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Dentists in Nuevo Vallarta

The Ultimate Guide to Dentists in Nuevo Vallarta

Get a new smile on the Bay of Flags’ newest purpose-built resort with our dentists in Nuevo Vallarta. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre mountains this modern resort has everything for a fantastic holiday and excellent-quality, affordable dentistry.

Nuevo Vallarta is sandwiched between Puerto Vallarta to the south - its older, traditional sister resort - and the Riviera Nayarit to the north, which is on the way to becoming one of Mexico’s most attractive holiday destinations. Almost 200 miles of coastline dotted with islands and flanked by jungle and mountains makes it a beautiful part of the world to visit.

Nayarit’s coast caters for all tastes – and from luxury waterfront hotel complexes to camping in bohemian Sayulita and from humpback whale spotting to surfing there will be something to suit. Discover solitary beaches or be part of the vibrant night-time crowd in Puerto Vallarta; explore ruins and archaeological sites; do some bird watching and play golf in one of the world-class courses in the area.

Nuevo Vallarta was designed with tourists in mind and provide them with an unforgettable time in Mexico with entertainment and activities arranged around the land and the water, and with the new marina bringing a touch of Venice to the Pacific coast.

Along with internationally recognized restaurants, shopping, bars and discos there is everything here to make your stay a memorable one.

As a dental patient you will find the facilities here to be first-class, from both a medical and a tourist perspective. This attractive location delivers contemporary treatments with reliable dentists in modern clinics, and with Dental Departures we can help you discover the best.

Where is Nuevo Vallarta?

Nuevo Vallarta is a residential community located around 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport. It is in the Bahia de Banderas, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, and is well placed to access the resorts and amenities here and the neighboring state of Jalisco, as well as the resorts just north along the Nayarit Riviera.

Why visit a dentist in Nuevo Vallarta?

Nuevo Vallarta is a luxury resort located in a stunning part of Mexico. Pristine white beaches overlook the crystal Pacific Ocean, and two marinas lined with restaurants and bars create an exciting buzz. There are plenty of interesting towns around the area, but nearby chic Puerto Vallarta is not too far away with its heritage, culture and old-town ambience.

If you are visiting for dental care you will find plenty of things to do - or not to do, if you feel like doing nothing at all. Relax on the beach, stroll around the marina, take a boat trip or do some shopping – a holiday here is geared to treating yourself, and there are lots of ways to do just that.

If you are here to treat yourself to a new smile, you’ll definitely find the prices something to smile about:

• Average cost of a single dental crown in the US $1,200, in Nuevo Vallarta around $350
• Average cost of root canal, inc post core and crown in the US $2,200, in Nuevo Vallarta around $650
• Average cost of dental implant and crown in the US $3,900, in Nuevo Vallarta $1,875

Nuevo Vallarta 2

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Where to stay?

You won’t be short of accommodation options in and around Nuevo Vallarta. From all inclusive resorts overlooking the ocean to small family-run hotels in the mountains you’re bound to find something just right for you. Head south toward Puerto Vallarta for nightlife and north toward the Riviera Nayarit for something more peaceful.

Is it safe?

Yes. The US government advisory has issued no warnings against travel to the Vallarta-Nayarit area of the state knows as the Riviera Nayarit or on major highways between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.

Is the quality of care the same as back home?

At Dental Departures we background check all our dentists, and as well as performing criminal and legal checks, we also verify our dentists’ qualifications and visit the clinics personally. Booking an appointment through Dental Departures means you have the benefit of our experience in finding a reliable dentist, but you can also check out our clinic listings for each clinic and see clinic photos, take virtual tours and read real patient reviews, giving you an opportunity to ‘look before you book’.

We understand that traveling abroad for dental care is a big decision, and we make it as straightforward and as easy as we can. If you’re still not sure, or have any questions at all, you can always speak with one of our knowledgeable and friendly customer care team – they’re more than happy to assist you.

If you take a look through our site you’ll find lots of information regarding our dentists throughout Mexico. The key message is that our dentists are reliable. We only list dentists who we would send our own families to – if we’re not happy then we don’t list them on our site.

Many of our dentists are used to treating overseas patients. Moreover, they want to make sure that you are happy, which is why many of them choose to have training overseas with qualifications that are recognizable to, say, north Americans. For this reason you will also find that we have a large proportion of dentists who are members of the American Dental Association, which should reassure you that they have to adhere to the same rules, protocols and standards as their American counterparts.

The state of Nayarit may not yet be the busiest tourist destination in Mexico, but our dentists in Nayarit certainly have the facilities and skill to ensure your quality dental care.

What happens if something goes wrong? Does my dental care have guarantees or warranties?

All of our dentists provide warranties or guarantees on the work they do, and the materials they use. So, if you have had any lab work done, for example, dentures, crowns or veneers etc. then you are also covered should the prosthodontic fail.

It is worth bearing in mind that no medical or dental procedure can absolutely be guaranteed 100%, no matter how careful your doctor. The human body is unique, and sometimes for no reason anyone can identify, things can go wrong.

Luckily, it is a rare event for this to happen, but if it does then you can be assured that at Dental Departures we will do our utmost to get it put right. Just get in touch with us and we will speak with the dental clinic on your behalf.

And while our dentists will put right any dental problem free-of-charge you will have to make arrangements for travel and accommodation yourself. For absolute peace of mind you can take out one of the low cost insurance policies we have available for a small fee, which we’re sure you will think worth it.

Nuevo Vallarta Beach

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Do I need to speak Spanish?

It’s always nice to speak a few words in another language when visiting another country, but in most of Mexico it isn’t essential, and certainly not in Nuevo Vallarta.

What payment methods are accepted by most dental offices?

Most of our dental offices accept US dollars in Nuevo Vallarta, and other payment methods such as debit cards, traveler and personal checks and bank transfers, as well as credit cards. You can check each individual clinic’s accepted payment methods on our website. Please be advised that most credit cards are subject to a small processing fee of between 3 and 4%.

Is my US or Canadian Dental Insurance accepted?

Most dentist offices in Mexico are unable to bill your insurance provider directly, but you may be able to claim back the expenses yourself once you have returned home. Before you travel, check with your insurance company if they allow for ‘out-of-network’ care.

If they do, you will be able to reclaim the cost of your treatment (up to the value of your insurance). Please make sure you get the appropriate forms or documentation before you travel.

When is the best time to visit one of our dentists?

Nuevo Vallarta is pleasant to visit all year round, although you may find that Puerto Vallarta is very busy during certain times of the year – eg December through to March is peak season. June to September is the low season and it is also the rainy season. Temperatures are hot and humid and there are downpours, but it is still sunny too. This is also a good time to get discounts on restaurants, accommodation and other amenities.

Our dentists are open throughout the year so whenever is a good time for you to visit is a good time to see one of our dentists.

Is the region handicapped accessible?

This is a newly developed town, started around 20 years ago. It is considerably easier to get around here than some of the more traditional Mexican towns, where steep hills, cobblestone streets and non-existent sidewalks are the norm.

There are new hotels and new developments being built, which these days are much more likely to be wheelchair friendly, as well as a new marina.

We can always find a dentist for you who is accessible – and many of our dentists offer transportation from your hotel to the clinic – just get in touch and let us know your requirements.

What is the downside? What should I know about visiting?

There are no particular downsides to visiting Nuevo Vallarta as there are any other holiday resorts worldwide – just the usual grumbles of beach vendors or time-share touts. Most can be avoided with a firm but polite ‘no thanks’.

Dental patients should be aware that the standard method of pain relief in Mexico is local anesthetic. If you require sedation dentistry then this can be arranged by most of our dentists, but you will need to request it in advance as the services of an anesthesiologist will be required. This will incur additional fees of between $400 and $600.

Patients should also be aware prescription anxiety medication, such as Valium, will also need to be ordered in advance.

What else is there in Nuevo Vallarta?

Nuevo Vallarta’s long beach is lined by luxury hotels and grand residences with tropical gardens, and its two marinas are bordered with restaurants and galleries. What it lacks in history it more than makes up for in attractions, offering a smorgasbord of entertainment and pastimes to suit modern-day vacationers. Tennis clubs, three golf courses, a zoo, a dolphin aquarium and a waterpark are just some of the activities on offer.

As you would imagine, the long, wide, white each is a hub of goings-on. The water is warm with some waves to splash about in – but no strong currents – and is great for boogie boarding, banana boating and any other water-based pursuits. Of course, there is always the option of lying back with a margarita or a cold beer under the shade of a palapas, and watch the world go by.

Nature lovers will find wildlife in abundance but with some species, such as the Olive Ridley turtles who return year upon year to lay their eggs on the shores on Nuevo Vallarta and the jaguars inhabiting the Sierra de Vallejo, proving a little more elusive to spot that others. The Mangrove Wildlife and Ecology Cruise offers the perfect platform for those wishing to get up close to crocodiles, iguanas, birds and other wildlife in its natural state.

There are an abundance of charter boat operators in the area, including the African Queen Steamboat Tour, which is a replica of the boat used in the movie with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, as well as SCUBA diving operators.

For a total relaxation experience visit one of the many spas and indulge in some real rest and recuperation.

As the sun goes down exclusive bars and restaurants come to life and if you still have the energy after a fun-packed day you can continue with the party in discos and dance clubs, or enjoy a pleasant stroll under a starlit beach.

Nuevo Vallarta Beach 2

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Flying in?

The nearest airport is Puerto Vallarta (PVR), 15 minutes drive south of Nuevo Vallarta.

Distances to nearest airport and other tourist destinations:

Puerto Vallarta International Airport: 7 miles (11 km) 14 mins
Puerto Vallarta: 9 miles (15 km) 18 mins
Sayulita: 20 miles (33 km) 31 mins
Bucerias: 8 miles (12 km) 16 mins
San Francisco, Mexico: 22 miles (36 km) 29 mins
Cruz de Huanacaxtle: 11 miles (19 km) 20 mins
Tepic: 96 miles (155 km) 2 hrs

How do I book:

We have various ways for you to book an appointment with one of our dentists in Nuevo Vallarta. Book online via our website, use the online chat facility or send an e-mail. Alternatively, use our toll-free phone number and talk with one of our friendly Customer Service Representatives. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have and our services are free to use. Find and book your quality-checked dentist with Dental 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.

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