This testimonial was originally posted on the blog at Villa Amor del Mar here: http://www.villaamordelmar.com/dental-vacation
Dental Vacation in the Riviera Nayarit… paradise actually!
My hubby and I love the Riviera Nayarit region of Mexico! We have been several times but this last trip had a much different twist. Like I told people, we’re going on a dental vacation.You didn’t know those two words could even be put in the same sentence, did you? Heck, up until a few days ago, a few of my girlfriends had no idea what the heck I was talking about, what so ever, after I sent a text, bidding them a fond farewell. When I returned, they said, “What was that dental vacation all about.” They thought either my husband was a closet dentist or we were going to be working with dentists doing missions work! “NO! NO! NO!”, I said. “We had a bunch of dental work done while on vacation.”
We get some very funny reactions that’s for sure. People’s image of a Mexican dude sitting in some run down shack on the beach pulling teeth with pliers while enjoying shots of tequila, is no worse then them thinking we beer swigging Canadians skate down our streets, live in Igloos and wrestle grizzlies in our backyards.
I’d been hearing more and more about people going down to Mexico for dental work, especially from Alberta and BC. So, after we had the bomb dropped on us from our Canadian dentist about how much we were going to have to pay, for the dental work that was needed, we seriously had our sites set on a Mexican dental vacation. I began my research and starting reading about all the great work people were receiving down Mexico way. AND the best part, the same work, for only 1/3 of the cost here in Canada. Since we both work for ourselves we have no health benefits, so this was music to our ears.
All roads led us to DentoAmerica in Nuevo Vallarta, a buzzing practice, which in high season can see up to seven dentists working at any one time. Owned and operated by fellow Canadian Kirk and his lovely wife Mireya, who is a dentist herself, the brand new sparkling offices are beautiful and house state of the art equipment. The first email I sent, was quickly responded to, and that set the tone for a great overall experience. After a few emails with Kirk, I was feeling very confident that this was a great fit for us. Plus, I had read all the five star reviews and saw they were voted the most recommended, five years in a row.
To my best knowledge, considering our last dentist’s advice, we set up the work that needed to be done, time frames and pricing. I booked the flights, hotel, and we were ready to roll. Soon it would be crowns and root canals by day and sand and surf by night. Yikes!
After two nights of vacation, come Monday morning, we headed to DentoAmerica, which is easy to get to on the main highway by bus or taxi. They are located in the brand new Walmart mall, which was handy for shopping too! After being introduced to the staff, (friendly place) we began our dental part of the vacation. Gord and I both had root canals which were performed by a dentist who loves performing these and that is ALL he does. He is touted as one of the best. The next day, work began on the zirconia crowns, which were plentiful. Six in all. Plus, I had two fillings and one chipped tooth filed. Oh and there were cleanings and digital photographs and x-rays too. Over the two week period, there were some tough long hours in the chair, but also five days off in-between. Kirk had suggested we spread things out and that was very wise, especially since I was the one with the five crowns!!
Depending on the office and materials used, the work we had done would have cost us upwards of at least $15,000.00+ here in Canada. DentoAmerica – $3,200!!!
They take credit cards, bank transfers and if you pay in cash they even give a 10% discount. We took full advantage of that. The savings were phenomenal, and the work was excellent. We were very pleased with the care of the dentists and staff and the warm and personable owners. Overall, we had an excellent experience venturing into this uncharted territory.
If you have had any misgivings about a ‘dental vacation” I hope you don’t anymore. We were able to have a great two weeks in Mexico , save a ton of money, and have an excellent dental experience. Sheesh – did I just write that?
Check them out and have a great dental vacation!! http://www.dentoamerica.com/
Thank you to our guest blogger, Kelita Haverland! Who knew that Dental and Vacation could be used in the same sentence!!
Kelita Haverland is a five time Juno nominee singer/songwriter, speaker, writer and comedienne, from Vancouver Canada. www.kelita.com
Cindy’s PS: If you’ve had a good experience with a dentist in the Vallarta area, please email me your story at *protected email* and I’ll add it here so we can provide many options for those thinking of combining… dare I say it “A vacation in paradise with a dental procedure”. Thanks!