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Become a Season Underwriter and Save!  For 2018, it's only $595.00 for all six full day CE courses, plus the June OSHA half-day course plus all lunches!  That's only a little over $13 per hour of quality education!  Email gkcds@att.net to sign-up!  

Click the links below to download the entire 2017 & 2018 CE Brochures or just read the descriptions below embedded in the webpage.  

2018 Continuing Education Courses
All programs, with the exception of the March Practice Management Course and the June OSHA course, are 8:30 AM-4:30 PM at the Adams Pointe Conference Center of Courtyard by Marriott in Blue Springs, MO.  The OSHA course has the same location, but is only 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon.  The March program is at Sporting KC's Children's Mercy Stadium​ in Kansas City, KS.

2018 Pricing: $235.00 per course for ADA Members, $320.00 per course for non-ADA Members, $65.00 per staff member/guest. The Season Underwriter subscription is $595.00 for the entire year.  RSVP or inquire for more details at gkcds@att.net or 816.737.5353.

November 10, 2017     _________ Endodontics Lecture____________ Diwakar Kinra, DDS, MS 

Dr. Kinra began his solo private practice limited to endodontics in Flint, Michigan in 2004.

He is also an Adjunct Professor of Graduate Endodontics and Graduate Periodontics at the University of Detroit-Mercy, School of Dentistry and an Adjunct Professor of Graduate Endodontics at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Kinra received his dental degree from the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry, in 1999. At that time he proceeded into private practice for the next three years. In 2002, he returned to obtain his master’s degree in endodontics at the University of Detroit-Mercy, School of Dentistry. He is a member of the AAE, MAE, ADA, MDA and GDDS dental societies. He also serves as the committee chair for the ADA: Committee on the New Dentist.  Dr. Kinra has spoken at over 20 universities domestically and internationally on clinical endodontics, case selection/case presentation and practice management since 2005. 

Endodontic Outcomes Based on Scientific Evidence

This course is designed for the dental clinician who desires to stay at the forefront of the latest scientific advancements, endodontic techniques and schools of thought. Discussion will include NiTi metallurgy and irrigation technologies that are cutting edge and changing endodontic therapy.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will learn:

--The science and physics of instrumentation: Advances in metallurgy and file engineering that address cyclic fatigue and file separation
--Efficiency with fewer files: Design enhancements that deliver consistent canal shapes in less time and with fewer instruments
--Energized irrigation protocols: New technologies and techniques for removing bacteria and the smear layer
--Obturation: State of the art, centrally condensed gutta-percha technologies vs. single-cone techniques. 

* Dentsply Sirona Endodontics and ​Bank of the West will be partially sponsoring this program. 

January 5, 2018    ____ Periodontics/Oral Surgery  Lecture__________ Mehrdad Favagehi, DDS 

Dr. Favagehi
 is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He received a B.S. in Biology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.  In 1994, he received his D.D.S. degree from Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University). He completed his periodontics residency at The Ohio State University, where he also received a Master of Science (Oral Biology). Dr. Favagehi is an adjunct faculty member at the Virginia Commonwealth University since 1998 and has received a Teaching and Mentorship award from theAmerican Academy of Periodontology. He has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology and has served in the Research Submission Committees of the American Academy of Periodontology and Academy of Osseointegration where he also served as committee chairman.  Dr. Favagehi and his wife, Dr. Lourdes Ann Christopher, maintain a private practice focusing on periodontics and implant dentistry in the Washington DC area since 1997.
 
 
Wound Healing Biology & The Latest Biologics:
Enhancing surgical and patient outcomes in tissue regeneration, periodontics and implantology
 
Advances in biology have enhanced our ability to manage wound healing and tissue regeneration.  These advances have opened the door to remarkable outcomes in patient care.  Several growth factors that enhance healing are now available to the dental practitioner as biologic agents. A review of the latest in the core science of biology, inflammation and wound healing will be provided.  Once the clinician is updated with the current knowledge in the core sciences, that knowledge can be used as a guiding compass to navigate through the latest materials, techniques and trends in biologic products, lasers, tissue regeneration, implantology and periodontal management of patients from a biologic point of view.  Practical applications and surgical techniques will be shown for socket preservation, hard/soft tissue grafting involving periodontal regeneration, implantology and management of peri-implantitis.  

Upon completion of this course, attendees will receive a:
Review and update regarding the biology of wound healing and bone remodeling 
- Review of the different commercial and non-commercial biologic modifiers which enhance wound healing and surgical outcome
- An update about new trends to enhance surgical and patient outcomes using biologics, lasers, periodontology and implantology
- An understanding of modern biology and wound healing in different aspects of patient care from case selection and diagnosis to treatment and maintenance
 
- Demonstration of the latest trends in techniques and materials used for socket preservation, implant surgery, gingival grafting, and management of peri-implantitis

*Partial sponsorship(s) still pending.

February 9, 2018           ___   Restorations Lecture __________________ Robert Lowe, DDS

Dr. Lowe received his DDS degree, magna cum laude, Loyola University in 1982, has maintained a full time practice for 30 years, and is a world recognized teacher and clinician. He taught for 10 years at Loyola University School of Dentistry and has received Fellowships in the AGD, ICD, ADI, and ACD. In 2004, Dr. Lowe received the Gordon Christensen Outstanding Lecturer Award and in 2005 received Diplomate status on the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry.

Dr. Lowe has authored numerous scientific articles and has contributed to dental textbooks. He is a consultant for a number of dental manufacturers and a member and clinical evaluator for Catapult  Group, the dental industry’s premier speaker’s bureau. Dentistry Today consistently names Dr. Lowe to the “Top 100 Clinicians in Dentistry."

Restorative Update 2018: Practical Dentistry for the General Dental Practice

In today’s ever-changing economic environment, the dentist must continue to provide a quality service to the patient, yet remain profitable.  Consistent, predictable, clinical techniques to create quality aesthetic and functional dental restorations in a time efficient manner are of paramount importance for a healthy practice.  Effective use of emerging technologies in dentistry will help to differentiate your practice in the marketplace.  Chair time is our most precious commodity, so profitability starts by working efficient and working smart. 

In this technique filled seminar, Dr. Lowe will teach you the skills you need to refine your restorations to a level that will help you create consistent quality.  New technologies and techniques will be discussed along with how implementation of these technologies can help the “bottom line” of your practice.  A discussion regarding the latest dental materials and delivery modalities will help in treatment planning even the most difficult functional and aesthetically challenging cases.

Don’t miss this technique-oriented seminar that is geared toward delivering useful clinical information that can be implemented in practice immediately having a positive impact on the “bottom line” of your practice!

Upon completion of this course, attendees will learn:

--How to use some of the latest composite and bioactive restorative materials to save time and create excellent clinical results.

--How to refine techniques to create “perfect” master impressions and have successful cementation of all types of aesthetic restorations.

--Unique options to ceramic for indirect aesthetic restorations in anterior region.

--How to “orthodontically” prepare teeth systematically to correct the clinical crown orientation to correct tooth misalignment when patients decide conventional orthodontics is not for them.

 

*Partial sponsorship(s) still pending.

MONDAY March 26, 2018 ______        Practice Management Lecture  ___       Barbara Khozam

*Please join us for our special joint session with the Fifth District Dental Society at Children's Mercy Park/Sporting KC Stadiu/ Ameritus Shield Club located at: 1 Sporting Way, Kansas City, KS 66111.  Parking in Sprint Plaza.

Ms. Khozam has spoken to more than 35,000 people throughout seven countries and is ranked in the top 1% out of a group of 400 leading trainers in the United States. She has delivered more than 1,100 presentations to audiences of all sizes, sharing great strategies on customer service, leadership, motivation, and communication with difficult customers and co-workers. Ms. Khozam is also the recipient of 27 awards for Sales Achievement & Outstanding Trainer Ratings. Her wit, energy, and jaw-dropping insight, reveal practical principles necessary for success in today’s cynical marketplace. Ms. Khozam will show your audience how to create win-win scenarios in all of their professional relationships and how to create rapport with their clients, propelling their business into a category of one. Her highly acclaimed book, How Organizations Deliver BAD Customer Service (and Strategies that Turn it Around) is taking the marketplace by storm and is becoming a staple on the bookshelves of people who excel at creating great customer relationships. She also co-authored The Power of the Platform with Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, and Les Brown, and Executive Etiquette Power which have sold in excess of 25,000 copies worldwide. Ms. Khozam is a former professional beach volleyball player and can still be found spiking balls on a court when she is not lobbing insightful and practical advice to groups like Kaiser, Xerox, Symantec, Verizon, FEMA, the FBI, and hundreds of other multinational corporations and government agencies.

How Organizations Deliver BAD Customer Service (And Strategies that Turn it Around!)

Customer service is no longer a department; it is a culture that flows through the veins of every great company. Your customers can instantly rave or complain to millions of people with one click of their mouse, DO NOT LEAVE THEIR COMMENTS TO CHANCE! This dynamic, humor-filled program will help your group discover many important truths about customer service and how to provide a premium customer service experience for your clients. • • Gain and maintain repeat customers (without giving away the store) • Ways to identify and avoid the most common customer turnoffs • Handle difficult and complaining customers with class, calm, and poise…

Upon completion of this course, attendees will learn:

-- The three biggest mistakes businesses make with customer service (and how to avoid them)

--How to gain and maintain repeat patients (without giving away the practice)

-- Ways to identify and avoid the most common customer turnoffs

--How to handle difficult and complaining patients with class, calm, and poise

 

June 2, 2018_________________OSHA Lecture_____Frances Wilmes, CDA Emeritus, EFDA

Ms. Wilmes is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University’s dental assisting program and has over 36 years as a certified dental and an expanded function

dental assistant for 20 years. She is a member of the Dental Assisting National Board, American Dental Assisting Association, and Organization for Safety, Asepsis and

Prevention and is authorized by the Department of Labor as an OSHA outreach trainer. For the past 8 ½ years she has operated a consulting business, ComplianShield, L.L.C., in regards to OSHA compliance, development of exposure control plans, office safety and organization.

OSHA Compliance Training for the Dental Professional 

The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard requires that employers provide training for their employees who have occupational exposure. Training must take place within 365 days of previous training. This program meets OSHA-required annual bloodborne pathogen training requirements.

Training will include a review of OSHA guidelines regarding regulations and safety; tips for developing your exposure control plan; information regarding the updated hazard communication labeling guidelines and safety data sheet format; Hepatitis B vaccination and post-exposure protocol; needle stick safety and prevention; P.P.E.; facility inspection and additional regulatory issues. In addition, infection control issues will be discussed based on C.D.C. updated document released Spring 2016.

Attendees will receive appropriate handouts in conjunction with adequate training recognized and approved by the Missouri Dental Association.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will:

--Gain the essentials needed to comply with OSHA regulations in regard to safety and tips towards development of the required exposure control plan

--Learn how to initiate preventive measures in regards to exposure potential and hazards in a dental office

--Receive an overview of the updated infection control guidelines available from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

*Due to the large amount of content covered and associated handouts, it is highly recommended that you print the handouts available online, prior to attending the course. 

Attendees will receive 1.5 hrs. C.E.U. for the Bloodborne Pathogen training

and 2.0 hrs. C.E.U. for Infection Control. 

*Partial sponsorship(s) still pending. 

The fee for ADA non-Season Underwriter dentists: $90; for non-ADA dentists: $110; staff: $45.  Registration: 8:00 a.m. Program: 8:30 a.m. to (approximately) noon.  There is no lunch included for this seminar.

September 14th, 2018______________Practice Management  Lecture________Amy Morgan, RDH

Amy Morgan is a top dental consultant and CEO of Pride Institute, a nationally acclaimed results-oriented Practice Management consulting company. Amy has revitalized tens of thousands of dental practices using her time-proven Management Systems, so they become more secure, efficient and profitable.  With decades of focus on extensive research and development, Ms. Morgan continually strives to deliver the very best through new models and new methods that create new success for our dental community. 

The Visionary Leader: The Art & Science of Inspiring
Change & Creating your Culture: Morning Session
 
 
Healthy dental practices have self-directed, peak-performing team members that actually want to go above and beyond.  It’s the leaders and managers that make the “magic” happen. Pride Institute was founded on the principle that in order to be successful as a dentist, you must embrace your role as a leader first. 
 
 
 
Upon completion of this course, attendees with learn how to:
·         Create passion and commitment to your vision, exceeding expectations, hitting goals and executing agreed upon strategies
·         Use powerful communication of your vision to patients in a way that inspires the right outcome
·         Employ coaching skills, and educate (and sometimes confront and counsel) team members in order to inspire self-direction and peak performance
 
 
 
The Strategic Leader: The Nuts and Bolts of Managing Continuous Growth and Improvements: Afternoon Session
 
In all our years of coaching dentists and teams, never before have the challenges of maintaining a successful practice been more varied and stressful. 

This program will show you how to develop new skills to take your practice and team to the next level and fully realize the best return on your investment, hard work and efforts.  Dental practices today must increase productivity, profitability, efficiency and patient care – ideally without working harder. Your management tool chest must include hiring protocols, employee policies, effective job descriptions, and human resource protocols that support a peak performing team.
 
 
Upon completion of this course, attendees with learn:
·         How to manage by statistics, not judgments that create defensiveness and blame                          
·         To find new, effective ways that truly motivate individual team members to new levels of commitment and superstar results
.          How to gain ultimate team performance by setting expectations through job descriptions, team reviews and ongoing feedback strategies


*Partial sponsorship(s) still pending.


October 12th, 2018_______________Dental Materials  Lecture___________Alan Boghosian, DDS

Dr. Boghosian is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Dental Surgery at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine where he coordinates laboratory and clinical research investigations.  Dr. Boghosian maintains a private practice in downtown Chicago devoted primarily to restorative dentistry.  He has authored numerous publications and has lectured internationally on the subjects of dental materials and restorative procedures.  Dr. Boghosian is a member of the International Association of Dental Research and a Fellow in the American College of Dentists and Academy of Dental Materials.  In 1996, he was the recipient of the Gordon J. Christensen Recognition Lecturer Award of the Chicago Dental Society.  Dr. Boghosian is a media spokesperson for the American Dental Association. He formerly was chairman of the working group on materials, instruments and equipment of the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Dental Association and currently serves as a consultant to the council.

A Scientific and Clinical Formula for Success Through Selecting the Appropriate Dental Materials, Instruments and Equipment
 
Successful and less stressful results can be easily attained in the practice of dentistry.  This is dependent upon the clinician having fundamental understanding of dental materials, instruments, and equipment used in clinical techniques.  While the introduction of new materials has simplified the restorative process, achieving a successful result is still very dependent upon good clinical technique.  The morning session will discuss aspects of the materials and techniques used in crown and bridge procedures.  The afternoon session will be devoted to discussing the non-traumatic esthetic finishing and polishing of composites.  The increasing role of calcium phosphate and bioceramics in many classes of dental materials will be addressed.  Data on essential hearing protection for safety, comfort, and communication in the dental operatory will be presented.
 
Upon completion of this course, the attendee will:
 
--Learn methods of restoration of the endodontically treated tooth
--Understand the provisional materials and the physical properties of impression materials relating to the clinical technique
--Recognize the latest advancements in impression materials
--Learn methods for successful tissue management
--Be familiar with altering surfaces to achieve consistent perfect impressions
 
--Recognize predictable implant transfer impressions


*Partial sponsorship(s) still pending.

November 9th, 2018_______________Sleep Apnea  Lecture________________Alan Blanton, DDS


Dr. Blanton graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1983 and practiced General Restorative Dentistry in Collierville, TN for 34 years. He received a Masters in Counseling from the University of Memphis in 2005 and served on the Tennessee Dental Association’s Concerned Dental Professionals Committee for eight years. In 2007 he introduced dental sleep medicine and oral Appliance therapy in his general practice. This was followed by a mini-residency in Orofacial Pain with Dr. Jeff Okeson at the University of Kentucky which he completed in 2010. In 2014 he received his board certification in Dental Sleep Medicine through the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He lectures nationally on Dental Sleep Medicine and Oral Appliance Therapy and is currently one of the members of the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
 
Presently he is a Reviewer for the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine, a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, the American Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association and the Memphis Dental Society. He is currently a full time Associate Professor and the Director of the Dental Sleep Medicine and Orofacial Pain Clinic and program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry. He is developing both undergraduate and graduate level evidenced-based programs in Sleep, TMD and Orofacial Pain to meet the Core Competencies established by American Dental Education Association and the ADA’s Commission on Dental Accreditation.
 
The Role of Dentistry in the Treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing
 
Sleep Disordered Breathing, especially in the form of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome and Primary Disruptive Snoring, has become a growing area for dentists trained to treat these disorders with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). We will discuss the physiology of normal sleep and the pathophysiology of abnormal sleep, the screening of patients who seek OAT to treat their sleep disordered breathing, working with local sleep physicians and centers, what Dental Sleep Medicine is really all about and how to implement Dental Sleep Medicine into your private practice.
 
We will begin with discussions about the dentist's and the dental auxiliary’s roles in the Assessment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and follow up with their roles in theTreatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Knowing what to look for and what to do when you find it will be the focus of our time together.
 
After this presentation, the participant should be able to:
--Describe basic physiology of normal and abnormal sleep, of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and other common sleep disorders
--Describe the role of dentistry in sleep medicine and how to screen patients for sleep disorders in your dental practice
--Demonstrate examination of the TMJ and masticatory muscles in the evaluation and treatment of patients with oral appliances
--Describe how to evaluate patients for oral appliance therapy and to take the required records
 
--Discuss how best to implement Dental Sleep Medicine and Oral Appliance Therapy into your practice
 
 
*Partial sponsorship(s) still pending. 

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The Greater Kansas City Dental Society is an ADA CERP recognized provider approved by the Missouri Dental Association.  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 hours by boards of dentistry.  The Greater Kansas City Dental Society designates each activity for seven continuing education credits (with exception to the OSHA program, which is 3.5 education credits).  Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/goto/cerp.

The Greater KC Dental Society is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 09/01/2013 to 08/31/2017.

 

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