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FAQ

1. Is a referral necessary?

A referral is not required for your child to attend our clinic. However, if your general dentist has recommended a visit regarding a specific concern, providing us with as much information as possible is helpful.

 

2. What are the treatment costs?

Determining the cost prior to assessing your child is challenging. During the initial appointment, an individualised treatment plan will be created, and the associated costs will be provided. The initial visit expenses will vary based on the required treatment and whether x-rays are needed to formulate the plan.

 

3. Can I claim through my private health insurance at your clinic?

Yes, we offer HICAPS for those with private health insurance, enabling immediate claiming for services rendered. Alternatively, you can settle invoices upfront and then submit claims to your private health fund either in person or online.

 

4. When should I schedule my child’s appointment?

The Australian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry recommends that children should have their first dental visit by 12 months old or when their first tooth emerges, whichever comes first. During this initial visit, our Paediatric Dentists provide guidance to caregivers and conduct a brief oral examination. Subsequent recall visits are scheduled based on the individual needs of each patient. If you haven’t brought your child to the dentist and they are older, there’s no need to worry. It’s never too late to start. However, if possible, it’s better to bring your child before any issues arise, allowing us to focus on preventive care rather than treatment.

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Kids Information Sheet: EEG

Explore Your Brain with EEG!

Why do Kids Need EEGs?

Hey kids! Ever wondered what’s happening inside your brain? Well, if you have unusual movements, seizures, or sleep issues, your doctor might want to take a peek with something called an EEG!

 

What’s an EEG?

Think of it as a window into your brain! But don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt at all. There are no needles, X-rays, or electric shocks involved. It just records the cool stuff happening in your noggin.

 

What Happens During an EEG?

Before the fun begins, make sure to wash your hair the night before. Then, you’ll sit back and relax while the EEG expert puts some cool stickers (called electrodes) on your head. These stickers help record all the brainwaves. You might get to watch some videos or play with toys while it’s happening!

 

What to Expect:

– No needles or pain – just lots of stickers!
– You can bring your favorite toys, books or music for some company.
– If you need to, you can even have someone hold your hand.
– The whole thing usually takes about an hour, but sometimes it might be a bit longer if they need to check your brain while you’re sleeping.

 

After the Fun:

Once the EEG is done, you’ll be free to go back to your day! And don’t worry about any side effects – there aren’t any!

 

What Can an EEG Show?

Your brainwaves can tell us a lot about how your brain works. It’s like solving a mystery! Sometimes, it can even help doctors figure out why you’re having certain problems.

 

Important Reminders:

– Keep your hair clean and dry before the EEG.
– If you’ve had chickenpox recently, wait until you’re all better before having an EEG.
– Let your doctor know if you have any special needs or worries about the test.
– And don’t forget, if you have brothers or sisters, make sure someone can look after them while you’re having your EEG adventure!

 

Get Ready to Explore!

So, are you ready to explore your brain with EEG? It’s a super cool adventure that helps doctors understand how your brain works. Plus, you’ll get to see some awesome brainwaves in action! So, get ready for some fun – your brain is waiting to show off!

Patient Information: EEG

EEG for children

At Offspring, we understand that as a parent or guardian, you want the best for your child’s health. That’s why we’re here to guide you through the process of children’s EEG (Electroencephalogram), a safe and painless test that helps us understand what’s happening in your child’s brain

 

What is an EEG?

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that records brain activity through electrodes attached to the scalp. EEG recordings are used to identify changes in brain activity. These changes in brain activity are often useful in diagnosing brain disorders, especially epilepsy or other seizure disorders.

 

Why Does Your Child Need an EEG?

Your doctor may recommend an EEG to help understand any of the following:
• Seizures
• Fainting spells
• Blackouts or blank stares
• Jerking movements
• Funny turns
• Sleep disturbances
• Reassessment of an existing diagnosis

 

What to Expect During an EEG:

During the EEG, electrodes are placed on your child’s scalp to record brain activity. Rest assured, the procedure is pain-free, and your child can bring along their favourite toys or books for comfort.

 

Preparation for the EEG:

Ensure your child’s hair is clean and dry before the appointment. If your child has recently had chickenpox or has special needs, please inform our staff in advance.

 

Post-EEG and Results:

After the EEG, your child can resume their normal activities with no side effects. Results will be provided through your doctor, usually within 3-5 working days.

 

FAQs and Further Assistance:

If you have any questions or concerns, our friendly staff are here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support.

FAQs for Children’s EEG Services at Offspring

1. Pricing Information

At Offspring Health, we prioritise providing top-quality care while keeping specialist fees as affordable as possible.

Payment Terms:
A deposit, as outlined below, is required to secure your appointment, and must be paid no later than 2 days prior to your scheduled visit.

Medicare Rebate:
You may be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate of $XXXX for your consultation. Offspring Health will handle the Medicare claim process on your behalf after the final report has been sent to your referring doctor. To facilitate this process, please ensure that you provide us with the details of your current and valid Medicare card.

 

2. How does it work

Referral
Your child will need a referral from their family doctor or specialist if they are seeing one. Our paediatric neurologist will review this request to ensure arrangements are tailored to suit your child’s needs.

Connection and monitoring
On the day of their appointment your child will be fitted with the monitoring system at an Offspring clinic. The length of monitoring will depend on the type of EEG being performed.

Results
At the end of the monitoring period, the data will be analysed and interpreted by a Paediatric Neurologist. A report will be sent to your child’s doctor approximately five days after the end of monitoring. You specialist will be able access the study data, if required.

It is essential to have a referral letter from your doctor. Please note that without a referral, the full fee applies, and Medicare claims cannot be submitted

 

3. About Offspring’s EEG service

Our clinic specialises in paediatric EEG services:

Experienced Staff: Children receive EEG evaluations from an experienced Paediatric Neurologist. You child will also be fitted and monitored by a neurophysiology scientist.

Accurate Screening: When necessary, we assess the suitability of EEG testing for your child’s specific needs.

Proper Administration: We ensure the EEG procedure is conducted comfortably and accurately for optimal results.

Expert Reporting: Our team provides detailed and accurate reporting of EEG results, ensuring that you and your child’s healthcare team have the information needed for the best possible care.

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