Dental Hospital, located Sukhumvit Road Soi 77. Dental Services.

 

Lobby with waiting area at Dental Hospital Bangkok

The main waiting area at Dental Hospital, now located at Sukhumvit Soi 77.

Dental services at Dental Hospital :

We regularly used the services of the Dental Hospital when it was located in Sukhumvit Soi 49. Recently we have visited at the new location of the hospital off Onnut Road (Sukhumvit Soi 77)

First, how to get there? I will give some advice that seems just a bit bitter, than what is mentioned on the website of Dental Hospital.
Enter Onnuj Road walking, by car or by taxi. After about 700-800 meters you will see sidestreet 1/1 (Thai language : nung thap nung) with also signs pointing to Habito Mall. Dental Hospital is located adjacent to the mall. Enter Soi 1/1 , in front will be a security boot with barrier, pass it, cross a bridge and you will arrive at Habito Mall.

If you want to take a taxi : Most drivers around Onnuj will claim not to now any 'Habito Mall'. Ask for Soi 1/1 instead. There is a small problem in that the security when entering the gated community, asks for some document to be stamped by the driver, at his destination. This is a bit confusing, and may be a reason why taxi drivers are a bit reluctant to go to your destination. We suggest you find the hospital, take the taxi driver into the ground floor small lobby, and have his ticket stamped.

Walking the distance from Onnuj Skytrain Station will take about 15-20 minutes. You will be sweaty when arriving.

There is a shuttle bus between Onnuj station and Habito Mall, every 30 minutes. Wait at the bus stop (there is a sign) close the Tesco Lotus entrance. Now the bus leaves Habito Mall on time on the hour and at the 30 minutes mark. The same bus goes back from Onnuj station, so we reckon it arrives at the bus stop mentioned about 10 to 15 minutes after leaving Habito Mall.

All in all, Dental Hospital is difficult to reach. Leave your home in time!

The Hospital

The hospital has its main lobby area on the sixth floor, with a small lobby at the ground floor entrance. Treatment rooms are on the other floors. Each floor seems to have its own waiting room, and definitively, the rooms are spacious, as are the treatment rooms.

.There is an abundance of various dental specialists, and you can get any necessary dental work done here. Different dentists will work on subsets of work to be done, if necessary. This a in our opinion a good setup. Prices of work done are not arbitrary, but clearly defined. Patients' data are put on computer files, and you will be regularly reminded when you need your next dental checkup by email messages.

At present, about sixty percent of the patients are foreigners. When overviewing people in the waiting area, we reckon most are expatriates living in Bangkok, a minority medical tourists.

Their is a list of dental procedures and the prices quoted available at the reception counter when entering the hospital. You will need to pay in advance for some treatments (like crowns, root canals, implants).

Dental treatments have progressed over the last few years and have been speeded up. We noted before that we needed 6 visits (including root canal) to finish a crown on one of our teeth. Now this would take only 2 to 4 visits. For example, when after the preparatory work a dental impression is made to decide the contour, size of a needed crown, said crown will be ready in a few hours and provided it is not too late in the day and you can wait for it (or live closeby), you can have it placed the same day.

The Dental Hospital also has a small 'pharmacy' in its lobby. You can get here all kinds of dental hygiene instruments, including regular and specialized tooth brushes, interdental brushes, dental floss, oral desinfectants etc. Tooth brushes from Tepe are featured, whick are the softest we have ever encountered.

We think it is unfortunate that Dental Hospital does not list all its dentists and their qualifications and specialties on their website. You can get namecards, if you ask for it.

Most international hospitals in Bangkok give more information about physicians and dentists on their websites. We think it is beneficial if you have the names for you to do your own research and/or make an appointment online.

Unless you explicitly ask for it, you will not know the name of the dentist who works on your teeth. Most will go by their nickname or first name, no nameplates. Even your receipt will not mention the name of the dentist who worked on your teeth. There is also some kind of 'dental unit' system in place (we guess this is common, and we do not say this is good or bad), where the dentist who does your root canal refers you to one particular colleague to do the crown, who may refer you to one other colleague if you may be in need of a dental implant for another tooth etc.

Advice : You may have different appointments for procedures and for your regular cleaning schedule. We do recommend to make separate check-up appointments (like together with cleaning), especially if you have dental complaints. Over time, we personally realized that it is not a good idea to have your treating dentist to have a look instead. They may not have sufficient time to do so, and/or would much prefer to get on with the business at hand.

Note : Despite a faculty comprising tens of dentists and dental specialists, the Dental Hospital does not provide coverage during holiday periodes like the period around New Year. So, you will have to suffer through your dental problem for up to a small week, or see treatment elsewhere.

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View from the lobby on the sixth Floor of Dental Hospital at Soi Onnuj, Bangkok

View from the main lobby and waiting area on the sixth floor of Dental Hospital. Always attractive to have a waterway closeby.

Dental services at other hospitals and clinics :

The dental department of the major hospitals in Bangkok for sure also offer good dental services.
You may notice when viewing our directory listings of dental services available, that you have a lot of choice. A lot of services seem mainly to be catering to dental tourists. Often it appears as if cosmetic dental services are offered, like 'whitening' services. Dental implants also seem to be widely available. Before going for any 'whitening' treatment or other cosmetic work, we suggest you research a bit, because we just presume that this may not be the best way for long-term dental health. We do not know about the expenses for various treatments. As a guideline, we just assume that dental services at major hospitals (Bumrungrad Hospital, Bangkok General, Samitivej Hospital) will be priced at similar levels. Most clinics probably provide services at lower rates. Often materials used can be cheap or expensive. For example, if you need a crown or a bridge, different materials from different sources are available. If you are charged less for services, you may want to consider that some of the material may be of lower quality (to provide long-term beneficial results).

A few years back, we sent emails to various well known international hospitals in Bangkok, to ask for the price of dental implants. There were some not too dramatic differences, so you may do this exercise yourself to find out.

 

General Common Sense advice about Dental Treatment :

1) Some treatment are necessary. Examples : toothache, that likely needs a filling ; broken tooth ; regular cleaning ; etc. It needs to be done, so make your choice of dentist, ask maybe in advance how much it is likely to cost (at more than one location).

2) Some treatments are maybe optional. During check-ups or while visiting a dentist for a planned treatment, we have been advised at times the following : Multiple fillings (10 or more ?) though we did not have complaints ; suggestions to redo existing crowns, because they did not look so beautiful anymore.
If you are given this type of advice, we suggest you think it over carefully, and maybe you can consider a second opinion.
To put it simply : dental practioners can have different opinions and/or incentives to provide treatments. It is not necessarily to your benefit to undergo not yet necessary dental work (and we do not consider solely the financial aspect)

 

 


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