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This was held March 30, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm PDT in Phoenix, AZ

Course participants must be registered for the ALSC 2019 Symposium in order to attend this workshop. To register for the Symposium, click here.

Instructors: Noel A. Berger, DVM, MS, Dip. ABLS; and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys, DABLS

Location: The Camby Hotel – Pima Room

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019

4 CE Credit Hours

“Myths and Physics of Surgical & Dental Lasers”
Including Laser-Tissue Interaction, Laser Safety, and Hands-On Laser Training

What makes a good surgical laser? A good surgical laser for cutting soft tissue must be able to (1) efficiently vaporize soft tissue, and, at the same time, (2) efficiently coagulate surgical margins. Not all laser wavelengths are suitable to comply with both requirements.

How deep does the laser cut? How deep do different laser wavelengths and pulse settings coagulate? Clearly, different settings deliver different laser-tissue effects, which must be efficiently managed and controlled by properly trained and knowledgeable surgeons.

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 be second to none in training attendees on what surgical lasers can do safely and efficiently.

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. ALSC will provide lecture note handouts, ALSC online laser-tissue interaction knowledge exam, an option for online laser safety training and examination through the Laser Institute of America. Laser hands-on wetlab on tissue samples will include laser safety instructions and demonstrations.

Course Certificates
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).

ALSC certified laser surgery dentistry safety


2 hours – Didactic material:

  • Why Wavelength Matters
  • Light Absorption by the Soft Tissue and Hard Tissue
  • Light Scattering
  • Photo-Thermal Laser-Tissue Interaction
  • Thermal Relaxation Time
  • Tissue Ablation and Vaporization
  • Ablation Threshold Fluence
  • Ablation and Cutting Depth
  • SuperPulse
  • Cutting Depth Control
  • Coagulation and Hemostasis

2 hours – 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

About the ALSC
The American Laser Study Club was founded by Peter Vitruk, PhD, MlnstP, CPhys to promote science-based laser surgery, dentistry, 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 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 co, 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.



March 30, 2019
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm PDT


ALSC – American Laser Study Club
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The Camby Hotel
2401 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016 United States
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(602) 468-0700
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