Important update about our 2020 conventions

In light of public health guidance on COVID-19 and large events in our state, CDA has made the difficult decision to cancel our San Francisco convention that was scheduled for September. All exhibitor booth fees are being refunded, and CDA is working to provide members innovative C.E. in exciting new ways.

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What makes CDA conventions so exciting?

CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry has gained a reputation as the must-attend convention for dentists across the country and beyond. Whether you choose sunny Anaheim or scenic San Francisco, you can experience cutting-edge clinical and technological advancements, massive exhibit halls, inspiring C.E. opportunities and new connections with dentistry’s best and brightest. In 2020, we look forward to delivering innovative C.E. to you through interactive digital platforms.


CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry is usually held twice each year, once in Anaheim in the spring and once in San Francisco in the fall.

Anaheim: Anaheim Convention Center 800 W Katella Ave Anaheim, CA 92802

San Francisco: Moscone Center 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Past programs
Registration information

To facilitate registration, be prepared with the following information:

  • Name, address, and phone number
  • Registration type
  • License number (if applicable)
  • Emergency contact person
  • Ticketed course/events to purchase – view schedule 
  • Email address (used for username and instant confirmation)
  • Password
  • Audio/mobility assistance needs
Registration categories and pricing
Dentist registration categories     Early-bird pricing     Standard pricing    
CDA member dentist (2020 dues must be current)   Free  Free
ADA lifetime member  Free  Free
Dental student/graduate non-CDA member  $30  $65
Active military/VA/federal/state dentist  $80  $115
Out-of-state ADA member dentist  $205  $240
International dentist  $205  $240
Non-CDA/non-ADA member dentist  $805  $905
Allied Dental Health Professional (ADHP) categories     Early-bird pricing     Standard pricing    
ADHP CDA member (2020 dues must be current)  Free  Free
ADHP nonmember registering with a CDA member $10 $40
ADHP nonmember registering individually or with a nonmember $25 $40
Other registration categories     Early-bird pricing     Standard pricing    
Guest of CDA member dentist (includes an ADHP nonmember) $10 $40
Guest of a registrant $25 $40
Non-exhibiting dental dealer, manufacturer, consultant $155 $190
Affiliate/non-dental professional (MD, DVM, RN, etc.) $155 $190


Saturday exhibits-only pass
Nonmember dentists who want to explore the exhibit halls can register on-site at the membership counter for a one-day pass on Saturday. The cost is $190 and the pass is valid for exhibit hall hours only. It is not valid for continuing education courses.

Registration hours

Registration and eBadge exchange hours are as follows:

Wednesday: 3-5 p.m.

Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Reserved seating

Reserved seating is available for select courses. To take advantage of this convenient option, you must register in advance. See schedule for details.

  • Seats will be held up to 10 minutes after the program begins, after which time the seats will be released.
  • A separate entrance will be available for reserved seating eTicket holders.
  • Reserved seating is grouped in a designated area.

 Beyond these reserved seating options, all lectures are free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Online Learning and Audio Recordings

CDA's online learning platform, CDA Brightbox, provides dental professionals a brilliant way to take part in C.E.-eligible education at any hour and from anywhere. Offerings include both courses and audiobooks designed to support your continued education. 

  • To support members and their dental teams, fees for courses required by the California Dental Board are waived until June 30, 2020.
  • Courses from CDA Presents Webinar Week held in May are offered on-demand at no cost through June 30 with self-study C.E. credit available.
  • The Dentists Insurance Company is waiving fees for its current Risk Management seminar, which is offered online at
  • The CDA Presents Anaheim 2019 Audio Recording Bundle is also available at no charge through June 30. To be eligible for course credit, a C.E. summary submission process for audio courses still applies.