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4 Key Elements to Consider When Seeking Dental Care Abroad

December 6, 2023

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Are you considering traveling abroad for dental care due to the soaring costs in the US? If so, you're not alone. Every year, millions travel to other countries for dental care, and for good reason. The cost of dental care can be much lower in other countries, and the quality of care is often just as good, if not better.

However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind if you're considering getting dental care abroad. First, you need to make sure you choose a reputable provider. There are a lot of fly-by-night clinics out there that offer cheap dental care, but the quality of care could be questionable.

Second, you need to do your research. Read online reviews, talk to others who have had dental care abroad, and visit the clinic's website. The more information you have, the better equipped you'll be to make a decision.

Let’s discuss four key elements to assess when seeking dental care abroad:  

  • Doctor's experience
  • Doctor's qualifications and credentials
  • Location and Facilities
  • Patient experience

The Elements in more detail

Doctor's Experience: Proficiency and Track Record

Experience is crucial in ensuring quality dental care. Look for dentists with expertise and a track record of successful procedures. Ask clinics directly about the number of times doctors have performed the procedure you need. Though this data can be difficult to obtain, dentists with experience treating international patients are often comfortable sharing this information to build trust.

Doctor’s Qualification & Credentials: Trusting validation

When selecting a dentist abroad, prioritize ensuring the provider can provide proof of their qualification and credentials and that they are appropriately licensed to practice at their location. Using degrees from reputable universities, specialization from highly rated programs, and board certification, whether obtained internationally or in the country you're visiting, are additional indicators of quality that can help guide your decision. Membership in recognized dental associations adds credibility, showcasing the dentist's commitment to professional development. Additionally, engagement in scientific activities or academic positions reflects ongoing learning and dedication to staying updated with advancements in dentistry.

Location and Facilities: Safety, Convenience, and Modernity

When seeking dental care abroad, prioritize highly qualified providers located in popular destinations known to receive millions of visitors per year. This ensures access to quality infrastructure for a comfortable medical trip. Evaluate the provider's dental clinic facilities for advanced technology and equipment, cleanliness, modernity, and comfort. Proximity to quality hotels and nearby amenities like shops and entertainment enhances your overall trip experience.

Patient Experience: Proven Track Record of Patient Satisfaction

When searching for a dental service abroad, finding a dentist who puts your satisfaction first is important. Reading online reviews, testimonials, or Net Promoter Scores to see what previous patients have experienced can be helpful. To ensure a positive journey, consider factors such as language fluency, flexible payment options, tailored paperwork for international patients, and a user-friendly website and active social media presence when choosing your provider. The more transparent and easier it is to get information about their practice, the more patient trust they can generate.  

At Globalcare, we have developed a proprietary Scoring System to make it easy to find high-quality dentists abroad:

We understand that finding reliable dental services overseas can be overwhelming and time-consuming. That's why, at Globalcare, we have done the groundwork for you. Our team has identified and pre-vetted top-quality dental providers abroad with a strong track record of helping international patients. Our proprietary Provider Scoring System evaluates providers' qualifications, experience, location and facilities, and patient satisfaction to ensure that they meet our high standards. We have personally visited and inspected all the doctors in our network to provide you with a curated list of dentists who meet our criteria and practice in convenient and accessible locations.

Additional tips:

Even with our list above, you need to make a choice even within a curated list of providers; here are some tips for choosing a dental clinic abroad:

  • Do your research: Read online reviews, talk to other people who have had dental care abroad, and visit the clinic's website.
  • Ask questions: Don't be afraid to ask the clinic questions about their procedures, costs, and patient experience.
  • Get everything in writing: Make sure you clearly understand the terms of your treatment before you start.

Conclusion:

When considering dental care abroad, evaluating these four key elements is essential to make the best decision for your needs. These will help ensure you receive reliable, top-quality dental services during your trip. Globalcare simplifies finding trustworthy dentists abroad, giving you confidence that you will be treated by professionals with a proven track record and strong credentials. Contact us with any questions. We'll help you find and connect with great providers abroad for free! Plus, booking with Globalcare gives you special travel discounts and benefits.  

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