Destination Dental Care

Have you ever noticed that the cost of dental care starts as a pain in your mouth and finds its way to your wallet?  In the United States, major dental care can cost anywhere from a few hundred to more than $40,000.  When you turn to your dental insurance policy for benefits, you find coverage limits of only a few thousand dollars, leaving you with a bill that can look like the cost of a new car.  It doesn’t have to stay that way.

Destination Dental Care™ Decision Factors

People looking for dental care often face some crucial decisions, including:

  • Affordability – For most people, the cost of dental care is the number one driver of destination dental care decisions.
  • Access to specialists – Depending on where you live, wait times to see a dental specialist can run into weeks or months.
  • Expertise – In some places, you might be able to find dental specialists, but they may not have performed many of the particular procedure you need.  You want and need experience and skill.
  • Quality – In the end, this is the most important aspect of a Destination Dental Care™ decision.  We want premier results and nothing less will do.  Finding an excellent provider is critical.

Finding the Right Provider

We know from experience there are outstanding dental providers in parts of the world; in fact, many of them went to school in the United States and other nations where dental education is excellent.  We know the technology and techniques in the best international dental clinics are excellent.  In fact, some of the best clinics are more up to date than my local dentist.  We know that cost structures are less expensive than in America.  The challenge most people face is finding quality providers.  That’s where we come in to help.

At Soter Healthcare, we review dentists and dental specialists with the same hallmark standards we use with our medical providers.  We check their facilities, their credentials, the number of procedures performed, and their results.  For prosthetics, we consider the lab where the products are made, the materials used, the process for placing them, and the procedures to ensure proper fit, function, and comfort.

When you work with us for dental care, we don’t pick providers or locations first.  We are concerned when someone asks what country we want to visit before they ask what kind of dental work we need.  We start by reviewing the care you need and then potential providers.  Once we finish that, in some cases, we may bid your care to a handful of pre-screened dentists to ensure the best price.

Because you will be traveling to your provider, we evaluate the resources and environment at a possible destination, including the security situation.  We assist you with travel arrangements including visas, if needed, local transportation, and lodging.

Once the quality criterion is met, it’s hard to argue with the cost savings, even from premier dental clinics.  A procedure that runs $10,000 in the US can cost as little as $2000 in some places.  A recent client was facing a $40,000 procedure for replacement of all her teeth.  Using our services, her cost dropped to about $17,000, including travel expenses.  She can use her dental insurance and her Health Savings Account to offset some of the expenses too.

Destination dental work is not for everyone.  It’s not a replacement for a dental cleaning or minor services, since the cost of treatment and airfare will exceed what you would pay at home.  But for major treatments, it offers a great option.  Thousands of Americans, Canadians, Aussies and Brits are taking advantage of the opportunity.

An Employee Benefit

As an employer you recognize dental insurance covers only a small part of the cost for major dental treatment.  With Soter Cares™, you can provide a destination dental care benefit to your employees at no cost to the company.  There’s not even a cost to the employee with our innovative plan design.  It’s an employee benefit that benefits employees without touching the bank…except to leave money in it.

For more information, contact us today to learn how you can have this great plan for your business.