Is your child ready for their first visit to the dentist? If your baby is at least a year old and/or has at least one tooth showing, it’s time to schedule an appointment. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child should see the dentist around the time of their first birthday or within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth.
You probably have some questions regarding your child’s first dental appointment. One of those questions may be, how much does a first dental visit cost in Monroe, NY? The cost of the first visit depends on a variety of factors.
Average Cost of a Routine Dental Cleaning and Exam Without Insurance
You can expect the cost of your child’s first dental cleaning and exam to cost between $65 and $100. It is recommended that your child see the dentist every 6 months. Bitewing X-Rays are recommended yearly, which will increase the cost of one appointment per year by between $30 and $50.
Average Cost With Insurance
If you have dental insurance and you choose an in-network dentist, you will most likely pay nothing out of pocket for routine dental cleanings and exams every 6 months. X-Rays are typically covered once a year. In some cases your insurance plan may require a copay.
What Factors Affect the Cost of Dental Services?
The cost of routine dental cleanings and exams as well as other dental services are affected by:
- Geographic Location. The cost of living in an area drives the prices of everything from groceries to dental services. If you live in a large city or densely populated area, you may find that the price for a dental cleaning is higher than it would be in a small town or rural area. Monroe is outside of New York City, which likely means a dental cleaning may cost a bit less than in the city center.
- Individual Dental Practice Prices. Each dental practice will set their prices based on their cost of operation, their reputation in the community, the level of experience of the dentists, and more.
- Pediatric vs General Dentist. Pediatric dentists specialize in children’s dental care and have a passion for helping children get a positive start to a lifetime of dental health. As a result, prices for cleanings are likely to be more affordable than at a general dentist’s office that treats patients of all ages.
What Does the First Appointment Entail?
A child’s first dental appointment, especially for babies and toddlers, is mostly about introducing the concept of going to the dentist. It is important to make a child feel comfortable from the beginning to set a positive tone regarding dental appointments going forward. The dental team will only do what you and your child are comfortable with and work towards a complete cleaning and exam if possible. We encourage parents to accompany their child during routine dental appointments.
New or Transferring Patients
If your child is transferring to our practice from another dental office, we can request their dental records to be sent over to our office. However, previous dental records are not required. We can begin treating your child after a brief exam and consultation. It’s never too late to start your child on professional dental care.
Orange County Pediatric Dentistry Makes Dental Care Affordable
Orange County Pediatric Dentistry believes that all children should have access to dental care, which is why we strive to make it affordable for everyone. We are in-network with a long list of insurance providers. If you don’t have insurance, we offer many different payment options, as well as our Smile Care Dental Club with an affordable monthly membership that includes routine dental care and additional services.