November 13, 2016
For some people, distance is not a barrier to seeking what they feel is the best treatment and dental tourism is the answer. Seattle cosmetic dentist Lance Timmerman DMD helps to make it easy for his out of state or out of country patients to have their treatment with him. From a quick trip to a full on vacation lasting a few weeks, let our 5 star service help!
Since some services are hard to find “the right provider”, many people make the voyage from all over the world to see Dr Timmerman. The more “fastidious” patient can rest easy that the result they seek is usually only TWO visits away! Usually, our international patients make a single EXTENDED trip, but sometimes they choose to do two “brief” trips. To speed up the process and reduce visits to our office, some preliminary work can be done at home. Just because this is a limited and specific procedure, we STILL require full diagnostic work up and records. To streamline the process, x-rays and preliminary impressions can be taken “at home” (in your home country, by your home dentist). This information can be sent to Dr Timmerman in advance to prepare for the case.
The first thing to do is to “arrive”. Most people will fly, so the first step is to choose the closest airport. SeaTac (designated SEA) is a mere 2.5 miles away. Call your travel agent or use a great app like Expedia.
Even MORE convenient is the proximity to a place to sleep. Homewood suites by Hilton is not merely CLOSE, but we actually share a parking lot. Beautiful hotel, walking distance… what more could you ask for? The hotel has its own shuttle service, or we can help arrange for a limo to pick you up.
Our state of the art office is only 12 miles from downtown seattle, and less than an hour for other recreational activities. Here is a list of options:
If your treatment is involved and takes a bit of time, it can be broken up into 1-2 short visits, or a longer visit with some “waiting time” involved. With so much time on your hands, entertainment and distractions may be a welcome diversion. Let us help, with both the treatment AND the things to do.
There are some things that we need:
- Email us x-rays of the teeth. ALL of the teeth. Including a panoramic x-ray
- Impressions of your teeth in PVS (polyvinyl siloxane)
- Bite registration
The above can be done at a local dental office very easily. That office may/should charge a fee for this service.
- Decide on the “style of smile” that you desire (follow the link)
- Documentation that the health of your gums are healthy/stable and no other teeth have pressing issues (nerves of any teeth need root canal therapy? Get it done BEFORE travel here)
- Schedule a skype consultation or email a detailed correspondence of desired goal.
- Decide if you would like US to handle ALL of your travel arrangements, including flights, hotel, and transportation. There will be an additional fee and non refundable.
If you present to us in a manner that is NOT healthy and prevents us to immediately start treatment, we WILL change gears. This normally means that we need to clean your teeth and gums, or whatever treatment is needed to start treatment. This MAY mean that treatment must be rescheduled after healing, or that additional time is needed for the case (instead of 3 hours blocked, we need 5 hours). If treatment changes, the fee may change as well (but may not). Matters like this will be discussed prior to starting treatment so as to avoid any misunderstandings.