Reapplication for Prior Applicants

Not Achieving a Passing Exam Score

Applicants who did not achieve a passing score on their first attempt are eligible to retake the examination annually during their eligibility period (three years following completion of the AADSM Mastery Program or an accredited version of the program).   

Retaking the Examination

Eligible candidates may apply to retake the examination annually during their eligibility period following their first failed attempt by submitting the following during the application window:
  • Application (submitted online at www.abdsm.org)
  • Re-take application fee of $395
  • Current dental license

If Not Eligible to Retake the Examination

If the applicant is ineligible for an examination retake, a new application and fee must be submitted. In addition to any other requirements that may be in place at the time of the new application, the candidate must also submit documentation of 65 CE hours that have been completed within the 3 years prior to the application deadline, meet the CE requirements outlined in these guidelines, and have not previously been submitted. Retaking the AADSM Mastery Program in its entirety will satisfy the CE requirement.
 

Failure to Meet Case Submission Deadline (Traditional Track only)

Traditional Track applicants who achieved a passing score on the exam but did not meet the deadline for case submission, including any granted extensions, may reapply within three years of when the original application was submitted. They may reapply by submitting the following by the application deadline. 
  • Application (found at abdsm.org)
  • Payment of reapplication fee of $995
  • A copy of their current dental license

 
Traditional Track reapplicants must also submit the following by June 1, 2023:
  • Documentation to verify they have earned at least twenty-five (25) new CE credits (credits not used with the previous application) within the previous two (2) years.  All continuing education credits must meet board CE requirements as described in these guidelines.

Traditional track reapplicants who achieved a passing score on the exam but did not meet the deadline for case submission do not need to retake the exam. Cases that were accepted by the Board Reviewer during the initial application cycle can be resubmitted. Reapplicants will have until April 30, 2024 to submit complete oral appliance therapy cases. Please note that reapplication on this basis will only be accepted one time.  If all completed and accepted cases are not received within the designated time period, a completely new application including prerequisites, exam, and all other requirements will be necessary.