Understanding your benefits: Independent dental hygienists

Understanding your benefits:
Independent dental hygienists

In the past, dental hygienists were required to work under the guidance of a licensed dentist. This is no longer a legal requirement in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, and especially helpful for people living in rural, remote, or under serviced areas of the country. Your benefit plan covers some services performed by independent dental hygienists. Eligible services may include:

  • Scaling – removing plaque and calculus
  • Root planing – smoothing root surfaces
  • Polishing – removing stains
  • Fluoride treatments

It is important to be aware that not every service provided by a dental hygienist is covered by your plan. Please refer to your employee booklet for eligible services.

Questions?
If you have any questions, please visit our Plan Member Services website at www.sunlife.ca/member, refer to your employee booklet or contact your benefits administrator.