ALSC Inaugural Symposium, April 6–8, 2018 in Orlando, FL
Laser Frenectomy Session
Infant Breastfeeding, Sleep and Airway
The ALSC Inaugural Symposium hosts the most comprehensive laser frenectomy / TOTS program available for pediatric and general dentists. Join us for this rare opportunity to learn from pioneers and leading laser frenectomy providers and earn up to 14 CDE credits. Coming in at a fraction of what you would pay for other laser education programs.
Below are just SOME of the presentations scheduled:
Scott Siegel, MD, DDS
Keynote: Laser frenectomy: 18-year experience with CO2 laser from infants through adults
Richard Baxter, DMD, MS, DABLS
Clinical Pearls and How To Start Performing Laser Frenectomies in Your Office
Often hearing about the techniques and success stories of the laser frenectomy procedure for tongue and lip-tie release will inspire a practitioner to want to provide these services in his or her community. The difficult issue is how to practically incorporate these patients into the schedule, and how to actually get started seeing patients. With this “nuts and bolts” lecture, Dr. Baxter will share his insights, successes, and failures in treating patients with restricted frena. Dr. Baxter will also share clinical pearls regarding best practices and how to evaluate, treat, and ensure proper follow-up for these patients to give the best outcomes. Many cases will be presented from newborn to adolescent and from nursing, speech, and feeding issues. In addition, clinical videos will supplement the discussion to demonstrate techniques so the practitioner can see the release technique for different ages and anatomy.
Annette Skowronski, DDS, DABLS
The Ethical Conundrum: Separating Science and Marketing
With the explosive increase in public awareness of out-patient surgery to release naturally occurring muscle attachments purported to relieve a myriad of dysfunction, can health professionals reliably know that today’s procedure will achieve a long term positive outcome? What are the potential variables to a successful outcome and are they real or perceived? How much of the long term success is based upon the subjectivity of the procedure performed? Why does the scientific evidence lag? Why are many early invasive procedures considered appropriate to ‘prevent’ dysfunction that has not been proven to reliably occur? The focus of this lecture is for the health care provider who is currently performing surgical release of muscle attachments; to consider what the purpose and long term goal is of the surgical intervention? Is that goal reliably occurring? Is it procedural or protocol dependent or does the body rule in the end? In addition, the interaction the health professional has with the general public and their presence in online social media platforms regarding this treatment should be ethically considered. This may foster the new laser term of WGOOCHY What Goes On Online Can Hurt You.
Martin A. Kaplan DMD, DABLS
Laser Frenum Surgery is More than just the Frenum
Case studies which will improve the objectivity of why the frenum surgery is more than just ablation of soft tissue. This is a health imperative. Family case studies will be discussed and how our surgeries and techniques benefit our patients.
Karen M. Wuertz, DDS, DABLS
Superpulse 10,600 nm CO2 Laser Revision of Lingual Frenulum Previously Released with a Diode
This study demonstrates the benefits of CO2 laser revision after patient presented with residual signs and symptoms of Ankyloglossia post Diode frenectomy. Patient had initial improvement after Diode frenectomy; however, admitted to non-compliance during the postoperative period and failure to complete prescribed Oro- Myofunctional therapy. Laser revision provided good visibility of the surgical field and the risk of postoperative edema and scarring reduced. The importance of postoperative oro-myofunctional therapy (OMT) was demonstrated and was crucial in re-establishing optimum swallowing, chewing, speaking and breathing patterns that developed as a consequence of ankyloglossia.
Diana Batoon, DMD
Sleep Disordered Breathing in the Pediatric Population – Lasers and the Airway
Untreated or misdiagnosed Sleep Disordered Breathing in the pediatric population has a significant impact on the deterioration of health, development, and self- confidence in young lives. Each year a large population of children with symptoms of mouth-breathing, snoring, bruxism, bed-wetting and ADD/ADHD go untreated and misdiagnosed. Unaware that Sleep Disordered Breathing is the root cause of their troubles, parents and children pursue treatments that make their situation worse, both in the present and the long run. It more important than ever for the dental community to empower families to heal this condition instead of just cope with it.
Matthew J. Rowe, DDS, MSD
Laser Frenectomy: Integration of a Tripartite Approach to Collaborative Care
The topic of infant frenectomy has become a polarizing area of debate and discussion within the pediatric and social media communities. A novel approach to integrating diagnoses, pre-surgical interventions, post-operative wound management and therapy services has been developed and implemented in the private practice clinical setting. Professional networking across collegial borders has been utilized as an attempt to provide optimal outcomes and to develop assessment strategies for improvement of function following frenectomy laser surgical procedures. The overall goal in collaboration with supportive colleagues is to provide a decision tree and toolset to providers, which will aid the proper diagnosis, referral, treatment and rehabilitation of tethered oral tissues. Secondarily, the collaborative approach to networking colleagues has been developed to provide patients the access necessary to increase the likelihood of positive post-surgical outcomes.
Brynn L. Leroux, DDS
Pediatric Dental Laser Procedures with X-Lase Diode and LightScalpel CO2 Laser
This presentation shows a clinical comparison of multiple different types of soft tissue laser procedures commonly performed in the pediatric dental setting, including frenectomies and mucocele removals. Clinical cases are shown using both the X-lase diode and LightScalpel CO2 lasers. Cases include infants, children, adolescents and teenagers and were performed using various levels of sedation specific to what was required to safely and successfully accomplish the procedure in each individual patient. Pre-op and post-op histories are reviewed, including the involvement of therapists where appropriate.
Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC, DABLS
– Unbuckling the Buccals: Case studies discussing laser revision of buccal ties from a breastfeeding standpoint
– Research to Practice: Putting together a multi-center study to address laser frenotomy release and long-term breastfeeding rates
Leonard Kundel, DMD
Osteopathically guided release of oral restrictions and return to proper orofacial function
Paula Fabbie, RDH, BS, COM
Success with complex cases: Utilizing CO2 laser and OMT to achieve optimal function and long term results
From infants to older adults TOTs restrict function, growth and sleep quality and breathing. These untreated issues continue throughout adulthood. Dentists for decades have tried to deal with the deleterious adverse growth and development that evidence has contributed to TOTs. A team approach which utilizes oral rest posture therapy, and functional nasal breathing along with habit elimination is key to success in these complex dental/medical cases. Timing of treatment is critical, and uncovering underlying etiology is essential for long term treatment goals and stability of treatment.
CDE credits will be provided through partnership with ADA CERP CDE Providers
The American Laser Study Club (ALSC) promotes Science-Based Laser Surgery, Dentistry and Safety Education. The ALSC fills the void in current Laser Surgery and Laser Dentistry education (i.e., the physics of laser tissue interaction, such as absorption, scattering, ablation, coagulation and hemostasis, soft and hard tissue ablation, laser safety, etc.) and helps Physicians, Dentists, Veterinarians, and Practice Staff Members to excel at efficient and safe application of laser energy in everyday practice. The ALSC also provides help for those preparing for the Certification Exam with The American Board of Laser Surgery (est. 1984).
ALSC Inaugural Symposium, April 6–8, 2018 in Orlando, FL
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