You probably never expected your dentist to ask for your medical insurance card. They only take dental insurance, right? Although your policy might be carried through the same company, both of these plans are different and unique. What does medical coverage have to do with a trip to the dentist?
If You’re Getting Treated for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
For people who are CPAP intolerant, an oral sleep appliance may be the best treatment option for your sleep apnea. Although it’s made by your dentist, the device is covered by medical insurance.
For Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery
Getting your wisdom teeth removed is something that can take place in the dental office, surgery center, or even a hospital. Depending on your case and comfort level, specific types of sedation or equipment may be necessary for wisdom teeth removal. Some of these will fall under traditional dental benefits, but the others may need to be filed against your medical coverage.
When You’re Undergoing Treatment for Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is best identified by your family dentist. If it’s suspected that you have oral cancer, you may be referred to an oral surgeon. Oral surgery offices combine both dental and medical technology during treatments, and as such, the insurance codes and claims must be filed to reflect specific procedures. Your medical and dental plan essentially overlap.
Accidents/Injuries That Affect Your Mouth
On the job injuries or automobile accidents can impact every part of the body…even your mouth and oral structures (including your teeth.) Depending on your situation, a medical policy may need to cover a portion of your care.
When in doubt, bring a copy of both cards during your next dental checkup!
Posted on behalf of:
Paul Jang Dentistry
14711 Princeton Avenue, Ste. 12
Moorpark, CA 93021
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