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Time to plan for San Antonio

Registration opens May 1

April 21, 2014

San Antonio—The "Alamo City" will welcome thousands of dental professionals, families and friends this fall for ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting.

The annual meeting convenes Oct. 9-14 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center and features more than 300 continuing education courses, pre-session CE options, more than 550 exhibitors in the ADA Exhibit Hall, the second ADA Mission of Mercy charitable dental event, a variety of special events, networking opportunities and the annual House of Delegates meeting.

Come early to learn

This year's continuing education program kicks off with two daylong pre-session courses on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dr. David Kimmel and faculty members of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics will present Botox Therapeutic for Every Dental Practice. Instructors will conduct live-patient demonstrations on how to use botulinum toxin (Botox) for dental esthetic and therapeutic purposes in oral and maxillofacial areas, how to bring botulinum toxin into a practice immediately and produce excellent therapeutic outcomes.

Participants will learn to evaluate, treatment plan and inject live patients for best therapeutic outcomes; understand the anatomy of the oral and maxillofacial areas; and learn the proper dosage, reconstitution and delivery techniques for precise treatment. Cost is $1,797 for dentists and $295 for team members (course 4101).

New dentists and dentists who aspire to become volunteers should register for Volunteer: The World Outside Your Office. Dr. Christopher Holmgren, Dr. Kevin Hardwick and Bella Monse will cover global oral health problems; creating sustainable development projects that are responsive to local needs and resources and help support the local health care infrastructure; and implementing primary health care programs using scientifically based public health and health promotion principles. Cost is $145 and includes breakfast and lunch (course 4102).

Stay late to help

For the second year, annual meeting attendees will be able to give back by volunteering for the ADA Mission of Mercy free dental clinic from 5:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in San Antonio. Dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists and family and friends ages 18 and over are encouraged to volunteer. Last year, more than 1,100 dentists, dental team members and others from 40 states donated their time and talents to treat more than 800 patients in New Orleans.

Big howdy

Make time Oct. 9 to attend the ADA 2014 Welcome Celebration from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Historic Sunset Station. Guests will enjoy a tailgate dinner, interactive games, live music and dancing. Cost is $65 for adults, $35 for children under 12 and includes round-trip transportation from ADA hotels not within walking distance, admission, Texas-style tailgate meal and two drink tickets for beer, wine, soft drinks and bottled water.

Welcome women dentists

The American Association of Women Dentists will hold its 93rd Annual Meeting in conjunction with ADA 2014. The special daylong program Oct. 9 features four CE courses, an awards and installation ceremony for its 2015 board of directors and a networking reception. Registration is $85 for AAWD members and $115 for nonmembers, and includes all CE programs, lunch and a cocktail reception. Register using the ADA 2014 registration system at ADA.org/meeting.

Explore San Antonio

More than 26 million visitors each year enjoy San Antonio's historic and diverse atmosphere, including the two most visited attractions in Texas—the Alamo and the River Walk. The Alamo City is the seventh-largest city in the U.S. and the third-fastest-growing city in America, yet it retains its friendly, low-key reputation as a safe, friendly, walkable city rich in the arts, dining, nightlife, historic architecture and shopping. Find detailed information on local attractions, dining, shopping and transportation at ADA.org/meeting and visit the About San Antonio website at visitsanantonio.com/ADA2014.

The ADA has contracted reduced rates with multiple hotels in San Antonio for annual meeting attendees. Making your hotel reservations through the ADA allows the Association to keep your registration costs low and continue to negotiate competitive rates for future annual meetings. Guests at ADA hotels receive complimentary shuttle service to the convention center and rate integrity—if an official hotel's rate decreases over the dates of the annual meeting, so does yours.

Networking, shopping and fun

While at ADA 2014, mark your calendar for a variety of activities and special events, including:

• Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series, Oct. 9, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Alamodome (See story, here.);

• Welcome Celebration, Oct. 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Historic Sunset Station;

• Continuing education courses, Oct. 9-12, various locations;

• ADA Exhibit Hall, Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Oct. 10, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Oct. 11, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the convention center;

• New Dentist Reception, Oct. 10, 5:30-7 p.m. at the convention center;

• ADA Foundation Give Kids A Smile Gala, Oct. 10 at San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Grand Ballroom;

• ADA House of Delegates, Oct. 10-14 at the convention center;

• Corporate Forums, Oct. 11 at the convention center;

• ADA Mission of Mercy, Oct. 12, 5:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the convention center.

Tools and information

Registration for the meeting, CE courses and hotels opens May 1. Order a free copy of the print Preliminary Program from the ADA Catalog at adacatalog.org (under Product Spotlight) or at ADA.org/meeting (click on the Continuing Education tab) or download a PDF version. Meeting-goers will also be able to use the online schedule builder eventScribe to plan their schedules.