CE Requirements for Traditional Track

Continuing Education Requirements

A total of 50 CE credit hours must be submitted at the time of application. The ABDSM will accept 35 approved CE hours at the time of application; however, if you choose to submit an application with fewer than 50 CE credit hours, the remaining CE must be submitted to the ABDSM by the stated date.
CE credits must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Science-based education in dental sleep medicine or sleep medicine
  • ADA CERP recognized or AGD PACE approved
  • Course provider is a non-profit organization or accredited university
  • Applicant is a participant in the course and not the instructor
  • Earned within the three (3) years prior to the application deadline
Required documentation must be submitted for each course:
  • CE verification letter or certificate issued by the course provider (CE transcripts are not accepted) 
  • Educational objectives or a detailed agenda that shows the course was science-based education in dental sleep medicine or sleep medicine (CE verification letters or certificates not accompanied by course objectives or agenda are not accepted)
NEW! Applicants may now submit up to 50 credits from self-instructional or electronically mediated activities for their 2021 Traditional Track application, due to the situation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the influence on availability of in-person courses. The previous limit was 10 hours.

Applicants may submit up to 10 credits that are AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM in sleep medicine in place of ADA CERP or AGD PACE credits. Credit hours in practice management and billing are not accepted. Credit hours in temporomandibular disorder are accepted only when the course objectives clearly show the course had a prominent dental sleep medicine focus.

Continuing Education Verification
It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify the non-profit status of a course provider before submitting the credits. To confirm a CE provider’s status, visit GuideStar’s website at www.guidestar.org. All IRS-registered non-profit organizations are listed on GuideStar.

Canadian and International Application Provisions
Applicants who do not practice in the United States may submit CE credits that are not ADA CERP recognized or AGD PACE approved; however, the CE credits do need to meet all other ABDSM requirements.  The ABDSM will accept letters of recommendation and sleep observation documentation that are signed by either a physician who is board-certified in sleep medicine OR experienced in sleep medicine. If an applicant submits letters of recommendation or sleep observation documentation signed by a physician who is not board-certified in sleep medicine, the physician’s credentials must be documented in order to confirm the experience in sleep medicine.