“My practice earned AADSM Facility Accreditation simply because we want to be the best in the field of dental sleep medicine,”
Dr. Kathy French, DDS, FAGD
AADSM Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation is a voluntary process created to recognize competency and delivery of optimal care to sleep-disordered breathing patients. By achieving AADSM accreditation, a facility displays to patients, medical professionals and reimbursement decision-makers that it meets the high standards necessary to provide quality patient care.
Additionally, accreditation solidifies dental sleep medicine professionals as instrumental to the sleep medicine team and helps facilities build strong medical partnerships. Accreditation supports fair reimbursement for dental sleep medicine services by assuring insurance companies of the high standard of care offered by accredited dental facilities.
All members of the AADSM are encouraged to initiate the process of accrediting their facility. Diplomates of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) and dentists who have met continuing education requirements may currently meet the eligibility criteria to serve as an accredited facility's dental director.
Dental sleep medicine facilities that seek to earn accreditation through the AADSM must comply with the Standards for Accreditation of Dental Sleep Medicine Facilities. These standards aim to ensure that an accredited facility demonstrates proficiency and professionalism in the practice of dental sleep medicine by providing exceptional therapeutic care for patients with sleep-disordered breathing.
“Patients acknowledge the value of AADSM Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation and appreciate having a dedicated dentist and staff who are passionate about treating their sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy,” Dr. Roschelle Banks, DDS
AADSM Announces Revised Standards (effective June 1, 2019)
The AADSM has revised the DSM Facility Accreditation Standards to align with the AADSM's Dental Sleep Medicine Standards for Screening, Treating, and Managing Adults with Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders in order to increase focus on the quality of care and provide greater clarity. Accreditation applications received by May 31, 2019 will be evaluated according to the current accreditation standards; applications submitted after June 1, 2019 will be evaluated according to the revised accreditation standards.
Standards for Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation
Through adherence to the Standards, accredited facilities demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the knowledge, experience and ability of dental sleep medicine facilities to manage ongoing care for patients.
Accredited facilities must adhere to the Standards for the appointment, responsibilities and continuing education of staff including a dental director, clinical auxiliaries and coding and billing personnel.
Adherence to Standards regarding safety, consumer service and follow-up must be met to ensure that patients receive optimal care at an accredited facility.
Policies and procedures regarding the acceptance of patients, documentation, patient treatment and billing must be developed and followed in order to meet the Standards for accreditation.
"I leverage my AADSM Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation to help build strong medical partnerships. As a result, my communication with sleep physicians has improved, increasing the number of patient referrals my practice receives,”
Dr. Nazila Doroodian, DMD
The accreditation process is as follows:
"AADSM Facility Accreditation enhances the field of dental sleep medicine because the medical community recognizes that these dentists are practicing oral appliance therapy at the most professional level,” Dr. Kathy French, DDS, FAGD
To apply for AADSM Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation by May 31, 2019, read through the Accreditation Process, and download and submit the following forms:
- Application for Accreditation of Dental Sleep Medicine Facilities
- Application Fee Form
- Business Associate Agreement
Facilities applying for accreditation must also submit a complete policy and procedures manual that addresses specific Standards for Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation. A complete list of these standards can be found on the last page of the application linked above. The AADSM offers template policies and procedures as well as sample forms and report templates to guide facilities in the development of their facility-specific manual. The template manual can be purchased through the AADSM’s Online Store.
Accreditation applications are reviewed electronically and therefore are scanned into the AADSM computer network. To facilitate this process, please refrain from using paper clips, plastic sheet protectors, staples, spiral or comb bindings and placing tabs on various pages in the application. Also, please prepare your application in a consistent manner by providing all single-sided or all double-sided copies, but not a mixture of both. Disorganized, confusing or incomplete applications will be returned.
Mail one copy of your completed application to:
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
1001 Warrenville Road, Suite 175
Lisle, IL 60532
The AADSM strongly advises that you send the application by traceable carrier, such as FedEx, UPS, USPS, DHL, to insure against loss.
More than 40 dentists nationwide have achieved accreditation for their facilities and are experiencing the multitude of benefits for their practices.
"When dentists take the time to get their facility accredited by the AADSM, physicians take notice. My facility accreditation showed sleep physicians that I am dedicated to dental sleep medicine and has worked as an endorsement of my skills and my practice. Physicians are confident that when they send patients to my accredited dental office, those patients will receive optimal care for the treatment of sleep apnea. This has significantly increased the patient referrals I receive,” Dr. Nancy Addy, DDS