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Tara Erson, DMD, IBCLC

Dr. Tara, who was born and raised in Las Vegas, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California but happily returned home afterwards where she earned a DMD from the UNLV School of Dental Medicine.  Dr. Tara is dedicated to providing excellent, comfortable dental care.  She is exceptionally committed to children, and the life-changing potential of treating problems when they are noticed.
Dr. Tara wanted to be a dentist even as a child; in fact, she saved and still has all of her baby teeth.  When she is not practicing dentistry, she is spending time with her husband, Cliff, and sons, Kale, Rye, and Sage.  She also loves to read, swing dance, and try out new restaurants. 
As a rare Las Vegas native, Dr. Tara has a deep connection to this community.  She received great dental care in Vegas as a child and is happy to continue that cycle with future generations. Giving back to the community is very important to Dr. Tara.  She makes it a priority that her services are available to all people in the community.  She has also volunteered with the Huntridge Teen Dental Clinic, TeamSmile, Give Kids a Smile, and Saturday Children’s Clinic.

Ankyloglossia

Dr. Tara was introduced to tongue-tie while attending La Leche League meetings with her first child.  As time went on she began to see how negatively ties impacted breastfeeding.  She was inspired to learn more about how she, as a dentist, could help these moms and babies. 

As this information is not taught routinely in dental/medical/lactation education, Dr. Tara realized she must create her own pathway of education.  In the summer of 2016 she traveled to Portand, OR to spend a half a day observing Dr. Bobby Ghaheri perform the procedure.

 

Now, Dr. Tara is uniquely qualified to assess, diagnose, and treat tongue ties.  She has completed over 500 hours in continuing education specifically on ties and tongue function, and continues to attend classes, courses, and conferences as often as possible. Dr. Tara takes great pride in bringing up-to-date knowledge to her patients for the best possible outcomes.

In April 2021, Dr. Tara tested to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). The IBCLC credential is the highest-regarded professional qualification in breastfeeding knowledge and support, recognized all over the world.  

 

Dr. Tara uses a LightScalpel CO2 laser.  A CO2 laser uses laser light to cut soft tissue, as opposed to a diode which cuts tissue with a hot glass tip.  A true laser allows a high level of surgical precision during the procedure with minimal collateral heat damage while still providing excellent bleeding control.

Tongue-tie and related conferences and classes she has attended​:

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  • [Speaker] American Laser Study Club 2022 Conference - ​ (February 2022)

  • [Speaker] American Laser Study Club Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties and Laser Frenectomies Class (October 2021)

  • [Speaker] Meghna Dassani's 2021 Airway Is Life Summit (October 2021)

  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Mastery II/III (November 2021)

  • Dr. Meghna Dassani - Comprehensive Training for Adult and Pediatric Sleep Apnea (March-May 2021) Virtual Course

  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Mastery I (March-April 2021) Virtual Course

  • Advanced Lactation (November 2020 - February 2021) 95 Hour Virtual Course

  • [Speaker] American Laser Study Club 2021 Conference - Frenectomy Track​ (February 2021) Virtual Course

  • Communication and Counseling for Lactation Consultants (January 2021) 5 Hour Virtual Course

  • ...See the Full List Here

Courses attending in 2022

  • ALF InterFACE Conference (March 2022)

  • [Speaker] Meghna Dassani's Airway is Life Summit (September 2022)

  • AAPMD Collaboration Cures Conference (September 2022)

Courses attending in 2023

  • First Half - Basic 40 Hour Cranial Course for Dentists with Paul Lee, DO, FAAO, FCA, with the W.G. Sutherland Temporomandibulo-Cranial Dental Group​

  • Second Half - Basic 40 Hour Cranial Course for Dentists with Paul Lee, DO, FAAO, FCA, with the W.G. Sutherland Temporomandibulo-Cranial Dental Group​

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Laser Study Club, Faculty (ALSC)

  • International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals (IATP)

  • International Consortium of Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP)

  • Southern Nevada Dental Society (SNDS)

  • Nevada Dental Association (NDA)

  • American Dental Association (ADA)

CERTIFICATES

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)

  • Laser Institute of America Online CO2 Medical Laser Safety Training

  • Standard Laser Proficiency