Lasers Coming of Age
21 Years of Enlightenment
Changing Perspectives, Broadening Horizons
February 27 - March 1, 2014
By Gail S. Siminovsky, CAE
The future is so bright, remember to wear your sun glasses! In Scottsdale, February 27-March 1, 2014, ALD will present a comprehensive line-up of presentations on Lasers in Dentistry. We've changed things up a bit, building upon what's been successful and adding and changing to meet your requests. Stay tuned for what's new in 2014.
The conference officially starts on Thursday morning at 8:00 am with breakfast for all registered attendees at 7:00 am. The meeting ends on Saturday at 6:00 pm with a final fun charity event for the Dr. Eugene Seidner Student Scholarship Program and Launch for 2015 all on Saturday. CE events for 2014 end at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 1.
Wednesday, February 26 is our pre-conference certification program day. Join ALD for an Introduction to Lasers full-day course or attend the Standard Proficiency and Advanced Proficiency Pre-Conference Certification Programs. The day wraps up with a showcase of our laser vendors featuring new products. Details to come! We're providing up to the minute information!
Whether you are new to lasers or a 20 year veteran, we promise to provide something for everyone using all the diode wavelengths, 1064-nm diode and 1064-Nd:YAG and possibly 1340-nm Nd:YAP, the erbium family "all-tissue" surgical lasers, the 2780-nm Er,Cr:YSGG and the 2940-nm Er:YAG dental lasers and and the CO2 laser wavelengths.
Whatever the laser, ALD's presentation schedule will offer CE for Hard Tissue Applications, Periodontal Applications, Implants, Endo, Oral Surgery, and Soft Tissue applications with a focus on Pedo/Ortho and Hygiene applications and the latest on LLLT.
Testimonial from 2012 Conference, Scottsdale, AZ
I was new to lasers and came to the ALD 2012 annual conference to learn about anything and everything. The spectrum of beginner-to-advanced courses was very beneficial, and I felt engaged to learn the science, safety, procedures, and marketability. Who knew that lasers could improve patient care in so many applications?! The availability of hands-on laser use was invaluable in my decision to buying a laser. You can expect to see me at next year's ALD meeting!
Chad Johnson, DDS
Continuing Education Credits
Continuing education credit is available to all eligible participants. The Academy of Laser Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider and an AGD Accepted Program Provider (FAGD/MAGD Credit). The amount of CE credit to be granted is determined according to the individual educational content of each presentation and course. Up to 25 CEU are possible for the duration of this meeting.
Laser Certification Program
The educational objective of the Academy's Laser Certification Program is to provide candidates with an overview of the scientific fundamentals of lasers, the instruments themselves, safety issues and clinical guidelines in accordance with the Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education. Four levels of certification are available.
Browse, compare and examine laser devices and other dental equipment and services from various high-tech manufacturers located in one convenient setting.
Conference Design and Educational Methods & General Information
Conference Design & Educational Methods
ALD 2014 Scottsdale, the Academy of Laser Dentistry’s 21st Annual Conference and Exhibition, is intended for educational and informational purposes to improve dental education, clinical practice, and dental research in the use of lasers in dentistry. Educational methods include lecture, discussion, demonstration, and supervised hands-on participation activities.
Expected Learner Outcomes
Expected learner outcomes include a broad overview of the research and clinical aspects of lasers in dentistry. Presentations encompass applications in virtually all laser wavelengths for general dentistry, periodontics, aesthetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, pediatric dentistry, implantology, endodontics, and oral surgery. Practice management topics are also offered. By means of didactic lectures, panel discussions, and participation courses, all attendees will have exposure to basic science and clinical laser use in many areas of dentistry. In addition, the specialty nature of this conference provides a networking between practitioners, researchers, and academicians leading to new interest and scientific breakthroughs in the fields of dentistry.
Intended Audience and Background Requirements
The intended audience includes dentists in all disciplines, hygienists, dental assistants, office staff, industry representatives, government professionals, and anyone interested in learning about lasers in dentistry. The meeting is geared toward both novice and experienced laser practitioners who will share information about the use of lasers in dentistry. Unless specified otherwise for certain sessions, individuals attending the conference are not required to have any previous knowledge or experience in laser dentistry, medicine, or surgery.
Responsibility of Program Selection
The Academy’s General and Scientific Sessions Committee is solely responsible for the review of submitted abstracts, selection of faculty and presenters, and approving the specific content of all continuing education (CE) activities. The program is available online.
Disclosure of Speaker and Faculty Commercial Relationships
According to the Academy’s Conflict of Interest and Disclosure policy, faculty and speakers for this conference are expected to disclose any economic support, personal interests, or potential bias that may be perceived as creating a conflict related to the material being presented. Disclosure statements are printed in the conference program and announced by moderators or individual speakers at the beginning of each presentation. This policy is intended to alert the audience to any potential bias or conflict so that participants may form their own judgments about the material being presented.
The views expressed and materials presented represent the personal views of the individual participants and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. While the General and Scientific Sessions Committee of the ALD is responsible for the selection of faculty and presenters and approving the specific content of all CE activities, the Academy assumes no responsibility for the content of the presentations made by individual participants or groups of participants. Selected presentations may include exploratory research or experimental procedures and are intended for informational purposes that may lead to new interest and scientific breakthroughs in the fields of dentistry.
All proceedings of the Conference are intended solely for dissemination of knowledge relative to the art and science of lasers in dentistry. Any statement of presentation made is to be regarded as limited publication only and all property rights in the material presented, including common law copyright, are expressly reserved to the speaker or to the ALD. Any sound reproduction, transcript, or other use of the materials presented in the conference without written permission of the Academy of Laser Dentistry or the individual speaker is prohibited to the full extent of common law copyright in such material. Audio and video taping is strictly prohibited unless prior permission is given by the Academy of Laser Dentistry.
Name Badges (Mandatory)
Registrants are required to wear name badges at all times to all conference events, both educational and social receptions, with the exception of the optional guest activities that are off the property. This badge serves as verification of your paid conference registration.
Registrants are required to present tickets for the President’s Awards Banquet on Friday. Badges are required to receive meals.
Scottsdale enjoys beautiful weather year round. February's warm, sunny days are perfect for outdoor activities, from desert adventures to al fresco dining. Average High/low is 77°F (25°C) / 50°F (10°C). Evenings are cooler.
You will want to be comfortable while your mind is abuzz, so resort casual dress is highly recommended for all educational sessions. Dress for the Friday evening President’s Awards Banquet is cocktail attire. For men this includes suits or trousers, cotton shirt, and a jacket if desired; for women, skirt outfits and dresses are appropriate. Be comfortable…it’s the Arizona desert!
Conference Children’s Policy
Children are not allowed in the lecture hall or exhibit hall. Tickets for optional events and activities may be purchased at the registration desk. Childcare, nanny, or companion services may be arranged through Guest Services.
Refund / Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be received in writing by November 1, 2013 to receive a full refund. After November 1, 2013 a refund will be issued less a $150 administration fee. No refunds will be issued after December 15, 2013. To qualify as an "ALD Member" your Membership Dues must be up to date and current.
The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) is a not-for-profit organization qualifying under Section 501c(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The Academy of Laser Dentistry is an international professional membership association of dental practitioners and supporting organizations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of patients through the proper use of laser technology. The Academy is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, research, and education and to the exchange of information relative to the art and science of the use of lasers in dentistry. The Academy endorses the Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education.
Abstracts, presenter biographies, disclosure information, and product descriptions are published for educational purposes as submitted by the respective presenters and exhibitors. They do not necessarily represent the views of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. ALD is not responsible for the opinions expressed by the presenters, exhibitors, and advertisers. Written permission must be obtained by the Academy to audiotape, videotape, duplicate, and/or distribute any portion of the conference program or proceedings.
Practitioners are advised to investigate and consider which medical devices and materials are cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for safety and efficacy and which are considered experimental, and which procedures are within the applicable scope of their license, competence, skills, and abilities, as established by their education, training, and experience. Clinicians are advised to review the specific indications for use of their devices and to review their operator manuals for guidance on operating parameters before attempting similar techniques on their patients.
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