Last winter I wrote an article about “dental tourism” in Costa Rica.
What is dental tourism?
Dental Tourism (also called dental vacations or commonly called “dental holidays” amongst Europeans) is a subset of “medical tourism”. It involves individuals seeking dental care outside of their local healthcare systems and may be accompanied by a vacation. (Wikipedia)
My article wrote about how patients living in the United States are getting dental treatment done in other countries, Costa Rica being one in particular, due to the cost effectiveness. Dental treatment done in such countries can save you as much as 70% off for the same treatment done in America. This is especially helpful if you do not have dental insurance and need excessive amounts of work.
(Here is the link to that article:http://www.thewanderlustyogi.net/archives/903 )
My husband allowed me to share that he, is indeed a person in this predicament. Ironically, although I am a registered dental hygienist, I am a temporary worker, (making my schedule more flexible for my travels as a travel blogger), which means I do not have dental insurance. My husband is self-employed and does not have dental insurance either.
We decided that this may be worth looking into for his dental treatment needs. I did research and talked with a lot people, including my patients, who have had dental work done in Costa Rica and it seemed like a very logical solution. If we went to Costa Rica to get his dental work done at a fraction of the price, we would not only save money, but would be allowed to visit a beautiful country in Central America as well. I could share both aspects of this sort of trip with my readers. A win-win.
When I told friends and colleagues of this plan, many expressed that they didn’t think it was a good idea because they didn’t believe the quality of care would be as good as in the USA. I let them know of the research I’ve done and that this is not necessarily the case. There are many highly skilled dentists in Costa Rica, some even having their schooling done in the United States and that people from all over do these dental tourism trips all the time with great success.
My husband and I weighed it out and thought it was worth the risk. Being in the dental field, I could also share my professional opinion with my readers, friends, family and colleagues, on how the dental health clinics are in Costa Rica, as compared to dental clinics in America. I plan to share our entire experience with others who are seeking to do the same, which from the response and outpouring of messages I’ve received, are countless!
I have since then, been in contact with a dental clinic in San Jose, Costa Rica called Meza Dental (www.mezadentalcare.com), that was highly recommended and has staff, coincidentally that have been educated in the United States, at educational institutions such as UCLA and Johns Hopkins University. Needless to say I was impressed.
In addition, to the information I received in my communication with the Director of Patient Relations, Howard Siegler, also noting his extreme professionalism and promptness on responding to questions (even emailing me back on a Sunday night), I also read many reviews and watched video testimonials of people’s experiences. I checked on accreditation with the Costa Rican dental board. I joined dental forums on discussions of people who have used dentists in San Jose, Costa Rica. I also got a ton of email from locals and others who have used Meza Dental and raved about their customer service, state-of-the-art facilities, standards of care, and their satisfaction in the dental treatment they’ve received.
Not that this wasn’t impressive enough, but as an added bonus (and to aid our reassurance and soothe any uneasiness ), their dental clinic and dentists also have been featured in publications such as, Newsweek: highlighting Dr. Alberto Meza D.D.S., for his “Excellence in Dental Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry”, ABC, CNBC, Discovery Channel, FOX Business, USA TODAY, just to name a few.
We are in communication regarding my husband’s case and are in the process of making a treatment plan and scheduling our visit for next month (January 26,2015-February 2,2015). I also hope to meet him or a staff member, to be able to discuss the subject of “dental tourism” for a short interview.
I am really looking forward to this trip, for my husband especially, but also excited to see Costa Rica, since I’ve never been. Now even my son and his girlfriend are joining us. With this trip, I hope I can give, not only travel advice, but possibly some great dental advice too?
I’ll be writing a few blog posts as soon as we come back about our experience and will be updating, as much as possible, during our visit, via social media; Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google +,twitter and snapchat (username:namastemumma).
I also would be glad to answer any questions people may have that I may not cover in my post. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me through the blog, any of my social media platforms or even call/text me at
Wish us luck!
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