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Laser physics for poets: how the good practitioner uses basic principles for the best clinical laser results

by Robert A. Strauss, DDS, MD, FACS

For a limited time, we are offering this one-of-a-kind 2-hour lecture free and on-demand. This lecture is a must-watch for any dentist or physician who uses or plans to use a surgical laser in their practice.

Originally recorded at the 2022 American Laser Study Club Symposium.

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    Lecture Abstract

    As a surgical modality, lasers have many advantages over cold steel or electrocautery. However, using a laser in the same manner as either of these will result in unpredictable, erratic, and potentially very poor results. Understanding that laser use is based strictly on the physics of light energy, one can apply a few very basic physics concepts to obtain repeatable, predictable, and positive results. This lecture will discuss the “Big 3” techniques for using surgical lasers and how to manage power, time, and spot size to maximize efficiency while limiting lateral thermal damage.

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    About Robert A. Strauss, DDS, MD, FACS

    Robert A. Strauss, DDS, MD, FACS, Professor and Director of the Residency Training Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, and Past President of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Strauss is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a former Chair of the Major Surgery Section of the Board. Over the last 30 years, he has authored numerous publications and textbook chapters on the use of lasers in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

    Dr. Strauss received his dental degree from the University of Buffalo and his medical degree from the UHSA School of Medicine. He completed his internship at the Buffalo General Hospital and residencies in both Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and in Anesthesiology at the Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago.

    Dr. Strauss specializes in laser surgery of the head and neck, facial and jaw reconstructive surgery, cosmetic facial surgery, and sleep apnea surgery. His research interests include laser and cosmetic surgery, sleep apnea, anesthesia, and orthognathic and reconstructive surgery.

    Learn more about Dr. Strauss on vcu.edu

    Dr. Robert Strauss