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Continuing Dental Education

Laser Practice Refinement – in person only, choice of lecture only or lecture/workshop combo

choice of lecture only (Friday) or lecture/workshop combo (Friday and Saturday - or Sunday if space is needed)

Janet Press, RDH, FALD

lecture and dental tools icon Lecture & Hands-on

These courses are presented in person only.

This course has been cancelled.


Change the date! We’re moving this class to fall, and it will be all in person. Friday, October 20, 2023 will be all lecture at Mountaineers Club in Seattle, and then Saturday and Sunday (if needed), October 21-22, 2023 will be 3-hour workshops. You are welcome to attend just the lecture and not the workshop if you wish; however, if you wish to attend the workshop, you must attend the lecture.

We will offer two (up to four) possible 3-hour workshops on the weekend of October 21-22, 2023. Workshop attendees must attend the October 20 all-day in person lecture in order to participate in any of the in-person workshops on the weekend of October 21-22, 2023 (content will be the same at each workshop, attendees only need attend one workshop.)

Washington State does not require a certificate for laser training, rather appropriate training for the use of a piece of equipment (for example, a Cavatron). There are a handful of states that do require a hygienist to have laser certification (Nevada, Kentucky, etc.). This training will provide the experience to be prepared to begin using a laser in your hygiene practice, and will also fulfill the training requirement topics and number of hours of training for any state that does require a certification.

This training does not provide a certificate for this training as a Certificate program at a University denotes a 2-3 year training program and is not the correct description of this continuing education program.

Course Description

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 Diode Laser. You will learn how the absorption of light energy disinfects and reduces inflammation associated to the periodontal infections. 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, attendees 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, and the various Stages of Periodontitis.
  • Discover new laser applications that optimize clinical results and patient treatment acceptance.


Janet PressJanet Press a Dental Hygiene graduate of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, maintains RDH licensure in Nevada and California and has practiced in general and periodontal specialty since 1975. Ms. Press holds the Academy of Laser Dentistry Fellowship, is a Laser Safety Officer and received certification in soft tissue laser training in 1995. Previously, Director of the Dynamic Team and Laser Certification programs, Janet was an integral faculty member at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) for ten years. Internationally recognized published author and expert in the field of Dental Hygiene Laser Education she has provided Laser education/training to Dentists and Dental Hygienists in the academic environment as well as the private sector in the US and Canada for 20 years. Ms. Press is recognized nationally for her significant contribution in the growth of “Lasers in Dental Hygiene” and the regulations that surround the use of lasers in numerous states. Janet was also named “Distinguished Dental Professional” by Dentsply International, is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Ms. Press is a nationally recognized speaker bringing together science and cutting-edge patient care, expanded practice protocols, and professional motivation to the Dental Health Professionals at national and international conferences, state, local dental meetings, and the private practice.
She is the owner of 21st Century Dentistry, LLC, specializing in Laser Certification Training, Dental Team Communication, and Clinical Dental Hygiene Education.


  • Janet Press is the owner of 21st Century Dentistry, LLC, specializing in Laser Certification Training, Dental Team Communication, and Clinical Dental Hygiene Education.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Friday, October 20, 2023 – lecture
Saturday, October 21, 2023 – two 3-hour workshops (only register for one) – may extend to Sunday workshop offerings as needed

The Mountaineers Club
7700 Sand Point way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Saturday workshops:
University of Washington
Health Sciences Center (exact room TBD)
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195

Dental Professionals – hygienists in particular, but other dental professionals may benefit from the training (e.g., the wavelength frequency that hygienists use in general is different from the frequency that a dentist might use in treatment, but the training for use of the laser is very similar.)

8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time – Check in and Breakfast
8:30am – 4:30pm Pacific Time – Course

8:00am – 8:30am Pacific Time – Check in and Breakfast
Workshop 1: 8:30am – 11:30am
Workshop 2: 12:30pm – 3:30pm

In order to attend a 3-hour workshop on Saturday (or Sunday, if space is needed), attendees must first attend the full-day lecture on Friday, October 20, 2023.

The 3-hour hands-on workshops on Saturday (or Sunday if space is needed) are limited to 15 attendees at each workshop. Scheduling is based on your registration date where you can choose your preferred workshop time.

TUITION: – price includes lunch for Friday lecture
Until October 18; after, $25 more
Friday lecture:
$199/RDH, dental assistant, office staff
$159/WSDHA member
$269/Current UW SOD Dental Alumni Association Member

Saturday workshop (will open Sunday workshop if registration numbers require):
$300/ Attendee Workshop for dentists
$200/Attendee Workshop for RDH, dental assistant, office staff
* Registration for workshop includes a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold the workshop space.

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

7 hours Friday, 3 hours for workshop on Saturday (or Sunday if further space is needed)


Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the course.

As a continuing education provider, University of Washington Continuing Dental Education is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.

Cancellation and Refunds
For the in person lecture on Friday, October 20, 2023, a registration refund will be issued for cancellations received by Wednesday, October 18, 2023, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registration will remain open until Wednesday, October 18, 2023 – however we will accept walk-in registrations the day of the class, Friday, October 20, 2023 with an additional $25 late fee. NO REFUNDS will be accepted after Wednesday, October 18, 2023. Cancellations must be received in email to The cancellation request must include: the name of the course, name of the person registered, name of the person requesting the cancellation, and the reason for the cancellation.

For the hands-on workshop, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration to hold your space. If you must cancel your registration, the $100 non-refundable deposit will not be refunded, and cancellation request must be received by two weeks before the course (Friday, October 6, 2023).

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Dental education institutions have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In so doing, some presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references. Sponsorship of a continuing education course by the University of Washington does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, procedure, or product by this institution.

The University of Washington Continuing Dental Education cautions continuing dental education participants that there are potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating new techniques and procedures into the practice of dentistry, especially when the continuing education course has not provided supervised clinical experience and/or competency tests in the techniques or procedures.

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Box 357137
Seattle, WA 98195-7137

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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and ACDE member schools.

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University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits for Friday’s lecture and 3 hours for attending one workshop offered on Saturday or Sunday.