For anyone who is contemplating having dental work done in Costa Rica, I hope this information is helpful. I had a thorough U. S. examination, including x-rays. This examination resulted in a recommendation of one implant, three crowns, one root canal and the replacement of some amalgam fillings. Since I do not have dental insurance, the quote I received was not only shocking, but it was cost prohibitive for me.
I HAD to find an alternative.
Originally, when I was considering Costa Rica for my dental work, I did not know the first thing about how to go about it. One of the dentists I’m using now was highly recommended by some friends, who made previous trips to Costa Rica. Before making any arrangements, I educated myself on Costa Rica in general and the medical and dental healthcare quality. I was astonished to find out, from multiple sources, that the United States’ quality of health and dental care is not as high as I thought, compared to worldwide statistics. Then, I read another article published by a well-respected, international organization rating Costa Rica above the United States. This research helped me with my decision.
I contacted Eugenio Mendoza, recommended by a close friend. That proved to be one of the best things to happen to me for dental care and a subsequent friendship. Eugenio was prompt, courteous and extremely professional in answering my questions and giving me guidance. It was clear to me that his primary concern was for my health and welfare and not to develop business. This later proved to be a common thread for every dental professional I have had the pleasure to be in contact with in Costa Rica. His attention to detail and professionalism gained my confidence early on, which believe me, is not an easy thing to do.
I sent my dental records and x-rays to Eugenio to have a dentist review them and render a preliminary assessment/opinion. I asked for this assessment simply to determine a reasonably accurate price estimate based on my records submitted. The estimate provided was way less than half of the quote by the U.S. dentist. I made the decision to have the work done in Costa Rica and I have never looked back. Eugenio was a master at making all the arrangements for me, where I didn’t have to worry about anything. He made my dental appointments to make it convenient for me. He secured very nice accommodations at an extremely competitive price and even helped me with my transportation.
Since my dental needs spanned the various dental specialties of operative, endodontics, prosthodontics and implants, I had the extreme pleasure of meeting three different consummate professionals: Dr. Pilar Collado and Dr. Alex Wong. All of them were nothing short of amazing. They are all highly educated, extremely professional and competent clinicians, whose level of expertise and compassion was most appreciated. I will use Dr. Fernandez, who I consider my primary dentist, as one example. After reviewing her educational credentials, awards and recognitions, I naturally expected nothing less than expert treatment and I was not disappointed. What I was not prepared for was a level of genuine care and compassion that was shown to me; beyond any I have had in my 50 + years of going to the dentist. For the first time in my life, I can actually say that I enjoy going to the dentist. From Eugenio, to the dentists, the dental assistants and the dental lab technicians, the whole process has been painless figuratively and literally. How many people can say that?
Due to the extensive treatment that I required, it was clinically indicated to divide it into two trips to Costa Rica. I built in many extra vacation days into each trip. This netted me a fantastic dental experience, with a cumulative vacation/trip total of 23 days, in one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen. After ALL expenses and treatment, I still saved more than enough money to make it well worth it, not to mention the joy of Costa Rica. That’s not bad considering I also got to over three weeks in paradise. Now I know why Costa Rica is justifiably called the medical/dental vacation capital of North America.