The ALD/DSO Relationship
For more than 25 years, the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) has been the only independent and unbiased non-profit association dedicated to improving patient care with the proper use of laser technology.
During this time, the ALD has carried out its mission by providing the finest caliber of laser education and training untarnished by commercial influence. In fact, the ALD certification program for standard and advanced proficiency levels is the recognized benchmark of excellence throughout the world.
In recent years, the ALD has been approached by several DSO and group dental practices to help them develop standardized and scalable laser safety and proficiency training programs within their organizations.
One example of this is Heartland Dental, who recently invited ALD Treasurer and Board Member Dr. Ed Kusek to provide on-site dental laser certification and hands-on clinical education to over 120 dentists and hygienists.
In order to meet the growing demand for laser safety and training for rapidly expanding DSOs such as Heartland Dental as well as smaller, regional dental group practices, the ALD is developing a formalized program designed to ensure that the dental teams employed by dental group practices are at the highest-level of clinical laser expertise, while also elevating each location’s standard of patient care. This soon-to-launch program will include the following DSO-friendly components:
- Special Corporate Membership Classification
- Onsite Training & Certification Programs for Dental Teams
- Web-Based Training and Certification Programs for Dental Teams
- Train the Trainer Programs
- Group Discounts for Attending ALD Annual Conferences
- ALD/DSO Co-Marketing Programs
The ALD’s formalized DSO Training & Certification Program (DTCP) will be officially launched during the upcoming ALD 2019 meeting, which will take place in Dallas on April 4-6.
Sending executives, dentists and hygienists from your organization to attend ALD 2019 is a great way to experience all that the academy has to offer before we officially roll-out DTCP. Think of it as a deep-dive test-drive!
Discover the Laser-Systemic Connection
This year’s meeting promises to be one of the best, thanks to its relevant and timely total health focus. “The Laser-Systemic Connection: Lighting the Way to a Healthier Mouth and Body,” with the opening keynote by leading oral-systemic health authority, Charles Whitney, MD.
Dr. Whitney is the nation’s leading physician advocate for bridging the gap between dentistry and medicine. In fact, Dr. Whitney’s specialty of heart attack, stroke and dementia prevention relies heavily on collaborating with dental clinicians to accurately diagnose and effectively treat periodontal disease.
Why did we choose the laser systemic theme? The answer is quite simple. For decades, ALD members were the unsung heroes of oral-systemic health. First by applying laser technology to treat periodontal disease and more recently, by applying light therapy to help patients suffering from the sleep obstructed breathing, TMJ and oral mucositis.
Speaking of oral mucositis, I recently had the distinct pleasure of working with Dr. Whitney to co-manage one of his patients who was undergoing chemotherapy and was threatening to stop treatment due to his severe oral mucositis. This was a great example of medical-dental collaboration for the benefit of the patient.
I was able to offer the patient relief by using photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy – which was effective after just two treatments!
Of course, we’ll have an entire PBM track in Dallas. Think about it. How many patients could your DSO or group practice help by having your clinicians become proficient in the application of PBM to reduce pain and promote healing.
And yes, PBM can help DSOs and group practices have a positive impact on the opioid addiction crisis!
ALD 2019: A Great Place to Start
There are many more reasons why ALD 2019 is worth attending, such as up to 25 CEUs for each team member that you register for our unbiased lectures, discussion sessions and 10 hands-on workshops. Our educational tracks include the following:
- The Laser-Systemic Connection
- Photobiomodulation (Low Level Laser) Treatments
- Laser Safety
- General Applications
- Diode Laser (Beginner & Advanced)
- Erbium Laser (Beginner & Advanced)
- Pediatric (TOTs)
- Hygiene (Beginner & Advanced)
- Proficiency Certification (Standard & Advanced)
- Facial Aesthetics and Sleep Apnea
Click here for our complete conference schedule.
If you haven’t yet invested in laser technology, I invite you to take the first step by downloading our free, unbiased Laser Buying Guide and then suggest that you come to ALD 2019 to talk to our leading laser manufacturer exhibitors.
By the way, ALD has a full-day exclusive training program designed just for Heartland. It will focus on the specific laser they have purchased for their offices and teaching beginning laser users how to perform several basic laser procedures that they will be able to do the next day they are in the office.
The ALD can do the same for your DSO or group practice. Let’s talk about developing an exclusive training session at a time and place of your choosing in 2019, and/or during ALD 2019 annual session in San Diego. Feel free to contact me via my personal email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to seeing you at ALD 2019 in Dallas!
About the Author: Dr. Burchman is the president-elect of the Academy of Laser Dentistry and began using lasers in 1999. He currently uses 8 lasers in his clinical practice. He holds ALD Advanced Proficiency and has earned several awards: The Science Behind the Clinic of Laser Dentistry and the ALD Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence. He was featured in Men’s Health Magazine, has completed the ALD Educator Course and earned ALD Mastership for ongoing CE activities .His work on Medically Compromised Patients has been published twice in the academy journal, “Wavelengths. ” Dr. Burchman is an Academy Recognized Course Provider, a member of the ALD Speaker’s Bureau and has lectured and conducted hands-on workshops internationally.
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