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Laser training for dental practitioners

Practical advice on the use of laser technologies

To make an informed decision about how lasers can enhance their clinical practice, dental practitioners need to gain an appreciation of where lasers can be used, what advantages they offer, what their limitations are and how the technology can be handled safely.

Course overview

Dental practitioners can use lasers to augment or replace traditional instruments in a range of clinical procedures. While low power lasers used in diagnostic aids are not regulated under radiation safety legislation, higher power lasers (Class 4) used in restorative dentistry, bleaching and minor oral surgery are regulated in Queensland and some other jurisdictions and will be in all areas of Australia under forthcoming uniform national legislation expected to be introduced in the coming years.

The need for formal training in laser safety is a key element so that these devices are used both effectively and safely. This course follows the recommendations of AS/NZS 4173:2004 in terms of training requirements for dental clinicians. The course assumes no prior knowledge of laser physics and is designed specifically for the new laser user and for those wanting to understand how the technology is used in practice and how different laser types interact with tissues in unique ways.


  • The generation of laser light and its unique properties
  • Laser delivery systems, including their optics and performance
  • Modes of operation of lasers and how these are selected for different clinical applications
  • Interactions of laser radiation with soft and hard tissues
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Caries removal, laser etching and laser-induced analgesia
  • Methods of laser enhanced bleaching
  • Low level laser therapy and laser disinfection
  • Hazards of surgical lasers used in dentistry
  • Laser safety considerations including hazard area assessment, selection of eyewear, in office protocols and checklists and administrative control
Course Structure: Lectures and hands-on demonstrations
CPD hours: 6
Course fees:


Registration:  If you wish to register your interest for this course and be placed on the waitlist, please complete the submission form here.


Professor Laurie Walsh with Dr David Cox

Together Professor Laurie Walsh and Dr David Cox have trained dentists, dental specialists, oral health therapists, dental hygienists and dental therapists across all areas of Australia and New Zealand, as well as in South East Asia and Europe in the safe and effective uses of lasers in dental practice.

Laurie is a leading international authority in the use of lasers in dentistry. He has used multiple lasers in his specialist clinical practice in special needs dentistry for over 25 years, and developed a number of innovative clinical methods for their use. Laurie has published extensively in the field of laser applications in hard and soft tissues in dentistry, and he holds patents in several laser-based technologies. He has been presenting laser training courses since 1992, and is an accredited trainer for medical staff and operating theatre technicians. His training courses are recognised by several bodies including Radiation Health Qld, the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Australian College of Nursing.

David has over 20 years’ experience with using multiple lasers in his large general dental practices based in Brisbane and in rural Queensland. He has extensive experience as a clinical trainer in laser use. He also tutors in sedation dentistry. David has lectured both nationally and internationally on lasers in dentistry and was the founding president of the Australian Association for Laser Dentistry.