The CNS covers services provided by dentists. The list of dental services, known as the "dentists' nomenclature", includes various procedures and services that are covered.
This page explains how dental consultations, visits and technical procedures are covered, with the exception of orthodontic and prosthetic treatment.
What services are covered?
To name just a few of the main categories of dental treatments covered:
- normal and urgent consultations
- normal and urgent visits by the dentist at home or in hospital
- dental scaling/cleaning
- periodontal care
- root canals (pulpectomies)
- fillings (obturations) and removal of fillings
- local and regional anaesthesia (by the dentist)
- general anaesthesia in hospital (by a specialist anaesthetist)
- simple and surgical dental extractions
- radiodiagnostics (X-rays, etc.)
- if you suffer from one of the two rare diseases (anodontia or oligodontia), bone implants on the skull and face
- orthodontic treatment (visit our Orthodontic treatment page)
- prosthetic treatment (dental prostheses, visit our Prosthetic treatment page)
...and much more!
The full list of dental services covered is set out in the dentists' nomenclature. Click here to access the dental nomenclature (list in PDF format).
Estimates and authorisations
Surcharges on estimate
Some procedures are labelled DSD (dépassement sur devis, which means surcharges on estimate), allowing dentists to exceed the official tariffs, but only if they have presented you with a detailed estimate and with your agreement. Dentists are free to determine the fees for these procedures "with tact and moderation".
Some procedures are labelled ACM (autorisation préalable du contrôle médical). These procedures can only be covered if the Medical Board of the Social Security (CMSS) has authorised them.
Some procedures carry the acronym APCM (autorisation préalable du contrôle médical). These procedures can only be covered if the Medical Board of the Social Security (CMSS) has authorised them beforehand, i.e. before your dentist begins treatment.
How to send the estimate to the CNS?
Generally, your dentist in Luxembourg will send the estimate to the CNS for authorisation.
If you have received the estimate, please send it by post to CNS - Autorisations dentaires - L-2980 Luxembourg.
Local or regional anaesthesia
Health insurance covers local or regional anaesthesia in certain cases and under certain conditions.
If you have any questions on this subject, your dentist will be able to help you.
There are two types of scaling (since 01.01.2024):
- Classic scaling (DS1). This is reimbursed twice per calendar year (from 1 January to 31 December of the same year).
- Periodontal scaling (DP41), to be carried out only as part of periodontal treatment. It is reimbursed once per calendar year (from 1 January to 31 December of the same year).
Various dental X-rays are reimbursed.
Under certain conditions, cone beam radiography is also reimbursed.
As a general rule, you pay the invoice and request reimbursement from the CNS.
You send the CNS the original of the paid and receipted invoice showing your 13-digit national identification number.
If this is your first request for reimbursement, please enclose a bank identity statement (relevé d'identité bancaire RIB).
Sending mail to the CNS (L-2980 Luxembourg) from within Luxembourg is postage free.
You are entitled to an annual flat rate of €77.35 (as of 01.09.2023), reimbursed in full (100%).
Once this flat rate has been used up, services are reimbursed at 88% of the official rates.
For children under the age of 18, services are reimbursed at 100% of the official rates.
Reimbursements for the same service may vary depending on the amount remaining in the €77.35 annual package: whether it has been fully used, partially used or not used at all.
In certain situations, dentists may charge an additional fee for personal convenience (CP), provided they have informed you in advance and received your agreement. These surcharges are not reimbursed by the CNS and are entirely at your expense.
For more information on personal conveniences, please consult our "Personal conveniences" page.
Do you have any questions about dental treatments and reimbursements? Talk to your dentist! As each dental treatment is unique, your dentist will assess the treatments they consider necessary on a case-by-case basis. The CNS cannot give you any medical advice.