We have studied silicon incorporation in GaAs subsequent to Nd-YAG laser irradiation through high pressure silane atmospheres. The process involves SiH4 pyrolysis at contact with a laser-melted GaAs surface, and incorporation of the released Si atoms in the melt. SIMS analyses have allowed us to study silicon incorporation as a function of SiH4 pressure, laser energy density and number of laser shots. The high sheet resistance of the doped layers indicates that the silicon atoms are poorly electrically activated. A compensation mechanism is discussed based on oxygen penetration from native GaAs oxide layers.