Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-31

  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Dental: pertaining to dentistry. See South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-1
  • Dental auxiliary: any person, other than a dental hygienist, that works under the supervision of a dentist and provides dental services to a patient. See South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-1
  • Dental hygienist: a person licensed as a dental hygienist pursuant to this chapter, who, under the supervision of a dentist, renders the diagnostic, preventive, or therapeutic dental services, and any educational services provided pursuant thereto, as authorized by this chapter, as well as any related extra-oral procedure required in the practice of those services. See South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-1
  • Dentist: a person licensed as a dentist pursuant to this chapter. See South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-1
  • Dentistry: the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, or treatment, including surgery and the prescribing of drugs, of diseases, disorders, or conditions of the human oral cavity or its adjacent or associated tissues and structures of the maxillofacial area, and their impact on the human body. See South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-1
  • General supervision: the supervision of a dental hygienist requiring that a dentist authorize the procedures to be carried out, and that the patient to be treated is a patient of record of the supervising dentist, or a dentist practicing within the same entity or clinic as the supervising dentist, and has had a complete evaluation within the previous thirteen months of the delegation of procedures. See South Dakota Codified Laws 36-6A-1
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Person: includes natural persons, partnerships, associations, cooperative corporations, limited liability companies, and corporations. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2
  • State: the State of South Dakota. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2
Only a dentist licensed to practice under this chapter may practice as a dentist in this state, unless otherwise stated in this chapter. Dentists have the exclusive responsibility for:
             (1)      The diagnosis and treatment planning of conditions within the human oral cavity and its adjacent tissues and structures;
             (2)      The use of a dental degree, designation, card, device, directory, sign, or other media whereby the person represents himself or herself as being able to diagnose, treat, prescribe, or operate for any disease, pain, deformity, deficiency, injury, or physical condition of the human tooth, teeth, alveolar process, gums or jaw, or adjacent or associated tissues and structures;
             (3)      The prescribing of drugs which are administered to patients or prescribed to patients in connection with dental related ailments or conditions;
             (4)      The overall quality of patient care which is rendered or performed in the practice of dentistry, regardless of whether the care is rendered personally by a dentist, dental hygienist, or dental auxiliary;
             (5)      The supervision of dental hygienists and dental auxiliaries and authorization of procedures to be performed by dental hygienists and dental auxiliaries;
             (6)      The use of radiographic imaging for dental diagnostic purposes;
             (7)      The delegation of procedures to a dental hygienist under general supervision;
             (8)      Any other specific services within the scope of dental practice;
             (9)      The management, ownership, or operation of a business, corporation, organization, or entity through which dentistry, as defined in this chapter, is offered or provided to the public;
             (10)      The performance of any dental procedure or operation of any kind gratuitously, or for a fee, gift, compensation, or reward, paid or to be paid, either to the person providing the service or to another person or entity;
             (11)      Offering or undertaking, by any means or method, to diagnose, treat or remove stains or accretions from or change the color or appearance of human teeth;
             (12)      Performing any clinical procedure or operation included in the curricula of American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation accredited dental schools or colleges; and
             (13)      Performing any irreversible dental procedure.