Pediatric Tongue and Lip Ties: Diagnosis and Treatment with Soft-Tissue Lasers

Friday, January 25, 2019 and Saturday, January 26, 2019

Course Synopsis

This course teaches best practices for dentists and physicians regarding tongue- and lip-tie assessment and treatment in infants and older children, and provides participation in a hands-on workshop to learn how to remove tongue-ties using soft-laser tissue on pig jaws. 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 and physicians.


Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  •  Understand infant sucking physiology and how tongue ties cause infant suck
  • Use reliable diagnostic criteria to screen babies for this condition
  • 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.




Course Fee:

$795 Dentist
$475 Allied dental personnel (Observe Only)

*Information for allied dental personnel is required upon registration.
Unregistered participants will be assessed a $175 walk-in fee.

Course fee is due at time of registration.



  Peter Vitruk, PhD, DABLS, has held a research scientist position with The Academy of Sciences in the former USSR and a royal society visiting research fellow position at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He later worked as chief scientist with Luxar/ESC/Lumenis in Seattle, Wash. In 2005, he founded Aesculight, LLC and LightScalpel, LLC, the only American-based designer and manufacturer of surgical CO2 lasers for the small, all-specialty, outpatient office market. Dr. Vitruk is a member of The Institute of Physics in the UK and a diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery. In 2017 he founded the American Laser Study Club, the only laser surgery and dentistry education platform endorsed by Drs. Gordon and Rella Christensen.  


Martin Kaplan, DMD, is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed a pediatric dentistry residency at Montefiore Hospital in New York. Currently, Dr. Kaplan practices exclusively in Stoughton, Mass. As one of only a handful of pediatric laser dentists, he continues to advance his training and recently gained a master's proficiency in laser dentistry. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, Academy of Sports Dentistry and Academy of Laser Dentistry. He has been a practicing pediatric dentist for 37 years, and has used multiple laser wavelengths since 2002.

  Michale Chatham, RN, BSN, LMT, IBCLC, OMT, utilized her experience as a Registered Nurse with more than 30 years experience in dentistry to establish one of the country's first Integrative Frenectomy Clinics. She consults with dentists nationwide to assist them in realizing their dream integrative, airway and oral functional practices. Michale is also Clinical Care Coordinator at Carla Damon, DDS located in Richardson, TX.

Credit Hours

135 Laser Therapy/Electrosurgery - Lecture: Hours - 4
430 Pediatric Dentistry - Lecture: Hours - 8
135 Laser Therapy/Electrosurgery - Participation: Hours - 4

Time and Location

Registation & Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM
Friday, January 25, 2019
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Saturday, January 26, 2019

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.


UTHealth School of Dentistry - Garza Classroom

7500 Cambridge Street
4th Floor Room 4340
Houston, TX 77054

(University doors open at 7:30 A.M.)

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Contact Us
PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge St., Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054
Ph: 713-486-4028
Fax: 713-486-4037


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