Understanding Dental Fees

Every patient is unique – no one else has your mouth! That means your needs and the treatment you receive from your dentist is tailored to you. Dentists in Nova Scotia are small business owners providing health services in a user-pays environment, much like other professional service providers such as eye doctors and physiotherapists.

Like any business owner, dentists must pay for the full costs of running their business. These costs can include everything from rent, to staff salaries, to treatment costs and dental equipment and supplies. These costs are reflected in the fees you are charged.

Suggested Fee Guide

The NSDA produces a Suggested Fee Guide for dentists each year drawing upon on-going economic research. The fee guide is based on an average theoretical general dental practice in Nova Scotia. It is one tool used by dentists to help arrive at their own specific fees for service.