february, 2022

202211feb8:30 am4:30 pmLaser Training: Pre-Licensing Course This hands-on course is designed for Dentists, Oral Health Therapists, Dental Therapists and Hygienists.8:30 am - 4:30 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my timeADAQ CPD and Training Centre Event Organized By: The Australian Dental Association (Queensland Branch) (ADAQ) Discipline:Aesthetic DentistryFormat:Hands-on,In-Person

Laser Training: Pre-Licensing Course

Event Details

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 Qld and some other jurisdictions. In the coming years, uniform national regulatory legislation is expected to be introduced. The need for formal training in laser safety is a key element so that these devices are used both effectively and safely. 

This course is approved by Radiation Health Queensland (course code ED029). Its content follows the recommendations of AS/NZS4173:2004 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 course includes a lecture and benchtop hands-on components, as well as a written examination. Please see below for a breakdown of the course topics:

  • 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 controls.

Learning Objectives

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. 


Speakers for this event

  • Professor Laurence Walsh

    Professor Laurence Walsh

    BDSc (Hons) (Qld), DDSc (Qld), PhD (Qld), GCEd, FFOP (RCPA), FICD, FADI, FPFA, FIADFE

    Professor Walsh is a specialist in special needs dentistry who holds a personal chair in Dental Science at the University of Queensland. He is a clinically active specialist in special needs dentistry and has a particular clinical interest in medically compromised patients. Laurie has lectured nationally and internationally on issues with the provision of dental care to elderly and frail patients, and has contributed to the development of care protocols based on minimal intervention dentistry. Laurie has served as an infection control consultant to a range of government and private sector organisations.

    BDSc (Hons) (Qld), DDSc (Qld), PhD (Qld), GCEd, FFOP (RCPA), FICD, FADI, FPFA, FIADFE


The Australian Dental Association (Queensland Branch) (ADAQ)The Australian Dental Association (Queensland Branch) (ADAQ) is the professional association for Dentists in Queensland. We represent more than 4000 members across the State. Our advocacy and services aim to promote excellence in the profession through a range of services, including: the provision of Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance, support and advice regarding PI claims, CPD events, dental assistant training, and dental practice advisory advice.[email protected] 22-28 Hamilton Place Bowen Hills Qld 4006


(Friday) 8:30 am - 4:30 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my time

CPD Hours

6 Scientific hours


ADA Member – $770, 1st & 2nd Year Graduate ADA Member – $660, ADA Member Clinical Staff* – $770, Non-Member – $1000, Non-Member Clinical Staff* – $1000

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