COVID-19: Treating Oral Manifestations Using Photobiomodulation

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TITLE:  COVID19 - Treating Oral Manifestations Using Photobiomodulation


CREDITS: This continuing education activity is designated for 4 credits

AGD PACE SUBJECT CODE: 260 Laser Dentistry, 35 Oral Medicine, 754 Dentistry for Medically Compromised/Special Patient Care

MODE: Electronically Mediated | Recorded On Demand Webinar for Home Study | Recorded: 8.21.21. Expires: 8.21.22

SPEAKER: Mel Burchman, DDS, MALD


AUDIENCE: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Assistants

TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED:  Mobile device, laptop or desktop with internet connection | Google *Updated* Chrome Browser

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COURSE SUMMARY:  SUMMARY:  Dental clinicians are beginning to see and understand how the oral cavity plays an integral role in the infection process of COVID19, as well as how the oral cavity responds to SARS CoV-2 virus. Common oral symptoms are; loss of taste and smell, xerostomia, “COVID Tongue”, oral lesions, oral inflammation and edema. We will review the pathogenesis of COVID and its relationship to saliva and the other oral tissues.
During this presentation we will review many of the published research papers that relate to the COVID infection and our practice of dentistry. This will include how saliva contains the viral burden for COVID and implicates saliva as a potential route of COVID transmission, and the mouth now considered a route of infection and an incubator of  the COVID virus.This webinar will  demonstrate the proper PBMT technique for treating these symptoms. Also, please keep These same photobiomodulation techniques can be applied to every patient in your practice that may suffer from
these conditions no matter their COVID positive status.


  • Describe the “Cytokine/chemokine Storm,” the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome “ARDS,” and the pathogenesis of COVID-19 in the oral cavity and respiratory tract.

  • Discuss the oral manifestations of SARS-CoV-2.

  • Understand basic mechanisms, fundamentals and many benefits of Photobiomodulation “PBMT.” 

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of several useful acupuncture points to incorporate in their dental practice.

  • Apply basic PBMT techniques to treat the oral manifestations of COVID19 and the appearance of these symptoms in the everyday patient    

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Mel Burchman, DDS, MALD: 2019 President, Academy of Laser Dentistry, Laser Expert, and Co-Founder of GMA Laser Education. Dr. Burchman has maintained a general dentistry practice in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, since 1976. He began using lasers in 1999 and now has eight lasers in his practice. In 2001 he received Advanced Proficiency in Nd:YAG laser from the ALD. In November 2003 he received the “The Science Behind the Clinic of Laser Dentistry” award for his presentation on “Nd:YAG and Diode Laser Therapy in the Medically Compromised Patient.” Also in 2003 his office was written up in Men’s Health magazine in an article titled “The Drill Is Gone.” In 2005 he became a Certified Laser Educator from the ALD and received its Certificate of Mastership in 2008. Dr. Burchman has been published twice in the Academy of Laser Dentistry Journal, "Wavelengths" on the use of lasers in the care of medically compromised patients. Dr. Burchman calls this his passion and has presented on this topic over 50 times. He was awarded the Academy of Laser Dentistry's Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence in 2012. In 2016 he was the Co-Program Chair of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery conference. In 2016 he received his Recognized Course Provider certification. 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT:  This continuing education webinar is supported by Kerber USA. Dr. Mel Burchman is a Co-Founder of GMA Laser Education. GMA Laser Education declares a financial relationship with Kerber USA through this sponsorship.

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