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Licensure


The South Dakota State Board of Dentistry regulates Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Registered Dental Assistants and Dental Radiographers.

Dentists and Dental Hygienists:
Applicants may apply for a license in South Dakota by using one of the following license applications:

The Regular License Application is for recent graduates of an American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation accredited dental or dental hygiene school who are not currently licensed in another state or individuals that are licensed in another state but have completed the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) or Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) regional board examination within five years preceding the date of application. 

The Application by Credential Verification is for individuals that are currently licensed in another state and have completed a minimum of three thousand clinical practice hours within the five years preceding the date of application.

Please note that dentists must apply for a separate permit to Administer Nitrous Oxide, Moderate Sedation or General Anesthesia and Deep Sedation.

Please note that dental hygienists must apply for a separate permit to Monitor Patients Under Moderate Sedation or General Anesthesia and Deep Sedation or Administer Nitrous Oxide or Local Anesthesia.

Registered Dental Assistants:
Any dental assistant who performs expanded functions in a dental office must be registered by the Board as an Advanced Dental Assistant.

Please note that a Registered Dental Assistant must apply for a separate permit to Monitor Patients Under Moderate Sedation or General Anesthesia and Deep Sedation or Administer Nitrous Oxide.  

Dental Radiographer:
Any dental assistant who takes x-rays in a dental office must be registered by the Board as a dental radiographer. 

Licensing Information for Foreign-Trained Dentists/Dental Hygienists:

20:43:03:04.01. Requirements for foreign-trained dentists and dental hygienists. A foreign-trained dentist or dental hygienist that has not graduated from a dental or dental hygiene school accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation must meet the following requirements: 

(1) Meet all requirements of § 20:43:03:01 or 20:43:03:04 for a dentist or a dental hygienist; and

(2) In lieu of graduation from a dental or dental hygiene school accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, the applicant must submit certification from a dental or dental hygiene school accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation stating that the applicant has been tested and received the training necessary for the school to certify, in writing, that the applicant is equal in knowledge and ability to a graduate of a dental or dental hygiene school accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation in the United States or Canada within the five years preceding the date of application.

 Note:  The Board does not accept certification from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE).

 
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