Current Office Hours:

Mon, Wed, Thurs 7am-5pm

Tues 7am-7pm

Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)

An alternative to traditional gum surgery.


What is Laser Periodontal Therapy™?

Laser Periodontal Therapy™ is a laser based technique for the treatment of periodontal disease. Fear of periodontal treatment vanishes when patients find out no scalpel or sutures will be used. Patient friendly laser treatment makes it easier for patients to get the treatment they need and continue with the follow-up care that is prescribed.
Our office is one of the first in the area to offer Laser Periodontal Therapy™ for the treatment of gingivitis and/or periodontitis. Following are commonly asked questions about this technology.

How does it work?

First, tartar, associated with inflamed and bleeding gums, is removed form the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic scaler.

Then, a small amount of light energy from a laser is directed through a tiny fiber, which is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This light energy removes a tiny amount of diseased tissue and aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, the body can heal the area naturally.

Does it hurt?

Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, we may numb the area for the patient’s comfort. In this way we can precisely direct the laser for treatment. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and does not last long.

How long does it take?

Initial treatment is focused on removing the tartar. Then, the laser portion of the treatment is performed and normally only takes a short time. Depending on the severity of the patient’s periodontal disease, treatment is typically accomplished in one office visit. The estimated treatment time is reviewed with patients when discussing their treatment plan.

Does this treatment cost more than traditional gum surgery?

Typically we use the same billing codes as traditional gum surgery and the laser treatment is generally no more expensive than traditional surgery. Patients should discuss their payment options with the dental office personnel as we offer financing for this treatment.

What you can expect with LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY (LPT)

Approximately 75% of the population struggles with periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease.  We are excited to provide you with the latest method of treatment.

Dr. Steckbauer’s primary concern is for your comfort and safety. Medications may be prescribed prior to treatment to prevent the possibility of infection,control micro-inflammation, swelling, and encourage healing. We also offer sedation for patients that may be feeling anxious about a dental procedure. Those patients MUST have a driver to transport them to and from our office.

LPT is a relatively painless procedure. Most patients experience little to no discomfort. In fact, you can expect to work the day after surgery.

One of the contributing factors of periodontal disease is trauma from tooth to tooth contact; therefore, in many cases, we will require you to sleep with a night guard. It may also be necessary to make adjustments in the way your teeth fit together.

Periodontal disease is a chronic infection. LPT is an excellent treatment, but it is not a magic wand and a small percentage of the population will not respond to any treatment we currently have available. Our goal is to provide what we feel is the most predictable way to reverse some of the effects of the disease, helping to create a healthy mouth and saving your teeth into the foreseeable future.

Your home care is crucial in the success of the treatment. We will make recommendations regarding home care for each individual. We cannot stress the importance of good daily hygiene habits enough! In addition, we will continue to schedule 3 month maintenance appointments with one of our fantastic dental hygienists.

By continuing this partnership, we will help you treat this serious disease. Our goal is to help you get the best care for your mouth and avoid the many harmful systemic effects that have been linked with gum disease.

For more information please call our office at 920-235-3251 or visit

Our Patients Say:

It is so nice to come into your office…I don’t feel like I am being taken advantage of financially like many other dental offices I have tried in Oshkosh. My options have always been explained to me upfront. I am always able to schedule my appointments around my schedule. Thank you. We believe you are doing an excellent job.

Jodie G., Oshkosh

I continue to come to Glacier Dental for my dental care. The care and consideration I receive from the Glacier staff could not be matched by any dental provider where I currently live.

Rick Mueller, Oshkosh
Justun Hart, Oshkosh

Glacier Dental was helpful and painless! Incredibly kind staff and comfortable treatment!

Maggie Humbert, Oshkosh

I can’t say enough good things about the staff and the quality of care I experienced at Glacier Dental. From assessment to planning to treatment, Glacier easily ranks an 11 on a scale from one to ten! Way to go Glacier! I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.

Truly a positive experience. I wish more establishments treated their customers like they do at Glacier. And I have to say the most gentle cleaning I’ve had.

Tyler Fitzsimmons, Appleton

Best dentist experience I’ve had. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. I felt comfortable and informed the whole time. I’d recommend them to anyone.

Curtis Peck, Neenah

I moved to Princeton but I still come to Glacier Dental because the staff is very friendly. I had some concerns about a dental procedure done by somebody else and only Dr. Steckbauer took the time to call me and listen to my concerns and help put me at ease.

Elizabeth W.

I used to be one of the many who dreaded going to the dentist – now I actually look forward to my visits. Within minutes of walking through the door of Glacier Dental, you will be made to feel a part of the Glacier Dental family. They will do everything they can to provide you with the best care and comfort possible. I would highly recommend Glacier Dental to anyone looking for a incredibly positive dental experience.

Michelle L., Oshkosh

Great staff, great place. Had a wonderful appointment, Dr. Steckbauer was not only caring but also very willing to explain anything I had questions about. The assistant was also fantastic she put me at ease and is knowledgeable about the procedure.

Daniel W., Oshkosh

Polite, prompt, courteous and knowledgeable. I truly believe that I am receiving the best treatment possible by professionals that keep updated with the most appropriate current dental techniques.

Luther B., Oshkosh