October 2020


Photobiomodulation: The New Secret Weapon for Patient Care

The ALD PBM Symposium will be held on our new virtual platform where you'll be able to interact with attendees, speakers and sponsors. The best way to experience this event is live, but if you're not able to attend the live sessions due to time zones or scheduling conflicts, no problem! Your registration includes links to the recorded sessions which you'll be able to view after the event and earn up to 8 CEUs. Registered attendees may access the videos here.

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Open to Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Myofunctional Therapists, Nurses and anyone curious about healing.


Experts in the field of photobiomodulation (PBM) will teach and guide you on specific uses of PBM and how practical applications are applied in a wide range of treatments. Laser energy has many applications for oral health management including local and systemic influences. These range from post-operative wound healing decreasing reliance on opioid medications to anti-inflammatory effects both centered around photobiomodulation (PBM). Photodynamic therapy (PDT) can have dramatic effects on managing microbial disease of the oral cavity without initiating antibiotic resistance. Upon registration, you will receive links to the recorded sessions.


Presentations include the following topics:

  • Pain control after surgery.
  • Improved healing of implants and grafts.
  • Treating dry socket.
  • Eliminating the use of opioids.
  • Nerve regeneration.
  • Treating facial pain and TMD pain.
  • Treating soft tissue lesions such as cold sores and aphthous ulcers.
  • Preventing and/or treating mucositis.
  • Laser devices; freestanding and using surgical diode laser devices for PBM will also be discussed.
Educational Objectives:
  • Understand the science and dosage parameters of PBM
  • Recognize what dental procedures can be successfully carried out with PBM
  • Learn how to manage pain for your patients with PBM
  • Learn what devices can be used for PBM in a dental practice


Attendees can earn up to 8 CEUs for watching all of the sessions.
Registration fees: ALD Members  $195 | Non-members $245.





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Session 1

Recorded on:

October 7, 2020

Shalizeh A. Patel, DDS, MEd; Juliana A. Barros, DDS, MS
Fundamentals of PBM

Arun Darbar, BDS, DGDP(UK)
Everyday Uses of PBM

Session 2

Recorded on:

October 14, 2020

James Carroll, AMinstP, FRSM
Pain Management

Annette Quinn, RN, MSN
Oral Mucositis

Session 3

Recorded on:

October 21, 2020

Ed Kusek, DDS
PBM to Treat Nerve Damage

Mel Burchman, DDS
Medically Compromised Patients

Session 4

Recorded on:

October 28, 2020

Gerald Ross, DDS
TMD Treatments with PBM


Sponsor Showcase

Biolase, Thor and Ultradent will each present a  quick look at their companies and solutions they provide for you.


Questions and Answer Session with all Symposium presenters



View Speaker Biographies here.




Juliana Barros

  • Shalizeh "Shelly" A. Patel, DDS, MEd, Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Simulation Restorative Dentistry; Prosthodontics
  • Juliana A. Barros, DDS, MS, Associate Professor, Vice-Chair Dept. of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics
Both at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Dentistry, Houston, Texas, USA


Basic Principles of Photobiomodulation

The presenters will introduce the basic principles of photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy and its appropriate clinical application in managing oral health. This presentation will give a brief overview of the history and the basic scientific background of PBM, in addition to its biostimulatory, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects in clinical dentistry.

Educational Objectives
  • Explain the mechanism of photobiomodulation and its clinical effects.
  • Recognize the use of photobiomodulation and its effect on oral health.

Arun Darbar

  • Arun Darbar, BDS, DGDP(UK) | Private Practice, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

PBM in Everyday General Dental Practice

This a synopsis of photobiomodulation (PBM) use in general dentistry using different wavelengths and devices. This presentation will illustrate how clinicians can use this modality every day, promote better healing, and help our patients with pain management and overcome some of the complications that may occur in post-conventional dental treatment or problems that patients present within our clinics.


Educational Objectives
  • Understand what wavelengths can be used for PBM.
  • Identify which devices PBM is limited to if any, and why.
  • Learn how to improve the outcomes for our patients’ benefit.
  • Describe how to set up this modality in a busy general practice.


  • James Carroll, FRSM, CEO | THOR Photomedicine Ltd, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Photobiomodulation for Orofacial Pain

Photobiomodulation (PBM) has many applications in dentistry with clinical trial evidence published for a wide range of painful pathologies, including postoperative pain, aphthous ulcers, orthodontic pain, burning mouth syndrome, postherpetic neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, stomatitis, oral mucositis, dentin hypersensitivity, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and neck pain. PBM can also be used to desensitize teeth and even induce anesthesia.


How does PBM do this, what is the evidence, and how does one treat a patient? What treatment parameters (wavelength, power, beam area, irradiance, pulses, treatment time, energy and fluence) are required for a successful treatment? How much PBM is enough, how much is too much, how many treatments are needed, what intervals are required between treatment? What are the contraindications and treatment reactions, and are there any adverse effects? This presentation will address these issues.


Educational Objectives
  • Relate the potential range of PBM applications.
  • Describe how PBM works.
  • Understand dose as it relates to PBM treatment.
  • Comprehend how to treat various dental conditions with PBM.

James Carroll presented a webinar just as lockdown from the pandemic started. Watch it here COVID-19: Speculation on Possible Effects of Photobiomodulation (PBM)


Annette Quinn

  • Annette Quinn, RN, MSN | UPMC Hillman Cancer Centers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  

Managing Oral Mucositis with PBM

This session will focus on the use of photobiomodulation (PBM) in the management of oral mucositis in oncology patients.


Educational Objectives
  • Identify the prevalence of oral mucositis (OM) in the oncology population.
  • Describe the benefits of PBM in the management of OM in this population.
  • Identify barriers to implementing a PBM program in oncology




Ed Kusek

  • Edward R. Kusek, DDS | Private Practice, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA

PBM to Treat Nerve Damage

This presentation will show how the use of photobiomodulation can repair nerve damage. References and case studies will demonstrate how PBM has aided in nerve regeneration.


Educational Objectives
  • Discuss references that describe the mechanism to regenerate nerve fibers with PBM
  • Specify PBM parameters used for nerve regeneration.
  • Review video testimonials of PBM use.

Mel Burchman

  • Mel Burchman, DDS | Private Practice, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, USA

Medically Compromised Patients

In today’s dental practice we come into contact with patients that have very complex and compromised medical histories. Lasers have allowed me to treat many of these patients in my office while keeping them on all their daily medications and eliminating the need for additional hospitalizations. All of these cases have been treated in collaboration with the patients’ medical doctors.


This presentation will demonstrate laser techniques that you will be able to incorporate into your practice. You will learn methods for preventing and decreasing the symptoms of oral mucositis and how to treat emergency patients that are currently undergoing chemo/radiation therapy. The discussion will include a pre- and postoperative treatment regime for extractions and root canal therapies. Also described, will be laser treatment techniques for patients with many varied medical conditions, including cancer, secondary myeloplastic anemia, and other blood disorders, pulmonary embolisms, heart surgery, severe lymphedema, cicatricial pemphigoid, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and neurological disorders. These techniques decrease patient postoperative pain and allow for better and faster healing with far fewer postoperative complications.


Educational Objectives
  • Summarize the principles of acupuncture by photobiomodulation.
  • Learn how to proactively treat cancer patients with photobiomodulation to prevent oral mucositis and to decrease the severity of this condition in those that already have it.
  • Review the proper technique for achieving hemostasis with diode and Nd:YAG lasers.
  • Identify pre- and postoperative extraction and root canal photobiomodulation techniques.
  • Discover how to control severe tremors in patients with Parkinson’s disease and motor disorders with photobiomodulation.


Gerry Ross

  • Gerald Ross, DDS | Allston, Ontario, Canada

PBM in Treatment of Facial Pain

This session will discuss how to differentially diagnose facial pain conditions, and how to treat them with photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT). One of the key points is differentiating which conditions should be treated by those who are not experienced in treating facial pain conditions. The presentation will link treatments to articles in the peer-reviewed literature.

Educational Objectives
  • Learn the function of the various parts of the facial system.
  • Identify the key tools to diagnose facial pain problems.
  • Specify where to treat with PBMT and determine dosage and treatment frequency protocols.
  • Differentiate which conditions to treat depending on one’s skill level.


Question & Answer panel with all speakers.







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ALD Organization Disclosure - Disclaimer on Protocols and Opinions


The views expressed and the opinions and materials presented during a presentation represent the personal views and opinions of the individual speakers and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. The Academy of Laser Dentistry assumes no responsibility for the content of the presentations made by individual speakers pertaining to protocols for laser treatment. Any suggested protocols for treatment may be based upon the speakers' own clinical experience and should not be construed as Academy of Laser Dentistry recommended protocols.

Note: These presentations discuss investigational devices that may not yet have received U.S. FDA approval or clearance for the specified clinical indications, or describes off-label uses.



These programs are intended to provide 1 ADA CERP credit of continuing education for dentists or other dental professionals.