Integrating Lasers into Your Everyday Clinical Practice: A Standard Proficiency Certification Course for Dentists, Dental Hygienists and Laser Safety Officers

**Limited Seats AVAILABLE: Call 713-486-4028 to register**

Friday, September 28, 2018 and Saturday, September 29, 2018

Course Synopsis

This program is designed to enhance the practitioner's knowledge and understanding of the science, function and roles that lasers can offer your patients. You will gain an understanding of the science, physics and tissue interaction as they relate to clinical procedures you will be able to perform. Emphasis will be on showing how variations in lasers' physical properties — such as wavelength, power and temporal modes — can be used to alter the desired outcomes. We will discuss reimbursement considerations and proper third-party (insurance) submittal procedures. We will practice procedures on porcine tissue to learn the various procedures that can be routinely performed by the dental clinician. Procedures such as frenectomy, biopsy, gingivectomy/gingivoplasty, osseous surgery, tooth preparation and other periodontal procedures will be included for dentists, while hygienists will learn debridement and sulcular decontamination procedures.


This course meets the TSBDE requirements for dentists and dental hygienists for RULE §115.2
(1) Prior to using a laser for non-diagnostic purposes, dental hygienists must complete no less than twelve hours of in-person continuing education in laser utilization specific to the procedures to be performed by the dental hygienist using the laser. Three of the twelve required hours must include clinical simulation laser training similar to the procedures to be performed by the dental hygienist. The continuing education must be provided by an educational course provider recognized by the Board. Dental hygienists must maintain documentation of the satisfactory completion of the required continuing education courses.

(2) Use of lasers by dental hygienists must be in accordance with the minimum standard of care and limited to the dental hygienist's scope of practice.


(3) A dentist who supervises a dental hygienist in the use of lasers must have laser education and training sufficient to adequately supervise the dental hygienist, including but not limited to meeting the continuing education requirements required of dental hygienists in subsection (b)(1) of this section. Pursuant to §258.003 of the Dental Practice Act, the delegating dentist is responsible for all dental acts delegated to the dental hygienist, including the use of lasers.

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

  • Recognize the patient benefits and many applications of dental lasers
  • Discuss the basics of laser physics, safety and infection control considerations
  • Discuss how controlling the parameters of a laser allows treatment to be specific for a given procedure, and how the same laser can be used for both dental and hygiene procedures
  • Apply periodontal procedures that enhance patient care, knowing which procedures are within the scope of practice of the dentist and hygienist
  • Describe the guidelines for documentation of laser treatment
  • Integrate lasers into the dental practice and apply the guidelines for dental insurance submission for laser therapy






Course Fee:
Friday or Saturday (One Day Attendance):

$395 - Dentist or Allied Dental Personnel


Friday & Saturday:

$775 - Dentist or Allied Dental Personnel

Exam Fee:
$175 - ALD Standard Proficiency Exam Fee
Participants interested in the ALD exam must register and make payment by September 21, 2018 to obtain exam login information. Online exam is limited for Saturday, September 29, 2018 | Register early to guarantee exam space.

Registrations after September 21, 2018, require exam registration through ALD directly upon completion of course. ALD contact information will be provided at the conclusion of the course.

Walk-ins will not have the option to take the exam on-site. We will contact ALD on Monday to obtain log-in information for you.

Limited Spaces Available!

Course fee is due at time of registration.



Juliana A. Barros, DDS, MS, earned her DDS degree from the University of Uberaba, Brazil in 1995. She has postgraduate training in restorative dentistry from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. In addition, she earned a master's degree in laser dentistry from the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute and University of São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Barros lectures and conducts research in the fields of restorative dentistry, biomaterials, and hard/soft tissue laser applications. Recognizing great opportunities to advance knowledge and treatment in laser dentistry, she developed the laser dentistry curriculum at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston and is the acting director of the Laser Clinic. She is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, Academy of Operative Dentistry, the International Association for Dental Research and the Consortium of Operative Dentistry Educators. Dr. Barros is a full-time member of the faculty at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.



Charles Hoopingarner, DDS, is a 1973 graduate of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston who has maintained a private practice in Houston since then.  Dr. Hoopingarner has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at UTSD for 12 years and a Clinical Instructor at the Las Vegas Institute since 1997. He holds advanced and standard proficiency certifications, as well as a mastership from the Academy of Laser Dentistry.



Angie Mott, RDH, has been a clinical dental hygienist for more than 25 years. She is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), where she obtained her Advanced Level proficiency and Educator Status. She became an ALD Recognized Course Provider 2007 and a Master with ALD in 2008. Ms. Mott currently serves as co-chair for membership and as student scholarship chair for the ALD Board of Directors, also serving on the Auxiliary, Regulatory, Education and Certification committees. She was the recipient of the ALD’s 2014 John G. Sulewski, Distinguished Service Award, and is the ALD’s in-office laser consultant. She is a past presenter for the ALD, RDH Under One Roof, Greater New York, and for several state boards’ annual meetings. She has been published in magazines and has written chapters for laser books, in addition to co-authoring her own book about laser hygiene.


Credit Hours

135 Laser Therapy/Electrosurgery - Participation: Hours - 7
497 Lasers in Periodontics - Lecture: Hours - 7

This course exceeds the TSBDE Required hours providing a total of
14 continuing dental education hours.

For their continued support and participation in our sponsored programs, UTHealth School of Dentistry gratefully acknowledges:


Time and Location

Registation & Breakfast: 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM
Friday & Saturday
8:30 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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UTHealth School of Dentistry
PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education

7500 Cambridge St., Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054
Ph: 713-486-4028
Fax: 713-486-4037