minimal disruption to your daily routine. If you're considering this innovative therapy for orofacial pain relief, reach out to us to schedule a consultation. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through the process, answer your questions, and provide comprehensive care to help you regain your comfort and well-being.

Why choose us?

At the San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea, our experienced team is dedicated to delivering comprehensive and patient-centric care. Dr. Amin Samadian and his team specialize in orofacial pain management and are committed to tailoring effective solutions to your needs. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and advanced treatment techniques, including laser photobiomodulation, we uphold our patients' highest standard of care. Contact us today to arrange a consultation and learn more about how we can help you achieve lasting pain relief and an improved quality of life.

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