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The 2018 MDA Annual Session will be held April 25-28, 2018, at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Frequently Asked Questions about the 2018 Annual Session appear below.

How do I register in advance?

Click here to register online. Otherwise you can register by fax (517-372-6704), by mail (MDA, 3657 Okemos Road, Ste. 200, Okemos, MI 48864), or by telephone 517-346-9408. Classes may also be reserved on-site in the registration area (Halls A and B of the Lansing Center). Be sure to make your reservations as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Seating is limited.

Is there a general registration fee?

No, there is not a flat fee for attending the conference. You pay a per course or per event fee. There are some classes and activities that are free, but still require registration. See registration categories below.

  • Name Badge Only: FREE to ADA/MDA member dentists, dental staff, students and guests. Name Badge Only allows entry into exhibits, welcome reception, table clinics and keynote presentation (registration required). Registration and fees are required as noted in the Annual Session information for CE courses.
  • Non-member Dentists: There is no registration fee. Rates for CE classes are an additional $50 per session for non-members (except for Saturday courses). Additional fees paid can be applied to membership within 30 days. Non-member dentists can also attend the Exhibit Hall for free.

Where is the Exhibit Hall and who is exhibiting?

The Annual Session exhibits can be found in halls A and B of the Lansing Center. Here’s where you’ll discover the latest dental products, services and techniques, plus Annual Session show specials.

You’ll find nearly 200 exhibitors at this year’s MDA Annual Session Exhibit Hall. They’re offering show specials, helpful advice, and the chance to see the newest products “up close and personal.” You can get your questions answered, talk with product representatives, and see what’s new in dentistry. It’s all at the MDA Annual Session Exhibit Hall — Michigan’s largest dental expo!

A full listing of exhibitors appears in the Annual Session Official Program, mailed to you with your pre-registration materials or available on-site.

What are the area attractions?

The Greater Lansing area has a vibrant downtown, offering numerous entertainment, dining and nightlife options all within walking distance of the Lansing Center and Radisson Hotel. Experience the newest addition to upscale downtown dining with EnVie, Lansing’s new contemporary French inspired bistro. Try something different at For Crepe’s Sake, offering gourmet crepes for every taste. Experience Lansing’s only full-production brewery and gastro pub, Lansing Brewing Company, located just behind Cooley Law School Stadium. A hot spot growing in popularity is the Waterfront Bar & Grill, located at the Lansing City Market, set alongside the Grand river and just outside the Lansing Center. Later on, try small batch craft distillery American 5th Spirits or kick up your heels for some dancing and a cold beer at Duke’s Saloon.

East Lansing is the home of Michigan State University and is always buzzing with activity. When your attendees find themselves with a bit of free time they’re sure to find one-of-a-kind shopping, dining and nightlife to remember. Step into boutique’s like Clever Clover and Mad Eagle for custom jewelry and garments you simply won’t be able to live without. Take a while to experience the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, full of contemporary art pieces set in a one-of-a-kind space designed by the world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Stroll along Albert Avenue and find a string of unique and popular college restaurants and pubs perfect for your next meal, or as a spot for great conversation. El Azteco, an East Lansing staple serves the most amazing authentic Mexican food around. Next door at the FieldHouse you’ll find a full menu and a wide variety of craft beers and signature cocktails from which to choose. Next door at the trendy Hop Cat you’ll find dozens of unique craft brews and an intimate environment perfect for networking.

Michigan Historical Museum and Library of Michigan: The Michigan Historical Museum surrounds visitors with Michigan history from prehistoric times through the late 20th century. Major exhibits include a three-story relief map of Michigan, a walk-through of an Upper Peninsula copper mine, a one-room schoolhouse, a 1920s street scene, a 1957 Detroit Auto Show exhibit, and a lakes-and-lands diorama complete with rustic cabin and lighthouse. Explore all 26 permanent galleries, located on four levels. The museum is open seven days a week. For more information visit or call 517-373-3559.

State Capitol Building: Step back into the Victorian era with a visit to Michigan’s beautiful, historic Capitol building, designed by Elijah E. Myers, one of the foremost architects of public buildings during the Gilded Age. The building contains more than nine acres of hand-painted surfaces and was dedicated to the citizens of Michigan in 1879. The building was breathtakingly restored in the 1990s to its original glory. Tours of the public areas and the House and Senate galleries are available every half hour Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information visit or call 517-373-2353.

Lansing Lugnuts: The “Lugs” await your arrival at the beautiful, newly renovated Cooley Law School Stadium right downtown! Enjoy good times with good friends as Lansing’s minor league baseball team celebrates its 23rd season in Michigan’s capital city. It’s family fun at an affordable price, so don’t miss out on the action and your chance to “Go Nuts” with the Lugnuts. You can join the fun on Monday, April 23 if you are arriving early for the MDA Annual Session. For more information visit or call 517-485-4500 for tickets.

Impression 5 Science Center: Impression 5 Science Center is a dynamic interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science. Its mission is to facilitate learners in scientific exploration through hands on exhibits and participatory educational programming. For over 40 years Impression 5 has referred to the five senses and the way that each sense is engaged during a visit to the science center. If you are in town early, on April 24th come visit us for Transportation Day. For more information visit or call 517-485-8116.

Michigan State University: There’s always something happening at MSU and springtime is one of the most beautiful seasons on campus. Stroll through a picturesque setting on your way to one of the many attractions including the MSU Museum, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, the Horticulture Demonstration Gardens, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, or the MSU Dairy Store. Guided tours of campus are available as well. For more information, you can visit or call 517-355-1855.

Shopping: Greater Lansing is full of shopping opportunities! Whether you’re looking for a unique art gallery, shopping mall or funky shopping district with one-of-a-kind stores, Greater Lansing has something for you. Discover Lansing’s three major shopping malls, where the assortment is vast and the great prices are hard to resist. Pick up a Greater Lansing Visitor Guide to locate dozens of unique specialty shops and boutiques in throughout the community, too, including the charming Old Town district. For more information visit or call 517-487-6800.

Dining and Nightlife: Greater Lansing is a casual community, with diverse dining options and nightlife. Looking for upscale steak and seafood, or a sports bar with the big game and plenty of comfort food? Whatever you have in mind, you’ll find it on the menu in Michigan’s Capital Region. Explore the Heights at Eastwood in Eastwood Towne Center Shopping area for the area’s hottest steak and seafood spot, Capital Prime. Are you downtown and looking for something unique? Satisfy your sweet tooth at the artsy and edgy bakery Glazed and Confused. In search of small batch custom cocktails? Look no further than American Fifth Spirits, just steps from Cooley Law School Stadium. East Lansing and the campus of Michigan State University are full of great pubs and eateries. A long-time campus staple is the authentic Mexican fare at El Azteco. Be sure to try the Topopo Salad! Still craving more trendy craft brews? Step next door and sip and sample the dozens of beers on tap at the new hot spot, Hop Cat. For more information visit the restaurant reservation booth in the main concourse of the Lansing Center during the MDA Annual Session. Sample menus will be available, as well as a few coupons. Or visit or call 517-487-6800 for additional information.

Entertainment Express: The Entertainment Express trolley makes it easy to explore Greater Lansing nightlife. This special bus travels from downtown Lansing to East Lansing every Thursday through Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. until 3 a.m.; it’s an easy, fun ride! Visit for more information or download the app at to find the exact location of the express.

Is the Michigan Dental Assistants Association holding events at the MDA Annual Session?

The Michigan Dental Assistants Association is holding its annual House of Delegates and MDAA Student Day concurrently with the MDA Annual Session at the Lansing Crowne Plaza Hotel, 925 S. Creyts Road, Lansing, MI 48917 (map).The MDAA is co-promoting a number of continuing education sessions with the MDA. General registration for MDAA events is will take place in the DeVos Place.

MDAA Student Day is scheduled for Friday, April 27 at 9 a.m., and will include a guest speaker, scholarship awards, student videos, speech competitions and, as always, a few surprises! Students and instructors from all levels of dental assisting programs are invited to participate and visit the MDA exhibit hall at the Lansing Center afterwards.

The MDAA House of Delegates will convene on Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. at the Lansing Crowne Plaza Hotel. The President’s Lunch will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., with the House reconvening at 2 p.m.

On-site registration is combined with the MDA inside Halls A and B of the Lansing Center, but we suggest you register in advance through the MDA website. 

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