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ALD 2020 Cancellation - COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
ALD is looking into delivering laser education digitally. Plans include webinars and virtual discussion sessions, plus our 2020 Speakers are encouraged to present in 2021 in Alexandria, VA April 8-10. Watch email for more information as we reorganize. Be safe and stay healthy.

ALD Lasers 101 Full-Day Course

A Beginner's Guide to Lasers in Dentistry

Saturday, April 4 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Immerse yourself in this full-day course where you'll begin building a foundation of knowledge around laser use in dentistry. Everything from clinical applications to return on investment will be covered in this 3-part workshop. This is the workshop you need to transform your career and practice.


So, You Got a Laser, What Now?

Part I: Lasers in Dentistry: A Brighter Day at the Office - Dr. Juliana Barros
Part II: Laser Protocols:  Let the Evidence Guide You! - Dr. Shalizeh Patel


Course Description:

Lasers have become a valuable adjunct tool for soft and hard tissue management in general dental practices. With appropriate training and understanding, the benefits that laser technology brings to clinicians and patients are vast. Surgical lasers can be used to perform different types of soft tissue surgeries and uncomplicated biopsies, as it can also be used to selectively remove hard tissue. Furthermore, lasers can be utilized to manage oral manifestations of systemic diseases such as xerostomia, ulcers, and sensory alterations.

This day workshop consists of two informative sessions (morning and afternoon). Several cases presenting clinical challenges of pathology, acute and chronic pain will be introduced in the morning session. A guided discussion on traditional management will be facilitated followed by laser intervention as an alternative treatment modality. Presenters will discuss the clinical sequence of such treatments and overall outcomes. In the afternoon session, participants will utilize an online tool* to quickly and efficiently locate the best evidence to answer their clinical questions regarding laser parameters, treatment feasibility, and patient’s wellbeing.

Presenters will engage the audience by fostering a welcoming environment for questions, comments, and feedback, as the aim of this workshop is to inform and equip participants to implement similar practices using laser technology.

*Personal laptops/iPads with Wi-Fi is encouraged

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify cases where lasers can enhance clinical outcomes
  • Recognize basic principles of both surgical and therapeutic lasers
  • Locate clinically relevant scientific evidence and integrate into daily practice
  • Reflect on clinical management of presented cases and benefits of laser treatment


Return On Your Laser Investment

Michael Cataldo, CEO of Convergent Dental will share how to get the best return on your investment. More information coming soon!


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Meet the Presenters

These three experts will be your guide to building a foundation of knowledge of lasers in dentistry:

Juliana 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, and Operative Dentistry. In 2019, Dr. Barros was the recipient of the Academy of Laser Dentistry T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research.

Shalizeh A. “Shelly” Patel, DDS, MEd is an associate professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics. Dr. Patel is Director of Clinical Simulation for the School of Dentistry and she designed didactic, lab and clinic-based teaching curriculum in laser education at UTSD. In 2019, she received the ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Excellence in Teaching Award and Academy of Laser Dentistry T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research.

Michael Cataldo is the CEO of Convergent Dental, a dental equipment and technology company and developer of Solea®. He founded, funded, built and sold MediVation Inc. to McKesson Corp. in 2000. Served as an investor, advisor and/or board member in several healthcare-oriented startups and has over 30 years of experience in healthcare technology companies.


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