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The Breathe Surgical Laser Course
This course was held April 15 - April 16 in Calabasas, CA
Learn from renowned experts in the field of tethered oral tissues (TOTS) about its significance, diagnosis, multidisciplinary coordination, therapy, surgical treatment with lasers, and more. This course includes both live patient demonstrations as well as learning how to use soft-tissue lasers from both a physics perspective and trying it out hands-on.
- Soroush Zaghi, MD
- Chelsea Pinto, DDS
- Leyli Norouz-Knutsen
- Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys
- Plus Multidisciplinary Guest Speakers From The Breathe Institute
Physicians: $2,500; Allied Professionals: $2,000
Continuing Education Credits
16 CEUs are available via the ADA CERP provider GLOH.
- Background and significance of TOTS;
- Diagnosis of tongue- and lip-ties in patients of all ages;
- Multidisciplinary approach to treating tongue and lip ties;
- Lactation support for the breastfeeding tongue-tied dyad;
- Bodywork and alternative therapy for the tongue-tied patients;
- Oral Myofunctional Therapy and Functional Laser Frenectomy in older patients;
- Preprocedural and post-operative wound management;
- Setting expectations with families and patients;
- Current methods of clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of lingual and labial ties.
- Appropriately use reliable diagnostic criteria to screen patients for this condition;
- Clearly express orthodontic-myofunctional connection;
- Discuss how the soft tissues of the orofacial complex may lead to malocclusion, TMD, headaches, and other problems; and
- List and define all consequences and benefits of using lasers to remove oral restrictions.
A good surgical laser for cutting soft tissue must be able to 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 and on the fundamental processes involved in the laser-tissue interaction; it 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.
The Laser Surgery and Safety Basic Knowledge Certification Curriculum for this Course were 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. The hands-on laser wetlab on tissue samples will include laser safety instructions, frenectomy simulations, and other surgical laser procedure demonstrations. Laser instructions will be assisted by the guest speaker Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys, a laser physicist who founded the American Laser Study Club and LightScalpel Inc.
Hands-On Participation Session
- Laser Safety
- Laser Surgical Technique Simulations
- Superficial Ablation
- Superficial Coagulation
- Shallow Incisions
- Deep Incisions
- Practicing Surgical Techniques on a Pig jaw
Course participants, who successfully complete the 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).
GLOH Education is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between GLOH Education and the American Laser Study Club GLOH Education designates this activity for 16 continuing education credits.