Policy on the Use of Lasers for Pediatric Dental Patients


The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes the judicious use of lasers as a beneficial instrument in providing dental restorative and soft tissue procedures for infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs. This policy is intended to support safe and evidence-based use of lasers through a review of the fundamentals, types, diagnostic and clinical applications, benefits, and limitations of laser use in pediatric dentistry.