14 Aug Going to the Dentist in Thailand
Years ago my mum needed extensive dental work, in the U.K., like in most Western countries the dentist costs a fortune. As such, we briefly looked into going over to Thailand to get the same dental work done at a fraction of the cost. Unfortunately my experience with Thailand, and travel in general, was a lot more limited than it is now.
As such I was highly skeptical about the legitimacy of most of the places I found, and equally unsure about organizing things like accommodation for the two of us. Now however, I have the experience to feel comfortable with not only using dentists in Thailand, but also with dolling out a bit of info for anyone, who like my pre-travel self, is unsure about whether or not to travel for cheaper medical care.
I have been to the dentist previously in Bangkok, about 3 years ago, and that experience was not so good. The work was cheap, but the dentists themselves were a major let down, from walking into the reception, to leaving. This dentist who’s name I do not recall, threw me into a dentist chair, pretty much demanded I had x-rays, and then quickly and painfully cleaned my teeth. The x-rays were completely unnecessary, but meant they could charge more than double what I should have paid. This slightly unnerving experience put me in a skeptical place when, this time around, I needed more dental work.
The Betty Smile Dental Clinic, Bangkok, Thailand
About 2 years ago I broke 2 teeth, I also had a few little holes which I was a bit worried about. So on our journey to and through Perth, we decided to stop in Bangkok to get some cheap dental work done. I spent a few days researching where to go, best prices, facilities, english speaking and so on. And in the end, somewhat overwhelmed with information, and having read at least one bad review for every few good reviews. I decided on the Betty Smile Clinic.
There are a few reasons I went with Betty, the main one is because they are easy to find, and easy to get to. They are dental clinic located at MBK, a large shopping center in the city (also the location of my favorite cinema in the world!), on the 5th floor near the food court. To get to MBK all you have to do is get on the sky train (A rail which runs through the city above ground), and get of at the “National Stadium” stop. The shopping centre is right there and all you have to do is walk on in, go up a few escalators, and hey presto, welcome to Betty Smile, Thai Dentist extraordinaire.
Their prices also, are more or less the same as many other places around Bangkok (which is to say, cheap), especially if your on a Western currency. And so it was I found myself making an appointment for the following day to have a check up, probably a few fillings and a clean.
On the day, I walked into the clinic, was greeted in a very friendly way, and led into the dentists chair, where my happy Dr. and nurse (Dr. Yong and nurse Ooy) sat me down and asked me in clear English what I was after. This is where my skeptisicm kicked in, I was expecting the assault of you need this, and you need that I had become accustomed to in Thailand. Rather though, I was told I didn’t need some of what I expected, and even, that I didn’t need x-rays! I thought there had been some mistake and questioned it, sure enough, the dentist knew what I needed, layed out the cost, and asked if I wanted to go ahead.
This was such a relief, from then on I felt comfortable in their hands. This was made better by the dentists excellent work, she was very thorough, but pain was kept to an absolute minimum. I ended up needing to have most of a tooth drilled out and filled, which required a mouth jab. Even this hurt less than my previous dental experiences attempts at a clean. My fillings ended up costing more than normal because of the size of them, which I completely understood, and I did end up having one x-ray because one of my holes was so deep and close to the root. The consultation fee was waivered though and the whole deal (two enormous fillings, an x-ray and a full cleaning, plus a few free pain killers which a lot of dental places will try and charge you ridiculous amounts for), which was about 2 hours of work, ended up costing around $150.
The clinic does all sorts of work and I recommend checking out their dental clinic website to see if they do what you need. I also have a photo of some of the services and prices they provide (sorry about the quality).
Accomodation in Bangkok, Thailand
If you are looking for a place to stay in Bangkok, we stay at a block of apartments called “Sathorn Saint View”. They are located in a lovely area away from the hustle an bustle, yet only 5 minutes walk from the sky train, you get off at “Surasak” and walk away from the street to find it. They charge about $130 if you stay for a week (that is $130 for the whole week), or $20 per day if you book for shorter. Again probably not the cheapest you could find, but they are clean, have A/C, rooftop pool, friendly staff and wifi, and there is a fantastic Thai restaurant next door. Here is their website.
If you want to go to a dentist in Thailand, because you are scared of the cost in your country, I can vouch for coming and having it done in Thailand. You get your teeth fixed for a fraction of the cost, and get a holiday out of it too. It really is safe, and a win win situation.
Betty Smile and Sathorn are in no way endorsing this post, and I am purely writing it because it was without a doubt, the best dental experience I have ever had.
If you have any questions about Dentists in Thailand, accommodation or anything else to do with Bangkok, Thailand. Let me know and I will get back to you.