I recently found out that Spain is a popular destination for holiday dental treatment, and having been twice recently I can understand why!
All dentists here are private – there’s no provision under the State Healthcare system. But, and this is a huge but, it’s so affordable!
Back in the UK there were times that I should’ve gone to the dentist, but just didn’t have the money, and finding an NHS Dentist was impossible!
A few months back I broke a tooth eating my healthy morning cereal! It was so bad it just couldn’t be ignored. I went into the dentist and got an appointment for two weeks later. I went in thinking, this is going to cost a fortune!
No obligatory form filling (unusual for Spain), no full check up including x rays like there would be in the UK to bump the price up. And you don’t have to be a resident. I was in the chair for 20 minutes – no injections (and no pain), one totally rebuilt tooth (seriously, you wouldn’t spot the mend) and it cost … drum roll … €50 … seriously! There wouldn’t have been change out of £250 in the UK.
So a few days ago I had bad toothache, and realised I had an abscess on one of my back teeth … no waiting, no putting it off, I called for an appointment and went down to the dentist. Abscess drained and he told me what prescription to get from my doctor, which was sorted within an hour. I have to go back next week to see how it’s looking – he reckons there’s a small chance he’ll be able to save the tooth, but there’s a chance I’ll lose it. Today’s bill – €20! That’s what you call affordable dental care! And I’ll be going back next week knowing the only worry will be whether I lose my tooth or not, and not what it will cost me!
So, some advice … now that it’s easier to travel and the cheap tickets are back, look up a dentist in the area you’re planning to come to and get booked in for anything you’ve been putting off!
I never thought I would hear myself say that I don’t dread going to the dentist anymore!