AADSM Mastery Program

AADSM Mastery Program


The AADSM Mastery Program is a comprehensive, clinically-focused and evidence-based education program limited to dentists, that provides dentists with the necessary training and skills they need to provide oral appliance therapy to patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Upon completion of the program, dentists will have the competence and confidence to provide oral appliance therapy and build relationships with patients, physicians, and payers. The Mastery Program offers nearly 100 credit hours of continuing education. 

Important Update
The AADSM Mastery Program has historically consisted of three courses: Mastery 1, Mastery 2, and Mastery 3. Starting in 2021, content from Mastery 2 and 3 will be combined into one course and will be referred to as Mastery 2. To accommodate the increased amount of content now provided in Mastery 2, the length of time to complete the course has been extended.

Mastery 1 will only be offered virtually in 2022. Mastery 2 will be offered virtually or in-person in 2021, and only offered in-person in 2022. Overviews of each of the courses can be found below by clicking on either the Mastery 1 or Mastery 2 logos. All virtual Mastery courses include recorded lectures and demonstration videos (where appropriate), four live Q&A sessions, an online discussion board, and a virtual exhibit hall. The in-person Mastery 2 includes in-person lectures, a networking reception, and an in-person exhibit hall. Those who attend the in-person Mastery 2 also receive access to Mastery 2 recorded lectures, recordings of virtual Q&A sessions, and the online discussion board.

The AADSM Mastery Program requires several Clinical Competency assignments that require patient interaction. Registered attendees will receive detailed instructions regarding these assignments during each course window. Participants must have access to Microsoft PowerPoint to complete some of these assignments. 

The deadline for the two patient cases for 2021 Mastery 2 (for both the virtual and in-person courses) is February 28, 2022.  
For an overview of Clinical Competency assignments, download the overview.

Clinical Competencies Overview

Mastery Program Faculty

Click on the logos below to get more information on each course.

 Why attend the AADSM Mastery Program?
 What attendees are saying...
 "The guidance and background that the AADSM Mastery Program provided really helped me to be more successful with each patient. I feel more confident in my ability to provide this therapy more safely and, hopefully, more effectively.”

- David Silk, DDS, Diplomate, ABDSM
 “As a person with obstructive sleep apnea I wanted to  learn more about OSA and help others that suffer as I did. The AADSM Mastery Program is fantastic. The speakers are well versed and passionate regarding all facets of OSA."

- Catherine Dhal, DMD, AADSM Qualified Dentist
 “The AADSM Mastery Program was one of the best professional experiences of my career. It was concise, thorough, and well-organized. All faculty members were informative and helpful. It is perfect for starting and running a dental sleep medicine practice."

- Mark Smith, DDS, Diplomate, ABDSM


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Virtual courses are available on-demand during the below date ranges, so you can access the recorded lectures when it works best for you. Scroll down to register for any of the following offerings.

Mastery 1 (virtual only)
  • February 1 - May 31, 2022
  • June 1 - September 30, 2022

Mastery 2
  • October 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022 (virtual) Registration still open!
  • November 3-7, 2021 (in-person*) New Orleans, Louisiana 
*Includes access to the virtual Mastery 2 recordings. Scroll down to see additional details about the in-person Mastery 2 being offered in 2021.

For those attending the in-person Mastery 2, in-person attendance for the entirety of the course required for successful completion. 

Mastery 2 will only be offered in-person in 2022. The dates and locations of these courses will be posted here as they become available. 

Live Question and Answer Sessions

During each virtual course window, there will be live question and answer sessions where faculty will be available to answer questions submitted both in advance and during the discussion. Click the button below to view the dates and times for each session.

 Live Q&A Sessions Schedule

Registration Rates


AADSM Member


AADSM Active-duty
Military Member*

2022 Mastery 1 (virtual only)




2021 Mastery 2 (virtual or in-person)    $4,500    $5,200$1,125
*This rate is only available to those who are Active-duty Military members of the AADSM. If you are active-duty military, download the application for Active-duty Military Membership.
**The AADSM does not offer payment plans for the AADSM Mastery Program. 



Make your selection below. If registering for both Mastery 1 and 2, you must register for them individually based upon your preference in dates and format.

Mastery 1
Mastery 1 (February-May 2022)

Mastery 1 (June-September 2022)

Mastery 2
Mastery 2 (Virtual: October 2021-January 2022)
Note: Access to the virtual Mastery 2 is not immediate upon registering. Please allow up to 1 business day to receive emailed instructions from mastery@aadsm.org on how to access the course.
Mastery 2 (In-Person: November 2021)


2021 Mastery 2 In-Person Information

Course Dates and Times

 Wednesday, November 3 12:30pm* - 6:00pm
 Thursday, November 4 8:00am - 6:30pm
 Friday, November 5 8:00am - 6:30pm
 Saturday, November 6 8:00am - 6:30pm**
 Sunday, November 7 8:00am - 12:15pm
*Registration opens at 11:30am.
**Networking reception in exhibit hall takes place from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.
Continental breakfast will be served Thursday-Sunday, and lunch will be served Thursday-Saturday. 

Course Location and Hotel

New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Discounted Rate: $199 available until October 18, or until the room block sells out
Check-in time: 4:00 PM
Check-out time: 11:00 AM 
Reservations: To make reservations online click HERE, or call: 888-236-2427 and reference: AADSM Mastery


Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY): 15 miles from hotel
Estimated taxi fare: $36 (one way)

COVID-19 Warning

The AADSM will be taking enhanced health and safety measures. All attendees must follow posted instructions while in attendance.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and attendees with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
Please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to New Orleans. Visit https://ready.nola.gov/incident/coronavirus/ for information. By attending Mastery 2 in-person, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Marriott's Safety Guidelines

As of September 30, the New Orleans Health Department has imposed several restrictions related to COVID-19. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a mask indoors when with people who are not in their immediate household; this includes the New Orleans Marriott where Mastery 2 will be held.  As such, Mastery 2 attendees will be required to wear a mask throughout the hotel, including all meeting space for the duration of the course, unless seated and actively eating or drinking. 

Additionally, attendees should be aware that proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours is required for indoor New Orleans restaurants and entertainment businesses. Although proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours is not required to enter the course meeting space or stay at the New Orleans Marriott, it is required to access the hotel’s restaurant, bar or fitness center. 

The hotel front desk may ask for proof and provide a separate-colored key card to provide access to these amenities. For those who are unable to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test results within the last 72 hours, food and beverage at the New Orleans Marriott will only be available to go. 

The citations for not following these requirements may result in a misdemeanor citation and a fine up to $500 or six months in jail. Further updates regarding safety measures that the AADSM will be implementing at the course will be provided to attendees and exhibitors as the course nears.

Click the links below to learn what guidelines and protocols the New Orleans Marriott has in place to keep you safe during your stay.

Commitment to Clean Guidelines
Commitment to Clean - Hotel Spaces

*Please check back periodically for updates to these guidelines. 

Dress Code

Business casual


Photography and/or recording of any kind (other than by the AADSM) of sessions or speakers is strictly prohibited. No cameras or recording devices will be allowed in the meeting rooms at any time. Violation of this rule could result in the confiscation of the film or recording device and removal of the individual from the meeting.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

The AADSM reserves the right to cancel a course and provide a full refund should conditions warrant. The refund will only include the cost of registration for the course.

To cancel or transfer a registration to an alternate date, written notification must be submitted to the AADSM at mastery@aadsm.org.

A $150 administrative fee will be withheld on cancellations postmarked on or prior to the cancellation deadlines listed below. A $150 administrative fee will be charged for each transfer request postmarked on or prior to the deadlines listed below.

After the dates listed below, no refunds or transfers will be available. Refunds are not provided to those who do not complete each course within the designated window. 

Mastery 2
(Virtual: October 2021-January 2022) 

 September 17, 2021 

Mastery 2 
(In-Person: November 2021) 

October 15, 2021

Mastery 1
(February-May 2022)

January 18, 2022

Mastery 1
(June-September 2022)

 May 18, 2022

Refunds will not be applied to the original payment source (i.e., credit card). Any refunds processed by the AADSM will be paid by check to individuals in the US (or e-payment to individuals who chose to set up an account in Bill.com) and by wire transfer to individuals outside of the US.


The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) does not endorse any products, devices or appliances. Therefore, the use, mention or depiction of any product, device, or appliance during an AADSM educational program shall not be interpreted as an endorsement, recommendation or preference by the AADSM. Any opinion expressed or communicated regarding any product, device or appliance during an AADSM educational program is solely the opinion of the individual(s) expressing or communicating that opinion, and not that of the AADSM.
The AADSM cautions participants about the potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating techniques and procedures into practice when they have not had supervised clinical experience or demonstrated competency.

Confirmation and Registration Disclaimer

Confirmation letters will be sent via email after online registration is completed.
The following applies to Mastery 2 in-person registrations only: Registration is limited. Please register early. All attendees must preregister; on-site registration will not be accepted. The AADSM will not be held liable if an individual purchases an airline ticket before receiving confirmation of registration. Refunds are not provided to no-shows. The AADSM reserves the right to cancel a course and provide full refunds should conditions warrant. The refunds will only include the cost of registration for the course.

Weather Cancellation Policy (for in-person Mastery 2)

In the event that a registrant is unable to attend a course due to severe weather forcing airline cancellations or airport closures, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine will apply 50 percent of the individual’s registration fees toward another AADSM course (excluding the AADSM Annual Meeting) held within 12 months. Registrants will need to provide documentation from the airport or airline confirming the inability to travel due to severe weather within 30 days following the course. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine will not apply this policy to the AADSM Annual Meeting, as the length and nature of the meeting allows for registrants to attend a portion of the event regardless of severe weather.

Teaching Method

Mastery 1 and the 2021 virtual offering of Mastery 2 are comprised of recorded lectures, demonstration videos, discussion during four live designated Q&A sessions per course, and self-instructional activities throughout each course. The in-person offering of Mastery 2 is comprised of lectures followed by discussion and self-instructional activities.

Continuing Education

The AADSM is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.  The AADSM designates the Mastery Program for 101.75 continuing education credits.

Note: The AADSM provides unbiased, standardized education and therefore does not reference any specific appliance or other product or service during its educational courses.  Attendees of the AADSM Mastery Program will instead become familiar with the Mastery Nomenclature for Device Classification.

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For questions, contact the AADSM at mastery@aadsm.org or 630-686-9874.