I want to take my five-year-old to a pediatric dentist. We started out at the family dentist, but he isn’t doing particularly well there. I don’t think they’re doing anything wrong, but it seems like they don’t get a whole lot of kids in there and they aren’t the most patient with him. I feel like he’d do better at an office that specializes in helping kids and puts in extra effort to make the visit fun. We haven’t had any major issues, but the hygienist got a bit testy with him over his fidgeting last time and he wasn’t being abnormal… just behaving like younger kids do. The problem is, I’m a single mom and can’t afford to pay more just to go to a pediatric dentist. Do they usually charge more or will it be about what I’m paying now?
Each office will set its own rates, so you’d have to check with individual offices to see what their pricing is like. A few guidelines that might help are highlighted below.
Pediatric dentists are specialists, so their fees may be higher.
Not all pediatric dentists will charge more, but some do. In order to become a specialist, the doctor spends more time in school and undergoes additional training, so it makes sense that their fees would be a bit more.
Location matters too. Specialists in larger cities tend to charge more as well, but what they’re able to charge depends on the area, what others are charging, and additional factors.
If you’re insured and go in-network, it should be the same price or close to it.
Offices that are in-network for insurance plans are contracted to charge specific rates. Most of the time, the insurance company dictates the fees, but sometimes offices are able to negotiate slightly different rates.
Most plans pay 100% for preventative work. If you’re leveraging a PPO and are not currently paying out-of-pocket for visits, that will probably continue so long as you stay in-network. If yours is an 80% or less plan, or you go out-of-network, there might be differences.
Go with a family dentist who Has a Pediatric Dentist On Site
Some family clinics, like Angel Dental Care, hire a pediatric dentist to work with the children who come to our offices. Not only do you get someone who is great with children, we are both an affordable dental practice and we accept Medicaid.
This blog is sponsored by the Cleveland Dentists of Angel Dental Care.