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The Ultimate Guide to Dentists in Sonoyta

The Ultimate Guide to Sonoyta Dentists

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Traveling to Mexico for dental care is a common occurrence these days for many Americans and Canadians who want to pay as much as 70% less than they do at home. This small town on the US-Mexican border has been welcoming visitors from north of the Border for years, and residents from Arizona, California and Texas think nothing of popping over the border for shopping, prescription drugs, optical and dental care.

The town is full of craft shops where bargain-seekers find handicrafts at discount prices, and there are also a number of restaurants and bars to avail yourself of the local delicacies – and watch the world go by.

As a border town it is quite busy as people pass through on the way to other destinations, but it’s always worthwhile stopping off for a wander about.

The gateway to Sonora, people here are open and friendly and there are miles of stunning countryside and wildlife around the area, as well as established destinations such as Rocky Point within easy reach.

For anyone who hasn’t got spare time to take a holiday for their dental care, border towns like Sonoyta are the solution – and booking with Dental Departures ensures you will find a dentist who has been quality-checked – so there is no need to worry whether your dentist is reliable.

Where is Sonoyta?

Sonoyta is a border town in the state of Sonora, located in the northwest of Mexico. It is next to Lukeville, Arizona. Sonora adjoins the Baja California Peninsula to the Northwest, Arizona to the North, Chihuahua to the East and Sinaloa to the South. To the West is the Gulf of California.

Why visit a dentist in Sonoyta?

Easy! You can get the same, if not better, quality dental care at one of our dentists in Sonoyta for around 70% less than you’d pay at home.

Sonoyta may be a typical Mexican border town with dusty roads and buildings that could do with a lick of paint but for what it lacks in visual appeal it more than makes up for with the quality of its dentistry, which is why so many Americans, particularly from Arizona, choose to make the trip here for their dental care.

If your dental care costs at home are prohibitively high, or you would rather spend your hard-earned cash on yourself rather than giving it all to your dentist, traveling to a dentist in Sonoro is a real alternative. The beauty about traveling to one of the border towns is that you can also save money on flight and accommodation costs rather than traveling to one of the ‘dental tourism’ hot spots, which are usually established holiday resorts further afield.

Take a look at the cost savings below:

• Average cost of a single dental crown in the US $1,200, in Sonoyta around $368
• Average cost of root canal, inc post core and crown in the US $2,200, in Sonoyta around $766
• Average cost of dental implant and crown in the US $3,900, in Sonoyta $1,524.

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Where to stay?

There are only a handful of hotels in Sonoyta and but there are plenty of hotels throughout Arizona, along with one or two RV parks, if you don’t mind driving a short distance.

Is it safe?

Sonoyta is generally a safe place to visit, as many thousands of US citizens who use the border crossing here can attest to. There isn’t a US travel advisory in particular for Sonoyta, but you are advised to remain vigilant and exercise caution in the state of Sonora at all times. Driving at night is not recommended, and neither is getting involved with the wrong crowd, particularly if it involves drug-taking.

Is the quality of care the same as back home?

The quality of dental care in Sonoyta can be as good as the care you receive back home, provided you choose a reliable dentist. Unfortunately, no matter where you are in the world, there are good and bad dentists everywhere and the knack is to find one that is suitable for your needs.

This is where we can help. All our verified dentists in Mexico have been background-checked, which involves us checking a dentist’s qualifications and experience, as well as performing checks into criminal and malpractice records. We also visit our dental clinics to make sure we are happy with how they operate and we take photographs and virtual tours which are then put on our website. Along with our real patient reviews, anyone who visits our site is able to see the information for themselves, and make a decision on whether that dentist is suitable for them.

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

It is a rare event for things to go wrong, but all of our dentists provide guarantees or warranties, not only on their work, but on the materials they use too.

Unfortunately, no medical or dental procedure can be guaranteed 100%, simply because everybody is different, and our bodies don’t necessarily react to thinks in the same way, even if your dentist or doctor has performed everything correctly.

However, if something does go wrong, you only need to contact Dental Departures and we will act as your advocate and contact the dentist to get it put right.

If you are worried about accommodation or travel expenses if you do have to return to your dentist you can give yourself complete peace-of-mind with low-cost insurance that will cover your expenses if this scenario arises.

Do I need to speak Spanish?

No. Knowing the odd Spanish word is polite, but everybody speaks English.

What payment methods are accepted by most dental offices?

US dollars are accepted by our dentists in Mexico, but you will have to check the individual listings on our website to see the other payment methods accepted by dentists in Sonoyta.

Generally accepted are personal checks, bank transfer, debit cards and credit cards, but please note that a small processing fee of between 3 and 4% may be charged for credit card payments.

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Is my US or Canadian Dental Insurance accepted?

It is improbable that your dentist in Sonoyta can bill your insurance provider directly. However, you can ask your provider if they cover ‘out-of-network’ care, and if they do you will be able to claim back your treatment costs when you return home.

Although you will have to pay for them up-front, the benefit of this is that you will be able to afford better quality materials in Mexico, simply because they are so much cheaper.

Remember to check with your insurance provider before you book and to ensure you have received the appropriate forms and documents to bring with you before you travel.

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

Sonoyta is throughout the year, especially in the summer, but our dentists are open all year round and you can visit at any time. Many visitors come during winter, especially snowbirds from the north, who come for the warmer weather, and to get their dental, optical and medical needs met for a fraction of the cost they pay at home.

Is the region handicapped accessible?

Wheelchair access is variable. Sidewalks may be difficult to navigate with holes or other obstacles – that’s if they exist at all.

But – we can always get you to see one of our dentists as many of them provide pick-up services to and from the Border. Just let us know your requirements and we’ll fix something up.

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

You should be aware that the preferred method of pain relief in Mexico is local anesthetic, and that sedation dentistry is not available unless it is arranged in advance. If you think you will need sedation dentistry, let us know as your dentist will have to book the services of an anesthesiologist, which will incur additional fees of between $400 - $600.

If you require anxiety medication, such as Valium, this will also have to be requested in advance.

What else is there in Sonoyta?

Sonoyta’s downtown features a treasure-trove of markets and stores, as well as bars and restaurants, but it is the accessibility to spectacular scenery in the surrounding countryside that is really Sonoyta’s crown jewels.

The mysteries of the Sonoraan Desert are revealed at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument which offers a diverse collection of plants and animals to discover, as well as scenic drives, hikes and camping in the wilderness.

There is also the UNESCO World Heritage listed El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve within a half hour drive where you can view the dormant volcanic Pinacate Shield, and the ever-changing sand dunes of the Gran Altar Desert that can reach up to 200m high.

For photographers and bird watchers there are opportunities galore to make the most of your hobby, and after a day sight-seeing in the desert terrain the town of Puerto Penasco, or Rocky Point as America’s tend to refer to it as, is an oasis on the shores of the Sea of Cortes.

Getting there

Most people choose to drive from the United States, taking the I-10 or I-8 south, followed by the SR-85 or SR-86 to the border crossing at Lukeville, Arizona. The crossing is open from 6am until midnight.

If you do fly there are airports on the US side of the border at Yuma, Phoenix and Tucson in Arizona, as well as Hermosillo in Sonora and Mexicali in Baja California in Mexico. Puerto Penasco also has an international airport with flights to Las Vegas and Hermosillo.

Distance from Sonoyta to other areas:

Phoenix, Arizona, 152 miles (245 kms) 2.5 hrs
Tucson, Arizona, 153 miles (247 km) 2.75 hrs
Lukeville, Arizona, 3 miles (5km) 5 mins
Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), 60 miles (98 km) 1.25 hrs

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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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