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What is a Diplomate of the ABDSM?

Dentists who are Diplomates of the ABDSM have demonstrated that they have the skills and knowledge essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. The ABDSM believes higher standards for dental sleep medicine translate into better care for patients and greater accountability. The ABDSM credential is widely recognized as the gold standard for excellence in dental sleep medicine.

The 2021 ABDSM Guidelines are now available

2021 is the final year that the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) will accept traditional track applications. In future years, the AADSM Mastery Program will continue to provide eligibility for those who wish to apply for ABDSM Diplomate status. Click here to learn more: Apply for the 2021 Exam

2020 Exam


The 2020 ABDSM board certification examination in dental sleep medicine will be offered September 6-20, 2020 at Kryterion Testing Centers around the world. Locate a Kryterion Testing Center

Earning certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine involves completion of a computer-based examination and either submission of case studies or completion of the AADSM Mastery Program.  

For full details regarding the ABDSM's Diplomate requirements, see the 2020 Diplomate Guidelines.

Benefits of Becoming a Diplomate of the ABDSM

Stand apart in dental sleep medicine with a status that sleep physicians know and respect. ABDSM Diplomate Status:

  • Signifies to physicians, payors, and patients a professional commitment to education, knowledge, and expeirence in providing oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea and snoring.
  • Demonstrates that a dentist has the technical skill, in-depth knowledge and professional judgement to deliver excellent patient care.
  • Positions your practice for more referrals, collaborative partnership, and growth.