CO2 Dental Laser Training for the RDH

Using the CO2 laser in dental office

These days, finding dental laser training isn’t overly difficult. As the popularity and ubiquity of the dental laser increase, more and more courses can be found. But these are largely focused on the diode laser. What if you need training specifically for the CO2 dental laser? You’re in the right place — in addition to diode laser training, Dedicated Dental offers CO2 laser training for the RDH to ensure you’re prepared for it all.

What Differentiates Diode & CO2 Dental Laser Training?

Anyone with familiarity with dental lasers can likely tell you the different between the diode and the CO2 lasers. CO2 lasers aren’t as common because they’re so large and difficult to transport. Cost is another big differentiator — the CO2 laser is much more expensive than the diode.

Different dental practices will have their own motivations and preferences for choosing one laser over another, but as an RDH, it benefits you to be proficient in the usage of both. And because the laser technique varies considerably from the diode to the CO2 laser, the right training makes all the difference.

As a non-contact gas laser, the CO2 laser doesn’t need to touch the tissue to interact with the molecules. The diode laser is a contact laser, meaning the fiber delivery system must be in contact with the tissue to create an interaction. While both the RDH and DDS will use a dental laser for the same procedure, the technique is specific to the type of laser used.

Wavelength is another differentiator — 810nm to 980nm for diodes, compared to 10,600nm for a CO2 laser — and so a practitioner must be familiar with appropriate settings. A well-rounded dental laser training course should ensure all participants are comfortable with the techniques and settings of both kinds of lasers.

CO2 Dental Laser Training with DDH

If you’re considering pursuing training on the CO2 laser, Dedicated Dental is offering two courses in Austin and Dallas at the beginning of 2021. This CO2 dental laser training course will be co-taught with a dentist to ensure you’re properly trained on techniques and settings for this specific piece of technology. The courses will review:

• The best way to explain laser procedures to your patients
• How to choose settings
• Treatment planning, coding and fee assessment
• An introduction to photo-biomodulation and wound healing
• A clinical hands-on simulation
• Laser operation and maintenance

Please note, attendance is limited to allow for social distancing, and CO2 laser training classes are scheduled for January 23 in Dallas and February 5 in Austin. Register now, and see our current line-up of classes planned in Texas, Nevada, and New Mexico.