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Know before you go to ADA 2016

September 26, 2016

By David Burger

ADA 2016 America's Dental Meeting logo
Denver — Now that your bags are packed — or even if they're not — there are still things to know before you go to ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting.

Here is a list of necessary information that can help you make the most of your annual meeting experience once you arrive in Denver:

  • Denver is one mile above sea level, so being aware of altitude sickness is important. According to Visit Denver, drinking water is the No. 1 way to help your body adjust easily to the higher altitude. The low humidity in Colorado keeps the air dry, like the desert, so you need about twice as much water here as you would drink at home. Also watch your alcohol intake as alcohol packs more of a wallop than it does at sea level. WebMD reports that the symptoms of altitude sickness include: a throbbing headache which gets worse during the night and when you wake up; not feeling like eating; feeling sick to your stomach; feeling weak; waking up during the night and not sleeping well; and feeling dizzy. The symptoms, which can be mild to severe, may not start until a day after you have been at a high altitude.

  • In the event of a medical emergency within the convention center, do not dial 911. Instead, contact the Convention Center Security Department by dialing 200 from any beige house phone or calling 1-303-228-8030. If the emergency is within the Hyatt Regency Denver, dial 55 from the nearest house phone. If you are outside the convention center or the Hyatt Regency, dial 911.

  • The first aid station is staffed by licensed health care professionals during all ADA 2016 annual meeting hours, located near room 507.

  • If you are looking to explore Denver while you are there, go to to download Visit Denver's virtual visitors guide.

  • For $9 each way, travelers can take the airport rail from the airport to Denver Union Station and vice versa. If you prefer, a cab or shuttle ride puts you in the heart of the city in about 25 minutes. Lyft and UberX pick up at Passenger Pickup on level 4 at the airport, while UberBLACK picks up at Ground Transportation on level 5, island 2 or island 5.

  • The ADA provides complimentary shuttle transportation for attendees between ADA official hotels (not within walking distance) and the convention center. Shuttle stops will drop off at and pick up from downtown properties at Lobby B/Main shuttle drop-off and Cherry Creek properties at the Lobby F/North shuttle drop-off. Refer to the sign in your hotel lobby upon arrival in Denver for the most current information.

  • If you registered by Sept. 16, keep an eye out for your packet in the mail if you haven't received it yet. The packet contains your badge, badge holder and tickets for events or courses you signed up for. All attendees will receive a separate mailing with their registration materials, and they may not arrive at the same time. Visit the Registration Area in the convention center for your packets if you did not receive it in the mail.

  • One of your first stops while at the convention hall should be the ADA Member Success Center, Booth 2600, in the Exhibit Hall. There, you can find out how your ADA membership can help you. Learn how the ADA can make your professional credentialing easier and faster; connect you to online education 24/7; earn discounts on vital catalog products; and see if the dental products you use have earned the ADA's Seal of Acceptance. You can also participate in a flash focus group, enter a raffle and pick up your ADA 2016 souvenir pin. In addition, take a load off while you peruse your phone and recharge – literally and figuratively – in the comfy Member Success Center Wi-Fi Lounge.

  • Need food? Stroll to the Restaurant Information counter in the ADA Registration area for recommendations or reservation assistance for local restaurants. Look for the Visit Denver Tourist Information desk in the Blue Bear Lobby. Or, if you want to dine on-site, stop by the Bistro ADA service desk to make lunch reservations for a healthy meal and comfortable setting conveniently located in the Exhibit Hall. The service desk is located adjacent to the ADA Registration area, near the Blue Bear Lobby.

  • Highlights of the annual meeting that should be circled on your calendars include the Opening General Session, presented by ACT Oral Care, on Oct. 20 from 8-9 a.m. at the Bellco Theatre, featuring dentists from across the U.S. sharing their personal stories about how being a difference in their lives; the Mountain Mixer in the Exhibit Hall on Oct. 20 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall, which will be a place to relax and network with live entertainment, food and local craft beers; and the Distinguished Speaker Series, presented by ACT Oral Care, featuring Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, on Oct. 21 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the BellcoTheatre, with doors at the Bellco Theatre opening at 4:15 p.m.

  • ADA member dentists who spend $3,500 or more with exhibitors during the annual meeting are eligible to receive free registration to ADA 2017 in Atlanta through the Incentive Buying Program. Pick up an Incentive Buying Program envelope to track your spending and for complete program details. Envelopes can be found in the attendee resources bins at registration.

  • The official meeting hashtag is #ADADEN. Be sure to add it to all of your social media posts.

  • Still looking for assistance? Members of the ADA's Committee on Local Arrangements will be stationed throughout the convention center to help. Information counters will be located at the main entrances to the convention center. Or, if you prefer, tweet your questions to @AmerDentalAssn.