Mastery 1

Mastery Course One

Mastery 1 is the first course of a two-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. Participants 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 short quiz that will assess competence. After successful completion of this quiz, dentists will be eligible to earn the AADSM Qualified Dentist designation. To learn more about the Qualified Dentist designation, click here.

Course Overview


A copy of a valid dental license is required to be submitted by all attendees. Attendees licensed to practice in the U.S. or Canada must provide proof of professional liability insurance in order to be eligible for the Qualified Dentist designation.

Recorded Lectures

Mastery 1 consists of pre-recorded lectures that are available on-demand in the AADSM Online Learning Center, so you can access the lectures when it works best for you.  If you registered for Mastery 1 in 2023, the deadline to complete Mastery 1, including the Mastery 1 Quiz is June 28, 2024. If you register for Mastery 1 in 2024, the deadline for completion is June 30, 2025. 

However, if you register for Mastery 2, you must complete Mastery 1 at least three weeks prior to attending the Mastery 2 Practical Workshop:
To attend the April Mastery 2 Practical Workshop, you must complete Mastery 1 by March 22, 2024.
To attend the July Mastery 2 Practical Workshop, you must complete Mastery 1 by June 21, 2024.
To attend the October Mastery 2 Practical Workshop, you must complete Mastery 1 by September 13, 2024.

Click the button below to view an outline of the content covered in Mastery 1, including the length of time for each recorded lecture/activity. 
2023 Mastery 1 Outline

2024 Mastery 1 Outline

Clinical Competencies

Mastery 1 includes clinical competency assignments. These assignments are required to successfully complete Mastery 1. For an overview of the clinical competency assignments, click the button below.


Live Question and Answer Sessions

There will be two, live question and answer sessions where faculty will be available to answer questions submitted both in advance and during the discussion. Recordings will also be made available for attendees who are unable to join the live sessions.

Each session will begin at 7:00pm ET (6:00pm CT, 5:00pm MT, 4:00pm PT) and will be 1.5 hours in length. An email will be sent one week in advance of each Q&A session with connection details. 

 Areas of Focus Date Faculty

Research and Medical
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Barry Fields, MD
Aaron Glick, DDS
Karen Wuertz, DDS

Dental Sleep Medicine

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
Kevin Wallace, DMD
David Flamenco, DDS
Michelle Cantwell, DMD
Subha Giri, DDS
Nick Wilson, DDS
Paul Levine, DDS
Massimiliano Di Giosia, DDS


Access to the Mastery 1 recorded lectures is not immediate upon registering. Please allow 1-2 business days to receive an email from with information on how to access Mastery 1 in the AADSM Online Learning Center.


Upon completion of the course, attendees will be able to:
  • Develop a critical understanding of the physiology of healthy sleep and the pathophysiology of multiple sleep disorders.
  • Explain the complexity of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and a dentist’s role in managing sleep-disordered breathing.
  • Describe demographics, pre-deposing factors, signs and symptoms, and co-morbidities of SDB and various techniques to identify patients at risk.
  • Immediately establish an effective screening protocol and physician referral network supported by inner office systems to streamline and document referrals.
  • Treat OSA with confidence by identifying patients at risk for SDB, performing a comprehensive sleep interview and DSM examination, discussing informed consent, determining a protrusive bite position, acquiring adequate impressions and designing and fitting a mandibular advancement device compatible with the patient’s needs.
  • Using standardized nomenclature, describe attributes and limitations of various device features to aid in selection and design.
  • Incorporate accepted standards of dental sleep medicine practice into a general practice or specialty practice setting with appropriate patient flow algorithms, practice standard requirements, documentation and records.
  • Critically analyze research articles to support clinical decision-making.

Continuing Education

The AADSM designates the 2023 Mastery 1 for a total of 53.25 self-instructional, electronically mediated continuing education credits. The AADSM designates the 2024 Mastery 1 for a total of 49.25 self-instructional, electronically mediated continuing education credits.