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The Hidden Costs of Low-Cost Dental Tourism

Every year, tens of thousands of patients travel to Costa Rica in search of low cost medical treatment. However, this remarkable growth in the medical tourism sector has attracted its fair share of unscrupulous actors who often use unethical practices to attract medical tourists.

Costa Rica has rightfully gained recognition as a top destination to have medical and cosmetic dentistry treatments done. It’s possible to fly down to Costa Rica, stay at a nice hotel, sightseeing, have your dental procedure done by some of the best dentists in Costa Rica, recover in plush comfort and fly back home for way less than what it would cost to have the same procedure done at home. Sounds almost too good to be true, right? Let’s look at some of the pitfalls you’ll want to avoid.

Choose the right dental clinic

Dental tourism has become a widely used strategy for saving money, but not every dental clinic in Costa Rica has the same premium standards nor the same equipment available. It’s imperative that you do your research and determine which dental clinic best fits your needs while keeping in mind that you can’t put a price on your peace of mind.

Meza Dental Care counts with some of the most experienced dentists in Latin America such as Dr. Meza and Dr. Marin, both of whom are accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) in the USA. Our dental clinic even boasts their our own laboratory to ensure that all dental prosthetics are manufactured to the highest standards.

Perhaps the biggest medical risk of receiving treatment in a foreign country is that the treatment standards may not be as high as you’d expect. At Meza Dental Care, every dentist, after having graduating from an accredited dental school, must pass a national and state examination before he or she can begin to practice.

Additionally, all our dentists are fully bilingual and have spent time in the US or Europe honing their skills to achieve a level of excellence in their standard of care.

Check the credentials of your dentist to support your choice

Make sure that the dentist that is treating you can give you the level of tranquility and certainty you want. Foreign medical facilities may have different credential standards. Check the qualifications of the health care providers who will be doing your dental procedure and the credentials of the dental clinic, since not all of them are as dedicated to excellence as Meza Dental is!

Meza Dental Clinic is also certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The AAAHC certificate of accreditation is a sign that a healthcare organization meets or exceeds US nationally-recognized Standards.

Consider all costs related to your decision of being treated abroad

Medical tourism can be a less expensive alternative, but it often comes with hidden costs. Make sure that you have a written agreement with the healthcare organization or the group arranging the trip, defining which treatments, supplies, and care are covered by the costs of the trip.

At Meza Dental, we’ll makes sure that you arrive safely to Costa Rica, greeting you at the airport giving you transportation from the airport, hotel and our clinic. Our personalized service extends to your entire stay in Costa Rica and covers almost everything you’ll need for  your dental treatment and a possible vacation!

Another important detail is the follow-up care; some dental clinics pay little or no attention to this step, but it is a crucial time for certain procedures and cosmetic dentistry treatments. Foreign medical facilities have different rules for follow-up care. Post-op recovery can often make or break the success of a dental procedure. You should make contingency plans for emergency follow-up if needed upon your return home.

We make sure you arrive home safely and keep open a line of communication with you to make sure your recovery is complete.

Dental tourism can be very safe if you find the right doctor in the right country.

If you do your research on Meza Dental Care, you will quickly learn that our dental clinic is one of the safest and most medically advanced options available anywhere in the world.  If you have questions or would like a free estimate for your treatment, please contact us today!

Give us a call today Toll Free from U.S. & Canada 1-(877)-337-6392 to find out how we can help you attain the smile you have always dreamed of at a cost you can afford!

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