Dental Tourism – Does it Really Pay?

Dental Tourism – Does it Really Pay?

Posted on Apr 27, 2015

It’s widely known that at times, complex dental treatment can come at a hefty cost. Of course, there are legitimate reasons for this but these days, we’re seeing more and more Australians considering overseas dental treatment- known as Dental Tourism.

Hey, why not give necessary dental treatment a positive spin by thinking you can enjoy a holiday at the same time?

Sure, it sounds great but you need to do your homework and know the risks involved.

We’ve noted down a list of three questions for you to consider and ask before agreeing to any dental treatment while overseas:

  1. Is the dentist qualified to perform the treatment you need?

Here in Australia, dentists and dental specialists undergo extensive training at university and are registered to practice under the conditions of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

It’s also mandatory for dentists/dental specialists to undergo ongoing professional development. While it’s a really basic question, can you be sure the dentist you’re seeing overseas is trained and qualified to perform the treatment you require?

  1. What if the treatment doesn’t go to plan?

Things can go wrong in the dental chair, regardless of whether you’re overseas or receiving treatment in Australia. While Australian dentists are appropriately trained to cope with dental emergencies, you may not have access to expert emergency care. Not to mention, unless you’re travelling with them, you won’t have the support of family and friends. Of course, this is so important should you experience troubling times with your treatment.

  1. Infection/spread of disease

Down Under, all dental practices must adhere to strict infection control protocols outlined and imposed by the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and the Dental Board of Australia (DBA). Elsewhere, infection and the spread of disease in hospitals and dental practices, is a very real concern.

Given the high cost of treatment, it’s understandable for people to investigate their options. However, it’s important you understand the real risks associated with dental treatment overseas should things go wrong.

If you’re considering receiving treatment overseas, speak to your local NovaDental dentist who’ll be more than happy to talk to you about what risks to look out for and discuss any other options available to you. Call 1300 549 750 to make an appointment today.