Kansas City Dental Symposium

September 17, 2021

plus Cocktail Hour Thursday Evening with Drinks, Door Prizes, Hors d'oeuvres, & Free CE Option

Sheraton Overland Park
6100 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS

Special room rates are available if you wish to stay overnight at the Sheraton.

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"The Four Keys to Master Treatment Acceptance"

Presented by Kirk Behrendt of ACT Dental


Bring your team to this incredibly valuable lecture to see the PROVEN ways patients are saying “YES” in the current economy. This high-energy lecture will give you and your team a simple treatment plan to start on Monday to change your practice immediately. Come to this seminar to see the 4 ways great dental teams are adapting to the ever-changing world and make these relationships “POWER-full” to keep treatment acceptance and production numbers up.

· Learn the 4 step process behind a highly productive practice that gives patients more confidence to say yes consistently.

· Apply 3 easy changes to your schedule that can double your production in the next few months.

· Learn the 6 best power phrases you could ever say to a patient to increase the new patient flow in case acceptance percentage.

· See the critical steps to establishing and implementing an elegant handoff with patients.

· Learn how to remove the obstacles to help patients “pay in full” or “pay in full” to eliminate your Accounts Receivable.

· See the 4 most powerful questions to ask a patient and how to use them.

About the speaker...

Kirk Behrendt is an international speaker, acclaimed author, and the visionary CEO of ACT Dental. He has invested his entire professional life in studying the elite practices in dentistry and the leadership that guides them. Kirk founded ACT Dental over 20 years ago with the goal of providing personalized solutions for dentists around the world. After seeing so many talented dentists struggle to run a predictable, profitable business, he made it his mission to assemble a team of leadership and practice management experts to help dentists solve their biggest problems. The ACT Dental platform is a transformational resource that provides the foundation for dental practices to thrive in any environment. His philosophy is simple - your amazing career in dentistry is worth nothing if you can’t enjoy your life outside the office as well. Dentistry Today has recognized Kirk as one of the Leaders in Dental Consulting for eight years running. He is also on the board of advisors for the Pankey Institute, an adjunct professor for the Dawson Academy, and has been chosen as one of twelve featured speakers at the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting in 2019.

Dr. Peter Dawson has referred to Kirk as “THE best motivator I have ever heard.” When Kirk is not hosting his podcast, The Best Practices Show, you can find him spending time with his family and attending every sporting event under the sun. As a former walk-on at the University of Minnesota and current Ironman Triathlete, athletics is an important part of his psyche and that translates into pushing you and your team to win. His feeling is that there is no greater parallel to optimal business performance than optimal athletic performance.


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"Cutting Edge Technology with Digital Design and Real World Cosmetic Dentistry: Faults, Failures, and Fixes"

Presented by Joyce Bassett, DDS

Failures in dentistry are frequently blamed on materials, but in reality, many times operator error is the culprit. This innovative and fast-paced course will focus on aesthetics that are BUILT TO LAST. Clear, concise, and systemized techniques will be presented to treat every aspect from simple to complex cases involving veneers, crowns and implant restorations. These protocols will increase profitability by preventing failures that occur day-to-day in your office. Cutting edge preparation techniques that will simplify difficult space management cases will be presented, along with how to handle shade challenges and when preparation modifications may be necessary. You will understand how to integrate flowable composite on the provisional and communicate the final patient approved shapes. State of the art digital smile design linking 3D prosthetic planning with fundamental principles and real-time communication that decreases dentist chair time and ceramist re-work. The relationship of form and function precludes treating anterior teeth as cosmetic challenges alone. Aesthetic and functional parameters of incisor position and morphology, dental facial treatment planning, determination of vertical dimension, and bite force management will be presented as components that allow comprehensive restorative treatment. Occlusal guidance must be understood so the final designs of the restoration can accommodate the intra-oral forces assuring longevity and predictability of the prosthesis.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
• Integrate sound occlusal principles to create synergy between form and function
• Identify which adhesives and restorative materials work the best for maximum predictability and learn matricing techniques and bulkfill technology for mastering posterior composite.

AFTERNOON LAB (Additional Lab Fee--$75)

Morning Lecture Is Prerequisite for Lab

"Composite Artistry: Mastering Posterior & Anterior Techniques for Direct Composite and Creating Undetectable Restorations"

Presented by Joyce Bassett, DDS


Direct aesthetic restorations are the most requested performed procedures in any dental practice today. New advancements in resin and photo-polymerization technology allows us to simplify these procedures without compromising quality. A clinical update on adhesive technology will be presented. Dr. Bassett will clear the confusion of bonding agents and techniques ranging from incremental layering to bulk fill technology in the posterior. Techniques to create morphologically precise direct anterior and posterior composite restorations will be discussed and demonstrated. This course will train your eyes to see the different dimensions of color when evaluating an anterior tooth. You will then learn which opacities and thickness to use in each area to be reconstructed and make a fracture line disappear. Subsequently, your eye will see the reflective surfaces and facial anatomy and learn step by step finishing and polishing technique to mimic the contralateral tooth and create a morphologically precise undetectable restoration. Learn when and how to use pink composite to mimic gingiva.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
• Train your eyes to see color, line angles, reflective surface, shape, and form in the adjacent tooth that is being replicated
• Learn how to achieve a predictable composite restoration following the stratification of opacities and achieve undetectable restorations
• Learn how to layer the different opacities of composite, opaquing, tinting, finishing and surface texture to create natural light reflection and make a fracture line disappear.

About the speaker...

Dr. Joyce Bassett practices comprehensive restorative and aesthetic dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and President 2015-2016. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry, an Associate member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, a KOIS Clinical Instructor, an AGD Fellow and an active member in the Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics. Dr. Bassett served as adjunct faculty, teaching the aesthetic continuum at the Arizona School of Dentistry. She is a member of Catapult Education speaker’s bureau, voted one of the top five female CE educators. Bassett is an international lecturer, published author, and member of the editorial board of several peer-reviewed publications. She is a recipient of the Lucy Hobbs award for Clinical Expertise, the AACD Evy Award for Excellence in Teaching Cosmetic Dentistry Education, the Volunteer Dentist of the Year award for Arizona CASS dental clinic, and she has received the Give Back a Smile volunteer service award twice.


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"50 Common Oral Conditions--
When to Biopsy and Why"

Presented by Aparna Naidu, DDS, MS


Dr. Naidu will present abnormal clinical and radiographic conditions that are most commonly seen in a general dental practice. The cases will be selected to cover a wide range of diagnoses. A review of differential diagnosis and discussion of each condition will offer an update of our understanding of each clinical entity.

Objectives of course: 

  1. Improved recognition of the more common oral pathological conditions.
  2. Learning techniques to assess clinical and radiographic features to develop an appropriate differential diagnosis.
  3. Discussion of the therapeutic management of common pathologic conditions and when a biopsy is required to arrive at a final diagnosis. 

At the end of this course the participants will: 

  1. Have increased their insight into the cases discussed, including the diagnostic criteria, differential diagnoses and disease classification.
  2. Have refined their approach to diagnosis of this group of lesions.
  3. Be familiar with the management and/or treatment for each of these entities.

About the speaker...

Dr. Aparna Naidu, DDS, MS is originally from St. Louis, MO. She received her dental degree from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. She received a Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Baylor College of Dentistry-Texas A&M Health Science Center, Dallas, TX, where she served as a Clinical Associate Professor and practiced oral pathology for 11 years. Dr. Naidu joined the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, And Medicine, at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry as a Clinical Associate Professor in June, 2018.  She has published more than 30 peer reviewed abstracts and journal articles, and has given numerous continuing education courses for dental and medical professionals. Dr. Naidu is a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Maxillofacial Pathology. She practices, provides pathology consultation, and maintains staff positions at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Truman Medical Center, and is a consultant for MAWD Pathology Group.


"White Collar, Cyber, and Medicaid Crime Affecting the Business of Dentistry"

Presented by Edmond Brancart, JD

About the speaker...

Ed Brancart is Senior Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Director of the Medicaid Fraud & Abuse Division of the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.  His legal experience includes serving as Chief Deputy District Attorney in Wyandotte County, as the elected County Attorney in Ford County (Dodge City), and as a special assistant United States attorney.  Mr. Brancart holds a law degree from Washburn University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pittsburg State University.  He is a past-president of the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association.  In addition to prosecuting in municipal, state, and federal courts, he has litigated appeals in the Kansas Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court.

Study Club FAQs

What is Study Club?

Study Club is an optional continuing education series offered to Fifth District Members and ADA Members. Study Club tuition fees are separate from ADA/KDA/Fifth District annual membership dues paid through the KDA (or applicable constituent society) and may be purchased a la carte per meeting or prepaid through a Study Club Season Membership.

What is Study Club Season Membership?

A reduced tuition rate is available to current ADA members through March 5, 2021. This prepaid annual fee will cover all 2021 Fifth District Study Club programs.

What if I am a Life or Retired Member?

A special rate is available for ADA Life and Retired members purchasing the Study Club Season Membership. Life and Retired members that do not purchase the season membership will be charged the standard pay-per-meeting fee.

What if I am a recent graduate?

Fees are prorated based on graduation year.


Study Club Season Membership: $500 (prepaid by March 5, 2021 and available to ADA members only) SPECIAL: If paid by January 15, 2021, cost is only $425!

ADA Life or Retired Study Club Season Membership: $100 (prepaid by March 5, 2021)

Recent Graduates Prorated based on year of graduation (level determined by ADA)

  • First full calendar year after graduation: Free
  • Second calendar year after graduation: $125
  • Third calendar year after graduation: $250
  • Fourth calendar year after graduation $375


  • ADA member and Non-ADA Member Dentist: $350 per meeting, including meal
  • Dental Office Team Member (price includes meal): $50 for March meeting; $75 for September meeting
  • Life/Retired ADA Member: $350 per meeting, including meal