Expand your knowledge of lasers in dentistry!

Over the last 40 years, lasers have become an important tool in both dentistry and medicine. The most frequently mentioned advantages of using dental lasers include improved healing, precision in surgery, and a generally bloodless field. The FDA has cleared several different laser wavelengths for use in dentistry. It is imperative that the surgeon understand how to choose the appropriate parameters (i.e., wavelength, power, time, and beam spot size) to achieve the desired results with minimum collateral damage to the tissue.

The laser dentistry continuing education courses listed below help train dentists, oral surgeons, and other related medical professionals about the most popular dental laser wavelengths, physics of laser surgery, means of controlling a laser effect on tissue, and techniques of dental laser use.

SOME COURSES HAVE BEEN CANCELED
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. See Below.

ALSC Endorsed Laser Dentistry Courses*

Filter Courses: Laser Frenectomy / TOTS Laser Dentistry Proficiency Training Show All

Course & Instructor(s)OrganizerLocationDate(s)
Functional Approach to Sleep, Breathing and Laser Frenuloplasty CANCELED
Soroush Zaghi, MD; Sandra Valcu-Pinkerton, RDHAP; Chelsea Pinto, DDS; Leyli Norouz-Knutsen; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
The Breathe InstituteLos Angeles, CA, USAApr 3-5, 2020
Live Frenectomy Laser Course CANCELED
Diana Batoon, DMD
Momentum DentistryScottsdale, AZ, USAApr 17, 2020
TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 19-20
Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC
Chrysalis OrofacialWashington, DC, USAApr 17-18, 2020
Functional Approach to Sleep, Breathing and Laser Frenuloplasty CANCELED
Soroush Zaghi, MD; Leyli Norouz-Knutsen; Sandra Valcu-Pinkerton, RDHAP, COM; and Tad Morgan, DDS
The Breathe InstituteDallas, TX, USAApr 18-19, 2020
Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry for the Pediatric Population RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 21-22
Athanasios Zavras, DDS, MS, DrMedSc; Martin Kaplan, DMD; Melissa Mugno, OMT; Cathy Watson-Genna, BSc, IBCLC; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
Boston UniversityBoston, MA, USAApr 24-25, 2020
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies with Live Surgery Demonstrations RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 28-29
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Tara Erson, DMD; Melissa Mugno, OMT; Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC; Piya Gandhi, DDS; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
American Laser Study ClubLas Vegas, NV, USAMay 1-2, 2020
TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training
Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC
Chrysalis OrofacialChapel Hill, NC, USAMay 15-16, 2020
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 21-22
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
American Laser Study ClubCalgary, AB, CANMay 8-9, 2020
Functional Approach to Sleep, Breathing and Laser Frenuloplasty CANCELED
Soroush Zaghi, MD; Sandra Valcu-Pinkerton, RDHAP; Chelsea Pinto, DDS; Leyli Norouz-Knutsen; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
The Breathe InstituteLos Angeles, CA, USAMay 22-24, 2020
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies with Live Surgery Demonstrations
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Maxim Sulla, DDS; Lisa Paladino, MS, RN, CNM, IBCLC; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
Dental Studies Institute of New JerseyFairfield, NJ, USAMay 29-30, 2020
TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training
Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC
Chrysalis OrofacialWashington, DC, USAJun 19-20, 2020
Plot the TOT: A Collaborative Map to Optimal Outcomes
Ann Bynum, DDS and Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC
Chrysalis OrofacialGreenville, SC, USAJun 26-27, 2020
TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training
Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC
Chrysalis OrofacialSan Antonio, TX, USAJul 11-12, 2020
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Molly Gunsaulis, DDS; Melissa Mugno, OMT; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
American Laser Study ClubSpokane, WA, USAJul 17-18, 2020
TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training
Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC
Chrysalis OrofacialPhoenix, AZ, USAJul 24-25, 2020
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies
Martin Kaplan, DMD; and Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC
Southern Maryland Dental SocietyCollege Park, MD, USAAug 1-2, 2020
TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training
Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC
Chrysalis OrofacialChicago, IL, USAAug 7-8, 2020
Treating Pediatric Tongue and Lip Ties with Lasers: A Hands-On Experience
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Annette Skowronski, DDS; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
University of Detroit Mercy DentalDetroit, MI, USAAug 7-8, 2020
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies with Live Surgery Demonstrations
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Yanitza Feliciano, DMD; Lizbeth Holguin, DDS; Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC; Melissa Mugno, OMT; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
American Laser Study ClubEl Paso, TX, USAAug14-15, 2020
Functional Approach to Sleep, Breathing and Laser Frenuloplasty
Soroush Zaghi, MD; Sandra Valcu-Pinkerton, RDHAP; Chelsea Pinto, DDS; Leyli Norouz-Knutsen; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
The Breathe InstituteLos Angeles, CA, USAAug 14-16, 2020
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
American Laser Study ClubCalgary, AB, CANAug 21-22, 2020
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies with Live Surgery Demonstrations
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Tara Erson, DMD; Melissa Mugno, OMT; Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC; Piya Gandhi, DDS; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
American Laser Study ClubLas Vegas, NV, USAAug 28-29, 2020
TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training
Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC
Chrysalis OrofacialNew Orleans, LA, USAAug 28-29, 2020
Plot the TOT: A Collaborative Map to Optimal Outcomes
Ann Bynum, DDS and Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®, IBCLC
Chrysalis OrofacialGreenville, SC, USASep 25-26, 2020
Dental Lasers: Basic Competency Hands-On Workshop for Dentists
Annette Skowronski, DDS
University of Detroit Mercy DentalDetroit, MI, USAOct 9, 2020
Functional Approach to Sleep, Breathing and Laser Frenuloplasty
Soroush Zaghi, MD; Sandra Valcu-Pinkerton, RDHAP; Chelsea Pinto, DDS; Leyli Norouz-Knutsen; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
The Breathe InstituteLos Angeles, CA, USAOct 9-11, 2020
Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry for the Pediatric Population
Athanasios Zavras, DDS, MS, DrMedSc; Martin Kaplan, DMD; Cathy Watson-Genna, BSc, IBCLC; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
Boston UniversityBoston, MA, USANov 21-22, 2020
Functional Approach to Sleep, Breathing and Laser Frenuloplasty
Soroush Zaghi, MD; Sandra Valcu-Pinkerton, RDHAP; Chelsea Pinto, DDS; Leyli Norouz-Knutsen; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
The Breathe InstituteClifton, NJ, USADec 11-13, 2020

ALSC Endorsed Advanced Live Patient Courses*

Prerequisite: must have previously attended at least one ALSC endorsed course or equivlent.

Course & Instructor(s)ProviderLocationDate(s)
Advanced Live Patient Course
Richard Baxter, DMD, MS
Alabama Tongue-Tie CenterPelham, AL, USAApr 3, 2020;
Apr 17, 2020 (FULL);
May 15, 2020 (FULL);
Jun 12, 2020;
Jul 24, 2020;
Aug 14, 2020;
Sep 18, 2020;
Oct 16, 2020;
Nov 13, 2020;
Dec 4, 2020

*Disclaimer: The American Laser Study Club (ALSC) does not engage in the practice of medicine, endorse any particular commercial products, doctors, surgeons, medications, treatment, or techniques. The clinical opinions expressed in these courses do not necessarily represent the position of the ALSC. The laser physics content of the ALSC’s introductory courses utilizes laser-tissue interaction science curriculum developed by the ALSC. All courses are for educational purposes only and do not replace appropriate clinical training. If you should have any questions or concerns about these courses, please contact the organizing party as indicated.

Great course! Enjoyed it immensely. Speakers were great. Program was organized well.

Ashley Swan, DMD
Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry
Bend, OR, US

The program was very informative and I am taking away much more knowledge than in previous courses.

Nathalie Phaeton, DDS
Oasis Pediatric Dental Care and Orthodontics
Falls Church, VA, US

Great program, walked away very comfortable with everything I learned.

Rassa Abdoll, DDS
Center for Pediatric Dentistry
Gilbert, AZ, US

Dental Laser Proficiency Curriculum

The ALSC’s curriculum overcomes the known limitations of many laser dentistry courses and includes the detailed physics of soft tissue ablation and coagulation with laser and hot tip (non-laser) devices. ALSC will provide lecture notes handouts, ALSC online laser-tissue interaction knowledge exam, and an option for online laser safety training and examination through the Laser Institute of America.

Laser Dentistry Training Topics Include:

  • Training for Dental Laser Procedures and Specialties: Non-surgical, surgical and regenerative, periodontal therapy, surgical and restorative implantology, fixed and removable prosthetics, oral medicine, oral surgery, oral pathology, pediatrics, endodontics, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, practice management, marketing, and more.
  • Ankyloglossia and Sleep Apnea: Diagnosis, treatment, understanding of infant feeding physiology, and being able to perform tongue- and lip-tie releases (frenectomy) on patients of all ages.
  • Laser Physics: Depending on the laser’s wavelength, the laser can have a variety of effects on different tissue types and chromophores. Find out how various wavelengths can be applied in the oral cavity.
  • Dental Laser Types and Wavelengths: Surgical Lasers, Photobiomodulation (previously called low level light / laser therapy), Diode (660 – 1,064 nm), Nd:YAG (1,064 nm), Er:YSGG (2,780 nm), Er:YAG (2,940 nm), and CO(9,300 – 10,600 nm).
  • Laser Safety Training: Learn how to safely operate various laser wavelengths for different treatment modalities.

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