So our last post was at the Grand Canyon. So why Yuma, AZ when it's still fairly hot down this way? We came to Yuma to get some dental work done in Los Algodones, Mexico. We booked 8 days in the Escapee Co-Op named KOFA here in Yuma to give us plenty of time to get all of the dental work completed, and a few extra days should we need it for any complications.
So why did we decide to take the chance and have dental work done in Mexico? Mainly one word COST. We did as much research as possible before deciding to go to Mexico by reading forums, personal blogs, and looking at as many reviews on the internet as we could find. In our travels, we have also spoken to many folks who had dental procedures done in Mexico (and lived to tell about it).
I am a dental "chicken". I don't like going to the dentist and make no bones about it. For some reason, I've been blessed with pretty healthy teeth through the years, however. I've managed to have only one tooth filled when I was 18 YOA and a second filling just 2 years ago. About 4 months ago, the tooth with the old filling broke into several pieces. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous about this. Karen reassured me that it was not the end of the world.
Most of you probably know that Karen was a dental hygienist for 28 years and a dental assistant for 7 years prior to that. Fortunately, that gives us a bit of an "edge" when it come to dental procedures and the need for (or not) to have something done. More on that a bit later.
This blog on our experience with Mexican dentistry is going to be broken into 2 parts. Today's blog, Part 1, will be on selecting a dentist and the logistics of getting into and out of Mexico.
Part 2 will be on our actual experiences with the dentist we selected, along with associated costs and waiting times, etc.
DISCLAIMERS: We decided to choose Sani Dental Group for our dentist in Los Algodones. There are literally hundreds of dentists, with both small and large practices, in a four or five block area of Los Algodones. As stated above, after doing a lot of research and reading a lot of reviews, this is why we chose the dentist we did. This does NOT mean that this is the correct (or best) dentist for you. DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST!
We also still have dental insurance (Delta Dental) in the US. Sani Dental Group will actually complete the necessary paperwork to enable you to file with your dental insurance group for a $30 fee. I do not know how, or if, other dental offices in Mexico handle this.
On to Mexico!
Getting To Los Algodones
Finding Los Algodones is very simple and an easy drive. Since we are staying in the Yuma area, just jump onto Interstate 8 and drive west into California. Take Exit 166 and head south on Rt. 186 (Algodones Rd/Andrade Rd) for 1.5 miles. You'll pass by the Quechan Casino on your right and Sleepy Hollow RV Park also on your right just prior to reaching the large parking lot owned by the Quechan Indian Tribe also on your right.
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We went inside and checked in with the receptionist and advised her of our 10:30 appointment. NOTE: Do not be afraid of communication problems with the staff. We NEVER had any problems throughout the entire 3 days we had work done here. If the particular dentist, assistant, or whomever didn't speak fluent English, there was always someone close by to interpret. (Again, more on this in Part 2.) We filled out a 1-page new patient form (very simple compared to the US since HIPAA rules do not apply in Mexico.
That's going to be it for Part 1. In the next entry I'll go into details on what work we had done and do more of a step-by-step blog on that work (including costs).
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!