Frequently Asked Questions
- Why must I make a security deposit?
To help us discourage frivolous appointment makers from using the service. The $15 refundable deposit is small but has been sufficient to all but eliminate the practice. The appointment is done in two stages. (1) A reply of "confirmation" is required within 24 hours. Without a response" the appointment cancels itself. (2) If the security deposit has not been received by the designated date, (CD date) the appointment is manually cancelled.
- Are Mexican Dentists as gentle as American Dentists?
Absolutely. Dental phobia often causes people to "chicken-out". An estimated one half of the population of the U.S. forego regular check - ups, and only see a dentist when a tooth aches. An estimated 9-15% of all Americans avoid needed care because of anxiety and fear. This translates to some 30 - 40 million people afraid to go to a dentist in the U.S. In Algodones dentistry is pain free even "the needle." No one on our post appointment e-evaluation form has ever complained to MexAdvantage about pain during a procedure.
- Why Algodones?
The easy answer is: dental rates are lower - much lower. Medical and/or Dental procedures in Algodones are 70% less, and most 75% less than like procedures in the U.S and Canada.
- But isn't that true all over Mexico?
Yes it is, but what makes Algodones special; is the "easy in" & easy out" factor. Algodones evolved all by itself into, what might be, the world's most patient friendly dental destination. On the U.S. side The Quechan Indian Nation bumps up against the Mexican border. You drive on Indian land for two miles to reach Algodones. On the Mexican side you have a town growing out of its britches because of a phenomenal demand for first-rate dental services at reasonable prices. Where once, not too many years ago, there was one dentist in the five downtown blocks of Algodones there are now over 350. The Quechan Nation saw a good thing, and built a humongous parking lot to accommodate the flood of cars to the border. The parking lot ($3. per car,) is paved, well lit, and secure. You can safely walk to any dentist in minutes from the parking lot, The Quechan Indians have now completed a second parking lot to accommodate the thousands who enter Algodones daily. Even from the new lot it is possible to walk to the furthest dental/medico office in ten minutes. Overnight parking is $20.
- Are Mexican dentists well trained?
Mexico takes pride in its Dental Colleges; all dentists represented on this site meet high standards in professionalism and academic training, plus continuing education (which is often in the United States,). autoclave sterilization and sanitation procedures that meet western standards
- Do Mexican dentists have up to date equipment?
Yes, just like the U.S.
- Do they speak English?
Most do, some better than others. Usually someone in the office speaks English quite well - language is not a problem.
- Why are they cheaper?
Dental offices are usually less elaborate than U.S counterparts. Office space and waiting rooms are much smaller. Office help and dental assistants are much less expensive. Dentists pay no malpractice insurance. Economic expectations are less.
- Can I pay the dentist with a check?
Most dentists prefer cash or travelers checks at least until they know you well. If you will be making multiple visits dealing with dental prosthetics, generally 50% of the estimated total cost is required at the end of the first visit.
- Can I use my credit card?
We accept Visa and Master card.
- How long does it take to drive to Los Algodones from Yuma?
- Is it easy to drive into Los Algodones?
- Is it easy to drive out of Los Algodones?
Not always-sometimes (frequently) a long line of border crossing traffic builds up when crossing time is lengthy in the neighboring town of San Luis.
- Does my American/Canadian car insurance protect me in Mexico?
No. You need insurance purchased from a Mexican company.
- I have a great fear of dentists. Can I be put to sleep?
Yes. But Mexican law requires that an anesthesiologist (M.D.) do it and that is an added cost to your dental procedure. Of course it is an added cost in the United States too. Some dentists recommend taking 10 mg of Xanax or Vallium 30 minutes prior to the procedure, to take away anxiety.
- Is there danger in going to Los Algodones? Mexico?
No. Dental patients are the economic "bread and butter" of town. Los Algodones is one of the most tourist-protected places in Mexico. The regular police plus "tourist police," watch over you.
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