When I got over the sticker shock of what it would cost me for dental work in the States, I began looking at other options. Maybe like you, I was leery of dentistry in other countries. What if I got there and they pulled a bait-and-switch on the price? What if they did a poor job and I had little course of action when I got home? What if I did my due diligence only to discover that most of the google reviews were fake; put together by people whose native language was clearly not English. I am writing this long diatribe of my experience for those of you who have the same concerns.
I was going to need three or four implants a bridge and a dozen cavities filled, maybe a bone graph or two, so on and so forth. From where I live, Cancun was the most interesting with cheap flights (1 ½ hour non-stop) so I decided to look over a few dentists there who had experience with implants. Dental implants are the new “thing” but they are not necessarily automatic. It takes real surgical skill for a successful procedure and everyone’s situation is a bit different.
At any rate, I narrowed it down to three. I won’t name the other two but they were all in the same ball park with regard to price. I felt confident that I would get a dentist who knew what they were doing with any of them but for other reasons I decided on Dentics Cancun.
I will say right here that I made a great choice and would do it again and I feel you would do yourself well by using them also. So if you are looking for my five-star rating, here it is; you can go make your plane reservations.
If you are in the mood to read a bit more, you can find out the “why” along with a couple of other Cancun pro-tips.
My dentist was Dr. Naxhiely Sanchez Castillejos and if you go there, she will probably be yours too. In fact, it is a less busy, smaller operation and that was one of the reasons I chose them. They do get medical-vacation business from the States but they aren’t going after it aggressively like some others. My concern was over a dental business that was morphing into more clients/less service. That was not the case here.
I will tell you what it takes to make a good dentist and I learned it when I went to Cancun. (I also know why I would never have made a great dentist) It takes three traits to be a great dentist.
1. The experience to understand what is going on in your mouth and the ability to explain it in words of two syllables or less. One of the other things that I needed from them was a custom night time mouth guard. This was for grinding of my teeth. Everyone had told me that before. But, (I’ll call her Dr. NSC, because I am lazy), Dr. NSC told me that my teeth were not worn down from grinding at night. It came from my wisdom teeth being pulled many years ago, braces that followed misaligned my teeth and the uppers were not contacting the lowers correctly. Now THAT is observation!
2. Detail. I can’t go over specifics so much because I can’t even remember where I left my keys last, but at the end of each appointment, Martin would take me back to the hotel and I would tell him each time, “that girl misses nothing”. And she doesn’t. I observed it while under surgery and afterwards in her explanations.
3. Pace. Just a smooth. Methodical. Consistent. Pace. I can be a bleeder and to make things worse, one of my teeth was split up the middle and though it was in the gums, it was actually in two pieces. When you pull a tooth, you usually have something to yank on. Well, the “yank on” part came out and there was more tooth further up. With the blood and infection that was there, she gave instruction to her assistant, just taking it a centimetre at a time. You could tell it was not the common tooth pull but it’s nice when your surgeon acts like she has seen it a thousand times before.
Ok, that’s the novel. I will probably write another after surgery on my colon or whatever horror show comes next. In the meantime, here are a couple pro tips for Cancun.
I stayed at Ambience Suites. I can’t speak for any others of course, but the cost was cheap, it was very clean, the people there were great and it was a 5 minute walk to the Mall of America and some REAL Mexican eateries (try the hamburger joint a few doors down and the taco place directly across the street). They also had English speakers there, which you will be glad for and the restaurant in the hotel is quite good. I got their omelette there almost every day. This hotel is not on Hotel Row. For me, the trip was to save money, but it is 6 miles away from the beaches, a 60 cent bus ride and you get to experience real Mexico not the touristy stuff.
Second, take Pesos. You will read that they will take dollars there but in my experience, they are very reluctant to, at least off of the tourist strip. Just try to figure what you will need and anything that you didn’t spend just cash out to dollars when you get back.
Speaking of spending, and this is overlooked by some, some credit cards will charge you 3% on foreign currency transactions. Make sure the card you use does not.
Bring a PC with movies or binge TV shows on it. The Wi-Fi there is good and I streamed Netflix with no problem but Netflix does offer you to download many of their movies for this reason. Ok, it’s Mexico and you are on a vacation but if after your teeth have been yanked out, you might not feel like dancing and you are stuck watching a TV that is all Spanish. I got lucky as I was there for the world cup but still; you’ve been warned.
Last and least, go to the Cineplex in the mall and see a VIP movie with subtitles. (Subtitles there means English spoken, Spanish subtitles) Why go to a movie when you’re on vacation? Some things are cheap there and you can go see a VIP movie, one with the big reclining chairs, you can ask for covers if you want, a waiter will serve you food, alcohol at the press of a button, huge screen so on. Price? $6.50. Seriously, a crappy movie can feel like a classic if the cost to see it is six dollars and fifty cents.
Oh, and on all their prices they use the $ sign. But the cost is in pesos which is about a U.S. nickel. So an authentic soccer jersey will be marked $1699. After you come to, someone will tell you that it is only 85 U.S. dollars.
That’s it. Have fun and thanks for reading.