Child Dental Benefits Schedule

What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)?

CDBS, or Child Dental Benefits Schedule, is a Medicare program that covers dental examinations, x-rays, cleanings, root canals, extractions, and other dental procedures for children. Depending on whether you qualify for specific payments, Medicare may cover some dental services for children. Orthodontic treatment and cosmetic dentistry, as well as hospital care, are not covered.
CDBS provides basic dental services to children between 2 and 17. Dental services are capped at $1000 over two consecutive calendar years. The 2-year cap period begins when a child or teenager receives their first eligible dental service. Smiles in Currambine accepts CDBS payments for treatment. The $1,000 can be used all at once or over two years. Health fund payments and CDBS cannot be combined for the same treatment.

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Treatments Covered by CDBS

A list of itemised codes has been developed to ensure that CDBS beneficiaries receive the best dental care. This list includes the following basic dental treatments:

Please let us know if you would like to use CDBS when making an appointment at Smiles in Currambine. Make sure you know how close you are to the benefit cap, which can impact your benefit amount. Our dentist will confirm your child’s eligibility for benefits during your child’s appointment. We will also discuss the cost of each treatment and whether it is covered under CDBS. You will be asked to sign a consent form if you agree with the services and price.

You will receive a bill for payment after completing your dental treatment. A CDBS claim can be made using the Express Plus Medicare mobile app, your Medicare online account on myGov, or a Medicare Claim form that can be mailed or dropped off at a service centre. Once Medicare approves your claim, the benefit will be deposited into your bank account.


Child Eligibility for Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Australian government determines a child’s eligibility each year; you will receive a letter from Medicare if your child is eligible. A child is eligible for these benefits if they meet all of the requirements and are eligible for Medicare, are between the ages of 2 and 17 on at least one day of the calendar year, and receives or is a member of a family receiving one of the following government payments:

Your Safety Is Our Top Priority!

We would like to take some time to let you know that we always follow strict universal infection control standards, and patient safety and the safety of our team is our priority.

The risk of exposure to the virus in our dental surgery is extremely low. We are an accredited dental practice and maintain the highest quality of care and standards at all times irrespective of any outbreaks such as Coronavirus.

We sterilise our instruments and disinfect all clinical and reception areas after each patient to prevent any risk of cross-contamination. Our staff are fully trained and certified to do this to the highest standards.

What Specifically Are We Doing at Our Practice to Protect Patients?

Our strict protocol includes our receptionists establishing in advance if patients:

  • Have any symptoms including fever/history of fever and shortness of breath or a cough or a sore throat.
  • They have travelled overseas or interstate in the last 2 weeks.
  • Been in close contact with anyone who has had confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) or who has been in a health facility treating them.
  • Visited any exposure sites or high risk area as per Healthy WA

We would like to ask patients who have travelled to high-risk zones and exposure sites within the last 2 weeks to postpone non-urgent general dental treatment, if in doubt please call us on 9305 4888.

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