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The ALD is offering an ongoing series of virtual learning to help you continue expanding your knowledge of lasers during this pandemic time. Earn 1 CE for each 1-hour session you attend. Below are the topics to be presented and more to be added as we continue to confirm presenters. Keep checking back as we continue to add new sessions.

Those who participate in a live session will receive a CE letter upon completion of the evaluation form. 

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View past sessions here.


Schedule

Date & Time Title & Presenters
  August Sessions Coming Soon!
July 15, 2020
7:00 pm ET

Managing Inflammation (during a Pandemic!)
Tanya Dunlap, PhD


Session Abstracts

ALD Organization Disclosure - Disclaimer on Protocols and Opinions

The views expressed and 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 Education Committee of the Academy of Laser Dentistry may review content only as it relates to topics within the Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education. 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.

 

April 9, 2020, Thursday at 3:00 pm ET

Shedding ‘Light' on Dental Hygiene Laser Procedures:  Q and A with ALD’s Laser Ladies

Jeanette, Miranda, RDH, Mary Lynn Smith, RDH, Angie Wallace, RDH, Lynn Atkinson, RDH

The Hygiene Forum will bring together a panel of hygiene experts who will discuss the most popular questions asked during laser training for the dental hygienist.  Various laser devices, protocols, treatment expectations and State Regulatory issues will be discussed. All four panelists are clinical hygienists and laser educators with a passion for laser dentistry.

Educational  Objectives

  • Discuss the most frequently asked questions for laser training.
  • Relate regulatory issues facing hygienist use of laser devices.
  • Summerize protocols for laser-assisted periodontal therapies.
  • Review photobiomodulation for the dental hygienist.

 

 

April 14, 2020, Tuesday at 3:00 pm ET

Laser-Assisted Endodontics – Disinfection and a Whole Lot More

Justin Kolnick, DDS

While root canal cleaning and disinfection are the primary focus of laser-assisted endodontics, there are other significant applications for lasers in conventional endodontic therapy. The challenges presented, and complications encountered while negotiating complex and anatomically challenging root canal systems are numerous, often frustrating to overcome, time-intensive, and add significant stress to both the dentist and patient. This webinar will highlight the role of lasers in overcoming these obstacles and will introduce new laser concepts such as Laser Patency, Laser Recapitulation as well as Laser Drainage and Decompression. 

The impact of these laser concepts on single-visit endodontic procedures will be presented within the context of endodontic emergency management during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Educational Objectives

  • Appreciate the broader role of lasers in conventional endodontics.
  • Learn new laser concepts that will improve their expertise and competence in the management of commonly encountered complications in endodontics.
  • Understand the application of these concepts to single-visit endodontics and the management of endodontic emergencies during the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

April 16, 2020, Thursday at 3:00 pm ET

COVID-19: Speculation on Possible Effects of Photobiomodulation (PBM)

James Carroll, AMInstP, FRSM

No research has been published to-date with PBM on COVID-19 patients, and none is in progress that we are aware of. However, hypothetically there could be some benefits from PBM treatment of symptoms and conceivably improved innate anti-viral immunity. PBM is well known to be immunomodulatory in cell and animal studies though no work has been published specifically on anti-viral immunity in humans or animals. There is encouraging data that PBM reduces the painful symptoms of a herpes zoster infection and herpes simplex eruption, which while interesting these are not respiratory coronavirus infections. What may be more relevant are the anti-inflammatory effects. PBM is a potent antioxidant. It seems to reduce the underlying cause of inflammatory cytokines (including IL-6 a leading player in the cytokine storm), triggering the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), the leading cause of death from COVID-19. Evidence from in vivo models of LPS induced ARDS shows that PBM significantly reduces pulmonary and extrapulmonary inflammation. The research shows there are changes in mRNA levels in the genes involved in the apoptotic process and the DNA fragmentation of inflammatory and alveolar cells.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand how PBM may improve innate immunity
  • Understand how PBM reduces inflammation
  • Understand how to apply PBM to achieve these effects

 

April 21, 2020, Tuesday at 3:00 pm ET

Marketing Your Practice in Pediatric Dentistry

Lawrence Kotlow, DDS

Today more than ever the practice of dentistry has and is changed forever. This presentation will go over recommendations on how to attract new infants and mothers. How to use the media to your benefit as well as understand how the internet can be your best friend or worst enemy. Using your laser safely especially in today’s new norm.

Educational Objectives

  • How to use the media and internet to your benefit.
  • Play it safe: examine the infant safely, educating your office and parents.
  • How to properly revise TOTs.
  • Create patient interviews and use your website to your advantage.

 

April 23, 2020, Thursday at 3:00 pm ET

Using Lasers to Safely Treat the Medically Compromised Patient

Mel A. Burchman, DDS, MALD

Treating the medically compromised patient is my passion and my love. It is the best thing I have done in 45 years of practice. My hope is that many medical/dental professionals will watch this presentation and become stimulated to join with many laser practitioners to the benefit of our mutual patients. We are finally becoming more educated and aware of the link between the oral and systemic health of our patients.

In today’s modern 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 their daily medications and eliminating the need for additional hospitalizations. All of these cases have been in conjunction with the patient’s medical doctors.

My cases will demonstrate laser techniques that you can incorporate into your practice. You will learn my technique for preventing and decreasing the symptoms of oral mucositis. How to use lasers to treat emergency patients that are currently undergoing chemo/radiation therapy. You will learn my pre and post-op regime for extractions and root canals I will show how to treat patients with many varied medical conditions. Some of the conditions these patients had are: Cancer, Secondary Myleodplastic Anemia, and other Blood Disorders, Pulmonary Embolisms, Heart Surgery, Severe Lymphedema, Cicatricial Pemphigoid, Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, and Neuro-disorders. Unfortunately, most of these patients had many diseases. 

These techniques decrease patient post-op pain and allow for better and faster healing with far fewer post-op complications. Please watch this presentation to make our lives and our patient’s lives better!!   

Educational Objectives

  • Acupuncture by Photobiomodulation
  • How to proactively treat cancer patients to prevent Oral Mucositis and to decrease the severity of those that already have it.
  • Demonstrating the proper technique for Laser Hemostasis with Diode and Nd: YAG lasers.
  • Demonstrating pre- and post-op extraction and root canal photobiomodulation techniques with Low-Level Laser
  • Demonstrating how to control severe tremors in Parkinson’s and motor disorder patients with Low-Level Laser.

 

April 28, 2020, Tuesday at 3:00 pm ET

Optimal Timing of Release: Identifying Comorbidities in Babies Needing Tethered Oral Tissue Release

Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L

Identification of Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs) is an important step in addressing feeding problems in pre-crawling babies, however, identification is not the indicator for release. Signs and symptoms of neurodevelopmental vulnerabilities present themselves in posture, oral, airway, facial, and gastrointestinal problems. Preparing babies and families for release through astute assessment and treatment is a necessary component for optimal outcomes. This presentation will address these concepts so that attendees will learn ways to incorporate them into their laser dental practice.

Educational Objectives

  • Specify 3 comorbidities with tethered oral tissues.
  • Identify 2 aspects of optimal timing of release of TOTs.

 

April 30, 2020, Thursday at 3:00 pm ET

The Speech-Language Pathologist’s Integral Role on the TOTs Team

Vanessa Anderson-Smith, MA CCC-SLP COM

Many professionals see TOTs in the pediatric population as a feeding issue in infants or a speech production/feeding disorder in older children. It also has the potential to contribute to a myriad of health implications. A speech-language pathologist will retrain a child to use muscles that the child may have never had (or had limited) access to prior to a frenectomy. Post-frenectomy therapy will assist with integration of the new motor patterns into safe and efficient eating and clearer speech production. A speech-language pathologist’s role in pre- and post-frenectomy care is essential for neuromuscular reeducation. The benefits are many, including reaching optimal results for improvement in a child’s feeding and speech, as well as
enhancing other health benefits.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the role of a speech-language pathologist in pre- and post-frenectomy care.
  • Describe the need for proper neuromuscular reeducation post frenectomy.
  • Summarize the impacts of TOTs on speech production and feeding.

 

May 5, 2020, Tuesday at 3:00 pm ET

CBCT and Computer-Guided Implant Placement

Robin Horton, BDS

Clinicians now have access to relatively low-cost CBCT machines, intraoral scanners are commonplace, and labs now have model scanners. If we merge this data and superimpose the proposed final restorations over the three-dimensional computer model, we have the opportunity to use very minimal surgery with very low risk to the patient. These technologies are ideal for laser users, as minimal intervention is required, and tissue sculpting with a laser improves both the aesthetic outcome and healing of the surgical site.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the importance of CBCT in implant planning.
  • Describe how to use software and scanning technology for designing guided implant surgery.
  • See how lasers fit into a computer-guided surgery protocol for implant placement and restoration delivery.

 

May 7, 2020, Thursday at 3:00 pm ET

Understanding the Clinical Application of Laser Math

Alfred Wyatt, DMD

Understanding the operation and optimal use of any laser requires an appreciation of the many scientific figures, terms, and calculations that come into play. The primary objective of this course is to familiarize the new laser user and strengthen others in the understanding of these components and how they relate to the clinical practice of laser in dentistry. This session is highly recommended if you are pursuing Advanced Proficiency certification.

Educational Objectives

  • Learn terms used with laser devices and what they mean.
  • Determine calculations associated with these terms.
  • Use these terms and calculations to obtain the best clinical performance of the laser device you have.

 

May 14, 2020, Thursday at 3:00 pm ET

Combining Lasers, Regenerative PRF, and Ozone Therapy in Endodontics Using EndOzLase: New Biological Regenerative Strategies for the Endo Patient

Valerie Kanter, DMD, MS, BCN, IBDM

Regenerative Endodontics is defined as biologically based procedures designed to replace damaged structures of the pulp-dentin complex. Depending on the state of pulpal inflammation, a variety of treatment options exist that range from direct pulp capping to complete revascularization of the root canal system.   An accurate pre-operative diagnosis is critical for case selection and successful outcomes.  In this webinar we will review clinical guidelines for treatment planning vital pulp therapy cases and learn about new research in the field of molecular diagnostics, to establish a true understanding of the dynamic role of the host response in pulpal and systemic inflammation.  In order for vital pulp therapy to be successful, biological regenerative strategies are recommended to mitigate inflammatory triggers and support mineralization pathways.  EndOzLase is a combination therapy using Er:YAG and Nd:YAG lasers, ozone therapy, and regenerative platelet rich fibrin. We will discuss the application of EndOzLase in vital pulp therapy cases, with the intention of maintaining pulp vitality, which is essential for dental homeostasis and optimal function and survival of teeth.

Educational Objectives

  • Review clinical and molecular markers of pulpal inflammation in order to maximize success for vital pulp therapy by proper case selection. 
  • Discuss the benefits of lasers in deep decay removal and proper management of pulp exposures. 
  • Introduce EndOzLase and the biological strategies, techniques and materials recommended for successful vital pulp therapy. 

 

 

May 15, 2020, Thursday at 8:00 am - 10:00 am ET

Hosted by:

Laser Gingival Depigmentation: Open Panel Discussion

Kenneth Luk BDS, MSc (Hong Kong), Manaf Taher Agha DDS, MD (UAE), Omar Hamadah DDS, MSc, PhD (Syria), Walid Altayeb DDS, MSc, PhD (Algeria)

Although physiologic melanin pigmentation is not a medical pathosis, the appearance of pigmented gingival is considered an esthetic problem especially for those who have a gummy smile. Various treatment modalities have been made for cosmetic removal of the pigmented area including dental lasers. The panel will evaluate and compare the clinical efficiency of different wavelengths and techniques in removal gingival melanin pigmentation. All the following questions will be answered by experts who have scientific knowledge and great clinical experience in this field with a history of more than 1500 cases.

  • What type of pigmentations are we speaking about?
  • The myth behind it!
  • Is laser the most effective, pleasant, and reliable tool?
  • Which wavelength could be used?
  • Which technique; surgical or nonsurgical?
  • Could the wavelength or technique be superior in control during and postoperative pain?
  • The healing process?
  • The time of recurrence?
  • Any possible complications? how to avoid it?
  • Any specific clinical tips and tricks?
  • Is it an evidence-based practice procedure?

 

 

Basic Principles of Photobiomodulation (PBM) in Oral Health - 3-Part Series

Juliana A. Barros, DDS, MS; Shalizeh A. Patel, DDS, MEd; Charles F. Streckfus, DDS, MA

May 19, 2020, Tuesday at 3:00 pm ET
Module 1 - A brief overview of the history, basic scientific, and clinical information of PBM.

May 21, 2020, Thursday at 3:00 pm ET
Module 2 - Photobiomodulation Therapy for Clinical Management of Xerostomia

May 28, 2020, Tuesday, at 3:00 pm ET
Module 3
- Photobiomodulation Therapy and Adjunctive Non-Opioid Approaches for Clinical Management of Sensory Alterations

This series of presentations will give a brief overview of the history, basic scientific and clinical information on photobiomodulation (PBM). The audience will receive insight into PBM’s biostimulatory, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects through both scientific research and clinical case presentations. 

The presenters will introduce clinical cases of patients exhibiting xerostomia, burning mouth syndrome, idiopathic facial pain,  and other types of sensory alterations. A step-by-step clinical protocols including examination, subjective and objective measurements and diagnosis will be discussed.  Additionally, the presenters will describe appropriate treatments based on clinical findings and report on outcomes including the patient's quality of life.

Educational Objectives

  • Explain the mechanism of photobiomodulation and its clinical effects
  • Recognize the use of photobiomodulation for inflammation and pain management
  • Recognize the use of photobiomodulation and its effect on a patient’s quality of life

 

May 26, 2020, Tuesday at 3:00 pm ET

Current Trends in the Treatment of Bacteria Related Periimplantitis

Sebastiano Andreana, DDS, MS

The presentation will focus on diagnosis and definition of peri-implantitis according to the recent classification. Furthermore, different current clinical protocols will be presented, including the use of different decontaminating agents together with different laser wavelengths. Several clinical scenarios will be showcased.

Educational Objectives

  • Recognize clinical signs of periimplantitis and how to assess the Clinical condition
  • Review different treatment modalities for the management of Periimplantitis.
  • Incorporate the use off lasers for the treatment of periimplantiti

 

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June 3, Wednesday at 7:00 pm ET

Cross-Coding: Incorporating Medical Billing for Laser Dentistry

Rose Nierman, RDH, Nierman Practice Management, Tequesta, FL, USA

As dentistry continues to shift toward oral-systemic wellness, more dental procedures are being recognized as medically necessary and being covered under major health insurance plans and policies. Dental practices are recognizing the significant benefits to offering medical insurance reimbursement such as increased case acceptance, expanded referral networks, and increased revenue. Cross-coding practices that utilize the patient’s medical insurance are maximizing the patients’ benefits and giving them easier access to much-needed care. In this lecture, attendees will learn how to incorporate cross-coding and medical billing into their office. The discussion will include the services that can potentially be covered by medical insurance, including laser procedures such as frenectomies and treatment of mucositis and pain conditions. Also covered will be the requirements for receiving reimbursement and a step-by-step guide for how to get started.

Educational Objectives

  • Discover which laser dental procedures can be covered under medical insurance.
  • Understand what is needed to bill medical insurance for laser dentistry services.
  • Determine how to get started with billing medical insurance in dentistry.

 

June 12, Friday at 12:00 pm ET

Note: Webinar will be presented in Arabic language

The Contribution of Lasers in Management of Iatrogenic Periodontal Tissue Damage in The Esthetic Zone

Walid Altayeb, DDS, MScD, MALD, PhD

Over the past two decades, the focus on esthetic prosthetic and restorative dentistry has increased. The esthetic dentistry should be evidence based and ideally preserve the biologic environment while maintaining or restoring esthetics, comfort and function. With the prevalence of the esthetic procedures, the rate iatrogenic periodontal tissue damage increased, away from the known causes of periodontal disease.

The violation of the biologic periodontal balance may lead to irreversible tissue damage that requires subsequent therapeutic intervention.

During this webinar, we will discuss the methodology for dealing with cases of iatrogenic periodontal damage resulting from some restorative esthetic procedures. The contribution of dental lasers with its different wavelengths in the management of these cases will be highlighted. Clinical application of lasers in periodontal surgery serves the concept of minimally invasive dentistry and could improve the clinical outcomes compare to the traditional methods.

Educational Objectives:

  • Illustrate the consequences of violating the periodontal tissue
  • Diagnosing and the treatment plan to manage the iatrogenic periodontal damage
  • How to select the most suitable laser wavelength for this treatment
  • Utilize using lasers more efficiently and safely in periodontal surgery 
  • How to use lasers to correct the violation of biologic width

 

 

HYGIENE SERIES

Saturday, June 13 from 11:00 am ET - 2:00 pm ET

Navigating the Roadblocks for Your Hygiene Practice Post-COVID 19
Lynn Atkinson, RDH; Jeanette K. Miranda, RDH; Mary Lynn Smith, RDH; Angie Wallace, RDH

Free to ALD Members. Non-members $45.
Earn 3 CEUs for this 3-hour session.

There are mental and physical roadblocks that will need to be worked through in order to bring our practices up to speed.  We want to work but we have concerns about what it will look like, how to make the environment safe and when to make adjustments in our practice.  In the webinar, PowerHouse Hygiene will help you know what to anticipate in your restart and discuss some of the unexpected experiences, as well as offer solutions to make it easier.

Educational Objectives

  • Outline possible obstacles that will be encountered throughout the day
  • Understand concerns many other hygienists are working through
  • Determine solutions that are most effective for your personal practice

Methodology

This live, one-hour webinar will be 30 minutes of lecture with slide presentation followed by 30 minutes of live questions and answers.

Products and Technology to Restart your Practice
Mary Lynn Smith, RDH; Angie Wallace, RDH (Moderator)

Now, more than ever, we are challenged to make every minute count in each hygiene appointment. What have you been missing in the past and what new things would you like to add to up the value? This webinar offers products and technology to help you restart your hygiene practice safely, efficiently, and productively.

Educational Objectives

  • Choose products and technology that support or expand productive hygiene services
  • List criteria for choosing a product or technology
  • Learn sources for more information or ordering mentioned products and technology

Methodology

This live, one-hour presentation will consist of 45 minutes of lecture and slides followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers.

Why is Laser Safety so Important?
Angie Wallace, RDH

This course is designed to introduce the novice laser user or experienced laser user to the safety concerns that go with laser utilization, it is intended to give the participant a basic understanding of the principles necessary to assure safe use of lasers. Learn to understand how it is important to understand these concepts before just picking up your laser and using it.

Educational Objectives

  • Recognize the different wavelengths and how to find the proper laser safety glasses
  • Evaluate your Laser eyewear and determine if they are in good working condition
  • Understand what the responsibilities are of the Laser Safety Officer

Methodology

This live, one-hour presentation will consist of 45 minutes of lecture and slides followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers.

 

Saturday, June 20 from 11:00 am ET - 2:00 pm ET

Effective Communication in Your Dental Practice
Lynn Atkinson, RDH; Angie Wallace, RDH (Moderator)

Free to ALD Members. Non-members $45.
Earn 3 CEUs for this 3-hour session.

Communication and education have always been an integral part in the dental settings between all team members as well as our patients. This course will offer essential communication with new concerns and questions. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn key words to improve your team’s communication in the patient relationship 
  • Identify new concerns that may arise as we return to the dental office
  • 3Learn what to say to reassure and educate your patients and team members about the new protocols in practice

Methodology

This Live one-hour webinar will be 45 minutes of lecture with slide presentation and 15 minutes of live question and answer.

Four Ways to Achieve Success with Dental Hygiene Laser Procedures

Jeanette Miranda, RDH

This course is designed to compare 4 different approaches for dental hygiene laser procedures.  It is intended to give the participant basic parameters for the effective use of lasers in the dental hygiene practice.  Come learn how to successfully incorporate lasers into nearly every patient visit.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand laser procedures for the dental hygienist
  • Identify which dental procedures are suited to different laser wavelengths
  • Review four different protocols for dental hygiene laser procedures
  • View and review videos and case studies for dental hygiene laser procedures

Methodology

The one-hour live on-line course will be divided into fifty minutes of lecture and ten minutes of a live question and answer session.  Along with the lecture, videos and case studies will highlight the different dental hygiene laser procedures.

That’s a Wrap, Final Edition

Lynn Atkinson, RDH; Jeanette K Miranda, RDH, BSDH; Mary Lynn Smith, RDH; Angie Wallace, RDH

PowerHouse Hygiene will bring together a panel of hygiene experts who will discuss the most popular questions asked during these webinars. We welcome other laser questions and get the answers to you for what you are looking for.  All four panelists are clinical hygienists and laser educators with a passion for laser dentistry.

Educational Objectives

  • Answer your questions that we may not have been able to get to at the previous webinars
  • Understand the importance of what Lasers can do for your practice, your patients and for you as a Hygienist
  • Help you gain the confidence that will help you be a wonderful laser hygienist knowing that you have a support team you can lean on

Methodology

This live, one-hour Q & A will consist of four Hygienists, known as PowerHouse Hygiene, that have over 80 years of total laser experience to answer your questions candidly and professionally

 

June 17, Wednesday at 7:00 pm ET

Essential Legal Strategies for Reducing Taxes, Avoiding Lawsuits & Protecting Your License

Natalyn Lewis, Legally Mine, N. Orem, UT, USA

Dental and medical professionals have unfortunately become all-too-easy targets for MANY trial attorneys! Learning how to use legal entities is vital to protect everything they have worked hard to achieve. Setting up C-Corps, S-Corps, and LLCs is only part of the answer to this rapidly growing issue. This course will instruct attendees on how to protect one of their most important assets, their dental or medical license. Even if they aren’t sued for a larger amount than what their malpractice insurance covers, all dental and medical professionals will encounter being investigated and possibly sanctioned for issues UNRELATED to the reported lawsuit. Utilizing these legal tools, in many cases, can decrease malpractice insurance costs and drastically reduce their income taxes – all while keeping their name and license from being reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).

Educational Objectives

  • Maintain the focus on improved patient care rather than malpractice defense.
  • Improve overall professional success by structuring assets for lawsuit protection and prevention.
  • Apply risk management techniques that improve and enhance fiscal efficiency.
  • Acquire an understanding of basic dental and medical-legal tools that are available to help decrease unnecessary loss of revenue.

 

 

June 22, Wednesday at 2:00 pm ET

Hosted by:

Laser in Implantology: 25 Years Journey!

Georgios Romanos, DDS, PhD, Stony Borok, New York (Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Stony Brook
University, Stony Brook, New York)

Prof. Georgios Romanos is a Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Stony Brook
University, Stony Brook, New York. He is an internationally recognized name when it comes to laser applications in dentistry. He was chosen as one of "10 professors Changing Dental Technology".

The use of lasers appears promising in implant dentistry when correct laser wavelength and power settings for soft and hard tissue are being applied.

This webinar will describe the state-of-the-art application of different laser systems in modern implant dentistry for:

  • Second-stage surgery of submerged implants
  • Treatment of infrabony defects
  • Removal of peri-implant hyperplastic overgrowths
  • The preparation of bone cavities for implant placement
  • Possibly improving osseointegration
  • Promote wound healing
  • The treatment of peri-implantitis.

 

July 1, Wednesday from 7:00 pm ET - 8:00 pm ET

Laser Therapy in Orofacial Pain

Daiane Thais Meneguzzo, DDS, MSc, PhD

Orofacial pain is a very common complaint in the dental office, in particular Trigeminal Neuralgia. Pharmacological treatment has been the only option available for a long time. The side effects of prescription drugs are numerous, especially for patients with chronic pain. Temporomandibular dysfunction is another complaint that requires adequate clinical diagnosis and often the use of pharmacological drugs.

The use of Laser Therapy has been shown to be effective in resolving and managing pain by accelerating the resolution of the inflammatory process, modulating inflammatory mediators, and avoiding or decreasing the use of drugs as well as reducing treatment time. This presentation will show the mechanisms of action of phototherapy in orofacial pain, the benefits of lasers as an adjunct in the treatment of orofacial pain, and the clinical management of the use of class 4 lasers. 

Educational Objectives:

  • Managing neuralgia with Laser Therapy
  • Managing TMD with Laser Therapy
  • Reducing the use of opioids in chronic pain with Laser Therapy

 

July 15, Wednesday from 7:00 pm ET - 8:00 pm ET

Managing Inflammation (during a Pandemic!)

Tanya Dunlap, PhD

Treatment for periodontal disease has always been a little like a carousel ride, and now add all of the complications of a pandemic. Laser therapy is an excellent way to treat gingival infections without aerosols, but what do you offer patients between office visits? The biofilm just grows back. In a Covid-19 world, a healthy immune system takes on new significance and any chronic inflammation taxing the immune system needs attention.

Non-aerosol prescription tray therapy delivers hydrogen peroxide gel deep into periodontal pockets to fight gingival infections and to decrease inflammation, bleeding, and pocket depths. It’s a great adjunct to laser therapy and it solves a few problems. You can prescribe trays for patients with delayed care (you just need someone to take an impression) and offer a proven therapy until they can get an appointment. Because hydrogen peroxide kills coronaviruses, this peroxide-based therapy can be implemented to reduce the risk of oral transmission of the virus via saliva.

Come to the course to learn how to integrate Rx tray therapy into your periodontal protocols and how to add an extra layer of protection for your team and your patients.  

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify the benefits and limitations of hydrogen peroxide for biofilm control and what we know about peroxide and coronavirus.
  • Summarize how and why antimicrobials with oxidative and oxygenating reactions more effectively manage biofilms.   
  • Differentiate the two protocols for Rx tray therapy and good patient candidates for each.                 

Tanya Dunlap, PhD is the Managing Director at Perio Protect, where she has worked since 2005. For several years she served as the research liaison for the company, working with researchers and investigators who were testing Perio Tray® therapy in controlled clinical trials and microbiological studies. Her expertise on this adjunctive periodontal therapy is grounded in the data, explaining how the prescription trays work and which patient candidates can benefit from them.  

Perio Protect LLC  markets the prescription Perio Tray® and provides CE on minimally invasive periodontal treatment with adjunctive Perio Tray therapy.  Results from Perio Tray delivery include reductions in inflammation and bleeding, decreases in pocket depths, whiter teeth and fresher breath. More than 20,000 dental professionals have attended Perio Protect courses and hundreds of thousands of patients have received prescription Perio Trays since the company’s founding in 2005.

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