Child Dental Benefits Scheme

Butler Dental participates in the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. The CDBS provides access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3 million children aged 2-17 years.

The Child Dental Benifits Schedule continues in 2017. The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.

The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital. At Butler Dental we offer Sedation Dental and this service is also eligible through the Child Dental Benefits Scheme. It is particularly beneficial for children with special needs and patients who have a heightened fear of the dentist or circumstances they are not familiar with.

For more information about the Child Dental Benefit and to check criteria for eligibility click here.

You can confirm your child’s eligibility and balance amount by accessing your Medicare online account at or calling the Medicare general enquiries line on 132 011.

Once you have confirmed your eligibility make an appointment at Butler Dental and let us know you are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

At the time of the appointment, the dentist will discuss your child’s treatment and any associated costs with you before providing the services. After this has been discussed, you will need to sign a consent form.

After Butler Dental has provided the services agreed for your child we will bulk bill you so you will have no out of pocket expenses.