Seeing the dentist has never been part of anyone’s ‘top 10 most favourite things to do’. We associate trips to the dentists with being painful and costly. But what if you encountered a dental emergency and you have no choice but to seek the help of a dentist? You will surely like the idea of having free emergency dental services. Know all the information about free emergency dental services and who is eligible for these convenient dental treatments.
Are there available free dental services?
Yes. According to the Queensland government, their public dental services are available to its residents who need them through various public facilities that include mobile dental clinics, school clinics, and even community dental clinics. As long as one is eligible for the said services, they are entitled to get them for free.
Who are eligible for free dental services?
Adults who are Queensland residents and are recipients of the following concession cards may be eligible to have free dental benefits:
- Pensioner’s Concession Card issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) or Centrelink
- A Health Care Card
- Commonwealth Senior Citizen Health Card; or a
- Queensland Senior Citizen Card
Meanwhile, children eligible for the free dental services should meet one of the following criteria:
- Children ages 4 to 15 years old who are under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS).
- Children younger than 4 years of age and up to 17 years old are still eligible if they are dependents of current concession card holders or are concession card holders themselves.
- Children who are under the custody or protection of the Director-General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.
What are the free dental services available under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)?
The Australian government awards the CDBS for children to receive basic dental services that include dental examinations, x-rays, teeth cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canal treatments, or tooth extractions. This benefit is not applicable for cosmetic or orthodontic services and has a two-year benefit cap of $1000.
What about free emergency dental services?
As long as you are deemed eligible for the free dental services, you call also avail of the free emergency dental services offered by your community and school clinics. However, if your dental emergency warrants the use of hospital facilities, your dental procedures may require additional fees. Some public dental hospitals in Queensland may offer you a voucher to be seen by a private dentist that they partner with.
Taking care of your dental and oral health should not be inconvenient and complicated. The Australian government continues to seek further improvements so that its citizens can get better access to free or affordable dental services. Take advantage of these government features and make your dental maintenance easier on the teeth and budget.