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Good Question: New fees at the dentist?

Brennan Somers
Updated: June 03, 2020 04:43 AM
Created: June 03, 2020 04:25 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Now that dentists across New York can start rescheduling regular appointments, you may be looking to book your next cleaning and checkup.

You should know this may end up costing you more than what you're used to paying.

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Why is that?

According to the American Dental Association, nearly two-thirds of dentist offices across the country are back open for routine care. New York dental groups got the green light this week to do more than just emergency or urgent operations.

There are strict rules to protect you and your dentist. Following them isn't cheap.

With the ongoing pandemic, there's a growing number of dental practices nationwide charging infection control fees. They range anywhere from $10 to $20.

Dentists say they need the extra money to cover the costs of masks, face shields, gowns, and air purifiers. The price for personal protective equipment (PPE) has spiked dramatically due to demand.

On top of that, dentists are seeing fewer patients now. Families fear going back for appointments and, at the same time, dentists have to space out appointments to avoid crowded waiting rooms.

The ADA, which sets industry standards, says dentists can charge these added fees as long as they tell you ahead of time.

The ADA also pushed insurance companies to take the added COVID-19 costs into account. Many are agreeing to pay the extra fees.

If you have a question you want answered, send an e-mail to GoodQuestion@whec.com.


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