Expand your knowledge of lasers in dentistry and surgery!

Over the last 40 years, lasers have become an essential tool in dentistry and medicine. The most frequently mentioned advantages of using proper surgical and dental lasers include improved healing, precision in surgery, and a generally bloodless field. The FDA has cleared several different laser wavelengths for use in surgery and dentistry. The surgeon must 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 and surgery continuing education courses listed below help train physicians, dentists, oral surgeons, and other related medical professionals about the most popular dental laser wavelengths, the physics of laser surgery, the means of controlling a laser effect on tissue, and techniques of dental laser use.

ALSC Endorsed In-Person Courses*

Course & Instructor(s)OrganizerLocationDate(s)
Chiropractors’ Role in Tethered Oral Tissues
Alayna Pagnani-Gendron, D.C., CACCP; Piya Gandhi, DDS; and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys
American Laser Study ClubHouston, TX, USAApril 6, 2024
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies with LIVE SURGERY Demonstrations
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Tara Erson, DMD, IBCLC, D. ABDSM; Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC; and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys
American Laser Study ClubLas Vegas, NV, USAApr 19-20, 2024
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies Early Bird Special Ends March 1st
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC; Karrie Page, MSLP, R.SLP, S-LP(C), COM®, IBCLC; Nicole Dickson, MSLP, R.SLP, S-LP(C), COM®; Chelsie Goulet, DC; and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys
American Laser Study ClubEdmonton, AB, CANMay 10-11, 2024
Integrating Laser Frenectomies and the Function First Model™ into a Dental Practice
Piya Gandhi, DDS; Alayna Pagnani-Gendron, DC; Leah Whitley, IBCLC; Catherine Kangas, RDH, Myofunctional Therapist; and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys
American Laser Study ClubScottsdale, AZ, USAJul 12-13, 2024
Breathe and Thrive SymposiumAmerican Laser Study ClubClearwater Beach, FL, USAJan 31-Feb 2, 2025
More Course Dates and Locations Coming Soon.

ALSC Endorsed Advanced Live Patient Courses*

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

Course & Instructor(s)ProviderLocationDate(s)
Advanced Live Patient Course
Richard Baxter, DMD, MS
Alabama Tongue-Tie CenterPelham, AL, USAFeb 23, 2024;
Mar 1, 2024;
Apr 5, 2024;
Apr 19, 2024;
Apr 26, 2024;
May 17, 2024;
May 24, 2024
The Breathe Course
Soroush Zaghi, MD and the TBI team
The Breathe InstituteLos Angeles, CA, USAJun 5-8, 2024;
Oct 16-19, 2024

ALSC Endorsed Laser Dentistry Webinars and Online Training*

TitleAuthor(s)CE CreditsProvider
WEBINAR – Tongue-Tie Update: How Oral Restrictions Impact Feeding, Speech, and Sleep Across the Lifespan
April 9, 2024 at 5:30 pm PT
Richard Baxter, DMD, MS0American Laser Study Club
The Breathe Online Course SeriesSoroush Zaghi, MD, and the TBI team24.5The Breathe Institute
LightScalpel & The Breathe Institute Non-Ablative Laser Tissue Remodeling – On-Demand Webinar RecordingSoroush Zaghi, MD, and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhysN/AThe Breathe Institute
Tongue-Tied Academy Online Comprehensive CourseRichard Baxter, DMD, MS25Tongue-Tie Academy
Laser Frenectomy Video Presentations from Past SymposiaOver 50 PresentersN/AAmerican Laser Study Club
Incision and Coagulation/Hemostasis Depth Control During a CO2 Laser Lingual FrenectomyCara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC, and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys2Dental Sleep Practice
2019 ADA Children’s Airway Conference Session Three: Anatomy Concerns: What’s Important About This?Richard Baxter, DMD, MS1.5ADA CE Online
2019 ADA Children’s Airway Conference Session Four: Clinical Procedures in Dental Practice, Anatomy Concerns: ENT Surgery, Success in Practice: Creating Your Interdisciplinary Pediatric Airway TeamRichard Baxter, DMD, MS2.25ADA CE Online
The Tongue’s Role in Airway, Sleep, and Feeding Issues in ChildrenRichard Baxter, DMD, MS2.5DentalTown
Tongue-Ties and Lip-Ties – Treatment and Case StudiesRichard Baxter, DMD, MS2DentalTown
Tongue and Lip Ties: Assessment, Diagnosis and Evidence for TreatmentRichard Baxter, DMD, MS1.5DentalTown

ALSC Webinar Recordings*

No CE credits are rewarded for ALSC webinar recordings.

TitlePresenter(s)Original Date
STAR Course – A Multidisciplinary Approach to Sleep, Ties, and Airway RevolutionNajmeh Hannanvash, DDS, MSD; Jennifer Gathman, MSN, FNP-C, IBCLC; Karyn Johnson-Fernandez, MS, OTR/L, SWC, CBS; Hope Reyes PT, DPT, CBS; Tamara Thomas RDH, CSOM; and Selina Preston RDH, CSOMFeb 22, 2024
Chiropractors’ Role in Tethered Oral TissuesAlayna Pagnani Gendron, DC, CACCPFeb 20, 2024
Mastering Soft Tissue Procedures with the LightScalpel Dental Laser: A Comprehensive GuideMike Shulman, DDSDec 19, 2023
Developing Optimal Maxilla for Tongue Rest and FunctionCatherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLCNov 21, 2023
Developing Optimal Maxilla for Tongue Rest and FunctionMarianna Evans, DMDOct 17, 2023
Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to a multidisciplinary approach for treating ankyloglossia: lasers, lactation, and bodyworkCara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLCSep 14, 2023
Maximizing the Use of Lasers in a General Dentist OfficeJennifer White, DDSSep 12, 2023
The Function First Model – The Key to Building a Successful TOTS PracticePiya Gandhi, DDS, MSDAug 8, 2023

ALSC Endorsed AAPMD Educational Events*

The ALSC is a proud Collaboration Cures Affiliate of the AAPMD

OrganizationUpcoming Events Link
American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry (AAPMD)View AAPMD Events

*Disclaimer: The American Laser Study Club (ALSC) does not engage in the practice of medicine or 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 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 Courses Proficiency Curriculum Continuing Education (CE)

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

The Leading Organization in Laser Dentistry Education

ALSC founder, Dr. Peter Vitruk, was a pivotal contributor to the American Dental Association’s latest technical report on laser dentistry titled “Guide to Dental Lasers and Related Light-based Technologies.” ALSC course curriculum and materials are built upon a solid foundation of science that other continuing education organizations can’t match.

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 operate various laser wavelengths for different treatment modalities safely.