Our Credentialing

The ACSDD is the only organization that offers an entirely online and on-demand step-by-step approach to Dental Sleep Medicine Credentialing. Clinicians start by earning their C.DSM through the Academic Certificate (Update 2016). With this credential, they can confidently approach physicians and seek insurance reimbursement. As these relationships strengthen and clinical experience is gained, the clinician can then choose to become an ACSDD Fellow and Diplomate.

ACSDD Academic Certificate

The first step in Dental Sleep Medicine Credentialing for the Dentist.  These Academic Certificates are designed for Dentist and Clinical Staff member wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the medical and dental aspects of sleep medicine as well as chair-side experience implementing Dental Sleep Medicine into practice.

Academic Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine for the Dentist

Completion of this approximately 4 month, 18 CE Certificate will make the dentist a qualified professional who can effectively treat patients suffering from sleep-related breathing disorders.

Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine for the RDH/Clinical Team

Completion of this approximately 4 month, 7 CE Certificate will give clinical team members the chair side knowledge they need to assist in implementing Dental Sleep Medicine into the practice.

ACSDD Fellow and Diplomate

The next step in Dental Sleep Medicine Credentialing for the Dentist.  Fellow and Diplomate status are designed for Dentist who has completed the Academic Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine for the Dentist, and can demonstrate a thorough clinical understanding of Dental Sleep Medicine and TMJ-related disorders.

Fellow

Designed for the dentist who has already acquired 45 CEs in Dental Sleep Medicine, 15 of which are in TMD, ACSDD Fellow status requires a minimum of 10 patient cases and completion of the Academic Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine for the Dentist.  If the Dentist has over 20 cases, it is recommended that they move immediately toward earning Diplomate status.

Diplomate

Designed for the dentist who has already acquired 45 CEs in Dental Sleep Medicine, 15 of which are in TMD, ACSDD Diplomate status requires 10 additional cases beyond Fellow and completion of the Academic Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine for the Dentist.  Five of the 10 additional cases must be presented in-depth and submitted to the ACSDD for review.