The AADSM Qualified Dentist designation is for any dentist in need of a starting point designation to show basic competency to patients, sleep physicians and payers. It is meant to be a stepping stone that provides interim recognition for those in the process of accumulating the experience, education and case studies needed to earn board certification in dental sleep medicine.
Dentists who are currently certified in dental sleep medicine or the dental director of an accredited facility already meet the definition of a qualified dentist outlined in the Clinical Guideline and do not need this designation to substantiate their knowledge of oral appliance therapy.
In order to submit an application, you will need to provide the following:
CE verification letters or certificates from the course provider are required for each course, and they must clearly show that they are either a non-profit organization or accredited dental school that is also an ADA CERP or AGD PACE continuing education provider.
CE transcripts are not acceptable for verifying continuing education credits. The documentation must also clearly show that the courses were science-based education in dental sleep medicine or sleep medicine and must include objectives or a detailed agenda for each course that clearly demonstrate that applicants are furthering their clinical knowledge of dental sleep medicine. Courses that are predominantly practice management or billing based will not be acceptable.
Of the 25 required CE credits, up to 10 credits may be AMA PRA Category 1 Credits in sleep medicine. The AADSM will also accept an unlimited number of self-instructional and electronically mediated learning activities from acceptable educational providers.
Applicants must be the participant in any submitted course and not the instructor.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is also an ADA CERP recognized provider for continuing dental education, the AADSM offers a variety of science-based educational opportunities that count toward the Qualified Dentist designation CE requirement. These include:
The AADSM recognizes that there are many other organizations that also meet the criteria to be a recognized CE provider. To confirm that a particular CE provider is a not-for-profit organization, visit GuideStar's website at www.guidestar.org and search for their listing. All IRS-registered non-profit organizations will be listed on GuideStar.
To help members identify recognized providers, the AADSM has developed a free application process by which other non-profit organizations and universities can apply for verification that a particular educational offering meets the Qualified Dentist CE requirement. The AADSM has verified that the following educational programs meet the CE criteria for the AADSM’s Qualified Dentist designation. Completion of any of these programs counts toward the fulfillment of the continuing education requirements for the designation:
CE Provider: Dr. Dental, IADMD Foundation, Inc.
Event Title: Sleep Apnea Mini Residency and Pain Management
CE Provider: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Event Title: Dental Sleep Medicine: A Comprehensive Introduction
CE Provider: University of North Carolina School of Dentistry
Event Title: Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency
CE Provider: UCSF School of Dentistry
Event Title: Dental Sleep Medicine Mini Residency
Because the Qualified Dentist designation is meant to be a stepping stone towards board certification and/or facility accreditation, the designation can be held for two years from the date the application is approved by the AADSM, without the option to reapply. If, however, a dentist submits an application to either sit for the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) certification exam or accredit their dental sleep medicine facility through the AADSM, they will be given an opportunity to reapply for the Qualified Dentist designation for an additional two-year period.
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