I have done a couple of stories on dental tourism. That is, stories about people traveling outside the U.S. for dental treatment at greatly reduced cost. Read on and I’ll tell you a bit more about it. Would you like a dentist who will work on you and not five or six other patients at the same time, roaming from room to room while you sit, uncomfortably, in the chair, waiting? Would you like to find a highly skilled, well trained and well qualified dentist with all the latest equipment and who is also reaonably priced? Yes, it does seem unlikely, doesn’t it? Also, I should mention that he is recommended by the U.S. Consulate office.
Well, what you are looking for does exist. But, there are a few conditions attached. You have to be able to travel. Not too far, but you will need a passport. Let me tell you more. I hope this information is helpful to you. There are regular flights on Southwest as well as other airlines for a reasonable price and you’ll save more than enough to cover those costs. A lot more, maybe, depending on what you need to have done.
I faced spending many thousands of dollars before looking outside the U.S.for help. I was very happy to find a dentist in Buenos Aires and saved lots of money going down there, but the travel is difficult – it’s a very long flight each way, and coach class is a killer. Having discovered the dentist in Juarez makes it much simpler. Go to El Paso and a car will pick you up at the airport or at your hotel – or even at Costco! – and drive you directly to the office. No hassle with entering the country and you are only visible from the car to the front door of the office so, to me at least, there appears to be no real danger.
The dentist is excellent, the prices very low compared to U.S. His daughter works in the office – they both speak excellent English. He was trained in the U.S. and she will be attending law school in the U.S.- her name is Andrea and I will pass along your email address and phone number to her. She will contact you and can answer your questions about prices, etc. She can also schedule appointments for you. You can pay with credit card, but I found the first time I did that I had a lot of extra fees from the card company – foreign transaction fees, etc., so then I paid by check and eliminated all the fees. Also, that way you don’t have to be concerned about the exchange rate as they will quote your costs in U.S. dollars. You can also ask her about insurance – It might be cheaper even if you can’t use your insurance.
If you do go I hope you will follow up with me and let me know how everything works out for you. If you have any idea of how much money you save in the process, any of that info will be appreciated as well. It will be confidential – when I do my follow up story I’d like to offer some examples, but don’t need to use names.
If you have any questions or concerns, please ask – I’ll tell you whatever I can. Please let me know if you would like to follow up – just send me an email and I will respond promptly. I lived in Las Cruces for a short time many years ago and loved visiting Juarez for shopping. I’ll be glad when it is once again possible to visit and walk around the streets.
Oh yeah, one last thing – do you have a passport or the new pass card? You’ll need it to get back in to the U.S