May I ask what is the plan name of your coverage under blue cross?? I was checking out Great West Life Sonata Plan 3, seems the most comprehensive for health, dental, paramedical, vision, hosp. accommodation, travel, ad&d, etc. outside of a group insur. planalthetrainer wrote: ↑Jun 15th, 2013 7:22 pmHere in Calgary they charge you by units. It's about $50 per unit and it depends on how many units it requires to clean your whole set of teeth. I have gum issues so it takes between 3 and 4 units each visit, between $175 and $200. I need to get mine cleaned once every 4 months. Fortunately I have BlueCross and it covers 80% of total dental cost with a cap to $1,500 a year.
3 units is typical. A unit is 15 min so avg cleaning they charge you up to 3 units or 45min in case the hygienist goes past 30 min. Under ontario dental association guidelines a unit = $55, 3 units $165 but avg is about $140. Basically a "discount" on the 3rd unit because they know the avg. patient doesnt take the entire 45 min.
3 units as follows,
1 unit cleaning
1 unit scaling
1 unit polishing