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Saturday, December 8, 2018


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If you have a question for me then it's best to send me an email rather than using the comment section of the blog. My email address is right up there in the header of this blog. I actually enjoying fielding your questions and I do everything possible to answer to the best of my ability and in an unbiased way.

CR trip #3 is just a month away and I can't wait! Stay tuned!

Monday, August 20, 2018


I'm so excited that I don't know what to do with myself! I will be making my 3rd trip to beautiful, gorgeous, friendly and beautiful Costa Rica in January of 2019 (yes I know I said "beautiful" twice and it's deserved). Let me get this out of the way...there is nothing wrong with the dental work that I received back in 2014 and in fact, I've had zero issues. My beautiful wife and I are heading back to CR for some rest & relaxation with a dentist appointment thrown in. The dental visit to Dr. Prada's DDS Dental Clinic is nothing more than to get a check-up, cleaning and most of all to see my old friends there.

We will be in CR from the 12th to the 19th of January and this time we are staying just outside of the wonderful little town of Atenas up in the hills about 35 km from San Jose. I will, of course, do updates to the blog while I'm there with posts, photos and videos. I've missed Costa Rica so much and I've been longing to head back.

If you have any questions for me regarding my trip or if you have questions you would like me to forward to Dr. Prada and/or Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Carranza or any of the other awesome team of specialists there, just shoot me a message and I'll do my best.

I'll be posting updates as the trip approaches so stay tuned to the website for the latest information. I'll be posting where we decided to stay while in CR, what we plan on doing for fun and so on.

Follow my journey, as you did 4 years ago, as I head back to incredible COSTA RICA!!!!

-Rod Anderson

Monday, July 30, 2018


Hi folks! Yes, I's been far too long since my last update. Well, I have some exciting news to share with you but I need to finalize everything before making the announcement. I'm expecting to have everything completed by mid-August so come back at that time to see what all the ruckus is about. Sorry for the tease...kind of. <insert evil laugh here>

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Wow...over a year since my last post???? Where has all that time gone? I've been wanting to do a video post but just keep finding ways to put that off for some reason. Camera shy I guess. Anyhow I still want to do that as I feel I can convey a lot of information in a video over text. So I'll probably get on that when I get back from vacation. Oh yeah...I'm on vacation! Currently in Puerto Rico spending about a week here before we go on our 1st cruise. Not sure if I'll enjoy cruising on a ship with 3,000 other souls but I bet I'm about to find out. The picture below is one that I just took as I stood on the balcony of our AirBnB rental in Rincon, PR. My teeth and mouth are still healthy and I've experienced zero problems. Every once in awhile I'll have a dream that my new teeth are chipped or falling out of my head and that freaks me out for about a second when I wake up. "Thank God that was just a dream", I think to myself as I run my tongue over my teeth to make sure all is well.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015


I'm still here, still smiling and still ecstatic about my decision to go to Costa Rica for dental work! Months and months ago I stated I would be doing a recap video and posting here, and I still will, but man life just gets in the way sometimes. Well, to be honest, it was also a bit of needing to get away from the whole dental thing for awhile at the time as well. I mean I had done so much research that my brain was ready to explode! Once I returned from my 2nd and final trip to CR, I still had 'dental' on my mind because I was responding to so many emails, talking to people on the phone about it and so on. So after awhile I just needed to take a break from it all before I found myself in the psych ward mumbling about teeth.

Everything is great and I have no problems with my teeth whatsoever. I don't even feel like they are fake teeth anymore because I eat whatever I want to, just like with normal teeth. I've been to my dentist here at home a couple of times now, for routine cleanings, and she says everything looks great. In fact someone from her office called me last week saying they had a patient there that wants implants and wanted some more info regarding dental treatment in Costa Rica. I said it was no problem at all to give the patient my name and number. How cool is that of a U.S. dentist!? Awesome if you ask me. 

So to wrap it up, yes I still plan on doing a video which will summarize my whole journey and will post it here. Knowing how I ramble on though, it will probably be a long and boring video so you've been warned. Smiles!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

51: EMAILS LIKE THIS... exactly why I created this blog. It makes me incredibly happy when I hear that sharing my experience is helping others. I received the below email today and quickly asked the author if I could share it as it's that good!

"Wow! First, I must say that your blog is amazing and it's helped me take so much out of the guesswork for my trip to Costa Rica for dental work. I had a rough idea of what I was doing but, now I feel more certain of my plan thanks to you and your blog. You did so much research and I'm so grateful. I had also narrowed my search down to Nova dental and Dr. Anglada, but now I'll be giving Dr. Prada a call too.

If all goes well I'll be off to Costa Rica in a few weeks. I'm familiar with dental tourism and had implants placed on some top back teeth in Tijuana. That was an interesting experience, but to make a long story short, I WON'T be going back there! It's been almost 3 years and the implants have healed and it's time for the new final product.

I was especially touched by your post about getting personal. I too have battled alcoholism most of my life. I'm now 34 and almost 7 months sober. It's crazy to think how differently I was living my life and treating my body this time last year. I (drunkenly) fell off my bicycle and chipped then hell out of my front teeth in December. I also found myself homeless after getting kicked out of my place for never paying rent on time. I had to move in with my sister and her husband for a month and that's when my family finally got to see just how badly my alcoholism was progressing. They knew I couldn't be counted on and that loved to party but they didn't know I was drinking all day, every day just to get by. I did manage to find an amazing place for rent at the beach that was way out of my current budget. If I kicked the booze, I might be able to swing in. So, on January 23rd I broke up with alcohol for good. By February 1st, I was painting and moving into my new beach cottage and a new way of life. Quitting drinking hasn't been that hard for me either. I had my moments in the beginning but once my head cleared up the urge began to subside. I'm happy to say I now begin my mornings with a bike ride at sunrise on the beach with my dog at my side. My bills are paid and I'm a happier, healthier, truer version of myself. But, like you I have one last matter to clear up: my teeth. It's the final reminder of how bad I let myself go. I can't hide it. I can't truly smile a genuine smile to express how great I feel now. The bad teeth have to go. I cashed in some stocks I didn't know I had (my sister never told me, because I was a drunk mess). She protected me from myself until she knew I was ready to use that money wisely.

I thought your blog was great before reading this particular post and now I feel like it's some sort of destiny. We have lived parallel experiences and suffered similar fates. It's just another one of those signs I've been getting since I sobered up that I'm on the right path, and I GOT THIS!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time and energy to really put it all out there and be honest with your entire experience. This is exactly what I needed to read today. Costa Rica and new teeth here I come!


Friday, May 15, 2015


Received another email from a very satisfied person who went to CR for dental work and thought I would share it here...after getting their permission of course. I love receiving emails like this and I'm so glad my blog has helped others as that is the primary reason for starting it.

"Hi Rod,

I'm sitting here in Escazu and felt the need to write and thank you. Your blog was definitely the tipping point in my decision making process to come here & I can't express enough what a positive experience this has been.
I'm staying at Victoria's (Liza's?)  and was telling her about my internet searches etc. & she said that you'd also stayed here. (she says hello btw)

Anyway, she's laughing at me a little bit because I'm just so excited about the whole process...perhaps it's only something that another person with serious dental phobias would understand. All of the doctors have been amazing! Dr. Prada is so kind and gentle....& incredibly patient!

I could go on & on about this amazing experience but I won't bore you (you've been thru it!) but I just wanted to thank you for your blog, to let you know that you are reaching a lot of people, and that you are (I'm sure) helping to make a huge difference in people's lives.

Good job!!!

Kind regards,


Thank you for the kind words Sharon and I wish you the best!!!!