Thanks for checking up on us! Our practice has been keeping busy continuing to broaden our horizons and striving to offer the best possible care. Our new hygienist, Kim Nonaka RDH, is the most recent addition to our team. She and Dr. Okamura have been taking advanced courses to gain certification in laser dental techniques.

Dr. Okamura and Kim have traveled to South Dakota to complete their first laser training course, and Kim will be following up with an April class in Arizona. After completing this course, she will be listed on the Academy of Laser Dentistry website. We’ve put together some details about her certification below so that you can learn more about how this big step could transform your dental care.

Dental Laser Certification: What’s Involved?

This program is a formal demonstration of knowledge and clinical proficiency in laser dentistry. Their educational approach is recognized by dental regulatory agencies. It is designed for dentists who hope to achieve and demonstrate the highest standards of safe and effective laser dental care. This laser dentistry education complies with the Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education, a foundational guide formed in 1992 and updated in 1998. A team of professionals from dental academia, the dental industry, and private practice created this document, and it has been endorsed by over 100 international organizations.

Certification is completed after:

12 hours of lecture with hands-on demonstration
2 examinations, one clinical simulation and one online test

About the Academy of Laser Dentistry

This organization’s membership consists of dental practitioners from across the globe. The Academy is committed to clinical education, research and the development of high standards and appropriate guidelines. The Academy was formed in 1993 with the merge of 3 organizations: the American Academy of Laser Dentistry, the International Academy of Laser Dentistry and the North American Academy of Laser Dentistry.

If you’d like to learn more about laser dentistry, visit the Academy of Laser Dentistry’s patient page or get in touch with the Academy at 1-877-527-3776. Even simpler, reach out to our office to get answers to your questions! We’re always here to help.

Wondering whether your next appointment might involve the use of a dental laser? Learn more about laser dental care right here on our blog.

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Dr. Kim Okamura

I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.