Where to look for help with planning dental travel
Every year the number of dental patients seeking treatment overseas is on the increase. With high quality dental care available at a fraction of the cost of the UK and the USA, it is no surprise that more and more people are choosing this option. However, as the number of people searching online for information about dental travel overseas increases, so does the quantity of organisations and websites offering help to the prospective dental traveller. If you are looking into dental travel abroad, it can be bewildering knowing where to start with your research.
Do I need a Dental Travel Agency UK?
There are many dental travel agency organisations, based both in the UK and abroad, offering support to the prospective dental tourist. Working with dental travel agents can take the stress out of planning dental travel by taking care of choosing a location, finding a dentist, planning flights, accommodation and travel. Some travellers also prefer knowing that they have the support of a travel agency if anything goes wrong. Naturally, however, this service comes at a cost to the client. By working with dental travel agents, you are involving a ‘middleman’ organisation, which will increase the total cost of your trip. If you are really trying to save money, it is worth considering if you truly need the services of a dental travel agent. By doing your own research and engaging the services of a professional, helpful dental practice, you may be able to avoid the need to engage a dental travel agency.
Some dental practices which cater specifically for dental tourists from the UK offer similar services to dental travel agents, at a lower cost. They may be able to offer support with flights, airport transfers, accommodation and even leisure activities in your chosen destination. These services are more affordable because you are engaging directly with your chosen dental practice, not involving another organisation, which will take a cut. When researching dental practices abroad, take into consideration whether your chosen practice offers services such as these. If they do, it could save you time, money and make your experience less stressful.
Whichever option you choose, be sure to check the guidelines of the General Dental Counsel of the UK on seeking dental work abroad. Whether you choose to work with a dental travel agent, or directly with a dental practice, do your research into the organisation. Read their website, but also check dental work abroad articles and forums for unbiased reviews before making a choice.
Overall, it is up to the individual as to whether they choose to work with a dental travel agency UK or not. Some may be willing to pay a little extra in order to let somebody else organise every aspect of their trip, whereas others may want to be more involved, do a little extra research, and save more.