Arming yourself with some fundamentals will help decrease the amount of “gotcha” moments that dental tourists often face. You might ask your travel companion and family members to read this article as well, so they can better understand the basics of planning a dental journey.
Do Plan in Advance
The further ahead you plan, the more likely you are to get the lowest airfares, as well as the best availability and rates on accommodations, especially if you’ll be traveling at peak tourist season.
Do Have Information on Your Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Different procedure takes different time. Therefore, everything will be simpler if you have a good understanding about your current condition and the type of care you’re looking for. e.g. If you have a missing tooth, you should have an idea of whether you prefer a bridge, dentures, or implants.
It is advised to contact our international patient coordinator and request for all suitable options that you have and the expected time required.
Do Inform Your Bank About Your Trip
Credit card companies and banks now monitor unusual spending activity very closely, and often go overboard when you’re abroad. To avoid having your accounts frozen when using your cards in a foreign country, alert your bank and/or credit card company that you’ll be traveling, and give them your dates and the names of the countries you’re visiting.
Don’t Schedule Your Trip Too Tightly
An unforeseen additional two days of recovery can mean rescheduling that non-refundable $1,000+ airfare, with penalties. A good rule of thumb is to add one day for every five days you have already planned for consultation, procedure and recovery.
Don’t Book the El Cheapo Hotel
Stay away from hostels and other budget accommodations unless your finances are too tight for you to afford anything else. Feel free to contact our international patient coordinator for the best deals. On average, you can expect a neat, clean and nice 3-star-hotel room at only around $25-45/night, 4-star-hotel room at $40-$60/night.
Don’t Experiment with Unfamiliar Foods
As you want to show up for your procedure at your best, avoid spicy, rich foods and exotic drinks before your treatment, and eat only cooked foods. Use bottled water only if you can be sure the seal is intact. Easy on the alcohol, too - there's plenty of time to celebrate once you've fully recovered!
Following these basic guidelines will help ensure a safer procedure and more enjoyable journey.