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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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Medicaid Reimbursements Increase

The reimbursement rate for the vast majority of dental procedures paid through the state Medicaid Program will increase to approximately 68 percent of commercial rates beginning July 1, 2014.  Increased fees for Medicaid has been a focus of the SDDA's government affairs efforts for the past nine months.  To view the new adult fee schedule click here.  To view the new children's fee schedule click here