PDA Supports Insurance Coverage for General Anesthesia Administered to Children Seven and Younger and Special Needs Patients

Parents often face the difficult decision of compromising quality dental care for their children and those with special needs when they cannot afford the significant cost of general anesthesia. Dentists need to use anesthesia when treating very young and special needs patients, who most often suffer from anxiety and fear of dental care. These patients often do not receive necessary preventative treatment, which places more strain on the health-care delivery system in Pennsylvania by having to treat more serious problems in the future. Children and patients with disabilities deserve access to quality and affordable dental care.

PDA encourages legislators to support legislation requiring insurers to cover all associated medical expenses when administering general anesthesia to children seven and younger and special needs patients.