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Who pays your dental bill?

Children receive free public dental treatment in Norway. In principle, adults have to pay themselves, however there are a number of exceptions.

Foto: HELFO

Children receive free public dental treatment. In principle, adults have to pay themselves, however there are a number of exceptions. ​The State will only cover necessary dental treatment.

Healthcare exemption card

​Some types of dental treatment are covered by the rules for the exemption card for user fee group 2.

However, please be aware that if you are entitled to dental treatment from the Public Dental Health Service you cannot also receive reimbursement from Helfo as part of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.

No longer tax deductible

Until 2012, major expenses for dental treatment gave you the right to special tax allowances for the costs of an illness. This arrangement has ended.

Dental treatment for children (0-18 years of age)

All treatment, with the exception of dental braces, is free of charge. Your local public dental clinic calls children in for regular check-ups. As a rule, the child is first called in at the age of three. If the child has dental problems before he/she reaches the age of three, you can make enquiries with the public health nurse or contact the dental clinic.

If you have any questions, please call 800HELSE (800 43 573)
Telephone number from abroad: ​
+ 47 23 32 70 30

The Norwegian National Insurance Scheme grants a 40% to 100% refund on the public rate, depending on the treatment requirements.

If you are struggling financially and will have problems being able to pay for dental braces, you can apply to NAV for support. Find your dental clinic on the website of your county municipality.

Dental treatment for adolescents (19-20 years of age)

​The Public Dental Health Service covers 75% of the expenses, i.e. you pay 25% yourself.

The public dental clinic where you live/reside is where the dental treatment will be performed and paid for. Be aware that if you live, study or work somewhere other than at the address that is registered in the Norwegian National Registry, you may not be called in for an examination.

You will then have to find the closest dental clinic using the website of the county municipality in which you live/reside and contact them yourself to arrange an appointment.

If you are struggling financially, you can apply to NAV for support for the dental treatment.

Dental treatment for adults

​The majority have to pay the expenses for dental treatment themselves, however there are exceptions if you have certain illnesses, conditions or injuries. The dentist will assess whether you can claim support from Helfo. The 15 conditions that entitle you to benefits from Helfo are:

  • Rare medical condition (ask the dentist about the conditions that are on this list at any time)
  • Cleft lip-jaw-palate
  • Tumours in the oral cavity, adjacent tissue or in the head region in general
  • Treatment to prevent infection in connection with special medical conditions (organ transplant, various cancer conditions, HIV/AIDS)
  • Diseases and abnormalities in the mouth and jaw (dental and maxillofacial treatment)
  • Periodontitis (gum disease)
  • Tooth development disorders (congenital conditions)
  • Bite abnormalities (dental braces/ jaw orthodontic treatment)
  • Pathological loss of tooth substances due to attrition/erosion (serious tooth wear)
  • Hyposalivation (dry mouth)
  • Allergic reactions to tooth restoration materials (in oral cavity or on skin)
  • Tooth damage related to a recognised occupational injury (the occupational injury must have been acknowledged by NAV and the dental treatment must have a connection to the occupational injury)
  • Tooth damage related to an accident that is not an occupational injury (leisure accidents)
  • Inability to care for oneself due to permanent illness or permanent disability (condition that has lasted for more than one year and has resulted in poorer dental health)
  • Full or partial loss of tooth, without own teeth in the lower jaw (and unable to use loose-fitting prosthetic)

Be aware that the dentist's/dental hygienist's price may be higher than the rates in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.

If you are struggling financially, you can apply to NAV for support for dental treatment (in accordance with the Social Services Act).

You may be reimbursed from Helfo for dental treatment in the EU/EEA if the same treatment would have been covered in Norway (Section 5-24a of the National Insurance Act). You have to pay for dental treatment abroad yourself and then apply to Helfo for a refund.

Would you like to know what a dentist costs? Check and compare prices at the Norwegian Consumer Council (Forbrukerrådet) web portal.

Dental treatment for the elderly

​The majority have to pay expenses for dental treatment themselves, however there are some exceptions. The dentist will assess your rights.

People who live at an institution or have received home nursing care for more than three months receive treatment free of charge from the Public Dental Health Service.

If you are struggling financially, you can apply to NAV for support for dental treatment (in accordance with the Social Services Act).

Dental treatment for the mentally disabled

​For mentally disabled people who live in or outside of institutions, with the exception of dental braces, dental treatment is free of charge from the Public Dental Health Service.

Dental treatment for other groups

Other groups who may be entitled to coverage for all or parts of the expenses of dental treatment:

  • Refugees and asylum seekers at asylum reception centres. Read more about this at helsetilsynet.no.
  • Substance abusers who have received services in accordance with the Social Services Act for three months or more.
  • Substance abusers undergoing medication-assisted rehabilitation treatment.

Victims of torture and abuse and people who have a major fear of dental treatment (ordontophobia). The county municipalities are in the process of establishing an offer of treatment for people who have been the victims of torture or abuse or who have ordontophobia. Contact your county municipality to find out more about the services they provide.

Dental care in prisons

Prison inmates are offered necessary emergency dental treatment by the Public Dental Health Service. For periods in prison of more than three months, dental health examinations are also offered as well as necessary preventative and normal dental treatment. Other expenses for dental treatment must be covered by the inmate him/herself.

If you are struggling financially, you can apply to NAV for support for dental treatment (in accordance with the Social Services Act).

Anaesthesia/nitrous oxide with dental treatment

​Some people require anaesthesia in order for dental treatment to be carried out. Before a decision is made regarding anaesthesia it will be assessed as to whether the dental treatment can be performed with the assistance of sedative medication, nitrous oxide or using psychological methods. Nitrous oxide is available at some public and private dental clinics.

Costs for anaesthesia during dental treatment

For children (0-18 years), people with mental disabilities and groups of older, long-term sick and disabled in institutions and home nursing care, the county municipality has a duty to cover the costs, including for dental treatment with anaesthesia if required.

The dentist will assess whether you require anaesthesia. Dental treatment with anaesthesia will be provided at a hospital and the waiting time may be long.

With regard to adults who are not covered by the Public Dental Health Service or other schemes, they must, as a starting point, pay for the anaesthesia treatment themselves, however the various counties may have different policies.

Enquiries may be directed to the individual county dentists. In some counties, dental treatment is performed at hospitals. Some private dental clinics also offer anaesthesia.

In some cases, the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme provides financial support for dental treatment under anaesthesia.

If you have any questions, please call 800HELSE (800 43 573)
Telephone number from abroad: ​
+ 47 23 32 70 30