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2018 ABDSM Certification Guidelines Now Available

May 5, 2017 - Details on the 2018 American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) examination are now available on the ABDSM website.

The ABDSM exam is administered via remote testing centers across the country. You have the flexibility of choosing the testing center nearest you and selecting a convenient exam date and time during the two-week testing window of March 11-25, 2018. View a complete list of testing centers near you.

In order to sit for the exam, all prerequisites and the examination fee must be submitted between September 18, 2017 and October 23, 2017. Applicants will have until April 22, 2019 to submit complete oral appliance therapy cases.

Questions? Contact the ABDSM National Office at info@abdsm.org or (630) 737-9705.

View the 2018 Guidelines


Updated ABDSM Reading List is Now Available

Nov. 7, 2016 - In order to deliver an exam that covers the latest advancements in dental sleep medicine, the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) has updated its recommended reading list, which reflects cutting-edge research in the field. Referring to this list will help applicants prepare for the exam. Links to the references are included to ensure that books and articles are easily accessible.


ABDSM Announces Change in CE Requirement for 2017 Exam Eligibility

Oct. 10, 2016 - Today the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) announced an immediate change to one of the 2017 dental sleep medicine exam eligibility requirements related to continuing education (CE) credits.

The previously released certification guidelines contained new language stating that applicants must have earned the required CE hours from "a dental sleep medicine focused non-profit organization or accredited dental school." In order to provide applicants with sufficient time to prepare for this change, the ABDSM board of directors has decided to amend this requirement for 2017.

Therefore, applicants for the 2017 exam may submit CE credits provided by a for-profit company, non-profit organization, or accredited dental school.

The remaining CE requirements outlined in the certification guidelines - including those that describe the number and type of hours that must be earned - remain in effect for 2017 exam eligibility. Please note: CE credits provided by for-profit companies will not be accepted for the 2018 exam.

The ABDSM is now accepting applications through Nov. 14, 2016. Applicants for the 2017 exam will have until May 14, 2018, to submit complete oral appliance therapy cases.

Use the power of ABDSM board certification to build a firm foundation for your dental sleep medicine practice. Apply today!


2017 Certification Guidelines Now Available

July 6, 2016 - Details on the 2017 American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) examination are now available. The ABDSM Board of Directors encourages you to read the certification guidelines and take note of the changes for 2017:

  • Continuing education credits must be earned by either non-profit organizations or accredited dental schools that are either ADA CERP recognized or AGD PACE approved.
  • Either the respiratory event index (REI), respiratory disturbance index (RDI) or the apnea/hypopnea index (AHI) can be reported when submitting cases.
  • Post-treatment home sleep apnea tests (HSATs) may be administered by the dentist if it is within their scope of practice as determined by their state dental licensing board and documentation is provided from the local treating physician that verifies that for each case the physician requested that the dentist administer an HSAT for follow-up purposes.
  • Applicants must use at least two distinct oral appliance designs that have different types of advancement mechanisms from one another when submitting cases.

The ABDSM exam will continue to be administered via remote testing centers across the country. You will have the flexibility of choosing the testing center nearest you and selecting a convenient exam date and time during the two-week testing window of March 26-April 9, 2017. View a complete list of testing centers near you.

Please take note of this important submission deadline: Prerequisites must be postmarked by November 14, 2016.

For complete details on these changes, review the 2017 certification guidelines. Questions? Contact the ABDSM national office at info@abdsm.org or 630-737-9761.


The American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine 2016 Diplomate Exam to Become More Convenient, Accessible

Update Adds Locations and Lengthens Timelines for Easier Entry

Oct. 9, 2015 – Becoming an American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate is now more accessible and convenient for dentists, thanks to changes to the certification guidelines for 2016. The changes to the 2016 exam and case presentation – which include the addition of convenient testing locations, expanded timelines to complete case studies and adjusted requirements for required data – were implemented to create a better experience for dentists who want to achieve Diplomate status. Registration for the 2016 Certification Exam is open from Oct. 1 – Nov. 16, 2015.

“The significant changes for the 2016 exam and case presentation process create a path to certification that is more accessible and convenient for those interested in growing their dental sleep medicine practice,” noted ABDSM President Nancy Addy, DDS, Diplomate, ABDSM. “It is my hope that with a more convenient process, more dentists will submit an application and embark on the road toward Diplomate status.”

Dental sleep medicine is a rapidly growing segment of dentistry that focuses on using oral appliance therapy to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. While any licensed dentist can practice dental sleep medicine, successful treatment relies on acquired skills and knowledge as well as strong physician partnerships. The ABDSM exam and case presentation certifies a thorough knowledge in dental sleep medicine and is nationally recognized not only by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), but also by the physicians of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Added Locations

The most notable change to the ABDSM certification process is the way in which the exam will be administered. Starting in 2016, the ABDSM exam will be computer-based available at hundreds of testing centers across the U.S. and Canada. The 2016 exam window will be April 10-23, 2016, allowing dentists to select a convenient testing date and providing an affordable way to take the exam at the nearest location.

Extended Timeline

Candidates also have an extended period of 15 weeks after the application deadline to complete their continuing education credits. Furthermore, candidates have 18 months from the time their application is completed to submit the required case studies.

Simplified Data Requirements

Additional changes to the certification guidelines include adjusted requirements to allow more options in gathering data from physician partners, and greater flexibility in selecting sleep centers to work with on case studies. In addition, the recommended reading list has been condensed to more recent and relevant articles.

“ABDSM Diplomate certification has the power to help build a firm foundation for the ongoing success of dental sleep medicine practices,” noted Dr. Addy. “Even if a dentist is not sitting for the 2016 exam, they should be aware of what the guidelines require. By treating each patient as a potential ABDSM board case the dentist will acquire the necessary number of patients for their ABDSM case presentations.”


Demonstrate Your Expertise in Dental Sleep Medicine

July 27, 2015
It's now more convenient than ever before to take the ABDSM exam. Starting in 2016, the exam will be administered at remote testing centers across the country. You can choose the testing center nearest you and select the most convenient time during the two-week testing window of April 10-23, 2016. View a complete list of testing centers near you. Not quite ready to apply? Stay informed of the ABDSM's most current application requirements by reviewing the certification guidelines.