7 Spielman Road • Fairfield, NJ 07004

Pediatric Tongue and Lip Ties: Diagnosis and Treatment with Soft Tissue Lasers: 2-Day Course with Hands-On Participation Lab




                        2-Day Hands-On Course


Enhance your understanding of the issues of pediatric laser dentistry [including tongue-ties and lip ties] and start the process of becoming a board certified laser surgeon!  As many as 5% of all babies born in the US have tongue-ties significant enough to cause breastfeeding difficulties. Affected babies often fail to thrive and can be erroneously labeled as ”lazy nursers or “stubborn feeders”. A good surgical laser for cutting soft tissue must be able to efficiently vaporize soft tissue, while at the same time efficiently coagulating surgical margins. Not all laser wavelengths are suitable to comply with both requirements. This course focuses on the practical aspects of soft tissue laser surgery, as well as on the fundamental process involved in the laser-tissue interaction and helps attendees learn how deep the laser beam cuts and how deep the coagulation and hemostasis extend into the surgical margins. Our hands-on participation lab is designed to train attendees on what surgical lasers can do safely and efficiently

Learning Objectives:

In this course, you will learn best practices regarding tongue-tie assessment and treatment and participate in a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to remove tongue-ties through the use of soft-laser tissue on pig jaws.

Course Description:

The course will enable the participants to understand how to diagnose and surgically treat tongue and lip ties. Attendees will learn and understand the laser-tissue interaction basics and safety consideration within the established standards of safe and effective use of lasers by dentists.

Clinical Curriculum:

  • Explore current methods of clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of lingual and labial ties. Attendees will be able to:

o    Understand infant sucking physiology and how tongue ties implant infant suck;

o    Use reliable diagnostic criteria to screen babies for this condition; and

o    Understand all consequences and benefits of using lasers to remove oral restrictions

  • Through participation in a hands-on workshop, the course attendees will learn to remove oral restrictions using soft-tissue lasers
  • Demonstrate a wide range of didactic and clinical tools for the use of lasers in pediatric dentistry
  • Provide sound scientific basis and proven efficacy of use of lasers in Dentistry in order to ensure public safety

Laser Curriculum:

Laser Surgery and Safety Basic Knowledge Certification Curriculum for this course has been developed by the American Laser Study Club (ALSC), it overcomes the known limitations of many laser dentistry courses, and includes the detailed physics of soft tissue ablation and coagulation with laser and hot tip (non-laser) devices. Laser hands-on wet-lab on tissue samples will include different laser wavelengths and will include laser safety instructions, and demonstrations. Laser instructions will be assisted by guest speaker Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys, DABLS, a laser physicist who founded the American Laser Study Club and LightScalpel, LLC.

Hands-On: The HANDS-ON portion of the program will be performed by practicing surgical techniques on tissue samples & pig jaws & includes:

  • Laser safety
  • Laser Surgical Technique Simulations
  • Superficial Ablation and Coagulation
  • Shallow & Deep Incisions


Credits: 14 CEU’s[attending both days]

Tuition: $795.00

  • Attendees: Non-Dentists – OBSERVATION  ONLY ’NO Hands-On Tuition: $395.00

Limited to 30 Dentist participant:  Breakfast & Lunch Included

Instructors: Martin Kaplan, DMD, DABLS and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys, DABLS and Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC

  • Martin Kaplan, DMD, DABLS

Dr Kaplan has been an early adopter of laser dentistry since 2004. He has lectured nationally and internationally, has co-authored several articles and was a contributing author of the unique, first of its kind, Color Atlas of Infect Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie Laser Frenectomy. Dr. Kaplan is a Member at the American Laser Study Club, a Diplomate of the American Boar of Laser Surgery (ABLS), and the director of Dental Laser Education and Development for the ABLS.

  • Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys, DABLS

Dr. Peter Vitruk was born and raised in the Ukraine. He earned his PhD degree in Physics from the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute. In the 1990s he held Research Scientist position with The Academy of Sciences in the former USSR and then a Royal Society Visiting Research Fellow position at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He later worked as Senior Scientist with Synrad Inc. in Seattle, WA, and then as Chief Scientist with Luxar/ESC/Lumenis also in Seattle, WA. In 2002, Dr. Vitruk founded Luxarcare LLC – an exclusive certified Luxar laser service and accessories provider for 12,000+ surgical Luxar laser installations around the globe. In 2005, he founded Aesculight LLC and LightScalpel LLC – the only American based designer and manufacturer of surgical CO2 lasers for small office out-patient market. Dr. Vitruk has authored 10 patents and over 50 articles on CO2 lasers, and is a Member of The Institute of Physics, UK and a Diplomate of and a Special Advisor on Laser Physics and Safety Education with the American Board of Laser Surgery, USA. In 2017, he founded the American Laser Study Club, an educational platform to support clinicians studying for the written Certification Exams with the American Board of Laser Surgery. He is married to his wife of 33 years, Natasha and they have two children, Olga and Alexander.

  • Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in New York City. Certified in 1992, Catherine is particularly interested in helping moms and babies breastfeed when they have medical challenges and is an active clinical mentor. She speaks to healthcare professionals around the world on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. Her presentations and her writing are enriched by her clinical photographs and videos. Catherine collaborates with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering on research projects investigating the biomechanics of the lactating nipple and various aspects of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Praeclarus Press 2009) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Learning 2008, 2013, 2017) as well as professional journal articles and chapters in the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice and Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Catherine served as Associate Editor of the United States Lactation Consultant Association’s official journal Clinical Lactation for its first seven years and is still a La Leche League Leader

Additional information


Dentists: Saturday, February 2nd [8am-6pm Sat.] and Sunday, February 3rd,[ 8am-noon Sun.] 2019 / Location: Fairfield, NJ, Non-Dentists – OBSERVATION ONLY ’NO Hands-On : Saturday, February 2nd [8am-6pm Sat.] and Sunday, February 3rd,[ 8am-noon Sun.] 2019 / Location: Fairfield, NJ