More hands-on learning at ALD

24 04 2009
Lori Anderson, RDH practices with the SIROLaser from Sirona

Lori Anderson, RDH practices with the SIROLaser from Sirona

During the work week, hygienists don’t often have the chance to talk with other dental professionals about the lasers they have in their office. They don’t get to compare ideas and see what other people are doing.

That’s why Lori Anderson, RDH, and the other hygienists from Bridge Dentistry by Design in Oklahoma took advantage of the opportunity to try out a variety of lasers during Friday afternoon’s participation course.

They’ve been using a laser in their practice for about a year, but wanted to learn more and really hone their laser skills.

Jeanne Godett, RDH, guides a hygienist as she works with the GENTLEray 980 from KaVo.

Jeanne Godett, RDH, guides a hygienist as she works with the GENTLEray 980 from KaVo.

The hygienists had two hours to work with the lasers, with offerings from Sirona, Zap Lasers, Biolase, KaVo and other manufacturers on hand. Experienced hygienists and manufacturer representatives talked with attendees about each laser as they practiced their skill on a pig’s jaw. Diodes, Co2s and Er:YAGs were among the lasers provided for the workshop.

Jeanne Godett, RDH, was one of the hygienists on hand to offer the teaching, and said the hands-on workshop is a great way for hygienists to experience different types of lasers and different wavelengths.

“The get to feel it and touch it and feel what it does. They can feel it in their hands,” she said. “There’s no comparison to having it in real life.”

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