What to Look For in Laser Certification Courses for Dental Hygienists

For many dental hygienists, the question isn’t whether or not to seek dental laser certification — it’s how to find the right training. It makes sense, given the power of the dental laser and the fact that educational requirements for use still vary from state to state. It’s up to the hygienist to both understand his or her respective state’s rules and to find the best training possible. Here’s what to look for in laser certification courses for dental hygienists.

Dental Laser Training and Certification

More and more training courses are being offered for dental lasers, and it’s critical that you opt for classes that meet your state’s education requirements. While many dental laser manufacturers offer basic training relating to how their particular laser operates, certification signifies a much more comprehensive mastery beyond a single machine. Any certification course you consider should offer a focused, hands-on approach to fully educate participants on the appropriate use and applications of laser dentistry.

As you investigate options in your area, take the time to learn whether a course is a nationally approved program provider. It’s also worth checking out the educator’s individual credentials as well.

Start with the State

Finding an appropriate dental laser certification course is best begun by checking in with your state board. Understanding whether your state allows laser dentistry, what types of lasers are permitted and under what conditions, and any training requirements is the best way to narrow your scope of focus. As you begin researching local courses, confirm that they meet state education requirements. Then it’s simply a matter of finding a course that will suit your schedule.

In Nevada, legal use of a dental laser by an RDH or a DDS is permitted after the completion of a certification course that has been approved by the Nevada State Dental Board. Here at Dedicated Dental Hygiene, our courses met laser education requirements in each state for which they’re scheduled, so you can be sure you’re getting the right training. Participants in DDH courses also earn Academy of General Dentistry PACE continuing education credits toward their licensure. In California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, there are no current certification requirements, though training is recommended. In these states, any form of training gives an RDH or DDS the knowledge they need to safely operate a dental laser beyond what’s currently required by law.

What to Expect with a DDH Laser Course

Dedicated Dental Hygiene is a nationally approved PACE program provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Attendees in our group courses can expect lectures and extensive hands-on training to ensure familiarity and proficiency with the dental laser using objects intended to simulate the human mouth. The course is thoughtfully designed to ensure practitioners feel at ease discussing and promoting the use of a dental laser with a patient, as well as using it for a variety of procedures. DDH also offers in-office training to accommodate the unique systems of individual practices. We offer a customized training platform that allows us to create specialized courses for your team.

More Questions?

At DDH, we understand that anyone searching for laser certification courses likely has questions. We’re committed to offering high-quality education for the dental laser, and we’re happy to speak with you directly about our courses, our credentials, and certification in general. For more information, contact us today.