Going abroad for your dental treatment may present you with a number of unanswered questions. The important thing is to be prepared. Below is advice from both the NHS the GDC about precautions you should take.
The NHS has issued the following advice for those thinking of receiving dental treatment abroad.
- Do your homework – check the qualification of the dentist and make sure they are registered
- Speak with a qualified dentist first
- Speak with your own dentist and ask for advice
- Think of your aftercare – make sure you have documentation in English in case you need follow-up treatment.
Dental regulator advice
The GDC has issued advice for going abroad for your dental care.
- Does the country of treatment have a professional regulatory board? You can find more information on this at healthregulation.org. If there is a body, look up the standards they enforce
- In some cases, you may have an initial consultation with a dentist in the UK before heading abroad for your treatment. If this is the case, make sure the dentist you have that consultation with is GDC registered
- Get in touch with your own dentist and let them know that you are planning on travelling abroad for your treatment. They may be able to give you advice based on your dental history.
The GDC advises you ask the following questions:
- Who will be carrying out my treatment and what qualifications do they have?
- Will the dental team speak English? If not, will you provide a translator on the day of the procedure?
- Do you have any references or testimonials from previous patients?
- How many times have you carried out the procedure I am having? What are the rates of success, complication, readmission and infection?
- Are you regulated by a professional body and do you have to be registered with them?
- Is the work guaranteed for a certain period of time?
- What aftercare do you provide?
- What happens if I am unhappy with the results? Who pays for the extra flights, hotel and remedial work?
- If there are complications and I need further treatment, is this included in the initial cost?
- Do you have insurance to cover this procedure?
- Do you have a complains system in place? Can I see a copy of it?
- Who can I contact for advice after the treatment?
For more information, visit www.gdc-uk.org.