Costa Rica Dental Tourism – Attaining beautiful teeth and healthy gums is everyone’s dream and most often it remains a dream because the costs involved to undergo different dental procedures are too high especially now that Obamacare has been implemented. But your dreams of having a perfect and engaging smile can still come true if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and travel abroad to get your much needed dental care at a very minimal cost; almost half the price of what you have to pay at home.
I am pretty sure you are now excited to check the soonest flight available to the nearest dental destination spot from where you are located but hold your horses! We first need to discuss about the things you have to consider before jumping on a plane.
The first thing you need to know is that you are not alone in making this decision. According to Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, the estimated number of Americans who crossed the international border in 2012 to get dental care was around 400,000 and the projected increase in percentage for 2013 is around 20 per cent. These dental tourists usually go to Mexico, the U.K., the Philippines, Costa Rica, and India for their dental needs.
The second thing you have to take into consideration is how to find the best dentist for you. The first step in finding a good dentist is by referral. If you have relatives or friends who were once a dental tourist you may want to check with that person his or her experience abroad and the quality of dental care he or she received. If you do not know of anyone who received dental care abroad, you can always search online. Check the dentist’s web site to get a feel of the services he or she offers and the kind of clinic he or she is running. You can also read reviews on forum sites for more information about the dentist you are considering on visiting, just remember to be wise and filter the information you are getting on line as there are some dentists and their staff who write false reviews about themselves to get patients.
The third thing you must do before flying is have a basic idea of what is involved with the dental procedure you will be undergoing like implants, crowns and root canals. You should communicate with the dentist via e-mail or phone and make sure to ask about everything and anything that may be bothering you. If that dentist does not respond right away or does not answer all your questions then you better look for another dentist. If he or she cannot find time to answer you then that means that he or she won’t have time for you when you finally meet in person and he or she will just rush things thru.
The last thing you have to think about is the follow ups, aftercare and recourse in case of dental emergency or malpractice. Before going abroad make sure to contact a local dentist who can take care of your aftercare needs or dental emergencies once you get home from your dental vacation. Make sure to keep a record of any dental procedure you have undergone so that the next dentist who will take care of your dental needs will be well informed and be able to provide you with the best care. You should also contact the local health organization or government department in charge of dental practice in the country you are visiting so you can get information about your rights as a dental tourists and the steps that can be taken in case of dental malpractice.
There is a lot of information to digest when it comes to preparing for your dental vacation to Costa Rica. Entry requirements to Costa Rica, how to find a dentist or dental clinic, what to expect for your specific procedure ( dental implants, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, full mouth restorations and much more) and so much more.
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