A Montague, P.E.I. woman says dental anesthetic costs for her four-year-old daughter should be covered by the provincial government.

pe-si-olivia-dental

Olivia Clow's mother Margaret says all of her daughter's dental treatment should be paid for by the province. (Pat Martel/CBC)

Margaret Clow's daughter, Olivia, needs to have three cavities filled.

The provincial Children's Dental Care Program covers most of the costs, except the anesthetic gas that is needed.

Clow is on social services and she said she can't afford the $200 bill for the nitrous oxide.

"I'm going to take her to her appointment next week, and when I get her there on Wednesday, I'm going to tell them that I can't afford to pay it. So, will they do the dental work to her? I do not know," said Clow.

"Hopefully, some way we can get them done."

Although the use of nitrous oxide is not covered for general dental care under the Children's Dental Care Program, the province said there has been a recent increase in inquiries and it is hoping to find a solution to the problem.