Lanap Specialist

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Stockton, CA


Nearly half of all American adults over 30 have gum disease. It’s a serious condition that causes gum recession and tooth loss, and treatment is essential to protect your oral health. If you’re diagnosed with gum disease, it’s time to learn more about the benefits of PerioLase® Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP). At Image Dental in Stockton, California, Stephen Nozaki, DDS, MPH, DIDIA, and his team specialize in this minimally invasive laser treatment to eliminate disease and restore oral health. Use the booking tool online or reach out to the practice by phone to learn more.

What is LANAP?

LANAP is an acronym for “laser-assisted new attachment procedure.” It’s a revolutionary dental treatment that addresses the major symptoms of gum disease to restore better oral health.

Gum disease is the most common oral disease in the United States. If left untreated, it can cause gum recession, bone loss, and eventually, tooth loss. The good news is that LANAP can stop and even reverse the damage done by gum disease.

Dr. Nozaki and the team use the PerioLase® LANAP system to treat gum disease. It’s a minimally invasive laser treatment that eliminates infection and stimulates healthy cell regeneration in both gum tissue and bone.

What are the benefits of LANAP?

LANAP is a popular treatment option for gum disease because it’s minimally invasive and effective. Unlike gum grafting surgery and other invasive treatments, it requires no incisions or stitches.

Instead, Dr. Nozaki uses laser light to clear away infection and stimulate your body’s ability to heal itself. After treatment, your body begins to produce more gum and bone tissue to reverse symptoms of gum disease.

Compared to traditional surgery, LANAP offers:

  • Less bleeding
  • Less gum loss
  • Less pain
  • Less swelling
  • Faster recovery
  • Tissue regeneration

Because LANAP is less invasive than other procedures, it reduces your risk of post-operative pain and also requires less recovery time. In fact, most patients recover in about 24 hours and return to their usual activities right away.

Is LANAP treatment right for me?

If you have gum disease, Dr. Nozaki and the team may recommend PerioLase LANAP. It’s a great option for people with moderate to severe gum disease, particularly if they are fearful of scalpel surgery.

If you choose PerioLase LANAP treatment, the team performs the procedure in the Image Dental office. Only local anesthesia is required.

Dr. Nozaki guides a tiny laser fiber into the space between each tooth and gum tissue. Therapeutic laser energy rids the area of infection without cutting into your gums. Then, the team cleans the tooth and seals off the area to heal.

The team typically treats one half of the mouth at a time, so you may need multiple sessions to complete treatment.

Gum disease can cause serious damage, but LANAP can restore better oral health. Schedule your LANAP consultation at Image Dental online, or call the office today.