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Frequently Asked Questions - The American Dental Board of Anesthesiology

When can I apply for the examination?
You may submit the Initial Application for Certification, within 6 years after completion of your anesthesiology residency. Additionally, residents within 6 months of graduation, with the permission of their program director, may also apply and take the written examination.

How long do I have to complete the Board Certification process?
You have 6 years from the first available written examination after application to complete the Board Certification Process. 

How will I hear if my application is approved?
Candidates with approved applications will receive written notification from the board. If no notice is received by the candidate one month after application submission, the candidate should contact the Board – see contact page.

What if my application is denied?
If an application is denied by written notification, then usually a reason will be given which can be addressed by the candidate. In the event the candidate desires to appeal this decision, they may appeal directly to the Board. This appeal must be in writing and postmarked within 30 days of notification of denial.

How will I hear if I have passed the written or oral exam?
Candidates will be notified in writing if they have passed or failed. Notification will be made within 60 days following the exam. 

If I fail the exam, can I appeal?
Unsuccessful candidates may appeal directly to the Board; the appeal must be in writing and postmarked within 30 days following notification of failure.

If I fail the written or oral examination, can I retake the exam?
Yes, candidates may retake each exam. The candidate receives two additional attempts to pass the written exam, and two additional attempts to pass the oral exam within the six year total time frame following application. There is a non-refundable application fee for re-examination. As stated under Examination Requirements, please note that there are time limits to passing the written and oral examinations.

What do I need to do to maintain my certification?
Diplomate certification is maintained by continuing education and other requirements. Please refer to the recertification guidelines for CE and other requirements.