Maintenance of Certification

To maintain certification and remain a Diplomate or International Certificant of the ABDSM in good standing, Diplomates and International Certificants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Payment of an annual administrative fee of $200
  • Earn 25 CE approved credits every 2 years

Annual Administrative Fee 

The annual fee is paid to the ABDSM at the beginning of each calendar year. Payments are accepted online by logging in at ABDSM.org.
 
Diplomates and International Certificants: $200USD
Active-Duty Military (verification required):           $50  USD
The administrative fee is waived for new Diplomates for the year in which they first become certified.

CE Requirements

25 CE credits must be earned every 2 years in order to maintain certification.
 

NEW Changes to CE Requirements effective immediately

CE earned from for-profit course providers is now accepted for Maintenance of Certification requirements. CE gained from non-profit providers and accredited dental schools will also still be accepted.

Of the 25 required hours, at least 5 hours must be from ADA CERP-recognized or AGD PACE-approved courses in dental sleep medicine. Diplomates and International Certificants may choose to focus all of their CE on dental sleep topics or may select up to 20 hours in sleep medicine topics from AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits.
 

Allowances for CE gained in 2020

The ABDSM Board of Directors has determined in light of circumstances leading to in-person cancellations, the following modifications have been made to this requirement for CE gained through the end of 2020 only:
 
  • All 25 required hours may be earned through online/self-mediated CE (in effect through the end of 2020)  The previous limit was 10 hours.
  • The recent AADSM Board Review Course is acceptable for meeting this CE requirement.
    Beginning in 2021, the ABDSM will perform an annual audit to ensure the requirements are being met. A randomly selected percentage of Diplomates and International Certificants will be contacted and required to submit verification that CE requirements are being met.

    CE credits must meet the all of the following requirements:
    • A total of 25 hours must be earned every two years
    • All credits must be for science-based education in dental sleep medicine or sleep medicine
    • ADA CERP-recognized or AGD PACE-approved
    • Course provider may be a for-profit organization, a non-profit organization or an accredited dental school
    • The Diplomate or International Certificant must be a participant in the course and not the instructor
    Up to 20 credits that are AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM  in sleep medicine may be earned in place of ADA CERP or AGD PACE credits. Up to 25 credits may be from self-instructional or electronically medicated activities.


    CE FAQs:

    • Both the CE verification letter/certificate and the objectives/agenda must be retained for each course. 
    • 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.
     

    2020 Maintenance Requirements

     
         
                      Year of Initial Certification                    
    Annual Fee
                              Due Jan 1, payable online                          
      Required CE  
    2017 and earlier$200 USD25 hrs earned between 1/1/18 - 12/31/19
    Does not need to be submitted to the ABDSM
    2018$200 USD25 hrs earned between 1/1/19 - 12/31/20
    Does not need to be submitted to the ABDSM
    2019$200 USDNone



    2021 Maintenance Requirements

     
         
                     Year of Initial Certification                 
    Annual Fee
                               Due Jan 1, payable online                         
            Required CE         
    2018 and earlier$200 USD25 hrs earned between 1/1/19 - 12/31/20
      Submitted to the ABDSM upon request   
    2019$200 USD25 hrs earned between 1/1/20 - 12/31/21
    Does not need to be submitted to the ABDSM
    2020$200 USDNone
     


    2022 Maintenance Requirements

     
         
                   Year of Initial Certification               
    Annual Fee
                                 Due Jan 1, payable online                        
            Required CE         
    2019 and earlier$200 USD25 hrs earned between 1/1/20 - 12/31/21
      Submitted to the ABDSM upon request   
    2020$200 USD25 hrs earned between 1/1/21 - 12/31/22
    Does not need to be submitted to the ABDSM
    2021$200 USDNone