It is our hope that this website provides our members with information that will aid them in making the most out of their membership in organized dentistry. Additionally, we hope to provide the general public with a source of information about our society and our members to demonstrate our commitment to excellence and the preservation of oral health.

 

Annual Children's Dental Health Month Contest

SDDS invites all preschool through high school students in Brooklyn and Staten Island to submit entries by March 17, 2017. Download Contest Rules

 

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NYSDF Mandatory Opioid Prescribing Course Now Available Online

Recent changes to NYS Public Health Law now mandate that dentists in New York State with a current Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number must complete a course in opioid prescribing/pain management on or before July 1, 2017 AND every three years after that. Read more...  

  

Drug and Alcohol Problems

Today, many of our patients are abusing a diverse assortment of drugs. Both patients and dentists can fall prey to addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs. Addiction can have a devastating impact on a dentist's ability to practice. Too many of our colleagues have lost their practices, their families and even their lives to addiction. Sadly, they often fail to seek help due to fear that others will learn their secret. They do not realize that their colleagues, staff, families and patients may already know their secret. Read more...

 

Medicare Advantage Plan Reimbursement

Do you have patients over the age of 65 with dental insurance? To receive reimbursement from a Medicare Advantage Plan the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires you to enroll with Medicare as either a provider or ordering/referring provider. Read more.

 

FDA Bans Powdered Medical Gloves

On December 19, 2016, the FDA published a final rule banning powdered gloves based on the unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to individuals exposed to the powdered gloves. Read more.

 

MetLife EFT Payments Notice

MetLife has issued letters advising that, “As of October 31, 2016, electronic funds transfer (EFT) will be our only method of provider reimbursement”. The letter further states that “You’ll be required to enroll in EFT on or before October 31, 2016”. Read more.

 

NYSDOH Adopts Regulations Authorizing All Dental Assistants to Take CBCT Scans

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has adopted, effective November 2, 2016, regulations that authorize dental assistants of any type to take cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans after demonstrating satisfactory completion of an approved training program. Read more.

 

 

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