Sigh. So I had a few appointments set up with different dentists in Costa Rica. My plan was to go to these dentists for consultations, see what treatment plans they came up with and THEN choose which dentist/clinic to use. That way I could meet them first, see the proposed treatment plan and so on. I've heard of others doing this and it worked fine for them. But the more I thought about it the more I came to the conclusion that:
1) It's not really fair for the dentists
2) I want to have things set when I get there. Not worry about who the hell I'm going to choose.
3) The expense of multiple consultation fees
4) It's not really fair for the dentists
I hear what you all are saying out there..." Don't worry about the dentists, you have to do what is best for YOU! ". Yeah I hear you and I totally understand that side of the argument but it's just not me. I thought I could do it but I can't. About an hour ago I sent an email to those dentists, with the exception of one, telling them that I needed to cancel our appointment. Literally 10 minutes after sending that email I received a phone call from one of them. Yikes! But surprisingly he had not read the email yet, it was coincidence that he was calling at that time. You see many of the clinics, if not all, shut down for a week or two for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays and this particular doctor was just calling to confirm our appointment before he started his extra long holiday. I told him that I just sent an email to him 10 minutes prior and that unfortunately I had to cancel. How did he take it? Well on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being calling me a #%@!* and a 10 being "No problem let me buy you dinner when you are here to show there are no hard feelings") I think it was about a 5. In one breath he said he understood while in the next breath he explained how this would mess up his schedule. Do I care? Of course I do...I feel like shit. Oh this might be a good time to tell you that this won't always be a G rated blog.
Anywho maybe I went about this all wrong but it's not everyday I go shopping for a dentist in a foreign country so try not to judge this rookie too harshly. This might sound strange but choosing a dentist in Costa Rica for my dental treatment is one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make. Think about it...who would you choose to rip the teeth out of your head, install titanium implants by drilling them into your jaw bone and then fasten new teeth to those implants all while being 3000 miles from the comfort of your home? Well? <insert crickets sound effect here> Yeah thought so. ;)