Is Costa Rica a Safe Place to Visit for Dental Care?
There are many people who are in dire need of affordable dental care, who can’t get the care they need locally. People who need significant amounts of work, perhaps even a full-mouth restoration or dental implants are suffering needlessly. Why? The care they need is available at a price they can afford just a flight away. So why don’t they take advantage of the opportunity to get a whole new healthy mouth?
It’s because they are afraid to travel to a country they don’t know in Central America.
Many of the patients who would love to come to Costa Rica are needlessly afraid. They don’t realize that Costa Rica has a very low crime rate, that violent crime is rare and guns are illegal. Visitors are typically very safe while traveling in Costa Rica. In fact, Costa Rica is so safe, its often called the Switzerland of Central America. Every year, tens of thousands of dental tourists arrive in Costa Rica and return home with incredible dental care including dental implants, All-on-4 and cosmetic dentistry in Costa Rica at a fraction of the cost they would have paid at home. Most of them return home with incredible memories of excellent care and a new found love for Costa Rica!
Of course there are some things you probably do at home to avoid theft, like not wearing expensive jewelry in public, not flashing wads of money, not leaving valuables in your car or not getting drunk on the street at night.
Safety in Costa Rica
So are there any specific hazards that a potential dental patient should be aware of in Costa Rica?
Yes, there are a few. Here’s our list.
- Not following the dentist’s orders. Make sure you rest when that is recommended, take any medication as directed, follow instructions about eating and drinking, etc. While it is exciting to find yourself in a new country, don’t overdo it.
- Use sunscreen. The sunlight has more UV and is more intense nearer the equator. So you need sunscreen to protect your skin from burning if you are outside any length of time.
- Watch out for riptides. If you are going to the beach to swim you need to know what to do if you are stuck in a riptide. Don’t panic or struggle against the current trying to get back to the shore. Instead, swim parallel to the shore until you reach calmer water and the current subsides.
- Wash your hands. Every place on the planet has slightly different microbes, ones your body hasn’t developed immunity against. Avoid problems by remembering to wash your hands before meals. Carrying a hand sanitizer may come in handy.
- Keep your dentist’s emergency number handy and feel free to call if you have concerns or questions.
That’s it! Now you can relax and give us a call.
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