Dental Fee Guide

Shawnessy Dental follows the new 2018-2019 Alberta Dental Fee guide. 

Dental fee guide

Dental costs in Alberta are the highest in Canada. Our goal is to bring fees more in line with other provinces in the years ahead.

The Alberta Dental Association and College has released Alberta's first dental fee guide in 20 years. It features recommended fees that are 8.5% lower for the most common dental procedures, when compared with 2016 rates. The guide will help:

  • consumers select a dentist
  • dentists determine their fees
  • insurers set coverage levels

Fee guides increase transparency, which encourages competition and reins in costs over time. In other provinces, the vast majority of dentists align their fees with their province's fee guide.

The 2018 Alberta Dental Fee Guide comes into effect Jan 1, 2018, and will be updated annually.

How to use the dental fee guide

The fees in the dental guide are recommended, but are not mandatory. Dentists continue to set the fees they charge for services. Some will charge more than the fee guide, some will charge less.

Because dentists charge different prices, you may wish to shop around. To help you compare, the guide includes:

  • a list and description of dental procedures
  • codes dentists use to identify procedures
  • suggested fees

There will be an adjustment period as both dentists and insurance companies adapt to the guide. Some insured Albertans may pay slightly more out of pocket during this time. To avoid unexpected costs:

  • compare your dentist's fees with the dental fee guide
  • ask your dentist to send a pre-authorization to your insurance company
  • contact your insurance company to find out the amount covered and how much you'll be required to pay

Last Updated On 2019-10-21