Common Questions From Novice Dental Laser Users — Answered!


As a provider of comprehensive dental laser education courses and one-on-one practice consultation, Dedicated Dental Hygiene has fielded a lot of questions from dentists and registered dental hygienists alike. If you’re new to the dental laser, having questions is part of the process. Today, we’re answering some of the most common questions from novice dental laser users.

I know it’s important to use caution with the laser around tooth structure. My question is why isn’t the laser intended for use on gum tissues?

Diode lasers are indeed designed to be used on soft tissues. But because it’s a thermal device, it’s important to avoid exposing too much heat to the root surface. Otherwise, you may inadvertently cause damage to the tooth. To avoid that scenario, the laser tip should always be directed toward the soft tissue wall.

I’m an RDH and I’m debating getting certified on the laser. What are the benefits?

There are a multitude of advantages to dental laser technology, and certified dentists and hygienists are in a position to offer them. From early cavity detection to cosmetic treatments, increased precision to a better patient experience, it’s hard to argue against the benefits of laser dentistry. By getting certified on the laser, you’re establishing yourself as someone in line with the most cutting-edge technology in the industry.

Because individual state dental boards set their own parameters for dental laser training and certification, the spectrum of education is vast. It’s up to individual practitioners to meet the requirements of the state in which they’ll be practicing, and an accredited course is never a mistake. The dental laser is a powerful tool, and anyone using it should be fully trained and proficient on the equipment. A course like those offered here at Dedicated Dental Hygiene will ensure you’re fully prepared to use the dental laser safely and competently.

My dental practice offers the laser, but I’m not certified. How do I get started?

It’s easier than you think. Start by researching your state’s position on laser dentistry and what you need to do for compliance. Many dental laser manufactures offer basic training specific to their individual lasers, but a certification course offers a more comprehensive approach for mastery beyond a single machine. Look for a course in your area that offers a focused, hands-on approach to ensure you’re fully educated on appropriate use and applications of the laser. At Dedicated Dental Hygiene, we offer in-office training to train your office as a team, as well as individual courses. In Texas, we have on-demand training for a smaller, more personalized approach to training without the crowds.

What does a dental laser certification course cost?

Pricing of training courses here at Dedicated Dental Hygiene are dependent on course length, the number of attendees, and location. Special rates are also applicable in some cases. For pricing and more information, contact us now.

Why should our dental practice considering investing in a dental laser?

Patients are increasingly seeking dental practices that offer a non-surgical treatment to periodontal disease. The dental laser is also associated with less noise, reduced pain, and a much less intimidating patient experience — another reason patients are actively looking for practices with this kind of technology.

More Questions? Let Us Know!

Having questions about the dental laser is part of the process, and Dedicated Dental Hygiene is here to help. Feel free to contact us directly if you have questions about our courses or dental lasers in general.