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Nothing can ruin a vacation more quickly than severe tooth pain.  You can’t eat, you can’t sleep.  Every waking minute is a new experience in agony.  You need to see a dentist as soon as possible.  

Luckily, many foreign dental clinics are open in the evenings and on weekends, or can be available to suit your schedule.  A silver lining to this ordeal is that you can save a great deal of money on your procedures compared to what you would pay back home.  

How can you find a good English speaking dentist on short notice?  The tips below will have you in a dentist’s chair and out of pain quickly and easily.

Check with the hotel concierge
This is the simplest option.  If you are staying at a hotel or resort, ask the concierge for help in locating a dentist.  Generally speaking, your hotel concierge should be able to recommend an English speaking dentist who can help you.  However, if you are not staying in a hotel with concierge services or if the concierge is unable to assist you, there are other options for you.

Call your embassy
Your embassy can be a good resource to take advantage of for travel emergencies.  While the embassy staff will not be able to directly recommend a clinic or assist with making an appointment, they should be able to give you a list of clinics you can contact independently.

Search the web
Even if you get a recommendation from the concierge or the embassy, check online for reviews of the dentist or dental clinic you are visiting.  The quality of dental care abroad can vary greatly, so it is important to see if you can find information about the dentist from those who have sat in their chair.
Check out travel sites like TripAdviser or LonelyPlanet or search for in-country expatriate forums for advice.

Additionally, check out the network of English speaking dentists on Dental Departures.  See profiles, prices, patient reviews and clinic photos from over 650 dentists in 17 countries around the world.  All the dental clinics are pre-screened and background checked to ensure the highest possible international standards.  Most clinics are open nights, weekends and are available for emergency care on your schedule.  Request a quote, speak with the dentist, and make an appointment, all online.

Rossarin Phinyowan

My passion is travel and researching my next destination. I am a medical/travel writer and currently write content for Dental and Medical Departures.
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