Reapplication for Prior Candidates

 The ABDSM appreciates the significant investment on the part of applicants who wish to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in dental sleep medicine. Applicants who have taken the certification examination in the past may reapply to challenge the exam via the methods below. The ABDSM allows applicants who have not completed the requirements to reapply under the following circumstances:

Not Achieving a Passing Score (All Tracks)

Individuals who sat for the exam in 2018 or 2019 but did not achieve a passing score are eligible to use an expedited application process for their second attempt.

Expedited Application for the 2020 Exam

  • Application due by 10/31/2019
  • Fee ($995) due by 10/31/19
  • Current dental license due with application and must submit updated version by 5/1/20
Access Expedited Application
Mastery Track applicants who are eligible for the expedited application do not need to retake the Mastery Program. Traditional track applicants eligible for this option do not need to resubmit CE, letters of recommendation, BAA, or sleep center observation hours.
If more than two years have passed since the first failed attempt, or if the candidate has failed to pass the exam after two attempts, the candidate is not eligible to follow the expedited application process and must submit a new application along with all required prerequisites.

Failure to Meet Case Submission Deadline (Traditional Track only)

Applicants who achieved a passing score on the examination but did not meet the case submission deadline may reapply without being required to retake the exam. This type of reapplication can be used only one time and must be received within three years of the date the original exam application was submitted.


Due during application window: 10/1/2019 - 10/31/2019
  • Application
  • Reapplication fee ($995)
Due by 4/3/2020 (can also be submitted with the application during the October time frame)
  • A copy of current dental license
  • Documentation of 25 new CE credits not submitted with the previous application and earned within the past two years. All CE credits must meet board requirements in order to be accepted.
Valid reapplicants are not required to retake the exam. Case studies will be due April 30, 2021. Any cases that were previously submitted and accepted (during the first application cycle) may be reused on the reapplication.

Access Reapplication for Missed Case Deadline