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Welcome ​​to the ​Dental ​Profession in South Dakota! 

We would like to invite you to become a member of the American Dental Association, South Dakota Dental Association (SDDA) and the component society in your new area. 

The ADA, along with the SDDA, has a gradual dues rate for newly graduated dental students. The first and second years out of dental school, dues are waived. The third year out of school, dues are 25% of the full rate; fourth year out, dues are 50%; and fifth year out, dues are 75%. Full dues apply after five years out of dental school. The SDDA Annual Session fee ($175.00) is applied to all member dentists. For other dues information and questions, please contact Tia Hertel.

As a member of organized dentistry in South Dakota, you will be kept informed of what's happening in your profession and how it may affect you and your practice. Please complete the Tripartite Application and return it to SDDA, PO Box 1194, Pierre SD 57501; fax it to 605-224-9168; email Tia Hertel

For additional new dentist information see the ADA's website.

Recruitment Assistance Program

This program provides qualifying dentists a payment in return for three continuous years of practice in an eligible rural community. Dentists must enter into a contract with the South Dakota Department of Health in order to participate in the program. The amount of tuition reimbursement for a qualifying dentist is equal to twice the current USD school of Medicine's resident tuition for a four-year period. Since South Dakota does not have a dental school, the USD School of Medicine's resident tuition is being used as the basis for reimbursement. The current amount is approximately $140,000.

To be eligible a Dentist must:

  • Be licensed as a Dentist in South Dakota.
  • Agree to practice as a general dentist in an eligible community for at least three consecutive years.
  • Provide services to Medicaid Patients.

To be eligible a community must:

  • Have a population of 10,000 or less
  • Have been assessed by the Department of Health and determined to both need and be able to sustain a dentist.
  • Agree to pay a pro-rated portion of the total reimbursement payments:
    Under 2,500 population - 25% 
    2,500 - 5,000 population - 50% 
    Over 5,000 population - 75%
Contact Information
Jacob Parsons, Office of Rural Health 
600 E Capitol
Pierre SD 57501
Phone: 1-800-738-2301 
South Dakota Department of Health

Delta Dental Loan Repayment Program

Delta Dental of South Dakota offers a Loan Repayment for Service Program for dentists who agree to serve a selected percentage of Medicaid-insured patients in their practice or a combination of seeing patients in the practice and serving in Delta's Mobile Dental Program. Loan balances must be part of the original student loan, i.e., not combined with other personal loans. Total loan repayments may range from $40,000 to $100,000 depending on the level of service commitment made by the recipient dentist. For more information contact Delta Dental of South Dakota at 1-800-627-3961 or Connie Halverson.  

Dental Shortage Areas

There are a number of areas in South Dakota that have been designated as Dental Health Profession Shortage Areas in South Dakota. Dentists locating in these areas may qualify for financial incentives including loan repayment through the National Health Service Corps. Many of these areas have an existing private practicing dentist, community health center dental clinic, or an Indian Health Service dental clinic. 

A map of Dental Health Profession Shortage Areas in South Dakota can be viewed on the SD Department of Health Web Site.
To learn about the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program go to the National Health Service Corps website.