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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

40: Q&A WITH DR. VINCIO PRADA

I didn't have a dental appointment today but I did find myself at DDS Dental nonetheless. Dr. Prada was kind enough to find some time so that I could sit down with him and ask the standard questions plus one not so standard. But first let's see the clinics location and some photos of the clinic...


 (here is a more zoomed in map. North of DDS is Liza's, the place I stay while in CR http://bit.ly/1ovvewZ)








Anything I say about DDS Dental is going to come across as biased since this is my clinic...and you would probably be right. But I'll give you the low down anyway. The new section of the clinic is of course incredibly modern and ultra-clean. It has the latest, greatest technology and gadgets and it beats any other clinic I've seen anywhere. Now the original section of the clinic is actually my favorite. I love the ultra modern decor look of the new section, but there is something about the original part that I really feel comfortable with. I really can't explain it but I think I'm starting to get dental geeky on you so let's move on to the interview. Oh be sure to stick around to the end of the video for a question that the doctor wasn't quite expecting...




I don't blame him for not answering that last question...I wouldn't have either if I was him. I'm not sure if you get a sense of this by watching the video but from the 1st day I met Dr. Prada in January, I noticed how comfortable he makes you feel. He realizes it's a big step for someone to travel to another country for medical purposes and his demeanor puts you at ease from the very start. Also when he starts to talk to you about dental procedures and what the best course of action is for your case, you realize right away that this guy is so incredibly knowledgeable. Then once he begins to work on you, you realize something else...how skilled he is. Even the way he administers novocaine has something very PRO about it. I have never once felt the needle! I'm not sure if it's the way he wiggles the lip back and forth quickly when the needle pierces the skin or what but it's pretty nice not having to worry about that even though it's a minor thing.

I researched for 8 months trying to pick a dentist. I would come home from work and spend at least 2 to 3 hours every single night, more hours on weekends, looking at every piece of information I could find. Wouldn't it have been awful if after all those hours, after all that time spent trying to find the perfect dentist for me, if I had came down here and ended up having an awful experience with a horrible dentist? But instead it was the opposite. Even my wife, who at first couldn't understand why I needed to research so much, now says that it has all paid off. I know for a fact that I found the perfect doctor for my case. Dr. Prada is not only the best dentist that I could have picked for my restoration but also one of the nicest individuals that I've ever met in my life.

Many thanks goes out to Dr. Prada for taking the time to do this interview.

DDS Dental: http://www.ddsdentalcr.com

Thanks for reading!

3 comments:

  1. Rod, Great interview with Dr Prada! His advice to seek out a specialist is spot on. I don't generally agree with the statement "You get what you pay for", especially as applied to US based dentists. For example, a US based local oral surgeon and prosthodontist team is typically going to have a much higher price for implants, compared to an implant clinic that does nothing but implants. But that does not mean that the quality of the care or materials you receive at the clinic will automatically be worse, just because the price is lower.

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    1. Yeah I know what you are saying Roger. I don't think he was including U.S. dentists in his statement. Also his prices for implants are the same as Anglada, Obando and others give or take $20-$40.

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  2. Rod, you did a great choice with your doctor for your case. The doctor is great. I can feel it. The interview with your doctor was easier for you. You and your doctor are much more comfortable to communicate. It is understandable - you spend enough time together during your two visits.
    I never thought about advantage/disadvantage for a dentist for having his own lab in the office. And his words and explanation have a perfect sense for me now.
    = Toronto Girl

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