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Laser Frenectomies and Paediatric Laser Dentistry
This course was held November 10, 2019 in Sydney, Australia
The ability to diagnose and treat tongue-ties in infancy is a MUST in the toolkit of any dentist or doctor. Babies with significant oral ties will often have breastfeeding difficulties which can lead to ‘failure to thrive’, and can be erroneously labeled as “lazy nursers” or “stubborn feeders”. US Paediatric Dentist, Dr. Martin Kaplan, and Laser Physicist, Dr. Peter Vitruk, will present the theoretical and practical aspects of soft tissue laser surgery and the fundamental processes involved.
Martin Kaplan, DMD
Peter Vitruk, PhD MInstP, CPhys
Alissa Powell, IBCLC
- Demonstrate a wide range of didactic and clinical tools for the use of lasers in pediatric dentistry and oral surgery, biopsy, and interceptive orthodontics
- Present the fundamentals of Dental Lasers adhering to the established standards of education
- Instruct Dentists, Lactation Consultants, Speech and Language Therapists, and other allied health care providers to understand the efficient and safe application of laser energy in everyday practice
- Provide sound scientific basis and proven efficacy of use of dental lasers in order to ensure public safety
- Explore current methods of clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of lingual and labial ties.
Attendees will be able to:
- Understand infant sucking physiology and how tongue ties impair infant suck;
- Use reliable diagnostic criteria to screen babies for this condition; and
- Understand all consequences and benefits of using lasers to remove oral restrictions
- Discuss speech and eating disorders and the oral connection
- Through participation in a hands-on workshop, the course attendees will learn to remove oral restrictions using soft-tissue lasers.
Laser Surgery and Safety Basic Knowledge Certification Curriculum for this Course has been developed by the American Laser Study Club (ALSC). 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. Laser hands-on wetlab on tissue samples will include different laser wavelengths and will include laser safety instructions and demonstrations. Laser instructions will be assisted by guest speaker Peter Vitruk, PhD, MlnstP, CPhys, a laser physicist who founded the American Laser Study Club and LightScalpel LLC.
Course participants, who successfully complete examination, will be awarded a LASER SAFETY basic knowledge CERTIFICATE from the Board of Laser Safety of the Laser Institute of America (DISCOUNTED cost for the ALSC members), as well as a Laser Dentistry and Laser Surgery Basic Knowledge and Hands-On participation Wetlab CERTIFICATE from the American Laser Study Club (FREE for the course participants).
About the ALSC
American Laser Study Club was founded to promote science-based laser dentistry, surgery, and safety education. The ALSC is proud of its curriculum and its distinguished membership, including our honorary members Gordon j. Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, and Rella P. Christensen, RDH, PhD, world-renowned leaders in dental product research and education, who welcomed the ALSC’s mission: “Peter, we congratulate you on starting a laser study club. It is greatly needed, and you are the man to do it.” Other Honorary Members of the ALSC are Charles M. Cobb, DDS, MS, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Periodontics, School of Dentistry, University of Missouri-Kansas City; and C. Kumar N. Patel, PhD, MS, the Inventor of the CO2 Laser; Recipient of National Medal of Science (1996); Member of US National Inventors Hall of Fame 2012; Professor Emeritus, UCLA. The ALSC is proud to have helped many dentists and surgeons.