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Sunshyne Smiles Program

The Sunshyne Smiles Program is a statewide program that helps provide orthodontic treatment to deserving South Dakota children who may not otherwise receive care. Children are accepted to the program through a referral from a general dentist. Eligibility is determined based on the severity of the child's orthodontic needs and their family's financial situation.

The seed money for the program was provided by: Delta Dental Philanthropic Fund; the South Dakota Chapter of The Order of the Eastern Star; and Dr. Mel Thaler of Sioux Falls. Funds continue to be raised from a wide array of donors throughout South Dakota.

A major portion of the cost of each orthodontic case is contributed by participating South Dakota

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orthodontists. Participating families contribute approximately $25 per month to the program toward the cost of their child's orthodontic treatment over the course of 36 months ($900 total). The program assumes the difference ($2,700) between the family's contribution and the amount committed to the orthodontist, which is a total of $3,600 per case.

The program currently funds the cost of treatment from the following sources:

  1. individual contributions;

  2. fund raising events;

  3. sponsorships;

  4. grants; and,

  5. monthly family contributions.

The program's goal is to assist 25 South Dakota children/families annually in providing needed orthodontic care.

Contribute to the Sunshyne Smiles Program.

Print an application for the Program.

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HIPAA Compliance Seminar
 
All health care providers—including dentists—must comply with the HIPAA requirements put in place by the Affordable Care Act. The SDDA is offering a seminar that will teach HIPAA requirements for your practice; operational and the administrative safeguards; and, staff compliance. Most importantly the seminar will teach how to prevent a breach of patient information. A breach, whether accidentally or maliciously, could cost you both thousands of dollars and your professional reputation. This seminar is appropriate for the dentist and the office manager or HIPAA compliance officer.
 

The seminar will be offered at the following dates and locations. 

Huron, February 9,  9-11 am

Sioux Falls, February 9,  1-3 pm
Watertown, February 10, 9-11 am

Aberdeen, February 10,  1:30-3:30 pm

Pierre, February 11,   9-11 am

Rapid City, February 11, 2-4 pm (mst)
 

Click here for a printable registration form. 


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