Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine: Credentialing Examination Process

Written Examination for ABCDSM Diplomate Status

Candidates are allowed a maximum of four (4) hours to complete the ABCDSM Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine written credentialing examination, which is a proctored examination comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions.

All questions have been designed to a) determine how well a candidate's knowledge, skills and abilities are integrated into patient care, and b) evaluate the candidate's competence in this area of clinical sciences as outlined by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine practice parameters.

The current composition of the ABCDSM Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine written credentialing examination is as follows:

      • Physiology of Normal & Abnormal Sleep 15.0%
      • Classification of Sleep Disorders 10.0%
      • Interpreting PSG & PM Reports 5.0%
      • Treatment Options for OSA 10.0%
      • Oropharyngeal Anatomy & Related Areas 10.0%
      • Physical & Neurobehavioral Examination in Dental Sleep Medicine 15.0%
      • Understanding Appliance Selection, Bite Registration, Fitting, Titrating & Follow-Up     20.0%
      • Managing Side-Effects of Oral Appliance Therapy 10.0%
      • Informed Consent 5.0%

The ABCDSM is happy to make a recommended reading list, review notes, sample test questions plus sample patient case summaries and expanded patient cases available to candidates to assist them in their preparation.

Written Examination Process

Candidates whose applications are deemed complete will be invited to sit for the written a examination, and notified of its date, time and location by the ABCDSM.

This examination is proctored. Each candidate should bring two forms of identification (including one picture ID). Attire is casual.

Recording devices, cellular phones, pagers, personal digital assistants, and other non-medically necessary electronic equipment is not permitted in the examination room. Any candidate found in possession of such non-medical devices will be disqualified without further consideration of refund.