The laser procedure is usually performed using only a topical (gel) anesthetic, although some patients may request local anesthetic. There is no bleeding and minimal discomfort during and after the use of the laser. If needed, ibuprofen can be used for minor discomfort. To improve the healing process, we recommend the use of a special antimicrobial mouth rinse or salt water rinse several times a day for the first few days following the procedure. It is also important to avoid hot, spicy foods for the first week because they may irritate the treated areas.