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Integrating Lasers into Your Everyday Clinical Practice: ALD Dental Laser Standard Level Certification Course
Friday, April 08, 2022 7:30 AM EST to Saturday, April 09, 2022
Category: Lecture & Hands-On

Integrating Lasers into Your Everyday Clinical Practice: ALD Dental Laser Standard Level Certification Course


Friday, April 8, 2022 & Saturday, April 9, 2022



This program is designed to enhance the practitioner's knowledge and understanding of the science, function and roles that lasers can offer your patients. You will gain an understanding of the science, physics and tissue interaction as they relate to clinical procedures you will be able to perform. Emphasis will be on showing how variations in lasers' physical properties — such as wavelength, power and temporal modes — can be used to alter the desired outcomes. We will discuss reimbursement considerations and proper third-party (insurance) submittal procedures. We will practice procedures on porcine tissue to learn the various procedures that can be routinely performed by the dental clinician. Procedures such as frenectomy, biopsy, gingivectomy/gingivoplasty, osseous surgery, tooth preparation and other periodontal procedures will be included for dentists, while hygienists will learn debridement and sulcular decontamination procedures.

This course meets the TSBDE requirements for dentists and dental hygienists for RULE §115.2
(1) Prior to using a laser for non-diagnostic purposes, dental hygienists must complete no less than twelve hours of in-person continuing education in laser utilization specific to the procedures to be performed by the dental hygienist using the laser. Three of the twelve required hours must include clinical simulation laser training similar to the procedures to be performed by the dental hygienist. The continuing education must be provided by an educational course provider recognized by the Board. Dental hygienists must maintain documentation of the satisfactory completion of the required continuing education courses.

(2) Use of lasers by dental hygienists must be in accordance with the minimum standard of care and limited to the dental hygienist's scope of practice.


(3) A dentist who supervises a dental hygienist in the use of lasers must have laser education and training sufficient to adequately supervise the dental hygienist, including but not limited to meeting the continuing education requirements required of dental hygienists in subsection (b)(1) of this section. Pursuant to §258.003 of the Dental Practice Act, the delegating dentist is responsible for all dental acts delegated to the dental hygienist, including the use of lasers.



Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the patient benefits and many applications of dental lasers
  • Discuss the basics of laser physics, safety and infection control considerations
  • Discuss how controlling the parameters of laser allows treatment to be specific for a give procedure, and how the same laser can be used for both dental and hygiene procedures
  • Apply periodontal procedures that enhance patient care, knowing which procedures are within the scope of practice of the dentist and hygienist
  • Describe the guidelines for documentation of laser treatment
  • Integrate lasers into your dental practice and apply the guidelines for dental insurance submission for laser therapy.

Register Here

Limited Space Available!


As a courtesy, please register for all courses at least two weeks in advance. For your convenience however, you may register up to 72 hour prior to the day of the course with no additional charge.

Note: an additional non-refundable fee of $35 per person, per course will be assessed to any registrations received 72 hours or less prior to the start of the course, including any walk-in registrations.



Tuition | Course Fee

Friday & Saturday:
$795 - Dentist or Allied Dental Personnel

To register for the $275 Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) Standard Proficiency Exam Fee

Online Registration Instructions:

Go to: https://laserdentistryslc.lmscheckout.com/Course/index

In Person Course fee is due at time of registration.
We aim to accommodate walk-in registrations for all programs; although lecture room and hands-on training space is limited. Pre-registration is suggested to guarantee your space.


Academy of Laser Dentistry Exam

The Academy of Laser Dentistry Standard Level Course Fee is $275, which includes:


  • Part 1: Foundations in Laser Dentistry Online Course (5 Chapters). The participant will have 90 days access to complete the course. Each chapter is followed by an assessment, which must be successfully completed in order to proceed to the next chapter. Once all 5 chapters have been successfully completed, the participant will be able to immediately print their CE Letter awarding them 6 CE Credits. Recommend that participant complete prior to attending in-person hands-on course with UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston.
  • Part 3: Standard Level Online Exam – Closed book exam. 75 multiple choice questions with a 1-hour time limit (1 CEU).
  • Complimentary 1 year Academy of Laser Dentistry Membership


Part 2: Complete 2 day hands-on course with UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston April 8th & 9th.

Online Registration Instructions:

Go to: https://laserdentistryslc.lmscheckout.com/Course/index
Course Code: 157-12-040822
Instructor: Juliana Barros

Click for additional information on the ALD Exam Registration Instructions

When the participant successfully completes all 3 parts within 90 days of the hands-on course, you will receive a continuing education record of completion with the 1 additional CE for the online exam AND a certificate indicating that they have Standard Level Certification as recognized by the Academy of Laser Dentistry.


About Our Speakers

Juliana A. Barros, DDS, MS, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. She serves as the Director for the Laser Dentistry Clinic, Operative Dentistry I and II. Dr. Barros earned her DDS from the University of Uberaba, Brazil in 1995. She has postgraduate training in Restorative Dentistry from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. In addition, she earned a master's degree in Laser Dentistry from the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute and University of São Paulo, Brazil. She lectures and conducts research in the fields of restorative dentistry, biomaterials, and hard/soft tissue laser applications. Recognizing great opportunities to advance knowledge and treatment in Laser Dentistry, she developed the laser dentistry curriculum at UT Health School of Dentistry at Houston and is the acting director of the laser clinic.

Dr. Barros is a member of several organizations such as the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), Academy of Operative Dentistry (AOD), and International Association for Dental Research (IADR), American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and Consortium of Operative Dentistry Educators.  In 2019, she was the recipient of the Academy of Laser Dentistry T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research. Dr. Barros is an ALD Recognized Course Provider.



Shalizeh A. “Shelly” Patel, DDS, MEd, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics and also serves as Director of Clinical Simulation. In 2020, she was inducted into The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, MD, Academy of Health Science Education and recognized as a Distinguished Teaching Professor byThe University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).  Dr. Patel teaches Clinical Restorative Dentistry to second-, third- and fourth-year dental students. In addition, she designed didactic, lab and clinic-based teaching curriculum in Operative, Simulation and laser education at UTSD. She is principal investigator/collaborator in several research projects in the field of caries diagnosis/management, advances in teaching and learning, laser dentistry and virtual reality in health care. These efforts have led to scholarly publications, a textbook chapter, and many presentations at state, national and international levels. Dr. Patel is an honored recipient of the ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Excellence in Teaching Award (2019) and the Academy of Laser Dentistry’s T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Laser Research (2019). In 2014, first- and second-year dental students selected her as winner of the John H. Freeman Award for Faculty Teaching. At the School of Dentistry, she has won Dean’s Excellence Awards for Teaching (2012, 2015) and in 2019 won the Dean’s Excellence Award for Mentoring.

In 2020, she won a Dean's Excellence Award for application, in recognition of her work with Dr. Juliana Barros in applied laser technology. She has completed both ADEA Leadership Institute (national) and the UTHealth Health Educators Fellowship Program (institutional). In 2019, she earned a master's degree in education, curriculum and instruction in health science education from the University of Houston. Dr. Patel is an ALD Recognized Course Provider


Angie Wallace, RDH, has been a clinical dental hygienist for more than 25 years. She is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), where she obtained her Advanced Level proficiency and Educator Status. She became an ALD Recognized Course Provider 2007 and a Master with ALD in 2008.
Mrs. Wallace currently serves as co-chair for membership and as student scholarship chair for the ALD Board of Directors, also serving on the Auxiliary, Regulatory, Education and Certification committees. She was the recipient of the ALD’s 2014 John G. Sulewski, Distinguished Service Award, and is the ALD’s in-office laser consultant. She is a past presenter for the ALD, RDH Under One Roof, Greater New York, and for several state boards’ annual meetings. Mrs. Wallace has been published in magazines and has written chapters for laser books, in addition to co-authoring her own book about laser hygiene.



Credit Hours

Friday & Saturday:
135 Laser Therapy/Electrosurgery - Participation Hours - 7

497 Lasers in Periodontics - Participation Hours - 7


In-person Schedule



Registration | 7:30 AM (CST)
Introduction | 7:50 AM (CST)

Presentation | 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (CST)

All campus visitors are required to complete a health questionnaire, temperature check and follow facial mask and social distance guidelines. Complete the health questionnaire on your phone, upon entering the School of Dentistry. Shortlink: https://go.uth.edu/screening


Includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch



UTHealth School of Dentistry - Garza Classroom
7500 Cambridge Street
4th Floor Room 4340
Houston, TX 77054
(University doors open at 7:30 AM)