Frequently Asked Questions

What is Photobiomodulation?

Photobiomodulation (“PBM”) Therapy is also known as Low Level Light/Laser Therapy, Cold Laser Therapy, or Photostimulation. The North American Association of Laser Therapy’s (“NAALT”) definition of PBM Therapy, “is the use of light therapy that utilizes non-ionizing forms of light sources, including Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (“LASERS”), Light Emitting Diodes (“LEDs”), and broad-band light, in the visible and infrared spectrum.”

It is a non-thermal process involving the absorption of light energy to elicit photophysical and photochemical events within the body.

What proof is there that Photobiomodulation works?

The effectiveness of PBM Therapy has been verified in thousands of clinical trials and lab studies, and published in many leading peer-reviewed medical journals. Based on the literature, PBM Therapy is a proven, safe, drug-free solution that can improve patient outcomes in a variety of rehabilitation applications. To access white papers on the subject go to: /~medxheal/wound-healing-white-papers/

What are the therapeutic outcomes of Photobiomodulation?

PBM Therapy results in beneficial therapeutic outcomes including, but not limited to, the alleviation of pain or inflammation, immunomodulation, tissue regeneration and promotion of wound healing. It stimulates the body’s natural repair response (ATP) to enhance soft tissue and osteoblasts for bone tissue. PBM also has been shown to decrease pain, swelling and inflammation, alleviate muscle spasms, and protect tissue that has been injured or degenerating. Healthcare professionals such as dentists, physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists, athletic and massage therapists, are better able to deliver positive results for their patients.

Can Photobiomodulation Therapy help reduce the need for prescription drugs and opioids for pain management?

There is strong evidence that PBM Therapy provides effective pain relief, both in therapeutic rehab and dental applications, dramatically reducing if not eliminating the need for prescription drugs or opioids. During teeth extractions and other dental procedures, for example, PBM Therapy has proven to be a highly effective pain manager. It has also been seen to help dramatically reduce related pain in dry socket, dental infection, soft tissue lesions, anesthetics, nausea and gagging, orthodontics, dental emergencies, and root sensitivity.

PBM Therapy has also shown to be effective for chiropractic, physiotherapy and athletic therapy uses, such as treatment for tendonitis, arthritis, inflammation, muscle fatigue, injuries and chronic pain.

What are MedX’s Dental Photomodulation devices and accessories?

MedX OraLaseTM
MedX OraLaseTM is an ergonomically designed, portable, 200 mW near infrared (808 nm) laser. The Class IIIb low-level laser device has pre-set dose selection in continuous mode for ease of use. Two autoclavable fiber optic light guides are included; one longer, curved for intraoral applications, and a shorter, straight light guide for extraoral use. The rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery lasts all day. Two pairs of laser safety goggles are provided. The unit comes in a practical carrying case for ease of transport.
The MedX Treatment Manual and laminated Quick Reference are also included.

The MedXHOME has a small console and can be easily programmed up to five different treatment protocols. The 1000 mW super luminous diode (SLD) cluster, combines visible red (633nm) and infrared (870 nm) diodes to deliver an even distribution of energy. This allows for larger area treatment to alleviate pain and inflammation, decrease muscle spasms and accelerate healing. The unit comes in a practical carrying case for ease of travel.

MedX Dental PBM Console System
MedX Dental Console has three ports and includes a tethered version of the OralaseTM, a 200mW near infrared laser, and two SLD clusters which combine visible red and infrared energy. The larger console has pre-set protocols, or can easily be programmed to select the desired dose in either continuous or pulsed mode. Two pairs of laser safety goggles are provided.

The MedX Treatment Manual and laminated Quick Reference are also included.

What are MedX’s Rehab Photobiomodulation devices and accessories?

MedX Rehab Console
The compact MedX Console has three accessory ports to provide the flexibility to use either laser or SLD combinations in continuous or pulsed mode. The console also offers the flexibility of using 3 SLD clusters. Built-in guidelines prompt you through the selection of protocols, then automatically calculate and display dosage and treatment times. Alternatively, treatment protocols can also be quickly programmed in manual mode, allowing for easy set-up.

Once activated, the console displays the time and energy delivered for each port separately, and automatically turns itself off once treatment is completed. For each patient you can treat up to three sites at the same time.
MedX console powers and controls a 450 mW Rehab Handheld Infrared Laser and 2 hands-free 1000mW visible red and infrared SLD clusters. Alternatively, three SLD clusters can be used in the console when the laser has been removed. One benefit of the laser is a more directed, deeper penetration of energy, while the SLD clusters provide more even distribution of photon energy and positive systemic effects.

MedX Console Accessories
Rehab Handheld Laser
The MedX handheld laser is an ergonomically designed accessory that is powered by the MedX Console. The Class IIIb laser provides 450 mW of power with 3 GaAlAs laser diodes and a visible guide light.

The hand-held laser is programmed through the console. This allows the faster, deeper penetrating laser to be activated and reactivated to treat multiple locations, while the SLD clusters are delivering the programmed dose for a more effective treatment protocol.

SLD Cluster
The larger area SLD cluster provides a combination of predominantly infrared (870 nm) with visible red (633nm) energy. The SLD cluster covers a large surface area of 2.56 cm², or approximately 2 square inches. The broader area and even distribution of photon energy increases local circulation and lymphatics as well as promotes greater systemic effects.

The two SLD clusters can be attached with Velcro straps for hands-free application, allowing unattended treatment. Alternatively, the clinician can utilize the laser simultaneously. Once treatment has been completed the clusters emit an audible sound and automatically turn off.

MedX Rehab Portable Laser
The MedX Rehab Portable Laser provides a total power of 450 mW of infrared energy that utilizes three 150 mW, 808nm GaAlAs laser diodes, plus a visible blue guide LED. Automatic, timed cycles with audible feedback of energy delivered, make treatments simple and effective. The rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery lasts all day, making it ideal for in-clinic or off-site treatments.

MedX’s rugged, light-weight, convenient yet powerful device allows you the freedom to administer treatment quickly and easily anywhere. Scientific evidence supports early treatment that can significantly improve treatment outcomes.

Two pairs of laser safety goggles are provided, and includes a carrying case and the MedX Rehab Treatment Manual.

MedX Rehab Treatment Manual
The MedX Treatment Manual illustrates comprehensive protocols for a wide range of medical and rehabilitation conditions. This enables the healthcare professional to seamlessly incorporate the MedX Rehabilitation devices into their practice to more effectively treat patients.

MedX HOME unit
The light-weight and user-friendly MedX HOME console has pre-programmed protocols, and can have up to five different treatment protocols programmed manually. The console powers and controls the same 1000 mW SLD Cluster as the professional rehab console unit. The SLD clusters combine near infrared (870nm) and red visible (633nm) superluminous diodes. The MedXHOME unit can offer additional treatment flexibility in the clinic, or can be rented or sold to patients for an at-home treatment choice. The unit comes in a practical carrying case with supporting educational documentation.

The MedX HOME can provide an alternative treatment option for patients who have difficulty coming in for consistent treatment, or travel great distances. Protocols can be programmed by the healthcare professional and self-administered by the patient in the convenience of their own home. There is an additional feature that allows the health care professional to set the number of treatment days the device will function, thereby ensuring the patient and device return to the clinic for follow-up.

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