DENTAL VISIT In Algodones, Mexico
“Parking on the U.S. side of the border on the Reservation lot was as easy as I remembered – just take the last right prior to the border. There were maybe 75 cars with me in the lot that day. Parking charge of $5 was paid upon exit.
“Crossing the border on the way into Mexico, I heard the few pharmacy vendors’ calls and made a mental note to stop at the Purple Pharmacia/Liquor Store before I left the country as I walked the block and a half to one of the Gator Dental Group’s offices. (Mom added: This office, quite small, has two younger dentists than the Gator office in Alamo Alley. As of this addition, 11/14/2012, The larger office is being refurbished and will have a different dentist than I had gone to – hopefully a bit younger :) ) This group has two offices in town, about a block from each other, between A and B Avenues. Remember these are small “walking” blocks; it’s a tiny town, so they are both very conveniently located.
“I had to wait about an hour as two elderly brothers were given impressions for their upcoming denture installment. But the dental office was air conditioned, very clean (although tiny) and they served complimentary bottled water and coffee as I chatted with one of the brothers’ wife in the waiting room who had also come for the same purpose from Phoenix that day.
“During my exam, Dr. Guzman found four little cavities in my teeth so he numbed me up and fixed them with white amalgam right then and there and also gave me a cleaning for $150 US. Incredible. I was very happy with the service at Gator Dental, the quality of the work and especially the price. Before learning about Mexican dental care from your web site, I got an estimate at a dentist in L.A. who wanted $200 to fix ONE tooth and $65 for a cleaning. Incredible. I was finished and out the door before noon – none of this, “We’ll fix one today, then schedule appointments for the rest”, bull$#!& I would have gotten at a dental office in the states.
“I almost stopped at one of the many optical shops in town to buy a new pair of bifocals, but decided to wait until next time. I’ll give you a report on that at a later date.
“On the short walk back to my car, I stopped at the Purple Pharmacia for generic Retin-A ($2.16/40g) and then the connected liquor store for Kahlua ($8.50/L); two more excellent buys. Remember, the U.S. allows a person to cross into the country with only one liter of liquor.
“It is usually about a five hour drive from Yuma to Los Angeles. My ride through the desert back home was hot and uneventful until I reached Cabazon on the 10 freeway where an accident held things up for a while.
“As long as I have the time to get there, I’ll go back to Los Algodones and the Gator Dental Group in the future for all of my dental care needs and to save myself a lot of money!”
Hope you’ve enjoyed his Algodones dental visit adventure …Best to you all, Barbie