What to bring when you visit a dentist overseas


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When packing for a dental trip abroad, pack the same as you would for any other trip.  However, there are a few extra considerations when planning your travel.

Insurance information
Some dental clinics abroad are capable of directly billing your insurance company, so check with the clinic prior to travelling and bring your insurance documents along.  If the clinic cannot direct bill your insurance, your insurance company should be able to reimburse you for expenses upon your return. Make sure to bring back complete documentation and receipts from the dental clinic.

Travel insurance
Consider whether you would like the extra security of travel insurance.  There are travel insurance plans that cater directly to medical travelers and cover unforeseen medical expenses, loss of property due to theft or damage, reimbursement for flight cancellations extended hotel stays etc.
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If you have prescription medications or any specific over-the-counter medication that you need or may want, arrange to bring enough to cover the length of your trip.  Foreign pharmacies may not carry the medications you use or may require a prescription for over-the-counter medicines available in your home country.  Also, pharmacies abroad may be closed entirely on the weekends and typically close by five o’clock.

If you are having dental work done that require full sedation or extensive surgeries, consider bringing a companion or having treatment done in a clinic with an on-site hotel.   While the dental clinics will be able to assist you with transportation needs and accommodations, consider whether you will be more comfortable with a spouse, family member or friend accompanying you.

Cash, credit cards & travelers checks
Most clinics offer up to a 5% discount on all procedures if you pay in cash.  This can add up to hundreds of dollars, depending on the total cost of your treatment.  If you are uncomfortable bringing large amounts of cash, bring travelers checks.  Many dentists extend this discount to payment with traveler’s checks.  Or, you can exchange your traveler’s checks for cash at a local bank.
If you are going to spend a good deal of money with your credit card, consider obtaining a credit card that does not charge foreign transaction (FX) fees.  Most credit card companies charge FX fees up to 4% on all purchases, so if you spend $5000, you will be charged $200.  In North America, Capital One is the only credit card company that does not charge FX fees.

After having your dental treatment, you may not feel like exploring the city or country you are in and may need a quiet day or two to recuperate. Bring some books, magazines or something to entertain you while you are resting up.
Alternately, you may feel just fine after your treatment and could have a few days in between treatments.  Come prepared with proper attire and plans to explore if you feel up to it!

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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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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be dental advice or instructions for dental diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your dentist or a qualified dental professional before starting or changing dental treatment