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Functional Frenectomies Across a Lifespan: A multidisciplinary approach to why, when, and how.

This was held June 15, 2019 - June 16, 2019 in Scottsdale, AZ

Functional Frenectomies Across a Lifespan June 2019
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With Frenectomy Demonstrations

Martin Kaplan, DMD
Shelly Klein, MD, CSOM
Stevanie Bahnerth, DC
Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys

As many as 5-percent of all babies born in the US have tongue-ties significant enough to cause breastfeeding difficulties. Affected babies often fail to thrive and can be erroneously labeled as “lazy nursers” or “stubborn feeders”. Untreated tongue-ties may cause malocclusion, prognathism, mouth breathing and other issues later in life. Enhance your understanding of the issues of pediatric laser surgery to treat tongue-ties and lip-ties across all ages.

A good surgical laser for cutting soft tissue must be able to efficiently vaporize soft tissue, while at the same time efficiently coagulating surgical margins. Not all laser wavelengths are suitable to comply with both requirements. This course focuses on the practical aspects of soft tissue laser surgery, as well as on the fundamental processes involved in the laser-tissue interaction and helps attendees learn how deep the laser beam cuts and how deep the coagulation and hemostasis extend into the surgical margins. Our hands-on participation lab is designed to train attendees on what surgical lasers can do safely and efficiently.

Clinical Curriculum:
The goal of infant frenectomy is to establish proper eating/breastfeeding and breathing (suck-swallow-breathe) patterns. The goal of functional frenectomy in children, adolescents and adults is to release the restricted frena and to restore, with the help of mandatory pre- and post-frenectomy Oro-Myofunctional Therapy (OMT), the mobility and functionality of tongue and lips for optimal breathing, speech, chewing, swallow, and posture. During this course, the attendees will learn:

  • Infant sucking physiology and how tongue ties impact infant suck.
  • Current methods of clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of lingual and labial ties.
  • Reliable diagnostic criteria to screen babies for this condition.
  • Consequences and benefits of using lasers to remove oral restrictions.

In addition, attendees will :

  • Get an introduction to Science-based, safe and efficient use of surgical lasers for Dentists, Lactation Consultants, Speech and Language Therapists, et al.; and
  • Learn to remove oral restrictions using soft-tissue lasers through participation in a hands-on workshop.

Laser Curriculum:
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, DABLS, a laser physicist who founded the American Laser Study Club and LightScalpel LLC.

Course Certificates:
ALSC certified laser surgery dentistry safetyCourse 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).

Continuing Education Credits:
15 CERP CDE credits
15 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™

Continuing Education Credit – Physicians:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements
and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint
SMA providership of Southern Medical Association and the American Laser Study Club. The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award (AMA):
Southern Medical Association designates this Live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

*Information, terms, and conditions in this communication are subject to change without prior notice. The American Laser Study Club reserves the right to change the course’s location, date and time, material; and cancel the course. Registered attendees will be notified within a reasonable window of time about any major changes to the course. If a course is canceled, registrants will be notified, via email, two weeks before the course date, at which time a full refund will be issued.



June 15, 2019
June 16, 2019


ALSC – American Laser Study Club
(888) 206-2710
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Arizona Breastfeeding Medicine and Wellness
7730 E. Greenway Rd, Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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