Dr. Meyer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ozone Therapy and a certified Prolozone practitioner. Read on below to see how we at Millennium Dental are using this excellent therapeutic agent.
The use of ozone therapy is becoming more popular with holistic practitioners of many stripes, although the general population is still largely unaware of the benefits that can be gained through ozone therapy. Once you understand what ozone therapy is and how it can benefit overall health and wellness, you will see the advantages to using ozone therapy for your treatments. Dentistry is on the cusp (pardon the pun) of greater and more widespread use of ozone.
Our body runs on oxygen. Don’t believe me? Try holding your breath and see how long you can last.
What is Ozone?
Ozone is also known as O3, and it is a gas, which contains three atoms of oxygen. Ozone is a naturally occurring substance in the atmosphere of the earth, and it can also be produced as a man-made gas. Ozone can be found in both the upper and lower atmospheres of the earth, and it can have a higher concentration depending on geographical location and weather patterns.
What is Ozone Therapy?
Ozone therapy is known as an alternative treatment, and the goal with the therapy is to increase the oxygen levels within the body. Because of the extra molecule of oxygen, it is a highly reactive oxidant. When ozone is introduced in the body, the increased oxygen levels are believed to help with many different health conditions. Our cells have protection from the reaction of the extra oxygen with our anti-oxidants. Bugs like viruses, bacteria and others lack this ability to protect themselves against this oxygen. This causes an almost immediate death of these pathogens.
There are several ways the ozone may be introduced to the body. Usually the ozone is combined with liquids or gases, and it enters the body through the veins (intravenously), under the skin (subcutaneously), into a muscle (intramuscular), through injections, through the rectum, or through the ear canal. Another method is autohemotherapy, which is a treatment that involves drawing blood from the patient, exposing the drawn blood to ozone, and then injecting the blood back into the patient again.
There are minimal side effects to ozone therapy. A study completed in 1980 interviewed 644 professionals that used ozone therapy, and the results showed that out of 5 million ozone therapy treatments that were administered, only 40 people experienced side effects from the treatment.
At MDA we use this natural disinfectant and detoxifer to help in a variety of ways. for example:
- Treat Periodontal (gum) disease
- Disinfect cavity preparations prior to filling a tooth
- Disinfect a tooth surface prior to placing a sealant
- Pain Management, where everything looks good on an x-ray but your tooth still hurts (occult pain)
- Nursing sick teeth that have had root canal therapy
- Treating dental implant gum infections.
- Trigger point therapy
- Prolozone therapy of TMJ’s
- Irrigation of surgical sites with ozonated sterile sailen
- Disinfection of denture prosthetics of fungus, yeast, Bacteria and viruses.
- Treatment of herpetic lesions (cold sores/fever blisters)
- Desensitizing sensitive teeth
- And so on….
History of Ozone Therapy
The first time ozone therapy was used in a medical setting was in 1856, and at the time it was used as a disinfectant process for surgical instruments and operating rooms. Over time, ozone was used to sterilize drinking water, because it could help to remove viruses and bacteria from the water so that it was safe to consume. During World War I, ozone was used to treat wounds, because of the disinfecting properties of the ozone.
Doctors now use ozone therapy for a number of health concerns, including arthritis, heart disease, AIDs, cancer, Lyme disease, and Alzheimer’s. The idea is that sick cells have a harder time existing in an environment which is low in oxygen, so increasing the oxygen levels in the body helps to kill the virus, bacteria, or cancer cells.
The preliminary results of research studies show positive effects from ozone therapy:
- Ozone therapy can help to reduce cell inflammation in a number of inflammatory diseases, such as asthma or arthritis.
- A phase 1 research study found that one none of inhaled ozone therapy helped to treat cystic fibrosis and COPD.
- Two studies are in the second phase, looking at how ozone therapy helps to reduce knee and back pain.
A quick search online will bring up a number of other research studies focusing on ozone therapy, showing many positive results. In German medical literature alone, there are 3000+ references to show the safety and effectiveness of using ozone therapy for disease treatment.
Benefits of Ozone Therapy
One of the reasons that professionals like to use ozone therapy is because this therapy is an effective way to help the body detox. Normal, everyday activities cause toxins to accumulate in the body, and ozone therapy can help to remove those toxins. Additionally, ozone therapy helps to promote natural healing to replace damaged cells, it improves the cellular function, and it also kills microorganisms, which cause disease.
To put it simply: ozone therapy is beneficial because it strengthens the natural immune functions within the body. When ozone therapy is used, overall health may improve because the body can fight disease and illness more effectively. It helps to increase oxygen levels in the body, reduces damaged cells, increases the production of white blood cells, stimulates the metabolism functions in the body, and improves the efficiency of red blood cells.
Often, ozone therapy is used in conjunction with other homeopathic treatments, and the treatment plan is usually catered to the individual needs of each patient.