History of Sleep Dentistry

Dental Sleep Medicine

Dental Sleep Medicine is an area of dentistry that focuses on the management of sleep-related breathing disorders, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through the use of oral appliance therapy and upper airway surgery. Sleep disorders are costly and dangerous medical conditions that can lead to life threatening issues like strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and hypertension. Sleep physicians and oral healthcare providers are challenged to respond to the health risks presented by sleep disorders.

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) is the foremost organization in dental sleep medicine. The AADSM was founded in 1991 by eight dentists interested in studying, researching and practicing dental sleep medicine. Two decades later, the organization has grown from eight individuals to more than 2,200 members. Below is a timeline of the milestones in the AADSM’s growth:

The Early Years

1991 – Eight founding members and 26 charter members start the Sleep Disorders Dental Society (SDDS) – later to become the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
1992 – SDDS becomes incorporated and bylaws are created
1992 – Inaugural Annual Meeting of the SDDS takes place in Phoenix, Ariz., drawing 25 attendees
1996 – American Dental Association approves SDDS educational programs for continuing education credit
1997 – Springer publishes the first volume of Sleep and Breathing, the official peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the AADSM
1998 – SDDS founds the Certification Program, which will accredit more than 100 dentists between 1998 and 2004
1999 – SDDS honors first recipients of the Pierre Robin Academic Award and Distinguished Service Award at the 8th Annual Meeting

Transition to ADSM

2000 – SDDS becomes the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (ADSM)
2000 – ADSM publishes the first issue of Dialogue, the official publication of the AADSM, earlier called the ADSM Report
2002 – ADSM comes under the management of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
2002 – Sleep and Breathing becomes an accepted peer-reviewed journal in the Index Medicus
2002 – Academy’s National office moves from Wexford, Pa. to Westchester, Ill.
2002 – ADSM membership surpasses 300 dental professionals
2003 – The 12th Annual Meeting of AADSM runs in conjunction with the SLEEP Annual Meeting for the first time
2003 – ADSM sends its first monthly E-News update
2004 – American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) replaces the ADSM’s Certification Program for the administration of board-certification in dental sleep medicine
2004 – Academy honors first recipients of the Honorary Member Award and Best Abstract in Dental Sleep Medicine Awards at the 13th Annual Meeting
2005 – ADSM offers its first Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine Course in Miami, Fla.
2006 – AASM publishes “Practice Parameters for the Treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliances” in the journal SLEEP

The birth of the AADSM

2006 – ADSM becomes the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
2007 – Diplomates of the ABDSM conduct the first AADSM study club
2009 – AADSM offers its first Advanced Study Club Program and Advanced Course in Oral Appliance Therapy
2010 – AADSM offers its first one-day workshop in dental sleep medicine
2010 – The Research Committee launches a new research award competition for students and clinicians
2010 – AADSM relocates to a new national office in Darien, Ill.
2010 – Academy membership passes 2,200, including 161 D. ABDSM
2010 – Board of Directors approves DSM Facility Accreditation program