The General Dental Council (GDC) and the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) recently issued a new guidance for UK residents seeking for dental treatment abroad.
“We think it’s important for dental patients — wherever they receive their treatment — to know the questions to ask to ensure they receive the best possible treatment and care, and where they can go if something goes wrong,” explained GDC chief executive and registrar Duncan Rudkin.
The GDC and the BDHF said people should not be afraid to ask in-depth questions about prospective dental treatment and dental tourism options.
Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the BDHF, noted: “The National Dental Survey 2008 found that 16 percent of people would be willing to travel abroad for dental treatment and the figure was even higher among the 18 to 30 age group – suggesting the trend will continue.
“Styles and standards of dentistry can vary a great deal from one country to another and, if things do go wrong, patients could still be left facing some difficult and potentially expensive decisions. However by researching their chosen practitioner and asking the right questions they can reduce the chances of encountering potentially avoidable problems further down the line.”
Recommended questions that need to be asked before dental tourism include:
- Who will be carrying out my treatment and what qualifications do they have?
- Will the dental team speak English?
- Are there any testimonials from previous patients?
- How many times have you carried out the procedures I am having?
- What are the rates of success, complication, re-admission and infection?
- Are you regulated by or registered with any professional body?
- Is the work guaranteed?
- What aftercare service do you provide?
- If I am unhappy, who pays for extra flights, hotel, and remedial work?
- Does the cost include any future complications?
- Is this work insured?
- Do you have a complaints system?
- Who do I contact for advice afterwards?
- Are you qualified for this specialist work?