Maintenance of Certification

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

  • Payment of an annual administrative fee of $200
  • Attain 25 CE approved credits every 2 years, subject to selective audit (beginning in 2021)

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

Diplomates must earn 25 CE credits every 2 years in order to maintain certification.
Beginning in 2021, the ABDSM will perform an annual audit to ensure this requirement is being met. A randomly selected percentage of Diplomates 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 is a non-profit organization or accredited university
  • Diplomate is a participant in the course and not the instructor
Diplomates 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. Diplomates may also submit up to 10 credits from self-instructional or electronically medicated activities.

CE FAQs:

  • It is the Diplomate'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.
  • The Diplomate must submit both the CE verification letter/certificate and the objectives/agenda 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