Annual Session

2020 Annual Session General Information

Registration Information

The ODA 154th Annual Session will be held virtually, starting September 24, 2020.  All CE courses and other virtual experiences will be available through December 31, 2020.  Registration will be open through December 31, 2020.

Full Access Pass

Reg. codeCategoriesFee
AODA member$125
DADA member (out of state)$125
LTLab tech$75
OMOffice manager$75
REFront office staff$75
SPSpouse (non-office staff – no CE credit)$0
DSDental student$0
DRDental resident$0
STOther student$0
Fee per Course

Check individual courses for descriptions and specific fees.

All Categories                                                                         Price Varies

Includes access to the Virtual Exhibit Hall

No registration fee – Charged fee for course, price per course varies 

Fees for Virtual Exhibit Hall Only

All Categories                                                                            $0

No registration fee

New Dentist Discount

ODA Members who have been practicing for 10 years or less can purchase Full Conference Registration for a discounted fee of $99.00.  The discount is applied after information provided by each attendee is matched with ODA membership records to validate the discount.

Membership Offer

Not a member? Join today and save significantly on your ODA AS registration and course fees. To take advantage of this offer, contact the ODA membership department at (614) 486-2700 or

Student Participation

Proof of student status (submit a copy of student ID or ASDA membership number) is required for all student-status registrations, including dental students, dental residents, dental assisting students, and dental hygiene students.

Dental students pay no registration fee and may attend any CE lecture course at no cost.

Dental residents who are ADA members pay no registration fee. Dental residents who are not ADA members will be charged posted non-member fees or can join the ADA at the reduced dental resident fee.

Spouse Registration

Spouses of ADA member dentists who do not work in the dental office may register for the all-inclusive package free.  Persons registered in the Spouse category will not earn CE credit for any course they attend.

Registration Questions? Call (678) 341-3049

If you have questions about the meeting in general, call the ODA at (800) 282-1526 or email

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. 

Ohio State Dental Board

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

Other State Boards of Dentistry

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

Academy of General Dentistry

Continuing education programs offered by ADA CERP recognized providers are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership credit. The AGD continuing education category codes are listed in each course description and are printed on the final CE slip for each course.

Credit Hours

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 Credit

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

Course Handouts

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 courses starting September 21, 2020 and materials will be available online through December 31, 2020.

OSDB Continuing Education Criteria

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 at the 2020 ODA Virtual Annual Session fit in OSDB Format 2-a:  Supervised Self Instruction, Graded Audio/Video Courses.

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

For detailed information, go to Ohio State Dental Board CE Requirements.

General Information


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 154th Annual Session of the Ohio Dental Association will be held virtually, starting Thursday, September 24, and maintaining an online presence through December 31, 2020.

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 screenshots 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 our meetings. 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 throughout the virtual meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any ODA virtual event staff.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The ODA complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Tax Deduction

Deductions are permitted for educational expenses – including registration fees.  Check with your financial advisor for details.

Photography Release

Virtual 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.

For More Information

For Annual Session program information, call the ODA Annual Session department at (614) 486-2700, or

2020 Annual Session Committee

Listed below are the ODA members who participate on the 2020 ODA Annual Session Committee.

Dr. Kyle Bogan

General Chairman

Lewis Center, Ohio


Dr. Lori Fitzgerald

CE  Chairman

Canfield, Ohio


Dr. Mark Bronson

Sr. Exhibit Chairman

Cincinnati, Ohio


Dr. Jay Resnick

Jr. Exhibit Chairman

Canfield, Ohio


Dr. Mehrdad Safavian

Columbus, Ohio


Dr. Steve Moore

West Chester,, Ohio


Dr. Andrea Company

Canton, Ohio


Dr. Hongwei Wang

Westerville, Ohio


Dr. Najia Usman

Medina, Ohio


Dr. John Mahilo

Columbus, Ohio


Dr. Sharon Parsons

ODA President and Liaison, ODA Executive Committee

Bexley, Ohio


Dr. Nanette Tertel

Liaison, ADA Advisory Committee on the ADA Annual Meeting (CAM)

Toledo, Ohio


Dr. Evan Tetelman

Liaison, ODA Dental Education and Licensure Committee (DELC)

Hilliard, Ohio


Ms. Claire Tonnis

OSU Dental Student Consultant

Columbus, Ohio