Dental treatment for children
If your child is covered for general dental under your private health fund, you will never pay a gap for their check-up and clean appointments with us! And… We BULK BILL dental treatment for children eligible for Medicare’s Child Dental Benefit Schedule!
As parents ourselves, we understand the importance of the dental and general health of our children and the need to ensure their visits to the dentist are a positive, enjoyable experience, right from the start of their lives. That’s why we have given great thought to the patient experience from not only an adult’s point of view, but also a child’s.
We have a dedicated kid’s corner in our waiting room (complete with movies, books and toys), a selection of children’s TV shows to watch while they are in the dental chair and children’s goodie bags (complete with a toothbrush, toothpaste and toys!) to reward them for their bravery when they come to see us for their six monthly check-ups. Our friendly, understanding team take the time to make sure our young patients are comfortable and informed at all times. Your children will love coming to see us! And with NO GAP check-up and clean appointments, you will too.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule
What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?
The Commonwealth Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a dental benefits program for eligible children aged 2–17 years that provides up to $1,000 in benefits over two years to the child for basic dental services.
Benefits for basic dental services are capped at $1,000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years.
If you do not use all of your $1,000 benefit in the first year of eligibility, you can use it in the second year if you are still eligible. Any remaining balance will not be carried forward at the end of the second year.
Child Dental Benefits Schedule services will not count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.
A child is eligible if they are aged 2–17 years, are eligible for Medicare and receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or other relevant Australian Government payments, including: Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment Special Benefit, Carer Payment, Double Orphan Pension, Veteran’s Children Education Scheme, if the child is 16 or over Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (if the child is 16 or over).
Treatment included under the program:
Benefits cover a range of dental services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canal treatments and extractions. Excludes orthodontic and cosmetic dental work and cannot be used for any dental services provided in a hospital.
At Budi Dental, we choose to bulk bill treatment claimed under this scheme.
FAQs related to children’s dental care
What age should I bring my child to see the dentist?
We like to start seeing children from the age of 2, as it is important that they become comfortable with seeing a dentist from a young age.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
We recommend children visit us every 6 months so we can pick up on any issues before they develop too far and ensure they are maintaining their teeth correctly.
How should I prepare my child for a dental visit?
Don’t talk about the details of the proposed treatment (i.e. needles, fillings). The more information children have, the more they worry. We recommend you keep the information you give them to a minimum. We will take the time and care to inform them of anything they need to know, using our years of experience of dealing with children, during the appointment.
Do you offer children’s appointments at all times?
Yes, but morning visits are preferred for young children as we find they are generally more alert and therefore more cooperative at this time of the day. Morning appointments also minimise the chance of them worrying about the imminent dentist visit throughout the day.
How long will a children’s visit take?
We realise that the attention span of a child is short, therefore we try to keep children’s appointments to a minimum. If the required procedure will take longer than 30 minutes, we may ask you to return for a second visit to ensure they are cooperative and that the experience is a positive one.