LANAP surgical laser protocol alternative to gum surgery is a less painful, less traumatic way to treat periodontal disease at any stage. The LANAP procedure is about as easy as erasing a blackboard — there's no cutting and no suturing. There's much less discomfort with the LANAP Protocol than with standard surgery -- during and after the procedure. It takes less time than traditional surgery. All it takes is two 2-hour visits to the dentist and two follow up visits. Traditional surgery requires four sessions of about one hour each, with subsequent visits for suture removal and additional check-ups. There's less than 24 hour recovery period, so you won't lose time from work. The LANAP Procedure is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Plavix or aspirin.