I had two wisdom teeth extracted yesterday. Ouch. I’m OK though. A few weeks ago, Cindy was given a quote for a dental procedure which had an astronomical price tag. So I contacted a dentist friend of mine for help, we had a second opinion, some last minute insurance luck, avoided the biggest costs, and emerged with healthy teeth. But then I thought of something. We are getting on a plane to Bali in 2 days, and the timing got me thinking – dental care is a lot cheaper in South East Asia, why not visit a dentist there??
Actually, this idea is quite popular! Save money, whilst getting a holiday in Thailand at the same time! Even with the flights and hotels factored in, the dental bill (sometimes 75% cheaper) makes the whole thing a huge saving. I met an English backpacker in Borneo who had done that exact thing. He had dental surgery done in Kuala Lumpur, instead of in Australia, and was completely happy with the results. In a country where the tap water is questionable, I was curious about the medical care. I asked him about the quality, and he said it was just like in England. In fact, ‘dental tourism’ is getting so popular now that there are travel companies set up specifically to organise it.
I’m sure that the dentists are just fine overseas. Obviously, they’re qualified – I don’t doubt that many of them even have Australian or other western degrees. Besides, places like Bangkok or KL are big cities with many wealthy inhabitants – the dental care would surely be on par. I suppose it’s just a matter of trust, feeling secure, and hoping nothing worse happens. If something goes wrong, you can have it sorted out at home, but if they mess up your teeth on holidays, you’re kinda screwed.
Have you ever gone overseas for dental care? I’d love to hear some stories!