Alberta Dental Service Corporation (ADSC) administers the dental benefits for Alberta’s Low-Income Health Benefit Programs and the Dental Assistance for Seniors Program (DASP) for the Government of Alberta. Our experienced team strives to provide efficient and accurate service to all stakeholders, including program recipients, dental providers, and Government ministries.
DASP is an income-based program providing low-moderate income seniors with financial assistance for basic dental services.
Seniors who have previously applied for the Alberta Seniors Benefit program, Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors programs or have completed a Seniors Financial Assistance application are already enrolled.
ADSC administers dental benefits for Alberta’s Low-Income Health Benefit Programs such as Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), Alberta Adult Health Benefit, Alberta Child Health Benefit, and Income Supports. For further information on these programs, please click here.
Please note the Dental Assistance for Seniors plan only pays dental expenses according to the plan’s fee schedule.
Spouses under 65 years of age or dependants are not eligible for assistance from DASP. Dental benefits for seniors are paid retroactive for up to 12 months from the date of the dental service.
Depending on your program you may be covered for:
The program will pay the dental provider for the amount that is covered by the program. If there is a difference between the amount covered by the program and your bill, you will need to pay the difference.
You pay the full bill. A claim form can be submitted (available from your dental provider) to ADSC. We accept faxed claims 1-780-426-7581, e-mailed claims firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to 200, 17010 – 103 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5S 1K7.
The program will pay the dental provider based on the fee schedule. The client will not have to pay the balance if the provider’s fees are higher than the applicable fee schedule.
Your Alberta Personal Health Number or Health Benefit ID card is required when your dental provider submits a claim. To find out how much of our dental services will be covered, have your dental provider submit a pre-authorization to ADSC, or call us at 780-426-7526, option 1, or toll free 1-800-232-1997.
The Dental Assistance for Seniors program provides basic dental coverage to a maximum of $5,000 every five years from the date of your first paid dental procedure.
The amount of coverage you receive is based on your previous year’s annual income. You will receive annual correspondence directly from the Government of Alberta about your coverage amounts.
The Dental Assistance for Senior’s program provides basic dental coverage to a maximum of $5000 every five years from the date of your first paid dental procedure. You can check your remaining balance and find out when your next five-year period begins through your secure web profile or by contacting our call center at 1-800-232-1997 (ADSC Claims (Option 1) and then DASP (Option 1)).
The Dental Assistance for Seniors Program has a designated fee schedule, which lists the amount covered by the program for each eligible procedure (Click here for the fee schedule). If your dental provider charges more than the specified fee, you must pay the additional amount. Any amount not covered by the Program is your responsibility.
Avoid an unexpected bill with a few simple steps. Before proceeding with your dental work, ask your dental provider about the cost of the procedure. Then, find out what’s covered by the Dental Assistance for Seniors Program and what you are required to pay.
Based on your income, the amount covered is a certain percentage of the Dental Assistance for Seniors Program fee schedule (Click here for the fee schedule). Even if you have 100% coverage, your dental provider might charge more than the fee listed in the fee schedule or be performing a dental procedure that is not covered by the program. These fees are your responsibility.
Claims must be submitted to Alberta Dental Service Corporation for payment first.
You can add your banking information through your secure web profile by clicking here.
ADSC payment runs are bi-weekly (Wednesdays). Electronic payments are deposited on the Tuesday following a payment run. Paper cheques are mailed on the Tuesday following the payment run.
You can setup your secure web profile by clicking here. Please have your Personal Health Number (PHN) ready and click on Create Account. Follow the Registration instructions to access your claims information, remaining balance, or submit a claim.
All dental services and procedures supported by this program must be completed by a dental provider located within Alberta. Any dental services and procedures completed outside of the province or outside of the country will not be reimbursed.
Click here for a brochure that explains details on who qualifies and how to apply for the Dental Assistance for Seniors Program. A Seniors Financial Assistance application form is available through this link.
If your client presents a Health Benefit ID card please verify eligibility by calling ADSC at 780-426-7526 or toll free at 1-800-232-1997, or you can verify eligibility through your Dental Provider Login.
Dental providers can submit a claim:
We accept claims electronically through the I-Trans Network for web users and the CSI ASYNC Network for Modem users. The carrier code for Alberta Dental Service Corporation (ADSC) claims is 000105. Format: CD Form, Version 4.
If you do not have the Alberta Dental Service Corporation (ADSC) option or the carrier code 000105 available in your software then you will need to contact your software vendor for an update.
Make note of the error message and who is generating the error message. If the error message is being generated by Alberta Dental Service Corporation (ADSC), then you can contact our office 1-800-232-1997 for technical support. If the message is being generated by I-Trans or CDA Net, please contact the I-Trans help desk at 1-866-788-1212.
All payment runs are generated bi-weekly (Wednesdays) with the electronic deposit happening the following Tuesday (except when a statutory holiday occurs). All payments to Alberta dental providers are made through mandatory electronic deposit.
We recommend that you always check your client’s eligibility and coverage on the date of service as these can change daily. You can do this through your secure provider login or by submitting a preauthorization electronically. You can also contact our call centre at 1-800-232-1997 (ADSC Claims (Option 1) and then DASP (Option 1) for DASP information and ADSC Claims (Option 1) and then LIP (Option 3) for Low-Income Program information).
Alberta Dental Service Corporation (ADSC) will advise you on whether the client’s coverage is active and what schedule the client is covered under. Fee Schedules are also available under the forms section on this webpage and through your secure provider login.
Low Income Programs: Dental providers do not have to accept a Low Income Program client as a patient. If you do choose to accept a client as a patient, then you are agreeing to the “Terms and Conditions” for the Programs which are available from the Alberta Dental Association and College, or through your secure provider login.
Dental Assistance for Seniors’ Program: Dental providers do not have to accept assignment of benefits or the fee schedule posted
Low Income Programs: The Government of Alberta programs are the payer of last resort. If a client qualifies for Non-Insured Health Benefits, then they do not qualify for the Low Income Programs.
Dental Assistance for Seniors’ Program: DASP is the primary coverage and all claims must be submitted to Alberta Dental Service Corporation (ADSC) for payment first.
Low Income Programs: Preauthorizations are valid for 30 days. Review Committee preauthorizations could be valid for up to 12 months provided that the client’s eligibility or coverage with the Government of Alberta remains unchanged.
Dental Assistance for Seniors’ Program: General preauthorizations are valid for 30 days and Exception Committee preauthorizations are valid for 12 months. Preauthorizations restrict a corresponding portion of the senior’s $5,000 maximum for as long as the preauthorization remains valid.
Effective March 22, 2021, ADSC started accepting a new Emergency/Urgent Dental Service Voucher, with an updated submission process. This process is being put in place so vouchers are received and processed in a timelier manner, benefiting both dental providers and clients. The new voucher can be emailed directly to ADSC, along with a completed claim form, at email@example.com. Your office can still choose to mail or fax the completed voucher and claim form to ADSC if required.
All dental services and procedures supported by either the Dental Assistance for Seniors Program or the Low Income Programs must be completed by a dental provider located within Alberta. Any dental services and procedures completed outside of the province or outside of the country will not be reimbursed.