General Information

2021 Annual Session Information


The 155th Annual Session of the Ohio Dental Association will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) complex, Columbus, Ohio at 400 N. High Street, 43215.  The headquarters hotel is the Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio  43215, (614) 463-1234; the Hyatt is connected to the GCCC.  Most ODA Annual Session events and courses will be held in the GCCC or the Hyatt.  ODA staff will be on-site at the GCCC from Wednesday, September 29 through Sunday, October 3.


The ODA Annual Session registration fee includes the ability to earn up to 33 free CE credits, virtually.  All free CE courses can be accessed online from September 30 – December 31, 2021.  In addition to the virtual courses, attendees have the opportunity to earn CE credits while attending the Table Clinics in person on Friday in the Exhibit Hall.  All of the free courses offered, as well as the Table Clinics, qualify toward the Ohio State Dental Board’s biennium licensure requirement.


If you have special needs and require an accommodation to fully participate in the conference, please contact the ODA Annual Session department at (614) 486-2700 prior to Annual Session, and the ODA Information Desk located in the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) Concourse A during the conference.  The ODA complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for accessibility for persons with disabilities.


Deductions are permitted for educational expenses – including registration fees, transportation, meals and lodging.  Check with your financial advisor for details.


On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, most CE courses will break for two hours for lunch at various intervals between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., giving attendees the opportunity to spend time in the Exhibit Hall with no need to travel off-site for lunch – concessions and a dining area are located in the Exhibit Hall and in the main corridor outside the Hall.


Plan to arrive early:  seating for all seminars is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Also, please set all electronic devices to “silent” during seminars.  Seminar room locations will be included in the registration packet mailed to attendees who register by August 13, 2021.


Business casual dress is recommended for the convention.  Dress warmly, in layers, as meeting rooms tend to be cool.


Annual Session attendees grant permission to the Ohio Dental Association and their agents to utilize, in perpetuity, the attendee’s image or likeness in an effort to promote the Ohio Dental Association and its events or meetings.  Attendees waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product or products and the advertising copy or other matter that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.


All in-person events hosted by the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) will follow any city, county, state and/or federal COVID-19 protocols and CDC guidelines in place at the time of the event.  All in-person attendees must abide by ODA’s policies, as noted below.  Practices currently scheduled to be in place include hand sanitation stations throughout the event venues, the availability of face shields, ticketing/registration of all in-person courses and events, and classrooms set at 75-percent capacity.


For Annual Session program information, call the ODA Annual Session department at (614) 486-2700.  For hotel information and/or reservations, contact your hotel of choice directly.

Continuing Education Information

Annual Session is an official activity of the Ohio Dental Association.  Speaker selection is based on expertise and presentation quality.  Speaker participation at Annual Session neither implies nor reflects ODA endorsement.  All seminars are offered as information only and not as financial, accounting, legal or other professional advice.  Persons attending seminars or reviewing handout materials need to consult their own professional advisors for advice.  The views and opinions expressed by speakers do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of the Ohio Dental Association.  The ODA reserves the right to cancel, reschedule or substitute presentations as deemed appropriate.

The Ohio Dental Association is an American Dental Association (ADA) Continuing Education Recognized Provider (CERP).  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. As a national continuing education accreditation system, CERP recognized providers are approved providers of dental continuing education, and are recognized as approved CE providers by the dental licensing boards of most states, the licensing agencies of most health-related fields, and certification requirements of most health-related fields.  Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at



The Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) recognizes the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) as a Permanent Sponsor of continuing education.


As an ADA CERP provider and state affiliate of the American Dental Association, CE courses presented by the Ohio Dental Association are accepted as appropriately administered presentations by most state boards and/or agencies of dentistry.  If you have questions about a specific state requirement or need prior approval of a course to meet your state’s requirement, please contact the ODA Annual Session Department directly at (614) 486-2700 or


Continuing education programs offered by ADA CERP recognized providers are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership credit. The current term of acceptance extends through 6/30/2022 – program provider ID 219265.


The number of continuing education (CE) credits for each seminar is equal to the number of course hours for that class.  However, not all course topics meet the mandatory requirement for renewal as mandated by the Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) or other licensing agencies.  It is the responsibility of each licensee to understand the specific CE rules of their respective licensure board.


Continuing Education slips can be printed on command after the successful completion of viewing the CE course and administration of the exam.


In advance of the meeting, course handout materials will be accessible to course registrants online.  These materials may be downloaded and printed.  Not all speakers provide handouts for their presentations.  Registered attendees will be able to print/download available handouts for their specific in-person courses starting September 1, 2021.  Any handouts for the virtual, online courses will be available from September 30 through December 31, 2021.


The Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) defines acceptable continuing education for all Ohio dental licensees as educational and scientific courses given by board-approved sponsors consisting of activities designed to:  review existing concepts and techniques; to convey information beyond the basic dental education; and, to update knowledge on advances in scientific, non-clinical and clinical practice-related subject matter, including ethics, regulatory compliance, risk management, nutrition and evidence-based dentistry.  The objective of continuing education is to improve the knowledge, skills and ability of the individual to provide the highest quality of service to the public and the profession.  Ohio licensed dentists must complete 40 hours of acceptable continuing education each biennium.  Ohio licensed dental hygienists must complete 24 hours of acceptable continuing education each biennium.  Dental licensees are free to select areas of study within the OSDB’s stated categories, not to exceed the maximum number of hours in each category.

Ohio State Dental Board Continuing Education Format & Categories for Licensees

Format:  A    

  • Directly Interactive Presentation
  • Supervised Self-Instruction
    1. Graded audio/video courses
    2. Graded correspondence courses
    3. Graded internet, online or webinar computer courses

Category: B

  • Dental Education and Scientific Courses – no limit
  • Mandatory opioid prescribing education – 2 hours required, no limit
  • Non-clinical dental practice-related CE – 6 hours limit per biennium

C – Papers, publications and scientific presentations – 4 hours limit per biennium

D – Teaching and Research Appointments – 4 hours limit per biennium

E – Volunteer Service as a Clinician – up to 1/3 of the requirement per biennium

F – Table Clinics – 2 hours limit per biennium

For the convenience of ODA Virtual Annual Session attendees, the appropriate OSDB Format and Category is listed on each CE course description, accompanied by the number of CE hours offered.  All courses offered in-person during the 2021 ODA Annual Session fit in OSDB Format A-1.  All free, online virtual courses offered through the 2021 ODA Annual Session fit in OSDB Format A-2c.

The current OSDB licensing biennium ends on December 31, 2021.

For detailed information on the Ohio State Dental Board CE Requirements, go to:

ODA Virtual Meeting Code of Conduct

The Ohio Dental Association (ODA) is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and ODA staff. All participants, including but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, ODA staff members, service providers, and all others are expected to abide by this Virtual Programs Code of Conduct. This Policy applies to all ODA meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than ODA but held in conjunction with ODA events, on public or private platforms.

  • Presentations, postings, and messages from attendees should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services. ODA reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations. Product announcements, solicitation for services and other commercial announcements may only be posted by companies participating in the virtual Exhibit Hall.
  • Participants should not copy or take screen shots of Q&A or any chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space.
  • ODA reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and ODA reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.

Discrimination / Harassment Policy

The ODA has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants or our staff at any of our meetings or events  – in person or virtual. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, ODA asks that you inform Suzanne Brooks, Director of Meetings & Conventions (614) 486-2700 ext. 14, so that we can take the appropriate action.

Unacceptable Behavior is defined as:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, ODA staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
    • Examples of  verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, ODA staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by ODA. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any ODA event staff.

2021 ODA Annual Session Pricing

2021 ODA Annual Session Registration Fees / Categories

Reg. CodeCategoriesFee: By 8/13/21Fee: After 8/13/21Onsite
AODA member$125$150$150
CODA retired life$0$62$62
DADA member (out of state)$125$150$150
LTLab tech$75$85$85
OMOffice manager$75$85$85
REFront office staff$75$85$85
SPSpouse (non-office staff)$0$0$0
MCMinor Child$0$0$0
DSDental student$0$0$0
DRDental resident$0$0$0
HSHygiene student$0$0$0
STOther student$5$15$15
HDHOD Delegate & Alternate$125$150$150
HDCHOD Delegate/Alternate/Retired Life Mbr$0$62$62
HDSHOD Student Delegate & Alternate$0$0$0
CSComponent Society Staff$0$0$0
ETDThursday Exhibits Only — Dentist$0$0N/A
ETHThursday Exhibits Only — Hygienist$0$0N/A
ETAThursday Exhibits Only — Assistant$0$0N/A
ETEThursday Exhibits Only — EFDA$0$0N/A
ETRThursday Exhibits Only — Front Office Staff$0$0N/A
EFDFriday Exhibits Only — Dentist$0$0N/A
EFHFriday Exhibits Only — Hygienist$0$0N/A
EFAFriday Exhibits Only — Assistant$0$0N/A
EFEFriday Exhibits Only — EFDA$0$0N/A
EFOFriday Exhibits Only — Office Manager$0$0N/A
EFRFriday Exhibits Only — Front Office Staff$0$0N/A
ESDSaturday Exhibits Only — Dentist$0$0N/A
ESHSaturday Exhibits Only — Hygienist$0$0N/A
ESASaturday Exhibits Only — Assistant$0$0N/A
ESESaturday Exhibits Only — EFDA$0$0N/A
ESOSaturday Exhibits Only — Office Manager$0$0N/A
ESRSaturday Exhibits Only — Front Office Staff$0$0N/A

Free Courses
With the exception of EX, all Exhibits Only Categories, GU, IN, OD, CS, HVP, SP, MC, ST categories, registrants have the opportunity to receive up to 33 hours of free CE, virtually. Courses will be available online from Sept. 30 through Dec. 31, 2021. Registrants must complete an exam to receive CE credit.