The application window for the 2018 ABDSM board certification examination in dental sleep medicine has closed. 

NOTE: There are now two pathways to certification: Traditional Track and Mastery Track.

For details, see the 2019 certification guidelines, which are now available.



Established in 2004, the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) is an independent, nonprofit board of examiners that certifies dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. Today more than 325 ABDSM Diplomates are providing quality treatment for patients across the country.


Benefits of ABDSM Certification.

Stand apart in dental sleep medicine with an elite board certification that sleep physicians know and respect. ABDSM Diplomate status is the gold standard in dental sleep medicine – demonstrating that a dentist has the technical skill, in-depth knowledge and professional judgment to provide optimal oral appliance therapy care. Use the power of ABDSM board certification to build a firm foundation for your dental sleep medicine practice with physicians, payors and patients – and position your practice for more referrals, more collaborative partnerships and more growth.

The 4 Steps to Certification (Traditional Track)

Submit prerequisites – including dental license, CE, letters of recommendation and sleep center hours.

Take the examination at a Kryterion testing center near you during a designated two-week testing window.

Submit 15 oral appliance therapy cases according to the certification guideline criteria.

Maintain Diplomate status by earning continuing education hours and paying an annual fee.