If you’re already familiar with the term “dental tourism”, then you know that there are ways of resolving your dental issues and spending vacation in foreign country, at the same time. If not, check out our other blog post that gives the answer to the question “What is dental tourism?”.
Once you decide to hop on the plane and go abroad to have your dental treatment done by foreign clinic, there are few things you should check prior to booking your arrangement.
Cost of dental tourismThe first thing that usually drives people towards considering dental treatment abroad is the price difference. Popular dental holiday destinations have way lower price rates than most EU countries. This is due to many factors: lower real estate and labor costs, lower cost of living, cheaper education etc. If you compare costs of complex dental procedures in EU and Bosnia and Herzegovina, for example, it is possible to save up to 70% on certain dental services. Of course, you have to factor in all costs, prior to booking your first visit to foreign clinic, such as flights (or other means of transportation), accommodation, food costs, insurance and, if not on paid vacation, time taken off work. If you make a good choice of your destination, all of these costs combined can turn out to be cheaper than getting your dental service locally.
Quality of components usedThe prices of dental treatments in your dental tourist destination can vary depending on the quality of components clinics use for requested procedures. This is extremely important, since it makes a difference between cheap, low quality service and low-cost, standard or high quality service. Some implant systems, for example, such as Straumann, Nobel Biocare or Zimmer are more expensive as they have proven themselves through extensive research and widespread use for decades. Being informed about quality of materials used can be essential, since it will save you troubles with possible repairs or restorations in future. The cheapest clinics sometimes use lower quality materials to keep the price low, but it can cause you troubles down the road which are costly to correct. Since you will be definitely saving money with dental tourism, try to optimise price-quality ratio and get the best possible service.
Choosing a dental clinicWhen doing the research of clinics in your dental tourist destination, the first thing to have in mind is the treatment you require. Sometimes it’s good to seek advice for your local dentist prior to choosing the clinic, so that you can have more insight into what needs to be done and how. There are couple of factors you should consider while choosing a clinic: convenience and the cost of the packages offered, background and qualifications of the dentist, as well as their reputation, the state of the clinic’s facilities and local regulations. If possible, try to collect references and testimonials from previous patients, usually available on clinic’s or organisation’s website or on demand via email. It goes without saying that you will need to check your dentist’s professional associations, accreditations and licences to make sure they adhere to international standards and practices. You should, as well, consider the topic of insurance, both the one for possible failures in procedures and your travel insurance. In the end, you need to make sure no medical problems that you could be having, such as asthma or heart problems, could interfere with your dental treatment. Once you do the research and have all of these information, you are ready to book your dental tourist vacation.
If you are still unsure about going on dental vacation, check out the packages that Dental Tourist offers you and take on a trip to beautiful Bosnia and Herzegovina!