One of my favorite experiences with the laser was when we had a teenage patient come in with post-orthodontic decay on his anterior teeth. At first, he was understandably nervous, but shortly after I began the treatment with the laser he saw how easy the procedure was. Not only did we complete all four restorations in just one visit, but there was no need to use any local anesthetic. He was so happy that his mom mentioned that he “wasn’t even this happy getting his braces off!”
Another benefit of the laser is the lack of equipment vibrations. We have a lot of patients who either have special needs or sensory issues. The standard equipment can often be overwhelming for these patients and cause sensory overload. Being able to use equipment that is gentle allows us to perform dental procedures without concern over these sensitivities and vastly improves patient comfort.
Implementing dental laser technology into my practice has been very rewarding. When patients first hear that we will be using a laser, they get nervous, but once the procedure begins they visibly relax. I have even had patients giggle during the procedure because they are so surprised by how easy it is. The laser only feels like water on their teeth, which is a familiar one, allowing them to quickly feel comfortable. Seeing the increase in patient comfort has been immensely satisfying, and sets both our patients and their parents at ease.
In the future, I would love to see the lasers make an impact on resin infiltration in addition to the treatment of hypoplastic teeth. In the meantime, I will focus on how they have impacted my practice, by not only increasing the number of procedures I can perform but simplifying procedures and making my patient’s experience quicker and easier. I would recommend adopting BIOLASE dental lasers to any practicing dentist who wants to improve their patient experience, recovery times and overall quality of care. Beyond that, I would recommend finding a Waterlase Dentist to any mother who wants the easiest and most enjoyable dental experience for her child.