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.

ALSC Endorsed In-Person Courses*

Course & Instructor(s)OrganizerLocationDate(s)
2023 Breathe & Thrive Symposium
30+ Speakers
American Laser Study ClubSan Antonio, TX, USAFeb 17-19, 2023
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies
Brynn Leroux, DDS; Andrew Horng, DDS; Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC; and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys
Southern Maryland Dental SocietyCollege Park, MD, USAMar 18-19, 2023
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies with LIVE SURGERY Demonstrations Early Bird Special Ends February 1st
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Tara Erson, DMD, IBCLC, D. ABDSM; Karrie Page, MSLP, R.SLP, S-LP(C), COM®, IBCLC; Nicole Dickson, MSLP, R.SLP, S-LP(C), COM®; and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys
American Laser Study ClubLas Vegas, NV, USAApr 14-15, 2023
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies Early Bird Special Ends February 1st
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Erica Zolnierczyk, DMD; Daniel G. Klauer, DDS; Joy Lantz, RDH, COM®, IBCLC; and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys
American Laser Study ClubGranger, IN, USAApr 21-22, 2023
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties, and Laser Frenectomy Integration into Your Dentistry Practice Early Bird Special Ends March 1st
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Max Sulla, DDS; Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®️; Lisa Paladino, CNM, IBCLC; and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys
American Laser Study ClubNorth Brunswick, NJ, USAMay 5-6, 2023
Integrating Laser Frenectomies and the Function First Model™ into a Dental Practice Early Bird Special Ends April 1st
Piya Gandhi, DDS; Alayna Pagnani-Gendron, DC; Leah Whitley, IBCLC; Catherine Kangas, RDH, Myofunctional Therapist; and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys
American Laser Study ClubSeaTac, WA, USAJune 16-17, 2023
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 24 2023;
Mar 17 2023;
Apr 21 2023;
May 12 2023;
Jun 16 2023

ALSC Endorsed Laser Dentistry Online Training*

TitleAuthor(s)CE CreditsProvider
The Breathe Online Course SeriesSoroush Zaghi, MD, and the TBI teamup to 30The Breathe Institute
Breathe Baby Course OnlineChelsea Pinto, DDS, and the TBI teamTBDThe Breathe Institute
Tongue-Tied Academy Online Comprehensive CourseRichard Baxter, DMD, MS25Tongue-Tie Academy
Laser Frenectomy Video Presentations from Past SymposiaOver 50 Presenters0-39American 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 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, 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 Courses Proficiency Curriculum Continuing Education (CE)

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, 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 key 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 can’t be matched by other continuing education organizations.

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.