Laser therapy is a treatment performed with a low-power laser that emits red and/or infrared wavelengths and does not increase temperature, acting at the cellular level.
The emitted light is absorbed in the tissue and transformed into energy, promoting the restoration of cellular function and tissue repair. It also accelerates the healing process, analgesia and anti-inflammatory action, helping to prevent and improve patients’ quality of life.
When laser therapy is used
Cancer patients undergoing surgical procedures, bone marrow transplantation, chemotherapy, radiotherapy in the head and neck region and the use of some drugs indicated for the prevention of bone loss resulting from antineoplastic treatment or disease can manifest significant complications in the oral cavity.
The main manifestations are:
- Dental and periodontal infections;
- Opportunistic infections with oral candidiasis;
- Xerostomia (dry mouth sensation);
- Change in taste;
- Pain and/or difficulty swallowing;
- Bleeding gums;
- Limitation in opening the mouth;
- Bone necrosis; and
- Mucositis (treatment-induced lesions in the oral cavity, which are very painful and can affect the patient’s ability to eat, hydrate and speak, impairing his general condition).
Laser therapy is used to eliminate or at least alleviate these manifestations and, consequently, improve the patient’s quality of life.
How it is performed
Grupo Oncoclínicas has trained teams and equipment to perform the procedure safely and effectively. The number of laser therapy sessions varies according to the lesions to be treated and the profile of each patient. The treatment is painless, safe and without side effects, as long as it is carried out following the protocols, and the applications have a short duration.