UW School of Dentistry


Diode Laser Practice Refinement with Optional 2nd Day Hands-On Clinical Simulation Workshop

Janet Press, RDH

Saturday’s morning workshop is sold out. Space is available in Saturday’s afternoon workshop.

Friday, May 30, 2014 – lecture
Saturday, May 31, 2014 – optional hands-on workshop

University of Washington
Center for Urban Horticulture – NHS Hall
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, Washington 98105

This course is designed for dental hygienists.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until two days before the course).

Friday: Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Morning workshop – sold out
Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Workshop: 8:30am – 12:00pm

Just added!
Afternoon workshop
Registration and Snack: 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Workshop: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Friday’s lecture – price includes lunch:
Until May 28 (after, $10 more)
$179/Dental Hygienist
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

Saturday’s optional hands-on workshop
Until May 28 (after, $10 more)

You must attend Friday’s lecture in order to attend Saturday’s workshop.

Each workshop is limited to 25 participants.

Lecture: 7 hours
Workshop: 3.5 hours

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.

Friday Course Description

Enrich Your Patients Health and Increase Your Productivity by Making Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy Part of Your Hygiene Schedule. Laser is changing the way traditional Dental Hygiene is viewed and practiced. This program will explore the value and benefit of Hygiene Laser assisted therapy that maximizes clinical end-point and the healing effect of the Laser. You will learn how laser debridement meets the demands in treating both Biofilm infection and the host-immune inflammatory side of the periodontal infections through the absorption of light energy. Join in as we take this journey of scientific discovery that will shift your skills to another level of dependable and predictable healing through technologically advanced levels of patient care.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you will:

  • Understand the science of laser wavelengths and their absorption characteristics.
  • Discuss the key elements of laser safety.
  • Explain how the Diode functions and produces the unique characteristics of laser energy.
  • Identify how 810 Diode laser energy interacts at all levels of the periodontal infections and why.
  • Expand your existing Hygiene treatment model through the adjunctive use of lasers.
  • Apply the benefits of using a diode laser in conjunction with conventional SRP in the reduction of bacteria in periodontal pockets.
  • Interpret laser tissue interaction, power settings and the various techniques used to obtain optimal clinical outcome with periodontal therapy, recall, medically compromised patients and difficult to manage areas.
  • Incorporate laser protocols and implement clinical decisions that minimize inflammation for at risk patients through expanded laser recall management.
  • Increase the number of Doctor assisted laser surgical and Hygiene periodontal therapy and laser recall management procedures scheduled per day and profit from your patients saying “yes” to the incorporation of laser technology.

Saturday Optional 2nd Day Hands-On Clinical Simulation Workshop

Limited to 25 participants

Join us as we take the voyage of discovery through diode laser techniques in this dynamic hands-on clinical simulation workshop. Learn the specifics of laser fiber optic delivery and experience the delicate nature of using a laser device. Working with simulation exercises, this workshop is designed to build confidence and gain clinical understanding in the delivery of periodontal treatment protocols in Hygiene by using a Diode Laser.

Prerequisite: Diode Laser Practice Refinement Lecture

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you will:

  • Engage in the safe operation of the Diode Laser Device.
  • Experience the clinical methods associated with laser sulcular debridement, disinfection, and decontamination and the technique used to obtain optimum clinical results.
  • Identify the variables of laser energy settings and protocols as they apply to the treatment of gingivitis, chronic, and aggressive periodontitis.
  • Understand thermal disinfection by using live lasers during mock clinical exercises
  • Learn the specifics of initiated and bare fiber tip applications for treating the periodontal infections.
  • Experience the ergonomic value of laser assisted Dental Hygiene as you participate in advanced laser instrumentation techniques with typodonts and laser handpieces.


Janet PressJanet Press, RDH, Fellow of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, is a Dental Hygienist in general and specialty practice for 38 years, with 17 years clinical experience in soft tissue lasers. Ms. Press holds Standard Proficiency in both Diode and Nd:Yag lasers. Previously, Janet spent 10 years as Co-Director of the Dynamic Team and the Laser Certification Programs at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. She currently conducts programs and workshops on soft tissue lasers in dentistry, hygiene practice refinement, advanced ultrasonic instrumentation and team development/communication. Janet frequently speaks for organizations, study clubs, national, state and international dental conferences, dental manufacturers and provides private office consulting.

*This program in its entirety meets the Curriculum Guidelines for Laser Dental Education


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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates the Friday course for 7 continuing education credits and the optional Saturday workshop for 3.5 continuing education credits.