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Welcome to the South Dakota Dental Association

The South Dakota Dental Association is the membership organization of dentists and allied dental staff in South Dakota.  The SDDA has more than 450 dentist members and 500 allied dental staff members statewide. Founded in 1883, the SDDA's mission is to promote the art and science of dentistry and the oral health of the public; educate the public on the benefits of quality preventive and restorative dentistry as provided by the entire dental health care team; and be of service to its members regarding practice health and their general welfare.

Smile With PRIDE 
The SDDA is working to improve the oral health of Native Americans living on South Dakota’s Reservations by recruiting dentists and dental staff to provide direct care to Native Americans. Sixteen dentists, two dental students and more than 30 allied staff and other volunteers provided care to more than 300 people during Rosebud Dental Days in July. However, many patients were left untreated and there continues to be a great need for dental care at the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic. The Mission and the SDDA are seeking more volunteers to help improve the oral health of Native Americans living on the Rosebud Reservation. The Mission clinic will be open one week every month. Through our partnership with the Mission, the SDDA will fill each of those weeks with volunteer dentists and dental staff. No credentialing is required - volunteers need only a valid license to practice in South Dakota. Volunteers should contact Paul Knecht or Brenda Goeden at the SDDA office by calling 605-224-9133 or email to paul.knecht@sddental or brenda.goeden@sddental.org. We are currently seeking volunteers for Rosebud Dental Days:  June 23-27 and September 8-12, 2014.




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Medicaid Reimbursements Increase

The reimbursement rate for the vast majority of dental procedures paid through the state Medicaid Program will increase to approximately 68 percent of commercial rates beginning July 1, 2014.  Increased fees for Medicaid has been a focus of the SDDA's government affairs efforts for the past nine months.  To view the new adult fee schedule click here.  To view the new children's fee schedule click here