No matter where you go, traveling as a tourist is always an adventure, and even as a dental tourist, there are some things that everybody needs to check before hitting the road or boarding a plane.
We want you to make the most of your dental experience, that's why in the following information we’ll share with you some excellent tips for your next dental vacation.
1. Bring the Necessary Documents
Don’t forget to pack your printed appointment and lodging confirmation; these will be useful just in case there’s some problem during your check-in. Also, it’s necessary to bring your passport with you even when it’s not necessary to cross the Mexican border, it will be needed to go back to the United States.
In case you don’t have a passport, make a deep research about which options suit your situation better, special considerations might be granted by the U.S. and Canadian Governments to Citizens in need of medical treatment.
2. Make a Deep Research About the Destination You’re Traveling To.
There’s two things that will make a big difference in your dental trip: the location and the clinic. Nowadays dental tourism is a big trend in every country, traveling outside of your hometown to get the smile of your dreams is very common, and the destinations are infinite but, where to go when there are so many options?
Did you know Mexico, Thailand, the Philippines and Hungary are top destinations for affordable, quality dental treatment? For example, Mexico has always been a very popular and worldwide known country because of many things, such as its beaches, culture, and delicious food; but lately many people are talking about it because of its popularity as a medical tourism destination.
Once you’ve chosen which country you would like to visit. Read about its traditions, touristic spots, currency, language, weather, search for a city map, and more. This will help you to feel a little more in touch with the culture and the people once you arrive.
3. Choose the Right Dental Clinic.
Please choose a dental clinic you trust fully, this is as important as choosing the destination you’ll travel to. Pick a dental clinic that inspires you confidence and where you’ll be treated as you expect, follow the next standards that will help you to find the right one:
• Warranty that the dental clinic offers in its work
• Other patients online reviews
• Certifications of dentists and the clinic
• Clinic’s location
Excellent, now that you have decided where to go there are other important aspects to consider before your dental consultation.
4. Search for a Place to Stay
If you’re traveling for a small procedure such as dental cleaning, laser procedure or a denture adjustment, you may not need a place to spend the night unless you want to walk around the city and take a well-deserved rest for a few days. That’d be your choice, but if you’re about to undergo a long treatment such as dental implants, crowns or a full mouth restoration we recommend you to look for a hotel to stay, preferably one that fulfills your needs as a dental patient.
Long procedures can be exhausting for some people, so choose a hotel with good reviews from former guests. Also, make sure the hotel is close to the dental clinic you’ve chosen, and other places you might want to visit during your vacations.
5. Confirm Your Services.
Before leaving you home, confirm that all of your appointments have been made correctly in the dental clinic. Call your dental clinic and make sure everything is set up correctly. We recommend to do the same with every service you’ve requested during your visit (lodging, shuttle, etc) This way, you’ll feel more confident once you arrive at your destination.
6. Get Informed About Your Treatment
If you already have a diagnosis or an idea of what kind of procedures you might need, read about them. Search if you might be a candidate, the characteristics of the procedure and an average of how long does it last; search for prices and pre-operation requirements.
All of these will help you to have an idea of how much money you might spend on treatments and other travel expenses, how many days you’ll need to travel, which is the best way to get to your destination, and more.
Once you have all this information together, you might have some doubts about the treatment or the prices, all of this can be cleared out by calling your dentist.
7. Ask for Payment Plans and Insurance
For any kind of medical or dental procedure there has to be a budget, especially if you’re traveling to another country to get treated. Affordable and high-quality dentistry can be found in many countries and you’ll sure save a lot of money, even though you need to know how and when you’re going to pay for your dental services.
When looking for a dental clinic, make sure they have a payment plan that suits your budget and more importantly, one you feel confident with.
Also, ask about the insurance policy. Some clinics accept insurance from other countries, just make sure of the process you have to go through in order to make it valid.
8. Are You Under Medication?
This question must be asked by any dentist, and it’s very important for you to answer honestly. Some medications can interfere with the body’s normal clotting mechanism or cause other complications. That’s why it’s important to give your dentist your full medical history, and depending on your condition and your dental treatment, he or she will be able to tell you if you need to suspend your medication during your treatment period.
9. Bring Some Spare Money
When traveling for dental work, you don’t have to stay inside the clinic or your hotel room all day. Search for activities to do in town, restaurants, touristic spots, shopping malls and more.
10. Los Algodones, Mexico
Like we said, dental tourism is a growing trend, each year more and more people travel to get high-quality dental work in other countries, and Mexico is one of them.
But where to go in Mexico? If you’re looking for affordable prices, proximity, excellent dental work, and or calmness, your best option is Los Algodones, Mexico.
Dental clinics in Los Algodones, Mexico have a wide range of dental procedures as the ones in the United States. These include everything, from veneers, dental implants, and dental crowns to dentures, and full mouth restoration. Mexico’s dentists are highly skilled and aided by good technology.
This border town has all the charm of a little Mexican town with everything you need from the U.S and at the best prices. If you decide to experience medical tourism and have a dental vacation, we invite you to visit one of our dental clinics. Sani Dental Group is the largest dental group in Los Algodones, and one of the largest in Mexico. We have more than 30 doctors ready to attend all your dental needs. There are many advantages of coming to Mexico to receive dental treatments, and Sani Dental Group is your best option. Check our patients' reviews, our prices and make an informed comparison yourself.
Give us a call and one of our patient coordinators will give you all the information you need. By traveling you can get the smile you deserve, so don't hesitate. Smile, we'll do the rest.
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