Registration Information


ONLINE REGISTRATION is the preferred method. Just follow the quick and easy steps to register electronically.

On-site Registration Location

The Meeting Registration Desk will be located in Hall D Lobby of the San Diego Convention Center.

Click on the tabs below for more detailed registration instructions.

Registration Hours

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Wednesday, February 17
6:30 am – 6:00 pm – Thursday, February 18
6:30 am – 4:00 pm – Friday, February 19
7:00 am – 4:00 pm – Saturday, February 20

Non-member Student Letter Requirements

Students must be in good standing, currently enrolled full-time in an AO-approved dental training program, and not be in practice, to register for the 2016 Annual Meeting at reduced registration fees.

Non-member students, please submit a verification / reference letter from your Program Director / Chief of Service of the Institution verifying your current full-time educational status. The letter should:

  • Come from your Program Director / Chief of Service of the Institution
  • Have the name and department information of your Program Director / Chief of Service
  • State the dental training program you are in
  • State you are currently enrolled full-time and are in good standing
  • Show the start and end dates of your training period
  • Be printed (in English) on official Institution letterhead with the name and address of the Institution

Please fax the letter to our office at (847) 439-1569, attention: Meeting Registration Dept.

Your student letter and registration must be received before rate deadlines in order to receive early rates.

Membership applications must be received in the AO office at least two weeks prior to registration deadlines to be eligible for the member discount.

Military Personnel Discount

Actively serving military personnel from any country may receive the early bird registration rate, but are encouraged to pre-register early online. After the early registration deadline of December 14, 2015, please contact the AO Registration office at or 847-439-1919 for instructions.

NOTE: Military personnel must be in uniform and present a valid military ID in order to register for the early rate onsite.

Spouse / Guest / Media Registration

Spouse and Guest Registration includes admission to the Welcome Reception, President’s Reception, and Exhibit Hall. Register and pay for your Spouse/Guests(s) with your registration; limit 2 guests per registrant (other than your spouse).

Please note: ADA CERP, or other educational credit, is not available for a Spouse/Guest registration. If your Spouse/Guest wants educational credit, please register them separately as a regular attendee.

Media Registration: Please contact

Confirmations and Cancellations

Online registrants are urged to print the confirmation screen and the email confirmation sent at the end of the online registration process. Registrants who submit forms by mail will receive a confirmation by mail. Please bring your confirmation to the meeting as this is proof that you are registered.

You may receive a refund if your cancellation is received in writing (mail, fax or email) before January 25 2016, minus a $75 administration charge. No refunds of $5.00 or less will be made.

Changes: To change your registration after payment, please fax the AO meeting registration department at (847) 439-1569, or email
Changes cannot be taken by phone.

NPI Number Requested at the Annual Meeting

To help exhibitors and sponsors comply with new federal healthcare laws, AO is asking U.S. health care provider attendees to supply their 10-digit NPI (National Provider Identifier) number.

Beginning August 1, 2013, medical device and pharmaceutical companies are required by the Sunshine Act terms of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to use this number to report any payment or other transfer of value (TOV) given to healthcare providers with a minimum value of $10/payment or $100/year to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The Sunshine Act classifies TOV as, but not limited to, gifts, entertainment, certain meals, consulting fees, and honoraria.

If you have already provided your NPI number to the AO, it will automatically appear in your registration information. If you have not supplied this number, you can add it when you register.

This number will be part of the information embedded in your badge’s barcode but will not be printed on the badge.

NPI numbers are public information. If you do not know your NPI number, you can search for it by clicking this button:

More information about the NPI is available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Click this button to access the NPI website:

Contact Information:

Questions? Contact the AO Meeting Registration staff:

call: 847-439-1919
fax: 847-439-1569