Most people do not enjoy going to the dentist, and some even avoid it for reasons such as fear, inconvenience, and largely due to the cost of dental procedures.
The Alberta Dental Association and College are publishing a Dental Fee Guide for the first time in our province since 1997. The Dental Fee Guide is intended to set a standard for dental pricing, so as to limit overcharges and unaffordable dental care.
This new guide is set to be effective January 1, 2018, and while it is a great tool to have in place, dental offices are not required to follow the prices listed in the guide.
We recommend cross-referencing your dental office's pricing with the Dental Fee Guide to ensure you are not being overcharged for your dental procedures. Additionally, it is a good idea to ask your dental office for an estimate in advance. You can submit the estimate to your group insurance plan carrier to ask how much of the cost will be covered; this will prevent you from being charged any extra fees at the time of your appointment.
You should be advised that your group insurance plan will pay up to the suggested price and you will be responsible for any additional costs.
If you have questions regarding your dental appointment, please reach out to our office. We are happy to help you further understand the fee guide and answer any questions you might have about coverage.