Benefits of Certification

Independent testing is the most acknowledged and accepted format for validating knowledge, skills and proficiency. And it becomes especially important whenever a dentist chooses to limit his or her practice to specific and complex, yet highly rewarding, area of dentistry such as Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine.

Numerous studies have shown that board-certified doctors provide higher quality care and achieve better treatment outcomes for their patients than doctors who are not board certified. Although relatively new, the ABCDSM Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine credentialing program is gaining widespread recognition as "the gold standard" for dentists who are focusing all or a portion of their practices in this area of dentistry

Participation in the ABCDSM credentialing program assures patients that the dentists who are managing their care have achieved a level of excellence. Maintenance of Certification requirements further underscore that knowledge and skills demonstrated at the time of certification must continuously be refreshed and updated, and that all Diplomates must engage in lifelong learning if they are to continue to be recognized as experts.

The ABCDSM conferred its first Diplomate certificates in 2013. We are proud of the pioneering work the dentists who earned these credentials have done to elevate the professional standards of care for patients. Today, we encourage all dentists who engage in the treatment of dental sleep-related disorders, temporomandibular disorders and craniofacial pain to consider participating in the ABCDSM credentialing process:

  • Documentation of clinical and academic competence in the evaluation and dental management of sleep-disordered breathing, including but not limited to snoring, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
  • Enhanced standing among colleagues in the dental and medical communities, as well as insurance company administrators, as a provider of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine services.
  • Extraordinary personal satisfaction and achievement, including recognition of the dentist's ability and commitment to implementing educational and professional standards for high quality practice.