Despite the advances in dental technology, including less invasive procedures and more effective anesthetics, some people are still afraid of going to the dentist. Just the idea of going to the dentist conjures the sound of the drill that used to scare us when we were children. Obviously, for these people going to the dentist in another country might be even more daunting, and while dental tourism can save you quite a lot of money, fear restricts many from traveling for dental care.
So, how do you get over the fear of having a dental implant, (which is the best solution there is for tooth loss) in Costa Rica? We’ll admit that it’s not easy for some the first time, but after having a good experience, many return for routine dental care on their next vacation. Here are a few factors that will help you put things into perspective.
- The actual experience is nothing like what you may imagine.
Gone are the days of scary drills and painful syringes. Techniques and technology now anticipate the patient’s comfort. They have created solutions that eliminate or greatly reduce discomfort during and after procedures. For example, before injecting an anesthetic, most dentists apply an anesthetic with a dab of sterilized cotton to numb the injection site so that you don’t feel the needle.
- Costa Rican dentists and their staff will make you feel welcome and cared for.
One of the characteristics of Costa Rican people is their warmth and hospitality, which contrasts with the cold, impersonal treatment that sadly prevails in many American dental clinics. Costa Rican people will treat you like a valued person, not like a number, and make sure they do whatever they can to allay your fears. You will feel comfortable and welcome. You will be well taken care of. In fact, the friendliness of Costa Rican people is one of the reasons many Americans decide to vacation or even retire in Costa Rica.
- Many Costa Rican dental clinics offer American materials, equipment, and techniques.
For more than a decade, Costa Rica’s dental industry has invested heavily in order to serve American patients. Several leading clinics are equipped with the latest equipment. Laboratories work with the most modern dental materials. And dentists have trained in the latest dental techniques and in English, so that they can communicate easily with their patients. Most of these advances come from the United States, which puts the Costa Rican dental industry virtually on par with its American counterpart. The main difference is the cost, allowing American patients to save tens of thousands of dollars on All on 4 and other full mouth restoration techniques.
- Think of all the things you’ll be able to do when you have dental implants.
Reasoning can only take you so far when it comes to overcome your fears. What might push you to get over them is to close your eyes and imagine being able to do all the things you used to be able to do. Imagine eating any food you want or smiling without feeling self-conscious. Picture looking at yourself in the mirror and seeing a big, confident smile.
Isn’t it time to forget about your fear and have a more satisfying life?
Every year, tens of thousands of Americans come to Costa Rica for affordable dental care, returning home with a beautiful new smile at a fraction of the price it would have cost them in the USA. It’s time to put your fears aside and join the future of international dental care.
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