course q’s

Q: Does this course provide certification?

Yes, this course covers all elements required for certification in the state in which it is offered.

 

Q:  Does this certification expire?

No, this does not expire.  You will receive a Certificate of Completion to prove your certification and an Attendance Verification for your hours of learning.  However, as clinicians, we ALL need an update from time to time to sharpen our clinical skills and keep up with the emerging science.

 

Q: Does this course meet BODEX standards in my state?

Yes, this organization, Dental Hygiene Integrations, is a board-recognized provider.  We are recognized course providers by and through The Academy of General Dentistry PACE.

 

Q:  Is this a soft tissue course?

Yes, this course covers all soft tissue dental and hygiene procedures.

 

Q: Do I have to bring my own laser?

No, but if you have a laser it is recommended that you bring it to learn with.

 

q: can I sign up with the Refresher Rate?

Participants eligible for the Refresher Rate are those who have had a certification course approved by the state in which they practice, ie Academy of Laser Dentistry, World Clinical Laser Institute, an accredited hygiene school (not an outside vendor), within 5 years of desired event. participants must show proof of current certificate by emailing a scanned pdf to: PRODUCTIVEHYGIENE.DHI@GMAIL.COM

 

state laws

Q: What are the laws in Colorado? non-strict radiation control

Board Rule:
12-35-128 page 22: dental hygienists are authorized to perform soft tissue curettage under indirect supervision

Rule XXIV. Use of Lasers 

(Adopted January 22, 2015, Effective March 30, 2015; Amended April 30, 2015, Effective June 30, 2015; 
Amended April 28, 2016, Effective June 30, 2016; Amended May 3, 2018, Effective July 3, 2018.) 

A. The requirements in this rule do not apply to use of non-adjustable laser units for purposes of diagnosis
and curing.

refers to diagnodent and curing light

B. Only a dentist may use a laser capable of the removal of hard and soft tissue in the treatment of a
dental patient.

All lasers are capable of cutting the soft tissue, only "all tissue" lasers are capable of cutting both hard and soft tissue. This is meant to be, "only a dentist is capable of performing a procedure that cuts hard and soft tissue. This can be confusing, but the rules are further expounded upon and further clarifies below. 

C. Laser use by a dental hygienist can only be performed under the indirect or direct supervision of a
dentist and must be within the dental hygiene scope of practice.

Colorado Hygienists operate under Indirect: meaning Hygienists can use a laser without the Dentist being physically present in the office, so long as the medical history and exam are within the year of (treatment) services rendered. According to the statute referenced above, they are good to intentionally initiate and "curettage". 

D. A licensee who is a laser user or supervises a laser user must first successfully complete training that
covers a minimum of eight (8) hours of laser physics, safety, and appropriate use, to include a hands
on component, prior to utilizing the laser.

The training provided to you by Dental Hygiene Integrations meets/exceeds this standard.


1. Training must be obtained through a course provided or recognized by any of the following
organizations (or a successor organization):  
a. A Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited institution; 
b. The American Dental Association (ADA) Continuing Education Recognition Program
(CERP); 
c. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Program Approval for Continuing Education
(PACE) The training provided to you by Dental Hygiene Integrations meets/exceeds this standard, as we are an AGD Pace credentialed provider; or
d. The American Medical Association (AMA). 
2. A licensee utilizing a laser, other than what is described in section A of this rule, must
maintain evidence of training as required in section D(1) of this rule. Upon request of the
Board, the licensee must submit evidence of such training.

The training provided to you by Dental Hygiene Integrations meets/exceeds this standard, as we provide a Certificate of Completion as well as an Attendance Verification


3. A licensee must also complete live and interactive training that addresses operation of the
specific laser(s) utilized in the practice.

The training provided to you by Dental Hygiene Integrations meets/exceeds this standard FOR DIODE AKA SOFT TISSUE LASERS, as "live" indicates you are physically present in the course and can speak directly (face to face) with the course instuctor/provider; "specific laser(s)" indicates you ARE REQUIRED to obtain training specific to the type of laser you use. As stated and recommended in class, if you go on to utilize an "ALL TISSUE LASER" ie. CO2 Carbon Dioxide Laser or Erbium class lasers ie. Nd: Yag, Er: Ysgg Waterlase, YOU MUST obtain training specific to that laser. The BOARD has the foresight to acknowledge that each laser has variation in depth of penetration, technique, power density, settings, and so on. PLEASE NOTE: your training obtained by dhi covers use of ALL SOFT TISSUE AKA DIODE LASERS, REGARDLESS OF MODEL/BRAND.

 
E. All lasers must be used in accordance with accepted safety guidelines.

SEE  COLORADO RADIATION SAFETY ACT. SAFETY TRAINING included in our coursework WILL EXCEED YOUR MINIMUM STATE STANDARDS


F. When utilizing a laser pursuant to this rule, at a minimum, the following must be documented in the
patient’s record: SEE 1-4.


1.Type of laser, including wavelength; 
2.Settings used (pulse or continuous wave, power setting); 
3.Size of fiber, tip, or aperture of tip; and
4.Procedure performed with details to include hard and/or soft tissue removal.

Q: What are the laser laws in wisconsin?

Ruling 447.06(2)(b)(c,d)(e)

Scope of practice adjunct device to SRP; training necessary with hands-on portion; Must be from a recognized provider “ce entity”; Must maintain satisfactory records completion

Q: What are the laser laws in illinois? strict radiation control

(225 ILCS 25/7.5) (Section scheduled to be repealed on Jan. 1, 2026) Sec. 7.5 Emerging scientific technology and applications. In the interest of public safety, the Board may review emerging scientific technology and applications and, when appropriate use and require the appropriate training needed for this technology by dental hygienists and assistants acting under the supervision of a dentist. “Emerging scientific technology” may include without limitation laser treatments and other treatments and potential treatments that, if used incorrectly, could have an adverse effect on patient health and safety. (source: p.a. 96-617, eff. 8-24-09)

Q: What are the laser laws in ARIZONA? strict radiation control

a dental hygienist shall successfully complete a course of study that meets the following criteria:

Recognized CE provider; Includes didactic instruction with a written examination; Includes hands-on clinical instruction; and Is technology that is scientifically based and supported by studies published in peer reviewed dental journals; Covers minimum laser physics, safety and appropriate use

ARS 12-1281 (D, 2.)

A dentist who supervises a dental hygienist whose duties include the use of emerging scientific technology must have training on the use of the emerging technology that is equal to or greater than the training the dental hygienist is required to obtain

An assistant cannot perform any irreversible procedure; DA covered under the dentists’ direct supervision

Q: What are the laser laws in texas? strict radiation control

a dental hygienist shall successfully complete a course of study that meets the following criteria:

1. 12 hours of in-person cont. ed. In laser utilization specific to the procedures to be performed by the dental hygienist using the laser

2. 3 of the 12 hours must include clinical simulation laser training similar to the procedures to be performed by the dental hygienist

3. Must be provided by an educational course provider recognized by the Board

4. Dental hygienists must maintain documentation of the satisfactory completion of the required continuing education courses

Dental hygienists may use lasers in the practice of dental hygiene under the direct supervision of a dentist, so long as they do not perform any procedure that is irreversible or involves the intentional cutting of soft or hard tissue

Use of lasers by dental hygienists must be in accordance with the minimum standard of care and limited to the dental hygienists scope of practice

A dentist who supervises a dental hygienist in the use of lasers must have laser education and training sufficient to adequately supervise the dh, including but not limited to meeting the continuing education requirements required of the dental hygienist…the delegating dentist is responsible for all dental acts delegated by the dh, including use of lasers.

Q: What are the laser laws in New Mexico? non-strict radiation control

16.5.29.12 Therapeutic Use of Lasers:

the board does not issue permits for the use of lasers by hygienists. lasers by dental hygienists, the committee and board sets forth the following requirements:

  1. a NM dental hygienist may use laser devices that are approved by the FDA under the indirect supervision of a NM licensed dentist;

  2. the rdh must successfully complete an educational program on laser use that is a minimum of 6 hours and includes hands-on clinical simulation training; the course shall comply with current guidelines as outlined in 16.5.1.15 NMAC for continuing education;

  3. a certificate of successful course completion from the dental laser training entity shall be posted in a conspicuous location within the dental facility

  4. all promotion or advertising of dental laser treatment shall comply with current requirements as outlined in supervision of the laser procedure;

  5. dental laser treatment shall not be designated to the dental assistant