How to use

Find out how to get dental services using the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS).

You can get child dental benefits for services at most dentists. Don’t forget you can only claim benefits for any of the following:

The cap amount is indexed yearly on 1 January. The increase in cap amount will only apply to a child or teenager who gets their first eligible service in that year.

Before going to the dentist

When you book an appointment, say you want to use CDBS. Check how close you are to the balance cap limit. This will tell you what benefit amount you can get. If you’re not sure how much is left you can either:

Your dentist should also check your child’s available benefit amount at the appointment.

At the dentist

At the appointment, ask about both of these:

  • what each service will cost
  • if CDBS will cover the services.

You’ll get a consent form. This says you agree to the services and what they cost. Check these, then sign if you agree.

Some dentists give you a bill to pay on the day of the service. You can then claim a benefit from us. You can often do this at the dentist straight after you pay.

If the dentist bulk bills you don’t need to pay or claim.

Page last updated: 1 January 2022