Let's Get Laser Focused! Diode Lasers in the Hygiene Department

Lynn Atkinson, RDH


Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am Code: F14 Cost: $20/$35 after Sept. 28 Date: Friday

CE Credits: 2 Hour Lecture | Subject: Laser Dentistry | Recommended for: Dentists, Hygienists | Prerequisite: AM lecture highly recommended. | Participants bring: Loupes

Dental Hygienists have a unique opportunity to incorporate the technology of lasers into their protocols to enhance patient care. Diode lasers are soft tissue lasers and are the most utilized lasers in dentistry, especially in the hygiene department. There are numerous benefits and ways that diode lasers can be used as an adjunct to hygiene procedures for bacterial reduction, decontamination of diseased tissue, biostimulation, and pain relief. Some of the most used Diode laser procedures in the hygiene department are Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR), Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT), hemostasis, and the treatment of oral lesions (aphthous ulcers/herpetic lesions). This course will present common diode laser procedures, techniques used in the hygiene department, and how to incorporate lasers into practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the laser procedures and benefits most used in the hygiene department.
  • Understand basic laser devices and settings.
  • Discuss tips and techniques to get the best results with your patients.
  • Describe strategies for communicating and educating patients about the benefits and use of lasers.

About the Speaker:

Lynn Atkinson, RDH, has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for more than 30 years. Her passion for utilizing technology while delivering the highest quality of patient care keeps her practicing four days a week as the Clinical Hygiene Director for a high-performing, patient-oriented dental practice in Mission Viejo, California. Lynn lectures and provides clinical, hands-on training to dental professionals on successfully incorporating lasers and other adjunctive therapies into their protocols. For the past several years, Lynn has been a speaker at numerous conferences across the nation, speaking on a variety of topics. She lectures locally in addition to her hands-on courses, has authored several published articles and has been a guest speaker on industry audio media platforms, enjoyed nationwide. Lynn is an active member and participant of multiple dental associations and organizations. Lynn is a key opinion leader for several dental manufacturers and companies including Biolase, Biogaia, and EMS. She serves on the Board of Directors at the Academy of Laser Dentistry as Auxiliary Chair, a member of the ALD Speakers Bureau, Education, Conference, and Testing Committees. Lynn is the honored recipient of the ALD 2022 Leon Goldman Clinical Excellence Award. Financial Relationship – Other financial support or material support: lasers & supplies Biolase; speaker, KOL.

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