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Pediatric Tongue & Lip Ties: Diagnosis and Treatment with Soft Tissue Lasers (HANDS-ON) with Dr. Robert Convissar & Dr. Cara Riek

February 1 @ 8:30 am - February 2 @ 4:30 pm

As many as 5% of all babies born in the US have tongue-ties significant enough to cause breastfeeding difficulties. Enhance your understanding of issues of pediatric laser dentistry and start the process of becoming a board-certified laser surgeon.

Presenters: Robert Convissar, DDS & Cara J. Riek DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC, DABLS
Date: Friday & Saturday, February 1-2, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm (both days)
Sponsored by: Diamond Dental Supply
Location: 1060 Main Street, Suite 201, River Edge, NJ 07661

CE Credits: 15
AGD Code: 430
Subject: Pediatric Dentistry Participation
​Breakfast & Lunch Included



In this course, you will learn best practices regarding tongue-tie assessment and treatment and participate in a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to remove tongue-ties through the use of soft-laser tissue on pig jaws. This course is recommended for general dentists, periodontists, oral surgeons, pediatric dentists, lactation consultants, pediatricians, speech therapists, nurses, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and more.

Course Description:

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 and lip ties in their patients.

5% or more of the babies born in the United States have such tight tongue ties and frenum pulls that they cannot successfully latch onto the mother’s nipple and breastfeed. For the baby, serious consequences include loss of weight and the label of “failure to thrive”. For the mother, this results in sore and cracked nipples, mastitis, painful engorgement and post-partum depression due to an inability to nurse her baby.

This has classically been treated by a physician taking a scalpel or a pair of scissors to the newborn’s mouth and cutting the attachment. The treatment of choice, however, is for a dentist to use laser technology to painfully, bloodlessly remove the attachment, allowing the infant to immediately nurse.

This participation course will teach the medical and dental team how to accumulate all of the required data via history intake forms, perform a clinical examination to arrive at the correct diagnosis, evaluate when this procedure should be done, and then perform the procedure using laser technology.  The course will also go over the practice management/marketing side of this procedure: how to network with lactation consultants, pediatricians, neonatalogists, and the rest of the medical team in order to grow your practice of neonatal dentistry.


The HANDS-ON portion of the program will be performed on tissue samples and pig jaws and includes:

  • Laser incising in micropulsed mode with focused laser beam
  • Deep high-power incisions vs shallow low-power incisions
  • Laser coagulation and hemostasis with defocused laser beam
  • Laser Incising under tissue tension
  • Laser Tongue Tie Release simulation
  • Laser Buccal Tie release simulation
  • Laser Vestibuloplasty simulation
  • Laser Biopsy simulation
  • Simulated laser operculectomy, fibroma excision, gingivectomy, etc
  • Superficial laser ablation of epithelium
  • Superficial laser heating of epithelium
  • Simulated laser treatment of ulcerous lesions

About the Speaker

Robert Convissar, DDS

Dr. Robert Convissar

Dr. Convissar is a pioneer in the field of laser dentistry. He has over 30 years of experience with CO2, Nd.YAG, Erbium and Diode wavelengths. The author of 16 papers and 6 textbooks on laser dentistry, he has presented over 300 seminars on 5 continents from London to Florence to Dubai to Tokyo to Sydney and everywhere in between. He practices cosmetic, restorative, and laser dentistry in New York City. His latest textbook, Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry has been the # 1 selling laser dentistry textbook in the world for 9 years. ​

About the Speaker


Dr. Cara Riek

“My journey into lactation started with the birth of my son. Before he was born, I truly thought breastfeeding would be so simple and easy!   Once he came earth side, I realized that breastfeeding and babies are complex and very emotional. There were times I felt lost in my journey and there were multiple occasions where I felt that the medical professionals who were supposed to be caring for me and my child were at odds with I felt to be right. Not wanting another a mother to experience the journey, I decided to change my career to working to care for, promote, and preserve the breastfeeding dyad.

“My career, thus far, has been sprinkled with amazing adventures: research, teaching, nursing, and now lactation consultant. I want to provide meaningful, evidence-based care to mother-baby dyads. My mission is to support mothers where they are at and help them journey into the breastfeeding relationship they desire. Each family is unique. I want to make sure that each patient is able to reach their desired goal and have an amazing breastfeeding relationship.”

Dr. Cara graduated from Arizona State University of with Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner in addition to having her international board of certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) certification.  Dr. Cara is also a diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery, specializing in “Oral Surgery in Infants, Toddler, and Adults.”  She has also recently earned her certification as a Certified Orofacial Myology Specialist (COMS).  Dr. Cara very much enjoys helping families to reach their breastfeeding goals.


Dentist/Physician $795   |   Non-Dentist/Physician* $395

Limited to 24 Attendees

*(this includes both days, observation of hands-on but not participation)


February 1 @ 8:30 am
February 2 @ 4:30 pm
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1060 Main Street, Suite 201, River Edge NJ, 07661
1060 Main Street, Suite 201
River Edge NJ, 07661
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