AADSM Qualified Dentist Designation
The Qualified Dentist designation is a credential provided by the AADSM for dentists who demonstrate basic competency in dental sleep medicine. As outlined in the guidelines developed jointly by the AASM and AADSM: Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring with Oral Appliance Therapy: An Update for 2015, oral appliance therapy should be provided by qualified dentists.
The AADSM's Qualified Dentist designation can be earned by any dentist licensed to practice in the US or Canada who has completed Mastery Course I. Dentists who practice outside the US, its territories, or Canada are not eligible for this designation.
Eligible dentists who complete Mastery Course I are awarded the Qualified Dentist designation upon approval of the AADSM Board of Directors. Mastery Course I can be completed through the AADSM Mastery Program or through a program offered by a dental school that has been accredited as an AADSM Mastery Program Provider.
Mastery Course I is a standardized educational course in dental sleep medicine that examines the fundamental concepts and practical techniques necessary for incorporating oral appliance therapy into a general or specialty dental practice.
Renewal of the Designation
To maintain the Qualified Dentist designation, it must be renewed every two years. Renewal requirements include documentation of 15 hours of recognized CE (ADA CERP or AGD PACE) in dental sleep medicine from any course provider.
Find an AADSM Qualified Dentist
AADSM members who have earned the designation are listed in the Find-an-AADSM-Dentist online directory.