At Tassie Smiles Dental our fees include the cost of a highly trained and skilled professional treating your teeth in a hygienic, comfortable environment. They also include the costs of up-to-date equipment, materials, staff, laboratory fees, infection control measures, premises, utilities and furnishings.
In Australia there is no such thing as a ‘recommended fee’ for any dental treatment. The average fees charged around Australia have been calculated by the Australian Dental Association. We have based the Tassie Smiles Dental fee structure on the average fee structure for Tasmania. We will provide you with an itemised account.
Health Funds set their rebates at a level that suits their commercial needs. Those rebates are not related to any recognised fee scale. The responsibility of adequately adjusting rebates lies with the Health Funds.
Tassie Smiles Dental has HICAPS facilities (Health Industries Claims and Payments Service). This is an electronic claims system for private health funds. This enables most health fund members to do a direct health fund claim with no paperwork. This means you only pay the gap on the day.
At Tassie Smiles for offer the following Payment Options; HiCaps, EFTPOS, Major Credit Cards or Cash.
Patient’s dental records and x-rays are the property of the dentist.
They are a professional’s working notes used in the planning and performing of treatment.
You may seek access to the information held about you and the dentist will provide this access within a reasonable time frame. This access might be by inspection of your dental records at the time of appointment or by special access or copying of information at other times.
There will be no charge made for requesting this information but there may be fees levied just to cover the costs associated with the processing of this request or the copying of information.
Under some state regulations, the owner of the x-ray equipment is required to provide a copy of an x-ray on receipt of a written request from the patient, but at the expense of the patient.
If you are changing dentists, you could give written permission for your new dentist to seek a copy of a record of your treatment from your previous dentist, or request your current dentist to forward them on to your new dentist. It is far better for all records to be forwarded directly from dentist to dentist to prevent the loss of these important records during your move.
Dentists use an autoclave as part of a reprocessing protocol in order to sterilise instruments. An autoclave uses steam under pressure to achieve a rapid high heat sterilisation of instruments. The success of each sterilisation cycle is monitored using various indicators and recorded.
Dentists use a lot of equipment and instruments that can be sterilised. Those instruments that cannot be processed are disposed of and new items used on each patient. At Tassie Smiles Dental we take infection control very seriously and constantly monitor any new recommendations.
Standard precautions such as protective gloves, masks and protective eyewear have now all become routine protocol in modern dentistry.