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Continuing Dental Education

“Beam Me Up”

Laser Certification Training

Janet Press, RDH

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This is a hands-on workshop. Attendance is limited to 25 participants.

Due to the COVID pandemic and social distancing requirements, this course has been postponed. We are working on new dates.

This course is offered in partnership with the Washington Dental Hygienists’ Association. Please register through WDHA.

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 inflammatory side of the periodontal infections through the absorption of light energy. Expand the adjunctive use of your diode laser as an essential key element not limited to periodontal therapy but for optimum risk management recall. In this hands-on clinical simulation program you will learn the specifics of laser fiber optic delivery and discover the delicate nature of using a laser device. Working with simulation exercises, this workshop is designed to build confidence and clinical skill sets ideal for successful implementation of the Diode Laser. 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 be able to:

  • Discuss the correlation between emerging science and laser technology when combating the periodontal infections.
  • Understand thermal disinfection and learn how the laser promotes physiologic healing.
  • Interpret the clinical methods associated with laser sulcular debridement, disinfection, and the technique used to obtain optimum clinical results.
  • Identify the variables of laser energy protocols as they apply to the treatment of gingivitis, chronic, and aggressive periodontitis.
  • Discover new laser applications that optimize clinical results and patient treatment acceptance.


Janet Press, RDHJanet Press, Fellow Academy Laser Dentistry, in practice of Dental Hygiene since 1975. Her certifications include Diode and Nd:Yag Laser Standard Proficiency Certification (1995) , Laser Safety Officer Certification, and RDH licensure in Nevada and California. Internationally recognized as an expert in the field of Dental Hygiene Laser Education she has provided Laser education/training 24 years in the academic environment as well as the private sector throughout the United States and Canada. Ms. Press maintains her professional affiliations with the American Dental Hygiene Association, American Academy of Periodontology, American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry which awarded her the honor of being named “Fellow” of the Academy. She was also named “Distinguished Dental Professional” by the Professional Circle of Clinicians of Dentsply International.

Course Logistics


University of Washington
Health Sciences Center
Room in T-4

Seattle, WA 98195

This course is primarily designed for dental hygienists; however, dentists will also find the information useful.

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 7:30am-8:00am
Course: 8:00am-5:00pm

TUITION – price includes lunch
$459/Non-ADHA Member Hygienist
$399/ADHA Member Hygienist

8 hours

Limited Attendance:
This hands-on workshop is limited to 25 participants

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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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

University of Washington designates this activity for 8 continuing education credits.