Edward MacLeod Kemp - service and treatment

Edward MacLeod Kemp

My Meza Experience was one of outstanding service and treatment. Everyone at the clinic is totally committed to giving the best treatment possible.

In my case the end result far exceeded my expectations. I can now speak and smile with confidence.

Now that my smile is back thanks so much to Dr. Meza and all of his staff.

Edward MacLeod Kemp

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Patrick Fitzstephens -excelent service or product

Patrick Fitzstephens

I have written many letters over the years to complain about a service or product, but this is only the second time in my life I've taken the time to write about an experience so exemplary that I felt I had no choice but to write about it if I was to keep a clear conscience.


I started life with a perfect set of white and straight teeth, but over years of hard use and abuse, and poor repairs made by American dentists, I had a smile I was embarrassed to show. I needed what I believe is referred to as a "full restoration". My niece is a dental hygienist and works with a dentist in a small town in Oregon. I trusted her advice more than anyone else on the subject so I visited her employer and was given an initial estimate of approximately forty thousand dollars, however I now know that he would have found additional work that needed to be done and the price would have been higher, possibly much higher. 


I'm not poor, but not rich either and forty thousand dollars plus was more than I could comfortably afford so I decided I would take a chance on a "dental vacation" in another country. I had heard about Americans crossing the border to have work done in Mexico so I did some internet searches for reviews, but saw too many that basically said, "Whatever you do, don't go here!!!" I asked my niece about it and she corroborated the reviews saying she had seen work that was hideous and had to be completely replaced. I looked into Thailand, but saw similar poor reviews. Finally, I found a Newsweek magazine article about Dr. Alberto Meza and Meza Dental Care in San Jose, Costa Rica and decided to take my chances there. 


My niece still advised me against it, but I've always been a risk taker so I went for it anyway. Now that my new smile is complete, I can say without equivocation that it was one of the best gambles I've ever taken in my life. Dentistry is often referred to as "the dental arts" and it should be, because without question it is an art. Some artists spray graffiti on walls and some create masterpieces and when it comes to the art of dentistry I would place Dr. Meza in the category of Michelangelo. My new teeth are at least as beautiful as the ones I was born with, likely more so, and I can once again smile with confidence. They look completely natural and I now have a million dollar smile for the bargain price of about twenty thousand. My guess is that if I had gone to a large city dentist who likely still wouldn't have given me the quality of work I received at Meza, the cost would have been astronomical.


If I was reading this same review that someone else had written, I'd probably be thinking, "Yeah, right, this sounds too good to be true. It was probably written by someone who works for the company". So, before I go further, I'm going to do something I've never done before and offer my email address and phone number to the general public so you can contact me if you have any questions regarding Meza Dental or my authenticity. My email address is riverblitz@gmail.com and my phone number is 541-373-1234. If I don't recognize your phone number when you call, I probably won't answer, but if you leave your name and number I promise to get back to you as soon as I get a chance.


So, back to what you can expect from your dental vacation... First of all, if you're like me and don't speak Spanish, there's nothing to worry about. Meza Dental takes care of everything and everyone who works there speaks fluent English. All you really need to do is choose your dates for travel and where you'd like to stay and Meza will take care of the rest. You'll be notified of your appointment schedule before you leave home and you'll be picked up at the airport when you arrive and taken to your hotel or bed-and-breakfast by a Meza employee. You'll also be picked up shortly before each of your appointments and returned to your abode shortly thereafter. 


When you arrive for your first appointment, you'll first be impressed by the modern and beautifully designed Meza office and then likely be greeted by the lovely Adriana who will have you fill out some health questionnaires, just like you would in the United States.You'll then be taken to one of several examination rooms and if you're like me, you'll be somewhat amazed by the state-of-the-art equipment, far more advanced than my dentist owns back home. I'm guessing that depending on the amount of work you need, your next experience may be different, but because of the extensive work I needed, many measurements and photographs of my teeth and smile were taken and a video of the way my jaw moved was also made. Dr. Meza noticed a slightly irregular jaw movement and made notations on how to deal with it. 


I won't bore you with all the work that followed, but I will say that before my experience at Meza I thought of dentists like the old Jerry Seinfeld routine... "You know the difference between a dentist and a sadist, don't you?... Newer magazines..." I don't believe there's such a thing as a truly painless dentist, but Meza is as close as it gets. I even found myself falling asleep several times while my teeth were being worked on!


Dr. Meza is not the only person who will work on your teeth. He has a large team of general dentists, technicians and specialists who work with him and I would like to name each one and all their wonderful attributes, but this testimonial is already running long so I will just suffice to say that each of them is more than qualified.


If you're still with me, I have one more bit of advice I can offer... where to stay while in San Jose. My budget allowed me to spend about fifty dollars a night, but the hotels that were available for around that price had tiny rooms and bathrooms and reminded me more of the hostels I had stayed in while traveling in my youth. I'd never stayed in a Bed & Breakfast, but decided to take a chance and booked a stay with Roberto Marten (pronounced Mar-teen) and it turned out to be as good of a choice as choosing Meza to do my dental work. His beautiful home couldn't be more than a few years old and reminded me of designs I had seen featured in Architectural Digest. My bedroom was as big as an entire apartment I had once lived in and the private bathroom featured a glass walled shower with an amazing, giant shower head that made me feel like I was standing under a steaming water fall. Roberto's housekeeper, Cruz Maria, created traditional and delectable Costa Rican breakfast dishes, complete with seasonal fresh fruit (you haven't lived till you've tried her fresh mango juice), fresh bread, and espresso style coffee, all served on the back patio with a view of the garden area, planted with native flora and teeming with hummingbirds. The house is within easy walking distance of Meza Dental Care if you prefer a little exercise rather than a ride and it's within a very short walking distance of a Fresh Market and several nice restaurants. Roberto is the quintessential Latino gentleman and his wonderful sense of humor will keep you smiling. If you would like to book a stay with him, Adriana from Meza will assist you in making arrangements.


Okay, I believe I've provided you with more than enough information so I'll end now. Once again, please feel free to call or write me if you have any questions or concerns regarding Meza Dental Care.


Sincerely, Patrick Fitzstephens 
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