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Integrating Lasers into Your Everyday Clinical Practice: ALD Dental Laser Standard Level Certification Course
Friday, March 26, 2021 8:00 AM EST to Saturday, March 27, 2021
Category: Lecture & Hands-On

Friday, March 26, 2021 & Saturday, March 27, 2021 - UT Health School of Dentistry


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.



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 or Saturday (One Day Attendance):
$395 - Dentist or Allied Dental Personnel

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

To register for the $275 Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) Standard Proficiency Exam Fee contact
ALD Member Services at 
[email protected]

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 March 26-27, 2021.

Online Registration Instructions:

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

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.



Juliana A. Barros, DDS, MS

Charles Hoopingarner, DDS
Angie Wallace, RDH

Shalizeh A. "Shelly" Patel, DDS, MEd


Contact Us

UTHealth School of Dentistry

PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge Street, Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054
Ph: 713-486-4028

Fax: 713-486-4037
Email: [email protected]

Contact: UTHealth School of Dentistry, 713.486.4028, Email: [email protected]