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) Organizer Location Date(s)
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies with LIVE SURGERY Demonstrations
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Tara Erson, DMD, IBCLC; Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC; Piya Gandhi, DDS; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
American Laser Study Club Las Vegas, NV, USA Oct 29-30, 2021
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties, and Laser Frenectomy Integration into Your Dentistry Practice
Martin Kaplan, DMD; Piya Gandhi, DDS; Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC -SLP, COM®️; Max Sulla, DDS; Lisa Paladino, CNM, IBCLC; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
American Laser Study Club Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, USA Nov 5-6, 2021
Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies
Brynn Leroux, DDS; Andrew Horng, DDS; Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
Southern Maryland Dental Society College Park, MD, USA Nov 13-14, 2021
Optimal Integration of Laser Frenectomies into a Pediatric Dental Practice
Piya Gandhi, DDS; Martin Kaplan, DMD; Alayna Pagnani-Gendron, DC; Leah Whitley, IBCLC; Catherine Kangas, RDH, OMT; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
American Laser Study Club Kansas City, MO, USA Nov 19-20, 2021
Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry for the Pediatric Population
Athanasios Zavras, DDS, MS, DrMedSc; Martin Kaplan, DMD; Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC; and Peter Vitruk, PhD
Boston University Boston, MA, USA Dec 3-4, 2021
Breathe & Thrive – ALSC 2022 Symposium American Laser Study Club Las Vegas NV, USA Feb 11-13, 2022

ALSC Endorsed Advanced Live Patient Courses*

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

Course & Instructor(s) Provider Location Date(s)
Advanced Live Patient Course
Richard Baxter, DMD, MS
Alabama Tongue-Tie Center Pelham, AL, USA Oct 15, 2021;
Nov 5, 2021;
Dec 3, 2021

ALSC Endorsed Laser Dentistry Online Training*

Title Author(s) CE Credits Provider
The Breathe Online Course Series
• Multiple-Sessions – Oct 8-9, 16, and 22-23, 2021
• Multiple-Sessions – Dec 3-4, 10, and 17-18, 2021
Soroush Zaghi, MD, and the TBI team up to 30 The Breathe Institute
Breathe Baby Course Online
• Nov 5-6, 2021
Chelsea Pinto, DDS, and the TBI team TBD The Breathe Institute
Tongue-Tied Academy Online Comprehensive Course Richard Baxter, DMD, MS 25 Tongue-Tie Academy
Laser Frenectomy Video Presentations from Past Symposia Over 50 Presenters 9-39 American Laser Study Club
Incision and Coagulation/Hemostasis Depth Control During a CO2 Laser Lingual Frenectomy Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC, and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys 2 Dental Sleep Practice
2019 ADA Children’s Airway Conference Session Three: Anatomy Concerns: What’s Important About This? Richard Baxter, DMD, MS 1.5 ADA 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 Team Richard Baxter, DMD, MS 2.25 ADA CE Online
The Tongue’s Role in Airway, Sleep, and Feeding Issues in Children Richard Baxter, DMD, MS 2.5 DentalTown
Tongue-Ties and Lip-Ties – Treatment and Case Studies Richard Baxter, DMD, MS 2 DentalTown
Tongue and Lip Ties: Assessment, Diagnosis and Evidence for Treatment Richard Baxter, DMD, MS 1.5 DentalTown

*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.

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.