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ADA expands laser education in San Francisco

May 21, 2012

By Stacie Crozier, ADA News staff

San Francisco—ADA Annual Session-goers can find comprehensive continuing education in laser dentistry whether they are new to the technology or seasoned veterans ready to fine tune their skills.

Laser learning: Participants hone their hands-on skills at the Laser Pavilion at the 2011 Annual Session in Las Vegas last fall.

The ADA and the Academy of Laser Dentistry have expanded continuing education in laser dentistry for the 2012 Annual Session Oct. 18-21 to a dozen courses, including introductory lectures and workshops, advanced courses, a live-patient Education in the Round course, free Laser Pavilion lectures and workshops and even a two-day ALD certification course.

“The use of lasers in dental practice continues to be a rapidly expanding mode for the treatment of dental problems,” said Dr. Kent Percy, 2012 program chair, Council on ADA Sessions. “The ADA and the ALD have jointly offered laser education at the ADA Annual Session since 2008. In San Francisco, this effort will allow participants to have a greater variety of laser courses.”

“This cooperative relationship has produced state-of-the-art laser education, including lectures, hands-on workshops, the Laser Pavilion on the exhibit floor and live patient courses,” said Gail S. Siminovsky, C.A.E., ALD executive director. “This year’s collaboration is another great step forward with the addition of a two-day ALD Standard Proficiency Program.”

Courses include:

• Clinical Applications for Diode Lasers, by Dr. John Graeber, Oct. 19, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (course 6140), an in-depth intermediate training program for existing users of diode lasers. The course will focus on all clinical applications where diodes can assist in surgery and therapy and will thoroughly explain basic laser science, safety and practice integration principles. This course is a prerequisite for the hands-on Diode Laser 101 Workshop. The cost is $79 for dentists and $79 for staff.

• Diode Laser 101 Workshop, by Dr. John Graeber. In this hands-on workshop, participants will use diode lasers and perform common clinical surgical techniques under experienced supervision. Participants will use various tissue models to learn incision, excision and ablation techniques. This course is presented three times: Oct. 20, 8-10:30 a.m. (course 7203), Oct. 20, 2-4:30 p.m. (course 7213) and Oct. 21, 8-10:30 a.m. (course 8203). The cost is $225 for dentists and $195 for staff members.

• The World of Lasers Pavilion: A Hands-On Workshop, by Dr. Donald Coluzzi, is a free course that includes a lecture and hands-on exercises. After a presentation of the essentials of dental lasers and safety, participants will perform simulations of some common dental laser applications on pig jaws. The closing lecture will discuss integration of a laser into clinical practice. Courses will be held Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-noon (course 5501); Oct. 18, 2-4 p.m. (course 5502) Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-noon (course 6501); Oct. 19, 2-4 p.m. (course 6502); Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-noon (course 7501) and Oct. 20, 2-4 p.m. (course 7502).

• The Education in the Round course, Lasers in the Dental Practice: A Live Patient Demonstration, will be presented by Drs. Charles Hoopingarner, David Roshkind and Donald Coluzzi. These clinicians will present a short lecture about laser fundamentals and then perform some typical soft and hard tissue laser procedures on patients to illustrate the utility and ease of use of lasers. This course will be held Oct. 20 from 2-5 p.m. (course 7402). The cost is $69 for dentists and $49 for staff.

• New in 2012—Academy of Laser Dentistry course lecturers Dr. Will Gianni and Gloria Monzon, R.D.H., will present Lasers in Dentistry: A Two-Day Standard Proficiency Course on Oct. 18 and 19 from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. This two-day program provides dental professionals with a standard proficiency course according to the ALD’s Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education. The course includes both lecture and hands-on learning opportunities and includes a comprehensive overview and basic understanding of all dental laser devices, laser tissue interactions, and safety and operation of a variety of dental lasers. Participants who successfully complete both the written and clinical simulation proficiency examinations will be recognized as having completed the program for a Standard Proficiency Dental Laser Course and will receive a letter of successful completion from the ALD. The cost is $890 (course 5503).

For complete course descriptions, prerequisites and other information, or to register for courses, visit