API Setup

If you are an Open Dental customer, a third-party developer might want to work with you to enable your database for 2-way communication. Those instructions are documented below. If you are a third-party developer, you should first see the API Specification.

We recommend having a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) in place with a third-party developer before entering the API key. Many third-party programs gather and retain Protected Health Information (PHI), so a BAA will assist with HIPAA compliance.

Customer Setup

In the Main Menu, click Setup, Advanced Setup, API.

Add Key: Click to add a new API key.

Double-click an existing key to edit.


FHIR is an older alternative to our API. It's designed for interfacing with certain medical software, but is not otherwise useful. The latest version is FHIR Version 19.4, also known as our FHIR Version 2. This version remains compatible with all future versions of Open Dental. Development has stopped on this interface, although we have no plans to remove it.
Open Dental FHIR Interface Specifications for 19.4 (pdf)