Application Process
 Diplomate Application Submission Guidelines
Applications MUST be submitted to the ABCDSM Executive Office before the deadline. Candidates for Diplomate status may submit their applications electronically via this website.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to retain copies of their application and supporting documentation in their personal files.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the ABCDSM receives all application and supporting materials on or before the stated deadline.
 Incomplete Applications
An application submitted electronically on or before the deadline, but missing components (i.e., a copy of the candidate's dental license and/or application fee), is considered an incomplete application and will not be reviewed until all sections of the application are complete.  Applicants will be notified by email if their applications are not complete.

An applicant whose application is incomplete must ensure all parts of the application, including all prerequisites, have been submitted and are received by the application deadline. Any application that remains incomplete as of one month prior to the exam will not be accepted.
 Applicants with Disabilities
The ABCDSM recognizes that individuals with disabilities may wish to take the examination and will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with verified disabilities. The ABCDSM supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants are reminded, however, that auxiliary aids (and services) can only be offered if they do not fundamentally alter the measurement of skills or knowledge the examination is intended to test (Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Law 101-336).

Applicants who wish to request accommodations due to a disability must advise the ABCDSM in writing no later than one month prior to the exam. The applicant may be asked to submit appropriate documentation of the disability and a description of previous accommodations provided during other examinations. If the ABCDSM deems it necessary, an independent medical assessment may be requested at the expense of the ABCDSM.

 Application Fees

Payment of $1,095.00 is due at the time of application. Checks or money orders should be payable to “ABCDSM” and must be in US dollars and drawn on a US bank.

You can pay online during the application fee via credit card, but if you wish to pay by check, please make your check or money order (in US dollars, drawn on a US bank) payable to "ABCDSM."

 Withdrawals and Refunds
If written notification of withdrawal from an accepted candidate is received at the ABCDSM Executive Office at least three (3) weeks prior to the exam date, $600 will be refunded.
An accepted candidate whose written notification of withdrawal is received by the ABCDSM Executive Office less than three (3) weeks prior to the exam is not entitled to a refund, except when the withdrawal is the result of a documented emergency.

The accepted candidate may apply for an emergency late withdrawal refund of $300 by submitting proper documentation of the emergency to the ABCDSM Executive Office.

In the unlikely event the ABCDSM Board of Directors determines, at its sole discretion, not to accept an application for examination from a candidate, $600.00 will be refunded to the candidate.

Applicants who do not successfully complete the ABCDSM credentialing examination and/or fail to submit satisfactory documentation of completion of supplementary requirements may reapply the following year by submitting a new application, including a copy of their current dental license and application fee. Any missing materials will render the application incomplete and it will not be reviewed until it is complete.

When reapplying, in terms of supplementary requirements, candidates for Diplomate status in the ABCDSM may use the same letters of recommendation/sponsorship, verification of sleep medicine observation, and patient case summaries. However, only three (3) of the expanded patient case studies from the previous year shall be accepted.

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