Important update regarding the Medicare Child Dental Scheme
For a while now, eligible families have been able to have their children’s essential dental treatment provided at no cost to them under Medicare through the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
The Government has announced it will be discontinuing the system. Legislation to make this change has been introduced to parliament but its fate has not yet been determined.
The Government has however announced the change. This means that according to their directions, any outstanding work or unused entitlement must be provided and invoiced before 1 Jan 2017. There is no entitlement under this scheme on or after 1 Jan 2017. Invoices can be submitted for processing after this date – this is generally not important for our customers as we process the claims on site at the time of service.
More details and an FAQ have been provided by the Department of Health at:
We think that it is vitally important to provide children with a pleasant experience at the Dentist, as these memories will often stay with them for life and flavour their interaction and regularity of care once they reach adulthood. We encourage you to have your child’s checkup with us.
Childrens Dentistry at Odontologica
We’re happy to offer outstanding and empathetic care to your children.
Childrens dentistry and good oral health routines should begin from around the time they get their first baby teeth. We can provide consistency of dentist for your children so that they and yourself can build trust and confidence in the diagnosis and preventive care during these important developmental years, and by keeping the same Dentist the monitoring of growth and development of the face and teeth can be better monitored and early interventions performed if necessary to ensure the best results.
For children aged from 3-7, we encourage and invite you to arrange a complimentary familiarisation visit ahead of their checkup to let them become aware of the environment and routines used at the dentist, as well as getting to meet us as people making it less likely that they will be apprehensive when they next meet us. We have a 3D ceiling mounted television, and the practice overlooks a busy dog park – we’ve found both of these to be very effective distractions for our patients.
We use a special diagnostic camera, which uses a technology known as DIFOTI (Digital Imaging Fibreoptic Transillumination). This allows us to examine for hidden tooth decay in the grooves and in between the teeth without the use of x-rays in many cases. Of course, we will use x-rays when clinically necessary and have high resolution digital imaging which provides a lower radiation dose than conventional wet film radiography.
We are an amalgam free dental practice and utilise materials which help to slow the development of future tooth decay. This is a great advancement in childrens dentistry, allowing for what is known as minimally invasive dentistry. For many children, we recommend the placement of what are known as fissure sealants to make the teeth less likely to trap food in their grooves and develop decay.
We offer treatment for tongue and lip tie for children aged 3 and above. More details are available on our tongue and lip tie page.
We make every effort to make our child dentistry a more pleasant experience for your child.
Medicare Child Dental
If you meet the Government specified eligibility criteria, your children may each be entitled to dental treatment under the Medicare Child Dental Benefit Schedule. We bulk bill Medicare (instant on-the-spot claiming) for eligible treatments meaning no cost to you to make certain that your child can have good teeth which help to ensure their teeth aren’t a distraction at school, can boost their self esteem and confidence, and ensure good nutrition.
With our weekend and evening appointments, you can make sure that your child spends their time at school learning, rather than waiting around at the school dental clinic.
We encourage you to check the Commonwealth Department of Human Services website for information on the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. We are able to check your eligibility and benefits limits.
This scheme is to be discontinued by the Government from 1 Jan 2017, so don’t miss out!
All children deserve the right care
We firmly believe that all children deserve the right care. That’s why we do our best to accommodate all children, including those different or special needs. We encourage you to discuss your situation with us. We will spend the time without rushing. To allow for this, we can negotiate times outside of our usual hours to facilitate treatment. Many children can be safely and comfortably managed with the use of nitrous oxide inhalation sedation, although every child must be assessed for suitability. Please discuss this further with us if you think it may be of interest.
When necessary, we are able to refer to specialists in Paediatric Dentistry and others who are specialists in Special Needs Dentistry to ensure the best, most appropriate childrens dentistry treatments can be offered in the right setting.
So please call 0731512850 to arrange an appointment to start or continue their care with us.