Are the Australian dentists protecting patients seeking affordable dentistry in Asia or are they just protecting their turf?
Recent articles in the Australian press and on the Australian Dental Association website have discussed the pros and cons of seeing a dentist in Asia.
It’s been much the same story in the US, Canada and the UK for decades now. Dentists in developing nations such as Thailand or the Philippines, healthcare tourism ministries, travel agencies and consumer advocate groups promote dental tourism while dentists in the Western countries cry wolf and shed alligator tears.
The attacks by Western dentists are always the same. They suggest that patients have little recourse should things go wrong after returning home. Then there’s the sly hints of poor hygiene, training, inferior materials and equipment.
Actor Steve Martin playing dentist gasses himself rather than the patient before beginning treatment
Hey, Lay off the laughing gas guys! Top quality Seimens dental chairs and Nobel Biocare dental implants are sold to dentists around the world. Not just in Australia. Dental colleges and health authorities abroad teach and inspect for sanitation, sterilization, proper hygiene and proper disposal of medical waste. The dental dark ages are long gone.