Free and Low Cost Dental Care
There are a few programs and projects in South Dakota to help folks with dental needs, but most are geared toward children, the elderly or the disabled.
Community Health Center (CHC) - Dental Clinics
These are public health clinics that provide care on a sliding scale based on income. These clinics accept both Medicaid patients and fee-for service patients. For an appointment contact a CHC in your area.:
Falls CHC - Sioux Falls (605) 367-8022
Rapid City CHC – Rapid City (605) 863-9506
Bennett County CHC - Martin (605) 685-1046
Prairie Winds Dental Center - Howard (605) 772-4703
Horizon Health - Wessington Springs (605) 539-1381
Horizon Health – DeSmet (605) 854-3455
Horizon Health - Faith (605) 967-2644
allPOINTS Dental Clinic - Yankton (605) 260-0329
Aurora County Dental Clinic-Plankinton (605) 539-1381
Insure Kids Now
Have you had trouble finding a South Dakota Dentist for your child? Use this Dentist Locator to find a dentist in your community who sees children and accepts Medicaid and CHIP.
Insure Kids Now
(Medicaid Dentists in South Dakota)
Medicaid Referral Center
The Medicaid Referral Center is operated by Delta Dental of South Dakota. They manage the South Dakota Dental Medicaid Program through a contract with the South Dakota Department of Social Services. The Referral Center seeks to match dentists with open appointments with Medicaid patients seeking dental care. Contact the Medicaid Referral Center at 1-800-627-3961.
Dakota Smiles Program
Delta Dental Plan of South Dakota operates the Dakota Smiles Program. This is a mobile dental program that accepts patients that do not have a dental home. The mobile units (2) travel throughout the state and spend approximately one week at a time in local host communities. The Dakota Smiles schedule is posted on Delta’s web site: www.deltadentalsd.com. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile treats children only (21 years of age and younger). The Smile Mobile partners with Community Health Centers in rural parts of the state providing care two or three weeks a year at each location and can treat patients of all ages. Local community health centers make appointments for their patients to be treated on the Smile Mobile. The follow are centers that partner with the Smile Mobile:
Alcester (605) 934-2122
Bison (605) 244-5206
Eagle Butte (605) 964-2702
Faith (605) 967-2644
Ft. Pierre (605) 223-2200
Gettysburg (605) 765-2273
Highmore (605) 852-2238
Isabel (605) 466-2120
McIntosh (605) 273-4335
Mission (605) 856-2295
Onida (605) 258-2635
Plankinton (800) 584-7086
Presho (605) 895-2589
White River (605) 259-3121
Tribal or IHS Dental / IHS Clinics
Members of Native American tribes can access the dental clinics located on their tribe’s reservation. These are operated by either the Tribe or the Indian Health Service. Usually these clinics are co-housed with the Tribal health care clinics or IHS hospitals.
The Donated Dental Service Program
This program matches eligible people (the elderly, 65 and over, and disabled. The disability must be as such that it limits your ability to work) with dentists across the state who have agreed to donate their services. You are welcome to contact the South Dakota program coordinator to see if you qualify - Mrs. Brenda Goeden at 866-551-8023. She is only funded to work 10 hours per week, so you may need to leave a message.
Sioux Empire Smiles
The first Saturday in October, the Southeastern District Dental Society hosts the Sioux Empire Smiles Event. For more information, you can contact Dr. Damon Thielen at the Children’s Dental Center in Sioux Falls (605-332-1095).
Some counties provide emergency assistance for medical and dental needs through the county welfare offices.
Contact a local dentist about your situation and see if he or she would be willing to help you. Many of the dentists who are members of the South Dakota Dental Association will provide dental care at a reduced fee for individuals who need help. They may also be willing to have you pay your bill over a period of time.
Give Kids a Smile Program
During the month of February a number of South Dakota dentists participate in this one-day-a-year program and donate dental care to young children. To find out if a dentist in your area participates in the program contact the Medicaid Referral Center at 1-800-627-3961, and tell them your child would like to be on the list to see a dentist through the Give Kids a Smile Program.