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A 27-year-old female asked:

i suffer from severe dental phobia. i can't afford ga. will a letter from a psychologist help insurance pay for cost? i'm really worried i can't get it

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Contact insurance co: Every insurance policy is different, so you will need to research the terms of your policy by calling the carrier and asking these specific questions. Only they will know for sure.
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
GA not affordable: You can also always opt for an oral sedative prior to your appointment with the addition of nitrous oxide during the procedures with and icd-9 diagnosis code accompanying a narrative from your psychiatrist, a pre-authorization for treatment from your insurance company can be sent prior and this way you will now 100% if this will be a fully covered addition to your treatment.
Dr. Allan Hawryluk
Dentistry 19 years experience
Depends: It really depends on what your insurance plan says. Look at the insurance booklet and see what it says about GA. There maybe some financing options available also. See if you qualify for CareCredit. Some government assistance also pays for GA, see if you qualify
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dr. Zahid Ahmed commented
Dentistry 11 years experience
It is not common for medical insurance to cover GA due to phobia, however it can be done usually with significant work and pre-authorization. All depends on your insurance carrier of course. Also look into conscious IV sedation.
Feb 2, 2015
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Options: Check with insurance plan rep. Also, check with the local dental school or clinic, or hospital. Often they have training programs for post-doctoral degrees and have free or very affordable fees. Good Luck.

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