AADSM Mastery Program

AADSM Mastery Program

Important Update

Mastery Courses I and II that were scheduled for April 17-19 are currently being rescheduled for a different date.  If you are registered for either one of these courses you will receive further correspondence from the AADSM via email.  In the meantime, please review the FAQ page for more information. 


The AADSM Mastery Program is a comprehensive, clinically-focused and evidence-based education program that will provide 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.

This program is limited to licensed dentists. It consists of three in-person courses, each lasting two and one-half days, and a number of pre-session assignments. Participants also get access to an online discussion board, so attendees and faculty can continue discussions between courses. For an overview of the pre-session assignments, download the checklist:


All courses will be comprised of lectures followed by discussion and will include self-instructional activities prior to each courseMastery I will also include faculty demonstrations. The courses may be purchased individually or together as a bundle. 

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.

Mastery Program News Release

Course Descriptions
AADSM Mastery Course One

25 CE Hours

Mastery I is the first course of a three-part program designed for dentists with an interest in, but little or no background, in treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with oral appliance therapy (OAT). This initial course examines fundamental concepts and practical techniques necessary to incorporate OAT into a general or specialty dental practice. Students will be taught the AADSM practice protocols and clinical guidelines necessary to perform the proper patient screening, examination and record acquisition to begin treatment with competence and confidence.

Following this course, there will be a small exam that will assess competence.
After successful completion of this exam, dentists will be eligible to earn the AADSM Qualified Dentist designation.


Learn more about Mastery I

AADSM Mastery Course Two

20 CE Hours
Completion of Mastery I is required to attend Mastery II. 

Mastery II builds on the knowledge and clinical proficiency gained in Mastery I with continued emphasis on skill development. Students will participate in oral appliance selection and create a prescription for a laboratory to fabricate an oral appliance. Clinical competence and confidence with delivery and titration will be addressed with further development in Mastery III. Lectures will develop a more in-depth understanding of normal sleep and the consequences of poor quality sleep, including phase delay circadian rhythms in adolescents. Exploring alternative treatments such as surgery and CPAP will lay a foundation for guiding patient decision-making and anticipating combining therapies for best outcomes.


Learn more about Mastery II


AADSM Mastery Course Three
20 CE Hours
Completion of Mastery I and Mastery II is required to attend Mastery III.

As the final didactic step in the Mastery Program, Mastery III provides the participant with the proficiency to manage a broad spectrum of cases and severities of obstructive sleep apnea. A focus on titration goals, understanding maximum medical improvement, and side effect management furnishes practitioner confidence and promotes best patient care.

After completing all three courses, dentists will be eligible for the ABDSM certification examination.


Learn more about Mastery III

Speaker Index

Speaker COIs


Mastery I

Mastery II

Mastery III

February 7-9, 2020 (Sold Out!)April 17-19, 2020 (postponed)July 24-26, 2020
April 17-19, 2020 (postponed)July 24-26, 2020September 11-13, 2020
September 11-13, 2020November 6-8, 2020February 19-21, 2021


These times apply to all Mastery Courses (I, II and III)*:

Friday7:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday7:15am - 5:30pm
Sunday7:15am - 12:15pm

*Times are subject to change


Early Registration

Register by the following dates to take advantage of the early registration rate. Substantial discounts are available to AADSM members.

Course DatesEarly Registration Deadline
April 17-19, 2020 (postponed)March 20, 2020
July 24-26, 2020June 26, 2020
September 11-13, 2020August 14, 2020
November 6-8, 2020October 9, 2020
February 19-21, 2021January 22, 2021

 Registration Rates






AADSM Active-duty
Military Member*

AADSM Active-duty
Military Member*

Mastery I, II and III







Mastery I ONLY







Mastery II ONLY







Mastery III ONLY







*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.

Links to Register

Register for Mastery I, II and III

September 11-13, 2020; November 6-8, 2020; and February 19-21, 2021

Register for Mastery I ONLY

Register for Mastery II ONLY
Register for Mastery III ONLY
Registration Form

Hotel Information

All AADSM Mastery Courses will be held at the Hyatt Lodge Conference Center, which is connected to the Hyatt Lodge located at 2815 Jorie Boulevard in Oak Brook, IL. Attendees are encouraged to reserve a room at the Hyatt Lodge at the AADSM's special group rate of $155 per night plus tax, which is only valid until the following dates or until the room block sells out.

Reservations must be made by either calling the hotel's reservation department at 877-803-7534 and identifying yourself as part of the "AADSM Mastery Program", or booking online using the links below. If you have any difficulties making your reservation, or if you would like to book outside of the group dates, please contact the hotel's on-site reservation coordinator directly at 630-581-6608.

Course DatesBook OnlineHotel Reservation Deadline
April 17-19, 2020 (postponed)April 2020March 19, 2020
July 24-26, 2020July 2020June 25, 2020
September 11-13, 2020September 2020August 14, 2020
November 6-8, 2020November 2020October 9, 2020

Teaching Method

This course will be comprised of lectures followed by discussion.

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 65 continuing education credits.


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 individual from the meeting.

Registration Disclaimer and Cancellation

Confirmation and Registration Disclaimer

Registration is limited. Please register early. Confirmation letters will be sent via email within one week of receipt of mailed or faxed-in registration forms and payment. 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 for a course.

Course Cancellation and Transfer Policy

Written notification must be submitted to the AADSM at mastery@aadsm.org for registration cancellation or transfer.

For registrations processed prior to January 1, 2019: A $150.00 administrative fee will be withheld on cancellations postmarked on or prior to the cancellation deadline listed below.

For registrations processed on or after January 1, 2019: A $150.00 administrative fee per course ($450 to cancel all three) will be withheld on cancellations postmarked on or prior to the cancellation deadline listed below. A $150 administrative fee per course will also be charged to transfer a registration to another course date.

After the dates listed below, no refunds or transfers will be available. Refunds are not provided to no-shows.

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.

Refunds: 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.

Course DatesCancellation and Transfer Deadline
April 17-19, 2020 (postponed)March 27, 2020
July 24-26, 2020July 3, 2020
September 11-13, 2020August 21, 2020
November 6-8, 2020October 16, 2020
February 19-21, 2021January 29, 2021


Weather Cancellation Policy

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.

For questions, contact Rose Zuniga at mastery@aadsm.org or 630-686-1470.

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