The Academy of Laser Dentistry’s held Source 2005: Lasers in Dentistry, the Twelfth Annual Conference and Exhibition, April 6-9 at the Marriott New Orleans. Over 400 conference registrants from 22 different countries attended this year’s conference. This international group of leading clinicians, academicians and researchers met to exchange ideas and to advance their knowledge in the technological and clinical fields of lasers in dentistry. The conference presented many opportunities – for experienced laser practitioners and those newly interested in learning about this technology – to learn about and share information about the safe and effective uses of dental laser technology for patient care.
Two pre-conference days were set aside for the Academy’s Laser Certification program, which includes an Introductory to Lasers Course, Standard Proficiency and Advanced Proficiency course and exams. This year’s conference had forty-six (46) Standard level participants and thirty-one (31) Advanced participants. The Standard Proficiency course is an ideal opportunity for laser newcomers to start the conference with a broad overview of laser dentistry and laser physics.
The Academy was proud to welcome keynote speaker, Gavin Pearson, LDS, RCS, PhD, United Kingdom whose presentation, “Minimal Intervention: Application of Laser Technology” began the conference. Dr. Scott Renfrow, University of Oklahoma, was the recipient of the Academy’s Dr. Eugene Seidner Student Scholarship Award for 2005.
Conference attendees experienced a myriad of innovative programming including the Advanced Dental Clinic™, Breakfast for Learning, Personalized Track Sessions, Picnic for Learning and Interactive Forums. Attendees had the opportunity to view vendor exhibits and attend the Exhibitors’ Showcase, Workshops and Seminar Series.
The Conference opened with a welcome reception filled with New Orleans style festivities including a stunning laser light show. The final night concluded the conference with the annual President’s Awards Ceremony and Presidential Gala. This year the theme was New Orleans and included a parade and floor show which attendees will be talking about for some time. When not participating in general sessions or visiting the exhibitors attendees explored the many restaurants, shops and tours. A wonderful mix of social activities coupled with the educational programming created an unforgettable experience in New Orleans.
The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) is an international organization devoted to laser dentistry and includes clinicians, academicians and researchers in all laser wavelengths. The Academy is devoted to clinical education, research, and the development of standards and guidelines for the safe and effective use of dental laser technology. ALD was founded in 1993, with the merging of the International Academy of Laser Dentistry, the North American Academy of Laser Dentistry and the American Academy of Laser Dentistry.
The 13th Annual ALD Conference & Exhibition, March 15-18, 2006 will be at the Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort in Tucson, Arizona.
The Academy of Laser Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider and an AGD Accepted National Sponsor (FAGD/MAGD Credit).
"I was a skeptic about the use of lasers in dentistry prior to the ALD meeting in New Orleans. BUT, after learning all of the benefits the dental laser has to offer to our patients, I am not only convinced that it belongs in the dental practice, but feel that it is just as important as the dental high speed hand piece.”
Joseph Herman, DDS, Delray Beach, FL
“The ALD Source 2005 Meeting and my participation in it will have a tremendous and by far “more-than-expected” long-term effect on my daily practice. Having used multiple laser wavelengths for almost a year, I now apply my wavelengths with a much deeper understanding of what is happening and why.”
Dr. Hubert Stieve, Germany
"What a great experience. I have had my Opus Duo for a few months, but have really been holding back on using it very much. I feel that I not only gained quite a bit more information, but also more confidence to move ahead with different proceedures. The speakers and the hands on sessions were very helpful. Just as helpful was the opportunity to talk to other dentists attending and discussing their laser experiences. I'm looking forward to keeping in contact with new laser dentist friends! I'm looking forward to Tuscon next year .......I'll have to say, you really know how to put on a party!!!! Thanks for a wonderful conference and for lots of fun in the process!! "
Trudi Massaro, DMD, Seminole, FL, USA
"The Source 2005 proved a valuable source (pun intended) of information. Visiting the conference gave me opportunity to listen to the work done in the field of laser dentistry and, more importantly, to speak to the practicing fellows and exchange the ideas! Education, getting the ideas flowing and promoting sound research is what's at core of ALD. Thank you for a conference well organized and a good time altogether!"
Grisa Mocnik, PhD, Ljubljana, Slovania
"The conference provided excellent continuing education on lasers and laser therapy, including clinical technique information that I integrated immediately into my practice upon my return. The speakers were entertaining and shared current evidence-based research to substantiate laser therapy for patient care. The meeting was well organized and the location was excellent for lectures, exhibits and hands-on classes. I would encourage any dentist to attend this conference, especially those owning or considering the purchase of a laser for their practice. See you next year!"
Coleman Burgess, III, DDS, Wilmington, NC, USA
"I had a great time, everyone was more then friendly and willing to share experiences, unlike some local associations. I traveled with my wife and she enjoyed the excursions and met many really nice people too, look forward to next year."
Harvey Shiffman, DDS, Tamarac, FL USA
"I had a good experience at the source 2005. After source 2005 I know more about lasers, I now have new friends in the world; and I know a beautiful city in the United States."
Enrique Espinosa, DDS, Pachuca, Hidalgo, México
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