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Photobiomodulation and Acupuncture in Orofacial Pain Management

A Free  Dental CE Webinar  hosted by Dental CE Academy

On Demand Dental CE Webinar recorded January 6, 2022. December 31, 2024

Scroll below for course description and instructions


COURSE FEE:  No charge

CREDITS: This continuing education activity is designated for 1 credit

AGD PACE SUBJECT CODE:  200 Orofacial Pain

MODE: Electronically Mediated | On Demand Webinar | Recorded January 6, 2022. Review December 31, 2024



AUDIENCE: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Assistants

TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED:  Mobile device, laptop or desktop with internet connection | Google Chrome Browser


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More than half all Americans experience pain, with 20-30% of these people suffering from orofacial pain. As therapists we need to manage the pain as well as addressi the etiology in order to bring about the best outcome. Pain medication, OTC and prescribed, is standard treatment protocol which over time has caused widespread drug dependence and abuse. The number of drug overdose deaths has quadrupled since 1999, with over 70% of those deaths involving an opioid. An integrative approach is essential, including PBMT, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chiropractic and osteopathic medicine etc. PBM, or PhotoBioModulation treatment, a therapeutic form of red and infrared light therapy, increases healing efficiency, including reduction of inflammation and faster muscle recovery. Acupuncture, a complimentary pain management modality, stimulates neurological responses including endorphin release and by activating the meridian channel, reversing stagnation (pain) and increasing the flow of vital energy. Meridian mapping techniques, the identification of correlating meridian points and anatomical landmarks, will be discussed.

Dr. Grace Sun is considered an expert in many areas of dentistry, including the application of acupuncture with Photobiomodulation Therapy (also known as low level laser)  as an effective, non-opioid pain management strategy when treating patients with orofacial pain. During this course, Dr. Sun will demonstrate how to treat orofacial pain using Photobiomodulation Therapy a painless no-needle alternative to acupuncture using Red and IR light by activating chi vessels via meridian points on orofacial muscular and jaw systems. Red and IR light can activate chi vessels via meridian points. The three wavelengths discussed will be 660nm 850nm and 940nm, penetrating deep into the tissue, the muscle, the nerves and bone to stimulate mitochondria within each cell, increasing ATP production, resulting in more efficient and pain relieving cellular function. In addition, guest speaker, Dr. Chianni Lin, an oriental medicine doctor and acupuncture specialist, will explain the history and background of acupuncture as Traditional Chinese medicine, and acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body.


  • Understand the significance of exploring alternative approaches to pain management

  • Review integrative approaches, including PBM therapy and acupuncture

  • Learn mapping technique protocols for orofacial pain management with PBM

  • Review the functional mechanisms of PhotoBioModulation

  • Develop an understanding of the functional mechanisms of Acupuncture

  • Learn how to integrate PBM into your patients’ home care program


About the Speaker: 









Dr. Grace Sun is a world-renowned cosmetic dentist and ceramist who has been practicing advanced cosmetic and laser dentistry in her Los Angeles practice since 1983. Dr. Sun’s inter-disciplinary training is far reaching, specializing in cosmetic and laser dentistry, prosthodontics, orthodontics, implant dentistry and dental ceramics. She is an advocate of neuromuscular and myofunctional dentistry encompassing the overall well-being of the patient. An Accredited Fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), Dr. Sun holds many of the highest and most prestigious distinctions in dentistry, including Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry, Mastership with the Academy of Laser Dentistry and she is a Master of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). She is a senior instruction with International Association for Orthodontists (IAO) and, as an early adoptor of laser dentistry, Dr. Sun has published several peer-reviewed articles since 2000 and has held various committee and board positions with both ALD and AACD in recent decades.

DISCLOSURE OF SPEAKER AND FACULTY COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS:  According to Dental CE Academy's Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Policy, faculty and speakers for any course are expected to disclose any economic support, personal interests, or potential bias that may be perceived as creating a conflict related to the material being presented. Disclosure statements are printed in each course description and announced by moderators or individual speakers at the beginning of each presentation. This policy is intended to alert the audience to any potential bias or conflict so that participants may form their own judgments about the material being presented.


CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSUREThis course is sponsored by Oral IQ. The speaker, Dr. Grace Sun, is the Founder of  Oral IQ.  She declares a financial relationship with Oral IQ. For written documentation contact


DENTAL CE ACADEMY DISCLOSURE: The views expressed and opinions and materials presented during these live and recorded presentations represent the personal views and opinions of the individual speaker and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Dental CE Academy.  Dental CE Academy assumes no responsibility for the content of the presentations made by the individual speakers. Any suggested protocols for treatment, materials, or services may be based up on the speakers' own clinican experience and should not be construed as Dental CE Academy recommended or endorsed. Selected presentations may include exploratory research or experimental procedures and are intended for informational purposes that may lead to new interest and scientific breakthroughs in the fields of dentistry.  Dental CE Academy appreciates its educators who share their knowledge and expertise. This level of dedication to dentistry allows our profession to expand and thrive and provokes necessary discussion and understanding. 

Dr. Grace Sun, DDS; Oral IQ
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