Naturally, parents and caregivers have many questions when it comes to the first visit to a pediatric dentist. One question we hear quite a bit is, “What kind of pediatric dental insurance plans are available?” While there are a number of dental insurance companies that cover pediatric services, some dental practices may only accept specific plans. At Kangaroo Smiles, we’re dedicated to helping you navigate every realm of pediatric dentistry, and that includes insurance and payment options.
Tips and Tricks to Help Explore Pediatric Dental Insurance Plans
According to the American Dental Association, one important distinction to keep in mind when discussing pediatric dental insurance plans is understanding the verbiage: insurance versus benefits. While the two words are closely related, it’s important to note that an insurance plan is created to reimburse you for services rendered, whereas a benefit plan consists of funds set aside and designated to cover specific costs.
To avoid any misinterpretations of your pediatric dental plan, be sure to call your insurance provider prior to a pediatric dental visit. They will be able to clarify whether the service your child is receiving is covered, partially covered or not covered. As a rule of thumb, typically all preventative care services are 100 percent covered. That means that your child’s six-month checkups and cleanings are fully taken care of by a dental benefit plan.
Another consideration when looking into new or existing pediatric dental insurance plans is benefit deadlines. Most dental plans have a benefit deadline in which any benefits that haven’t been used don’t roll over into the next year (typically, the deadline is December 31st). Knowing a benefit deadline date will help you determine when the best time of year is to proceed with scheduling certain pediatric dental services. Most dental offices can help determine what your benefit deadline is, but you can also call a 1-800 number or access your insurance provider online account to find out.
If you happen to have a flexible spending account (FSA,) it will be important for you to know your benefit deadline as well, to ensure no funds are unused or lost.
Kangaroo Smiles Offers You Hassle-Free Help For Payment Options
Your child’s dental and overall health is a priority at Kangaroo Smiles, and for that very reason, we aim to ensure you don’t have to worry about insurance and payment options. Our friendly, professional and knowledgeable team are available to help you figure out the best payment option to accommodate the needs of your family.
Both our Lowell and Methuen pediatric dental offices accept a comprehensive list of pediatric dental insurance plans, including those covered by:
- Blue Cross of MA
- Cigna DPPO
- Connection Dental/ GEHA
- Delta EPO, PPO, and Premier
- NH Medicaid
- United Healthcare/Dental Benefits Providers
If you don’t see your insurance provider, not to worry; we will help you determine if we accept your plan. We add new insurance companies frequently! You can always call us prior to your child’s appointment for questions regarding pediatric dental insurance plans and payment options.
If you currently don’t have a pediatric dental insurance plan, we accept several additional forms of payment including cash, Visa and American Express.
Our priority at Kangaroo Smiles is to make sure you and your child have all you need for optimum dental health. If you’re concerned about payment options, call us at (978) 425-1496. Our Kangaroo Smiles office team is always prepared to answer any questions you have regarding services and payment. Contact us anytime for help.