Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties: Diagnosis and Treatment with Soft-Tissue Lasers (3 Day Hands-On Course)
Boston, MA • June 7, 2018, 9:00 AM - June 9, 2018, 3:00 PM
In this combination lecture and hands-on course, attendees will be introduced to the concept of laser frenectomies, an increasingly popular method by which dentists and physicians can treat tongue-ties in their patients.

As many as 5% of all babies born in the United States have tongue-ties significant enough to cause breastfeeding difficulties. This condition can cause a plethora of problems for both babies (difficulty transferring milk, lack of growth) and their mothers (sore or cracked nipples, mastitis and low milk supply). Babies with tongue-ties can be erroneously labeled as “lazy nursers,” “stubborn feeders" or as “failures to thrive.” They may also be erroneously diagnosed with GI problems, when all that is needed is a simple 30 second frenectomy to release the tongue-tie, the result of which is to restore the baby’s ability to efficiently feed.

In this course, attendees will receive an overview of best practices regarding tongue- tie assessment and treatment, and will participate in a hands-on workshop on how to remove tongue-ties through the use of soft-tissue lasers. They will also receive an update from a licensed chiropractor about how chiropractic issues can affect frenectomy diagnosis, as well as hearing from an office administrator about billing and reimbursement issues.

IBCLC's and other non-dentists who are not qualified to use soft-tissue lasers may choose to attend only Days 1 and 2 as observers.

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
One Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02111
Program Agenda
Day 1 of the course will consist of: 
·  Introduction to laser tie intervention
·  Ankyloglossia 101, including its history and impact on newborns, necessary terminology, assessment protocols, and the team approach to intervention
·  Information on Oral Physiology, including variations in oral development and specific bodywork interventions to aid Akyloglossia recovery  

Day 2
 of the course will consist of: 
·  Discussion of the potential role of soft tissue lasers in conducting frenectomies, as well as a live video demonstration of supervised frenectomies, which will be conducted in TUSDM clinical space
·  Q and A with the instructors and a variety of experts
·  Discussion of screening procedures and patient care. 

Day 3
 of the course will consist of: 
·  Detailed discussion of laser tissue interaction
·  Hands-on workshop on pig jaws
Ticket Packages
Click below to register online or call 267-291-1150 to register over the telephone.
Package Cost Register
Dentist/Physician/Pediatrician/Obstetrician/Osteopath/ENT Includes Day 3 Workshop Participation
Dental Assistant/Hygienist/IBCLC/OT/SLP/CST, Observe On All 3 Days
Dental Assistant/Hygienist/IBCLC/OT/SLP/CST, Observe on Days 1 and 2 Only
Lodging Information
The hotels listed below are within walking distance of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and offer a Tufts rate to program participants. Because rates vary depending on availability, please book your room early.

Courtyard by Marriott
Boston Tremont
275 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Reservations: 800.321.2211
Phone: 617.426.1400
Fax: 617.482.6730

The DoubleTree Hotel
821 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617.956.7900
Fax: 617.956.7901

The W Hotel Boston
100 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617.261.8700
Fax: 617.310.6730
Speaker Information
Robert A. Convissar, DDS
Director, Laser Dentistry, New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, New York, NY; Evaluator, Clinical Research Associates, Utah; Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry; Fellow, American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery

Martin Kaplan, DMD
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; pediatric dentistry practice in Stoughton, MA

Joy P. Funston, RN, IBCLC, RLC
Founder & CEO, Lead IBCLC & Ankyloglossia Specialist, Joyful Start LC, Charlottesville, Virginia

Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT 200
Occupational Therapist, Creator of the TummyTime! Method, Yoga Teacher, Reflexologist, CranioSacral Therapist
Credit Information
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 19 continuing education credits.

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. Approval Date12/15-11/19. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit house by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at 
Cancellation Policy
The Division of Continuing Education reserves the right to end registration when enrollment limit is reached and to cancel, modify, or alter content or faculty for any course if circumstances indicate the need for such a change. If the school finds it necessary to cancel a course, a full refund will be granted. All attempts to contact registrants will be made as soon as possible in the event of a course cancellation. The school will not be held responsible for any losses due to travel arrangements made by the registrant.

In the event of inclement weather (such as a snow emergency) or other extenuating circumstances, the Division of Continuing Education may be forced to cancel a course. If a course has been cancelled, we will contact participants by the phone number and/or email address provided. You may call or email our office on the day of the course if you are uncertain of a course’s status.


Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least two weeks prior to course date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be issued for participant no-shows.
19 CEU
Learning Objectives
  • Understand infant feeding physiology and how tongue- and lip-ties impair infant intake
  • Use reliable diagnostic criteria to screen babies for Ankyloglossia
  • Understand all of the consequences and benefits of using lasers to release tongue- and lip-ties
  • Be able to perform tie releases on infants 
  • Understand how some structural issues that impact feeding can be addressed with the use of a variety of Bodywork techniques
Target Audiences
Dentists, Staff
Miscellaneous Information
Space is limited!