Laser systems can be used in dentistry in two ways:
- act as a scalpel to remove tissue or cut (surgery)
- activate chemicals for bonding and whitening (non-surgery)
However, if laser systems are not used properly, they can cause:
- Serious eye injuries
- Skin burns
It is compulsory for your clinic to ensure that your laser systems are used safely by your staff on your clients especially for the following treatments:
- Tooth decay (cutting, reshaping and activation of bonding agents)
- Gum disease (cutting and tissue vaporisation)
- Biopsy or lesion removal (cutting and tissue vaporisation)
- Teeth whitening (epoxy laser activation)
It is the responsibility of a laser specialist who has the relevant knowledge and skills to carry out the laser hazard analysis as required by the Spanish Royal Decree 486/2010 that recently laid down the minimum requirements for the protection of workers from risks arising from exposure to laser radiation. After the initial analysis, the laser specialist will decide on the appropriate procedures to follow and precautions to use in accordance with standards and guidelines relevant to your laser system(s). If you are unsure about laser safety, ProCareLight can support you in establishing a step by step safety program including the following items.
All those steps will be carried out quickly to ensure your staff and clients are safe and your clinic complies with legislation and relevant standards.