Oral Laser Surgery: Ahhh!


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Veterinary dentistry and oral laser surgery enhances patient comfort and provides better health care. Studies have shown that following CO2 laser surgery patients experience a reduced loss of total protein and a reduced increase in post-surgical neutrophilic inflammation. Additionally, reduced intra-operative cortisol and diminished increase in blood pressure has been noted during CO2 laser surgery further supporting evidence that its use is less painful for the patient. Using a CO2 laser enables a veterinarian to efficiently solve many oral medical and surgical problems that could not be easily performed. Our patients can experience improved healing time and more comfortable surgical recovery. The veterinary oral laser surgeon will experience minimal operative bleeding, thus improving the surgical field visualization. Because CO2 laser light is so efficiently absorbed by water it makes an ideal cutting and coagulating tool that also sterilizes the surgical field, as it is bactericidal. There are numerous other undescribed conditions and procedures that are possible, and not described here. I would strongly encourage my colleagues to explore any and all possibilities where using a CO2 laser will be more beneficial for their patients compared to traditional surgical techniques.

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About the Author

Noel Berger, DVM, MS, DABLS
Dr. Berger graduated in 1988 from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, and also earned the MS degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences in 1989 from Cornell University. Following a residency in pathology, he entered private small animal veterinary practice and since that time he has been a clinician and successful business owner. He was certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery in veterinary surgery, physics and safety in 2000 and provided leadership in the practical use of surgical and therapeutic lasers. He was a charter member of the Veterinary Surgical Laser Society and served as its president in 2002. He is the first author of several peer-reviewed papers in veterinary laser surgery, laboratory diagnostics, and regenerative medicine. He has co-authored several book chapters and published a textbook of small animal laser surgery. He is an internationally recognized speaker, having instructed hundreds of veterinarians and technicians how to use therapeutic and surgical lasers. Dr. Berger delights in teaching the theory and safe techniques required to minimize post-surgical pain and inflammation using lasers.

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March 2019