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  Outside U.S. Dental Treatment

  • For a list of international dental associations, visit "www.ada.org".
  • The international directories can be found at "www.ada.org".
  • Dental referrals also may be available from the hotel concierge, the American Consulate (see U.S. Department of State Web site at "travel.state.gov") or the American Embassy in the country you are visiting.
  • The best insurance, however, is to have your teeth in tiptop shape before you depart.
  • A checklist for safe dental treatment abroad can be found in "Traveler's Guide to Safe Dental Care," available from the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures. You'll find it at "www.osap.org".
  • The U.S. Department of State issues travel alerts to disseminate information about short-term conditions, generally within a particular country, that pose imminent risks to the security of U.S. citizens. In addition, the alert recommended that travelers check the department's Web site for new travel advisories as well as the Web site of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for any additional information or recommendations.
  • Additional info: Health standards for water treatment are different, invisible safeguards and standards are different. There is no accountability.
  • Make sure you do your research... If anyone does decide to go to Mexico for services, factor in trip cost. Depending on where you live, it very well may break even in cost.
  • Why is dental cheaper in Mexico? - Lower operating costs, dentists are not required have malpractice insurance, dentists are less advanced and use less expensive technology and infection control procedures.
  • Dental treatment performed abroad although less expensive, also carries an increased number of associated complications and risks.

In the U.S., there is a system of safeguards in place when it comes to receiving both medical and dental treatment. In other countries, no such safeguards exist. When you decide to travel to another country for treatment, it is good advice to check out that country's standards for dental care, the qualifications of the dentist who will be treating you, and what happens if you develop complications. Also, if you develop complications, can you afford to jump on a plane and go back to that country? Will your health or dental insurance cover treatment for any complications? Sometimes, it's not as easy as picking up a phone and calling your local dentist for help if something goes wrong.

US dentists are held to a high standard of care and they abide by both a code of ethics and laws and regulations governing their practice. Federal regulatory agencies set up guidelines that dentist follow, including sanitary and infection control guidelines, regulations for radiation safety for X-rays, and proper waste disposal. These standards are all in place for your safety and protection.