Traditional Track Application

  The 2021 Exam cycle is the final year to apply for the Traditional Track.


The 2021 exam application deadline is December 31, 2020.


Who can apply:

What to Submit:

Active duty members of the military are eligible for a reduced fee of $250. Please apply through the Military Traditional Track button and submit a copy of your military ID to verify your active duty status.

Canadian and International Applicants who do not practice in the US may review provisions for prerequisites and continuing education obtained outside the United States. Click here: Canadian and International Application Provisions.

Traditional Track Deadlines

These deadlines refer to ABDSM Traditional Track Applicant deadlines ONLY. Please see the Mastery Track page for Mastery Track deadlines.
Application submission windowOctober 1 - December 31, 2020
Notification of application acceptance   February 1, 2021
Deadline for withdrawal and partial refund ($395)February 15, 2021
Deadline to submit the balance of required 50 CE hoursApril 2, 2021
Examination window   May 16-30, 2021
Notification of examination results  July 30, 2021
Deadline to postmark cases for applicants with a passing scoreApril 30, 2022
Notification of acceptance of cases
          Cases are reviewed in the
order received.
This varies
based on the Board's caseload.

Withdrawals can be made at any time prior to the exam; no refund will be made after the stated date.

Case Studies

Each applicant must submit a total of ten (10) documented oral appliance cases, distributed as follows: five (5) detailed cases and five (5) spreadsheet cases. All case study criteria can be found in the current exam guidelines. Applicants are responsible for addressing all criteria in their case submission.

Case Studies Resources
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.

 *Online application
The online application will ask you for your contact information and fields in which you will upload copies of the required documentation, so you will want to make sure you have first saved all the documents to your computer. The application also includes terms and conditions that you should review before attesting to your agreement with them.
**Dental License with Expiration Date
Provide a copy of your dental license that shows the date of expiration. If the dental license you submit expires prior to May 7, 2020, you must submit a copy of your renewed license to the ABDSM. Applicants will not be allowed to sit for the exam without proof of a valid dental license on file with the ABDSM.

For any questions about current requirements, please contact the ABDSM at

COVID-19 Provision: If you have difficulties completing documented time in a sleep center due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email prior to submitting your application.