Laser therapy can be used, with very few exceptions, on all patients, but one should remember that this form of treatment is no different from any other form of medical treatment. Not all patients react in the same way to laser therapy and one patient may not always react the same way, depending on the condition of the tissue and immune system. Often people ask if there are different lasers for teeth than for hair treatment. Yes they are very different but at the same time very much alike. The laser is basically the same even though the wavelength and the effect for treating hair loss is different than the laser used in dental work.
But let us look at anesthetic injections by way of comparison when we are talking dental side. So patients are thought to need double quantities of anesthetic, while others need very little. In some cases, the effects disappear very quickly, in others they remain for an unusual length of time. Even a patient who normally fit it easy to be fully anaesthetised may suffer when the dentist treats his deep pulpitis – in worse cases it may be that nothing helps.
In general terms, we can expect up to 80 percent of patients to respond positively to laser therapy, both teeth and against hair loss. If a patient does not respond to treatment, bear mind that the degree of success of the treatment is contingent on a number of parameters. A poor result can be due to too small a dosage, too great a dosage, incorrect diagnosis, too few treatment sessions, unsuitable pulse frequency or power density, etc. Remember – the more experienced practitioner, the more success he or she will have with laser therapy.
Experience shows that practitioners use laser therapy not only patients, but on themselves, on relatives and on friends, and maybe even treat complaints outside their own domain. The next step could be that practitioners may even begin treating their patients for non-odontological problems in which case they will appear to their patients as unusually skilled professionals, even if, by definition, they are working outside their normal sphere of business. Experience also shows that many practitioners have too much respect for the new tool in the beginning. Remember that it is only light! Bearing the few contra indications in mind, a great new field is now open up. And this far we have only seen the beginning in different possibilities.