Frequently asked questions

Usefull information to make your Dental work in Mexico much simple.

Dental Treatment

How often should I get a dental checkup and cleaning?

The American Dental Association recommends having your teeth professionally cleaned at least once every six months and visiting your dental office twice a year for a regular checkup.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

It is recommended to take children to the dentist for the first time after the eruption of their first tooth, normally between the age of 6 months and one year.

Do you offer tooth-colored fillings? Can they replace my old metal fillings?

Yes, they are called resin fillings. They are performed in one day and are priced at $45 USD. If you have metal fillings that you want to replace, there will be no extra charge for removing them.

What causes sensitive teeth?

There are many reasons why a patient develops sensitive teeth. Using special toothpaste may help control the sensibility, but it will not solve the problem. Common scenarios that can create sensitive teeth are:

  • Tooth decay.
  • Tooth erosion due to teeth grinding. It can damage the enamel and create a bigger problem in the future if left unattended.
  • Cracked Tooth
  • Receding gums can be caused by a variety of reasons, from improper tooth brushing to periodontal disease.
  • Teeth whitening (sometimes); depending on the technique used by the doctor, teeth whitening may leave teeth sensitive for a couple of days.

What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?

There are three main ways to replace teeth: Dentures, Bridges, and Dental Implants.

Partial dentures seem like orthodontic retainers, usually carrying one or two teeth. The denture may also be attached to other teeth using wire clips.

Another option to replace a missing tooth is a dental bridge. Bridges are usually fixed, stable, and feel like natural teeth. Exceptional bridges would fit properly as if there were no missing teeth.

Dental implants are the best possible alternative for replacing a missing tooth. Dental implants are artificial roots for teeth, which are attached to the jawbone before adding crowns. Implants are surgically positioned to replace tooth roots. As implants are attached directly into the jawbone is a procedure with long-lasting results. Teeth implants are typically made of a material called Titanium.
However, today there are other options for patients who prefer a metal-free implant. 

Why do I need a mouthguard?

Mouthguards are used to protect your teeth from bruxism (teeth grinding) and are a great way to protect your crowns and implants by avoiding extra pressure on them.

Should I tell my dentist I have diabetes?

Yes, people with diabetes require special care when it comes to dental procedures. Even if you write it down on your file, it’s highly recommended to inform your doctor at every appointment about your condition and the medications you may be taking.

About our service

Is there a consultation or diagnosis fee?

At Sani Dental Group, you can make your appointment and be diagnosed by a group formed by the best dentists in Mexico. Do not doubt to contact us and make your appointment today at no cost.

At the end of your diagnosis, you will receive treatment options, and with the help of the specialist, you will be able to choose the best one for your condition.

Does Sani Dental Group offer a warranty to its patients?

Yes, all treatments have up to a 5-year warranty.

Can I pay in American Dollars?


If you are visiting in Los Algodones, US dollars is the local currency and you will not need Mexican pesos during your visit.

Most of the Cancun and Mayan Riviera use US dollars as their local currency too. We do recommend you to have a few Mexican pesos with you during your trip if you decide to visit some of the small towns nearby.

Can I pay with a credit card or check?

Yes! Sani Dental Group wants to make it easy for you; we accept cash, personal, traveler, and cashier checks, and credit cards (Visa and Master Card). A 4% fee will apply in all credit & debit card payments.

Can I use my Dental Insurance?

Yes, even when we don’t work directly with foreign dental insurance companies we can fill out all the necessary paperwork so your insurance company can reimburse your money. A $30 USD fee will be charged for administrative purposes, just ask for this service at our front desk on your first appointment.

Do you offer sedation?

Yes. Even though local anesthetic is applied when dental treatment is required, if you prefer to be sedated we can arrange it for you. We work with professional specialists that will make your treatment a “pleasant dream”. Nitrous Oxide or IV Sedation can be used at the patient's request; they are priced at $600 USD. Please let our staff know if you choose to use this service at the moment of making your appointment.

About the Trip

Do I need a passport to go to Mexico?

If you arrive  by land or sea:

When entering Mexico by land, travelers might not be asked to show a passport, but you will need it when crossing the border back to your home country. It is recommended to have with you a valid passport as proof of citizenship to avoid any hassles during your trip.

You will not be able to use your birth certificate or driver’s license as a valid ID.

If you are a US citizen and don’t count on a passport book, you could be able to use a passport card to cross the border between the United States and Mexico without issues. 

Check here for current Los Algodones border crossing restrictions.

If you arrive in Mexico by air:

You will need to fill the FMM form, which is a visitor’s permit at the airport or airplane. Airlines usually facilitate this document so you could fill it during the plane before you land in Mexico, in case there are no forms available, you could be able to get one once you land.  

Your documents will be checked and reviewed by the immigration office at the airport and they will stamp your passport along with the FMM form to enter the country.

It is important to keep your Visitor Permit safe during your trip to avoid any issues on your way back home.

It is important to mention that US Passport Cards are not valid when arriving in the country by air. Passport Cards only work when arriving in Mexico by land or sea, if you don’t count with a Passport Book, it is recommended to get one before your trip since it is required for air travel to and from the United States.

Special considerations might be granted by the US and Canadian Governments to Citizens in need of medical treatment for both situations. Sani Dental Group can issue an expedite letter to you stating your need to cross the border for dental treatment.

Is it safe to stay in Mexico overnight?


If your dental trip will be to Los Algodones, you have to know it is one of the safest towns in the world. Dental travelers are surrounded by thousands of other North American Tourists seeking to get dental care too and in case you need any sort of assistance, everyone in town will be willing to help you.

Locals also speak English and everything is just a walking distance away. If you’re looking to relax in a friendly and peaceful environment, there is no other place we would recommend you to stay.

If your dental trip is to Playacar, Cancun, the answer is still the same.

Playacar is an exclusive neighborhood inside Playa Del Carmen, being one of the safest places in the Mayan Riviera. Locals speak English too and many people from all over the world choose to rent houses in that exact area for months since they’ve found out that in this friendly neighborhood there is nothing to fear.

Playa Del Carmen offers everything a tourist can ask for from entertainment to amazing places to relax at the beach, and in Playacar, you will be able to receive your dental treatment and stay the night safe and sound.

Where can I spend the night?

If you are going to Cancun, we recommend you to stay in Playacar due to the exclusiveness and safeness it offers to tourists.

We suggest taking a look at these hotels for being closer to our dental clinic:

  • Wyndham Garden
  • City Express

We have an agreement with the two best hotels in Los Algodones “Hacienda Los Algodones” and "Cielito Lindo Hotel". We can arrange your lodging needs at a special price.

If you prefer to stay overnight on the U.S. side, then Yuma, Arizona will be the best option. Located just 7 miles east of the border crossing. We recommend you:

  • Best Western Inn
  • Hilton Garden Inn Pivot Point
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Yuma
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Yuma (Specials rates starting with the 15% of discount)
  • Quechan Casino Resort (Ask for our promo code)

Does the borderline in Los Algodones have a schedule?

Yes, the borderline opens at 6:00 am and closes at 10:00 pm.

I’m driving down to Los Algodones, where can I leave my car?

Sani Dental Group has a parking lot at no charge for our patients just next to our Clinic at Alamo Street in the MediPlaza. (Only 2 blocks away from the border)