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 an incentive 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.
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.