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Waterlase® Dental Laser -guidelines to minimize risk of CoVid -19 transmission through reduced aerosol production

The Corona Pandemic has presented new challenges to the dental practice and our daily routine of infection control and safety protocols. In addition to the BAG instructions, we have added our own security measures to protect ourselves and everyone who enters our doors. Many of these safety practices have already been in place for years, but limiting the spread of the virus remains important.


A key component of aerosol production is water consumption during dental procedures.

High power lasers are used to perform dental procedures such as caries removal, root canal decontamination, periodontal pocket decontamination and bone and soft tissue surgery.

In order to be able to continuously continue safe dental treatments, we use Biolase dental lasers.

The Waterlase® Er,Chr.YSGG laser uses an air-water spray cooling system which certainly also produces aerosols; but since the Er,Chr:YSGG dental laser uses 80% less water than traditional dental handpieces, which in turn results in 98% less areosol formation compared to traditional handpieces!!


The joint use of water spray and laser makes the work process more precise: pressure pain, vibrations, temperature increase and damage to the tooth surface that is not to be treated specifically do not occur, since the laser treatment is carried out contact-free in non-contact mode.

On the other hand, the Epic X Diode laser, does not have a water-cooling system and is mainly used in soft tissue surgery and decontamination.


We are aware of safety rules and all procedures that can diminish the possibility of contamination during aerosol generation. In accordance with safety standards, we use a surgical aspiration system in all procedures, regardless of the laser application, in order to prevent the the spread of aerosolized particles by air spray and to avoid the risk of contamination.

Our goal has always been and will be to provide excellent dental care in the safest possible environment. We will continue work toward this goal with the added concern of infection control and safety protocols and limiting aerosol generation.

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