Yesterday (Thursday) I visited the first of the 3 clinics. Dr. Arnoldo Anglada is a specialist in implants. Yes, unlike the U.S., there is a specialty for implants in Costa Rica just as there is for Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics and so on. I mention that because if you were to tell a U.S. dentist that your CR dentist is a implant specialist, he/she would probably say, "oh there is no such thing as a specialty in implants". That's when you say, "well actually Mr./Ms. uninformed doctor, in the Costa Rican dental world there is". In one of my earlier posts from my first trip to CR, I had mentioned that I had started with over 30 potential CR dentists on my list. I had begun to narrow that list down by research...A LOT of research. Soon I had my list down to 20 then 15 then 10 then 5 then 3. On that original list of 30+ dentist's, Dr. Anglada's name was on it and several months later when that list only had 3 names on it, Dr. Anglada's name was still there. That's how close I came to choosing him as my dentist. The list of the final 3 were Dr. Prada, Dr. Anglada & Dr. Obando. I see Dr. Obando in about 2 hours for a tour!
I had a 2pm appointment with Anglada yesterday and I showed up at 1:45. By 1:58 I was shaking hands with the good doctor and being shown around the clinic. He stated he had set aside 30 minutes for me. Excellent! It was his Santa Ana office that I met him at as that is the location he is at every Thursday. I believe his main office is the one located just south of Sabana Park. Take a look at this map. Key: the first "A" in the upper left is the airport. B= Santa Ana office where I met him. The other "A": office in La Sabana. He also stated he had another office on the east side of the city but does not operate out of this one as often.
On with the photos...
(the 2nd and 3rd floor is the clinic)
(you can sit and watch a car accident happen right in front of you...much better than TV)
(the good doctor showing me the types of x-rays they work with)
One of the things that impressed me about Mr. Anglada was how passionate he seemed about his work. When he would start to talk about it you could see the genuine excitement and love for it that he has. Also he is very, very serious about cleanliness and sterilization. He was telling me about the multiple steps they use in order to keep things sterile and make sure there is no contamination even right down to the inside of the tubing that supplies the air and water at the dental chairs. He truly loves his job and it shows. On with the interview...
I sensed that I was 100% correct for having Dr. Anglada on my list of final 3. I found him to be a very good and moral person and when tying to decide on a dentist, that is half the battle right there. Many, many thanks to Dr. Anglada for allowing me to steal some time from him for this, it is GREATLY appreciated.
Dr. Anglada & Dr. Castro website: http://www.crownsandimplants.com/index.htm
Thanks for reading!