Eligibility & Supplementary Requirements

The information provided here is intended to familiarize you with the eligibility requirements and supplementary documentation necessary for ABCDSM board certification. Complete details pertaining to submission of supplementary documentation are included within the application and may also be accessed by clicking here.

Prior to application, please determine if you meet all of the eligibility requirements and are (or will be) prepared to submit documentation of completion of all supplementary requirements within the time allotted. If you do not, please do not submit an application. Applications and documentation of completion of all prerequisites will be reviewed by the ABCDSM and the ABCDSM will send notification of acceptance/approval to applicants.

ABCDSM Diplomate Status


The "Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine" examination is open to qualified applicants who:

  • Hold, at minimum, a dental degree (DDS or DMD) or its equivalent;
  • Possess an active and unrestricted license to practice dentistry; AND,
  • Have been personally involved as a primary care provider in assessment and management of sleep-disordered breathing for at least two (2) years immediately preceding their applications, experience gained while earning a DDS or DMD degree (or its equivalent) notwithstanding.

Supplementary Requirements:

Before you may advertise that you are a "Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine," you must:

  • Successfully complete the Craniofacial Dental sleep Medicine written credentialing examination; AND,
  • Submit satisfactory documentation of completion of all of the following upon application, at the time of the written examination or within one (1) year of taking the written examination:

    • At least fifty (50) hours of earned dental sleep medicine continuing education credits, which may include ADA CERP and/or AGD PACE courses. Up to ten (10) AMA PRA Category 1™ sleep-related credits may also be included as part of the required 50 hours.
    • A total of ten (10) hours of on-site sleep medicine observation, which must include at least five (5) hours on-site at an accredited sleep laboratory. Additional observation hours may include time in the office of a board-certified sleep physician.
    • A total of ten (10) patient case histories, which must include five (5) patient case summaries listed on a spreadsheet plus five (5) expanded patient case studies.
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation/sponsorship. These letters may be obtained from a board-certified sleep physician (MD, DO or PhD) and/or a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, or a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain in good standing.