This course will provide a background in laser/tissue interaction, clinical laser applications, and a unique perspective on the regulatory landscape as it involves lasers in dentistry. The presenter has no financial connection to any laser company nor does he belong to any dental laser association. This course does not presume that every dentist should have a laser. Laser curettage and LANAP will be discussed.
A periodontist, Dr. Douglas Dederich also holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering with laser/tissue interaction as the main research focus. He was Head of the Department of Periodontics at Louisiana State University from 1998-2005. From 2003-2006 he served on the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs and was elected Vice-Chair of this Council for the 2006 session. He has published over 60 publications and abstracts in refereed scientific journals, and has made over 120 scientific presentations in North America and Europe. He served as the Chair of the American Dental Association’s Standards Committee Working Group 6.58 on Dental Lasers, a group that produced a Technical Report to the Profession outlining standards of evidence for dental laser applications.