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Laser Therapy (LANAP)

The LANAP Protocol

The LANAP protocol is a laser-based approach to gum disease using an Nd:YAG free running pulsed laser requiring specific knowledge and skills drawn from the whole of dentistry.

To you, the patient, this means: less pain, less bleeding, less swelling, less tissue removed, less down time and less recovery time; which is decidedly less costly to you and your employer.

We use the LANAP protocol to treat gum disease to: remove only the diseased tissue without removing any of the healthy tissue, maintain the height of the tissue around teeth, minimize pain and discomfort to the patient, get a closure of the periodontal pocket wound and allow healing to take place.

Controlling periodontal disease makes it possible to save and restore otherwise hopeless teeth.

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"Dr Anne,

I wanted to take a few moments to write my thanks for all you have done. As you are well aware, I for the most part, avoided a periodontist if at all possible. Upon learning I had a loose tooth at a regular cleaning appointment, it was very much recommended I see you for help. I guess all the previous suggestions to receive periodontal treatment went in one ear and out the other until I heard “loose tooth."

You and your staff were outstanding in keeping me informed and updated with everything going on with my surgery, treatment and of course needed regular dental maintenance. You said “we’ll keep our fingers crossed” concerning the severity of the “loose tooth” and if it will be saved. Time will tell. The laser technology you used for my procedure certainly was “less painful, less trouble, and less pain” than procedures I had in the past. It’s a pleasure for me to clean my teeth and no longer experience, pain and bleeding.

Since the surgery both are now gone.

Thank you very much,"


-Ed B.

"I am writing this testimonial six weeks after my treatment. I had been suffering from bleeding gums and bad breath problems for over seven years, which gradually turned into mobile teeth. I consulted Dr. Dufour, who diagnosed it as periodontal disease which needed immediate treatment. I am the kind of person who has always been afraid of going to dentists for any treatment whatsoever. I am so sensitive to pain that I can't even think of getting a shot. This was my primal fear and main reason for not going to dentists. I went through a number of counseling sessions with Dr. Dufour and Nora before I realized that prolonging this treatment would just make my case worse and lead to loss of teeth. Dr. Dufour advised laser treatment (as opposed to traditional gum surgery), which is newer technology but more expensive. She told me that laser therapy is less painful and more effective for the patients.
I was treated in two appointments and I was greatly surprised that I did not feel any pain at all (neither during nor after surgery). For a person like me, it was simply unbelievable. I am sure it was due to the skilled hands of Dr. Dufour. At least, by this time, I have no bleeding gums or breath problem.
I would strongly recommend Dr. Dufour as a skillful and experienced periodontist to anyone who has this disease. Don't get caught by the pain fear. If a person like me can't feel it, nobody else on earth can."
-Tauqeer H.
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