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Rich and I had the opportunity today to be interviewed to talk about our dental vacation business today LIVE on FOX 2 Detroit with Deena Centofanti! Link below:
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Hey everybody! Jaime here. We have MORE exciting news about our business MyDentalTrip.com. We are going to be on Fox 2 Detroit for their morning show on Tuesday, September 11, between the hours of 10-11 am. We hope you get a chance to either watch it or DVR it and watch it later!
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The Throbbing Pain that made me go!
Everyone who has ever had a tooth ache knows that the throbbing pain needs to be addressed as soon as possible. However, many people live with this pain, day in and day out! They tolerate the pain only because they can’t afford the high cost and/or the lack of options given to them by their local/home dentist.
So what are the some possible solutions to this dilemma? Here are a few solutions that I looked into before going on my dental trip.
Should I stay or should I go?
The first and most practical option is to work out an affordable payment plan with your local/home dentist. Your dentist may grant you a discount that falls into your budget. This is probably the best possible solution because you are comfortable with your dentist and you have built trust with them over the years. Sometimes, though, this is not the case as was with my dentist. He would not give me a discount or a delayed payment plan for the serious and expensive dental work that needed to be done. The only option he did offer me was a way to get a loan. Actually, it is a credit card of sorts. That is a option for you IF you don’t mind paying high interest rates similar to those credit cards charge. Before you choose this option, however, know what you’re getting into. (We recently watched a PBS investigative program on FRONTLINE called “Dollars and Dentists”. This is one of many resources that may give you a different view of dentistry in the States. Click here if you are interested www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/dollars-and-dentists/ . It’s a two part series. We are interested in what you think about it. Come back to my blog at mydentaltrip.com and let us here what you think of the program).
Getting my charts….What a pain! Literally!
So what were some other cost effective options that I looked into? Well, I had to find another dentist and that required me to ask for my dental records from my current dentist (yeah, the one that would not help me with a payment plan). I needed my treatment plan, x-ray’s and my dental chart history. Going to the dentist that I have used for years and asking him for this information was probably the hardest part of this whole process. But I did it because the pain was too great not too!
Finding a new dentist………..
What was the next step for me? I had to find a new dentist. One that was willing to give me more options than my original dentist. I just happened to be talking to my sister who was unemployed at the time. Because she had to keep expenses down herself she suggested looking into the dental school at our state university. This is definitely a cheaper alternative than my regular dentist but I didn’t really want a dental student working on me? We’re not talking about fillings here. . . . The work I needed required someone who was a practicing dentist that was training for advanced procedures. This was possible with the dental school but the wait time for the appointment was too long and I needed my work done asap. (Ps-My sister was very satisfied with the work she received from the dental school).
Do YOU know of any options that people can take for affordable dentistry BEFORE going on a dental vacation? Comment below and let us know what you think:
My Dental Trip. . . . The option that I chose!
In my next session I will cover over finding a new local dentist and how I ended up taking a dental trip to Costa Rica. My journey became a dental vacation with the money I saved! Check back and I will share more with you in the next blog.
The Human Side of MDT,
Hello MDT (MyDentalTrip) fans out there! Just wanted to give you a short history about myself. As we move on in our journey I will post other nuggets of information that you may like to read about. I believe that you have to create relationships and trust before anything else can be achieved with any journey you decide to take.
That’s it for now. Many nuggets later for those who are curious!
Take care and talk to you soon,
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July 27, 2012
CENTER LINE — After a trip to his dentist five years ago, retired Center Line High School teacher Richard Dziurda discovered he needed a bridge replacement.
The cost of the procedure — even with medical insurance — was more than he could afford. He hoped to set up a payment plan over several months that fit into his budget, but because that wasn’t possible, Dziurda shopped around.
When researching other dentists, the educator came upon an article about dental tourism, a method in which Americans travel to other countries to undergo dental work at a vastly lower rate.
“It talked about how much money you could save and how the quality of work was very good,” said Dziurda, who retired from CLHS in 2011.
After conducting hours of research that included countless emails to approximately 20 dentists in Costa Rica, Dziurda went to the Central American country to undergo the bridge replacement procedure he needed.
Wanting to help others in the same situation, Dziurda recruited CLHS teacher Jaime Bellos to launch www.mydentaltrip.com. Through the website, Dziurda and Bellos coordinate patients seeking dental work with dentists and dental surgeons in other countries. Though they are focusing on Costa Rica as they pilot their program, Dziurda and Bellos plan to add more countries at a later time.
When preparing for his procedure, Dziurda spent a lot of time looking for the right overseas dentist, along with booking a flight and hotel, and finding out what type of vacation-like activities were available.
“It was a pretty big process,” Bellos said.
Plus, it was not an easy decision for Dziurda to fly to a foreign country he hadn’t been to before to have his teeth worked on.
“It was complicated for me to make a good decision,” Dziurda said. “There were a lot of people reluctant to see me go. It ended up being a good experience for me.”
Taking all that into consideration, Dziurda and Bellos created a dental tourism website to make it convenient for people to find a dentist overseas.
“We put together many scenarios how to help people make this process easier and alleviate some of their worries,” Dziurda said.
The website has several steps. Those who log on are asked to become “members.” From there, a page will open up with a medical chart of a person’s teeth. Those seeking dentists can fill in the required medical portion by stating what kind of work they need done and their medical history.
There also is a page asking what country they want to visit and what type of activities and nightlife they prefer. From there, they input their dental X-rays. Then, the patient gets a quote of how much the procedure will cost. Dziurda and Bellos said the first proposal is free, and a fee will be charged for additional proposals.
With the United States’ economic downturn, dental tourism could be an option for someone without medical insurance or for anyone whose insurance might not cover the procedure. Even after flight and lodging fare, patients still save money, Dziurda and Bellos said.
“You could save 66 to 75 percent on dental costs,” Dziurda said.
According to the pair, Costa Rican dentists are highly qualified and offer many procedures.
“Implants are big, dentures, veneers, bone grafts,” Bellos said.
Dziurda and Bellos said it’s less expensive to have dental work done in a country like Costa Rica, because the cost of living is lower than in the United States. They also stressed that they are not trying to take business away from American dentists.
“This is for someone to get needed dental work done they can’t afford to get done at their present dentist,” Dziurda said. “A person is not going to travel to Costa Rica all the time. I don’t think American dentists should be worried about it.”
“They’re not going to stop going to their dentist after they get their work done,” Bellos said. “They’ll continue to go to their dentist to get maintenance done. It’s not a replacement. With heath care changing, this is another option.”
They also welcome pairing up patients with American dentists.
“We want to work with dentists here in the United States,” Bellos added.
“We’re really excited to see how this will blossom,” Dziurda said.
For more information on My Dental Trip, log onto www.mydentaltrip.com.
You can reach C & G Staff Writer Maria Allard at email@example.com or at (586)498-1045.
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