If you need dental care, dental care and are not already registered at a practice you can call any dentist to ask for an appointment. However, do take into account that it could be a number of days before a dentist is available for an appointment. You may be asked to pay for the appointment in cash. If your insurance covers dental costs, ask the dentist for a receipt which will enable you to claim a refund from your insurance company.

Finding a dentist

The best way to find a dentist is by personal recommendation. Friends, colleagues, neighbours or the family General Practitioner (Huisarts) may be able to suggest a suitable dentist. Simply phone and ask to register with the dentist of your choice. The municipality may also provide you with information and perhaps the names of dentists who speak your language. 

Once you have registered with a dental practice they may send you reminders to attend bi-annual check ups (which may be a requirement of your insurance).

To find a dentist, orthodontist or dental hygienist several review and comparison sites are also available. Be aware that some of these sites are sponsored by health care insurers, and may not be fully objective.

Emergencies

For emergency dental treatment outside practice hours telephone the practice. An answering machine will inform you who to contact in case of an emergency. Take note that this information will usually be in Dutch.

Coverage of dental costs

The cost of dental care is not usually included in a basic health insurance policy (basispakket). Additional insurance will cover more. For exact coverage, check your policy terms or contact your insurer.