AIM Courses & Events
Lasers: From the Science to Clinical Applications
Understnding the Role and Limitations of Lasers in Every Dentistry
Instructor: Scott D. Benjamin, D.D.S.
Live Online Lecture Credit Hours: 1.5 Hours
Date & Time: May 6, 2021
The number and applications of dental lasers on the market today is growing at an ever increasing rate. The wide range of devices and applications for both hard tissue (tooth & bone) and soft tissue is leading to much confusion of the various roles and values that lasers may or may not play in today’s dental practice. Understanding the science of laser wavelengths, physics, laser safety, tissue interaction, infection control and ergonomics involved is crucial for the successful selection and implementation of a laser into everyday dentistry.
The goal of this program is to enhance the clinician’s knowledge of the science, the functionality, and value that lasers brings to their patient care, and its expected return on investment. It is designed to help facilitate the implementation of the laser into everyday use. It is specifically intended to assist attendees in maximizing the benefits laser technology provides for enhancing the quality of care for all of their patients. This program will enhance the clinician’s knowledge of the science, functionality, and importance that the laser brings to everyday patient care and especially to dental hygiene and CAD-CAM dentistry. The objective of this program is to attain an understanding of the potential that lasers provide to the practice.This course is designed to assist the attendees in understanding the science, benefits and limitations of dental lasers and the knowledge and confidence to evaluate, select, and implement the proper lasers that will be the most beneficial to their practice
Photobiomodulation (Low Level Laser Therapy/ "Cold Laser") Training
Instructor: James Carroll
Live Online Course Credit Hours: 8 Hours
Presented Monthly (See Full Course Description for Dates & Times)
This 8 credit hour live virtual online course teaches "first principles" of Photobiomodulation (PBM) commonly referred to in the past as Low Level Laser (Light) Therapy (LLLT) which has also been referred to as Phototherapy or Photomedicine. Topics discussions, demonstrations, and participation activities include the science, research, and clinical applications of PBM in today dental and systemic healthcare. The primary focus is on how light absorption effects tissue and the cascading of intracellular and extra cellular effects leading to physiological changes and enhanced clinical outcomes. Discussions will focus on the science and clinical evidence on the role of PBM for the management of inflammation, edema, dental specific pain, joint pain, wound healing, and tissue regeneration. The goal is to obtain a knowledge matrix that is a simple model for understanding PBM’s mechanism of action, clinical effects and treatment methods. James Carroll, the course instructor is considered one of world’s foremost authorities and has given courses on PBM all around the globe. He has presented to both the United Nations (Click here to view UN presentation) and the US Congress (click here to view to presentation to congress) on the role and value the PBM has in enhancing dental and systemic healthcare. The course content is designed for all dental and medical professionals.
Laser Safety for theClinical Denatal Team
Instructor: Scott D. Benjamin, D.D.S. Format: Live Online Lecture
Date and Times: May 13, 2021 1.5 Credit Hours
All dental team members in facilities that are utilizing Class 4 (surgical, restorative, and periodontal) and Class 3B (therapeutic) lasers are required by the American National Standard Z136.3 for the Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care (ANSI Z136.3) to have laser safety training that is appropriate for their role and potential exposure. This is NOT a Laser Safety Officer (LSO) training course. This multi-section program is for the clinical team members that are assisting their dentists and hygienists in their utilization of lasers and light based technologies in their patient care. This program provides a fundamental overview of laser physics, the different type of lasers, and related tissue interactions. This information is designed to obtain a better understanding of the role of lasers in patient care and how to appropriately communicate their values to their patients. This course focuses on the role of the clinical dental assistant and the safety concerns and how to address these concerns when a laser is being setup and utilized, as well as, infection control concerns and reprocessing processes.
The primary role of the program is to assist the dental facility’s LSO in educating their clinical team to have the knowledge needed to safely and efficiently implement a laser program into everyday use. The facility’s LSO will expand on the material contained in the program with information specific to lasers being utilized, and the policies and procedures established for each location.
This is NOT a training course on the use of a Class 3B or Class 4 laser. ANSI Standard Z136.3 requires that users of Class 3B and Class 4 lasers must have a device specific hands-on training course for the procedures they are performing taught by a clinician that has the professional status to perform those procedures.