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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.: 

Alcester - Alcester Dental Clinic (605) 934-2251
DeSmet - Horizon Health (605) 854-3455
Faith - Horizon Health (605) 967-2644
Howard - Prairie Winds Dental Center (605) 772-4703
Martin - Bennett County CHC (605) 685-1046
Plankinton - Aurora County Dental Clinic (605) 539-1381
Rapid City - Rapid City CHC (605)​ 863-9506
Sioux Falls - Falls CHC (605) 367-8022 
Spearfish - Good Shepherd Clinic (Open Monday Evenings Only)
Wessington Springs - Horizon Health (605) 539-1381

Yankton - Yankton Community Dental Center (605) 260-0329

St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic

St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic provides care primarily for members of ​theRosebud Sioux Tribe. A partnership between the South Dakota Dental Association (SDDA) and​ the Jesuit Mission is providing people living in one of the nation's poorest counties severely needed dental care.

Volunteers, including members of the SDDA as well as students and faculty from dental schools, provide dental exams, X-rays, fillings, root canals, extractions, cleanings, treatments, follow-up checkups, and preventive care education. 

To Learn more, or to make an appointment, go to: www.sfmdental.com

Medicaid ​Resources

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).

Other Options

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.

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