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Integrating Laser Frenectomies and the Function First Model™ into a Dental Practice

November 15 - November 16

Nov 2024

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Introduction

How can you provide optimal care for patients with tongue-ties and lip-ties in your dental practice? This course is designed to help you achieve just that. Participants will learn the essential steps to implement a TOTS (Tethered Oral Tissues) program, from selecting the appropriate laser to mastering frenectomy techniques and managing financial and scheduling components. By focusing on practical application and multi-disciplinary approaches, this course equips you with the skills necessary for clinical and financial success, ensuring the best possible patient outcomes.

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 meet both requirements. This course touches on the practical aspects of soft tissue laser surgery and the fundamental processes involved in the laser-tissue interaction. Our hands-on participation lab is designed to train attendees on what surgical lasers can do safely and efficiently.

Instructors

  • Piya Gandhi, DDS
  • Alayna Pagnani-Gendron, DC
  • Leah Whitley, IBCLC
  • Catherine Kangas, RDH, Myofunctional Therapist
  • Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys

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CE Credits

Earn up to 16 CE hours through our ADA CERP CE partner.

Regular Tuition Rates (USD)

Doctors: $1,250; Non-Doctors: $850; ALSC members: $50 off (automatic discount); and LightScalpel users: $50 off (ask us for a coupon code). Register now.

Clinical Curriculum

  • Background and significance of Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTS);
  • Diagnosis of pediatric tongue- and lip-ties;
  • Explanation of the Function First Model™ diagnosis and treatment;
  • Multi-disciplinary approach to treating pediatric tongue- and lip-ties;
  • Lactation support for the breastfeeding tongue-tied dyad;
  • Bodywork and alternative therapy for the tongue-tied baby;
  • Setting expectations with families and patients;
  • Implementing TOTS treatment into a business;
  • Building and training an in-house team;
  • Billing and insurance setup and details;
  • Current clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment methods of pediatric lingual and labial ties.
    Attendees will be able to:
    • Describe infant sucking physiology and how tongue-ties impair infant suck;
    • Appropriately use reliable diagnostic criteria to screen babies and children 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 the consequences and benefits of using lasers to remove oral restrictions.

Laser Curriculum

The 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. It includes detailed soft tissue ablation and coagulation physics with laser and hot tip (non-laser) devices. Laser hands-on wet lab 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 CertificatesCourse Certificates

Course participants who 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 Wet Lab 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.

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Details

Start:
November 15
End:
November 16
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Organizer

ALSC – American Laser Study Club
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Venue

Holiday Inn Orlando Airport
5750 T G Lee Blvd
Orlando, FL 32822 United States
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Phone
(407) 851-6400
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