Do you have a Soft-Tissue Diode Laser in your practice but are not utilizing it?
At rdhu, we believe in One Laser Per Op. This is the key to implementing a successful laser program into your practice. If you have to share one laser between multiple dental hygienists, chances are you aren't running a successful laser program in your practice.
Here is the thing. If you have one laser in your practice that no one is using, first things first, get one dental hygienist trained/certified on using the Soft-Tissue Diode Laser. Then go back to your practice, dust off that laser, calibrate it and set it up in that dental hygienist's op. Get the laser program running successfully and then add another laser to the next op.
Sharing a laser is like sharing an ultrasonic unit. It just doesn't work and can't happen. Utilizing the diode laser to its fullest extent would mean that you use it so much so, that you can't bare to have it leave your op!
If you don't have a laser in your practice and have never been trained, I encourage you to add this skillset and this essential technology to your armamentarium. Join us at rdhu and take part in both the lecture and didactical training that is required in order to implement lasers into our practice. We also cover what the ROI (Return on Investment) is for the laser, and have recently added a template that we will send you back to your practice with to help you prepare a case presentation on why you would think it is important to get a laser in your practice.
We currently offer laser training in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Click here to see upcoming training dates!
In Ontario, we offer a laser training course every month at rdhu. These fill up quickly. We also offer a special customized day for your team at rdhu (or in your practice), where it is just your hygiene team or the entire team may attend as well. When the dental hygienists are going through the didactical training, the other members of the team are reviewing the marketing and planning strategies.
When practices are hiring new talent and have a diode laser, many assume that all dental hygienists can utilize the laser and are disappointed and in a panic looking for training ASAP. While others are aware of this and will only hire dental hygienists who have gone through the training or certification.
Add this skillset and training to your arsenal. Go back and utilize the technology that is in your practice, or feel prepared and confident to go back to your office with all the reasons why you are excited to offer lasers into your practice. You got this!
Depending on the guidelines of the province/state you are practicing in, here are some of the reasons why you should implement lasers into your practice:
1. Stand out from the crowd (as a dental hygienist). This is a great tool to add to your CV or resume.
2. Stand out from the crowd (as a dental practice). People talk and share experiences.
3. Provide exceptional, leading edge technology for your patients.
4. Elevate your Non-Surgical Periodontal Program.
5. Help those who suffer from painful herpetic lesions and potentially prevent them from returning.
6. Desensitize and expedite the healing of apthous ulcers.
7. Add lasers to your whitening program.
8. Disinfect an area prior to debridement to help reduce aerosols and the occurrence of bacteremia.
9. Target pathogenic bacteria with a minimally invasive approach.
10. Help reduce sensitivity prior to debridement enhancing patient comfort.
The Soft-Tissue Diode Laser is a tool that once you implement, you will be reaching for it several times all day.
Thank you for your support and for reading!
Have a great week!
Kathleen Bokrossy, RDH ~ President