I just received the following email from my dentist ( Dra. Miriam in Dental Esthetic).
From……: Dra. Miriam
I am currently offering dental implants at $1,200 these normally cost around $1,500-$1,800 in Panama (and double or triple that in the USA), I am happy to give Chiriqui chatter followers a free evaluation, I have 11 years of experience and lots of references from satisfied implant clients, I use very high grade materials from the US. The office is located at Plaza Mallorca in David City. please email email@example.com for more details or call (507) 730-2826
I received the following from Dra. Miriam:
From……: Dra. Miriam
This month Dental Esthetic in David, is offering a 2 for 1 special for february the month of love…for all the readers of the Chiriqui Chatter blog, that would like to have a cleaning, an evaluation and (1) x-ray (if necessary) the price is $30 for two people, the regular price is $30 per person. I am also offering a deal for teeth whitening, $100, where I make a night guard and give the patient the whitening products to do it at home, in office whitening is $150 for top and $300 for top and bottom, this includes a cleaning and evaluation. Please call to make an appointment at 730-2826 we are located at Plaza Mallorca on the Via Rapida 4 blocks before purple house on the left. This offer will remain valid until the end of March 2010.
We also specialize in Implants, and Gum Problems.
I was in Dental Esthetic today and Dr. Miriam said a few people had said that she looked sad in the photo I had on my original post. I told her we could fix that and I whipped out my trusty camera and took a new photo of Dr Miriam and her staff.
Haisell on the left and Omaira on the right are two of the assistants. Omaira is also the administrative assistant and schedules all the appointments. Dr. Miriam Rodriguez is in the center. They are the reason I no longer hate to go to the dentist.
I just received the following email from Dental Esthetic. This is the dentist I use and I am always happy to pass on her specials.
From……: Dr Miriam Rodriquez
Thanks for helping me get the word out about Dental Esthetic. The first promotion for half price whitening went really well. I want to do it again, so for the month of may and June 2009, I will offer upper and lower tooth whitening at $200. This is $150 less than I normally charge and all the work is done at my office in one hour. This fee includes an initial consultation and a cleaning. These procedures can cost up to $1500 dollars in the US.
I also want to offer free consultations for which I usually charge $5 and that includes the patient being able to see exactly what I see with my dental video cam!
To get a free consultation or to take advantage of the teeth whitening special please call Dra Miriam at 730-2826 at Dental Esthetic located at Plaza Mallorca, David Panama
PS this was written by an American friend of Mimi’s..she said she will call you too.
If you see Dra Miriam related to these specials, tell her that you read the special on Chiriquí Chatter.
UPDATE: I received a call from Dra Miriam saying that people were asking for directions. Continue reading Whiten and Brighten Your Day
Yesterday, I experienced all of the feelings in the title of this post.
The stupid part was my biting into a chocolate covered caramel that had just come out of the icebox.
The bad was realizing that the tasty morsel had created a problem with past dental work.
The good was that I called Dental Esthetic and they said they could see me at 4:30 PM. When Dra. Miriam realized that it was a porcelain bridge that I had loosened, she called Dra. Ana and asked if she could drop by and make a recommendation.
Dra. Ana showed up in about 15 minutes, cleaned the bridge, cleaned the tooth area, applied adhesive and sent me on my way.
You just can’t beat that for service. I would never have expected that if I were in the US.
Today was Sofia’s first trip to the dentist.
She got good marks for dental hygiene and luckily her first trip to the dentist was a pleasant one.
I see that I never posted the final post on my root canal and new crown journey. The journey is complete and I declare it to have been a success.
The final dentist in the Dental Esthetic office that took care of having the new crown made and fitted was Dra. Ana Santanach de Caballero.
I was as pleased with Dra. Ana as I have been with Dra. Miriam and Dr. Ortiz. All three doctors were involved with this root canal journey and if ever there can be anything positive to say about having a root canal, this experience was my best. Dra Miriam diagnosed the need for the root canal, Dr. Ortiz performed the root canal and Dra. Ana did all work on the crown.
I have seen Dra. Ana in the Dental Esthetic office several times and think she is handling some of the office clients. I am pretty particular about who has their hands in my mouth and this clinic has not let me down yet. It is always good to know some people with a little pull so to speak.
Today, I had an 8:00 AM appointment to begin the root canal project. Yesterday’s dental appointment showed that it was definitely necessary. I could have done today’s procedure yesterday, but I had meeting to go to at 7:00 PM and didn’t think I could handle it.
I was at Dental Esthetic at 8:00 AM sharp. I can’t say that I was excited to be there. Dr. Luis Carlo Ortiz was more ready than I was. The process was to cut off the previous crown, clean out the root canals, disinfect and fill the canals, and build a temporary crown. The time was to be just shy of 2 hours.
We went over by a about 30 minutes. I think I caused the time problem because my nerves were producing an enormous amount of saliva and we had to stop a couple times for me to refocus.
This isn’t my first root canal. I had two in the US. I have to say that this was the least objectionable of any I have had done. I went to the best dentists in Dallas because my company provided my insurance. My apprehensions today, were based on my experiences in Dallas.
Compared to Dallas, this was a piece of cake. Dr. Ortiz applied a topical dressing, which numbed the gum before he gave the pain injection. I felt a slight prick when I got the shot, but it was easy to handle. From the time the medicine took effect, until the procedures were complete, I felt NO PAIN.
I even got a little free entertainment. There was a lot of classic rock music playing (Phil Collins, etc.) and Dr Ortiz knew all of the songs. As he sang along, I asked if he was practicing for the next Latin American Idol. Dr. Ortiz is Panamanian, but studied dentistry in Argentina. He had also spent time in Iowa and his English is very good. Nice personality, good chair-side manner and I think he did a good job. To this point I am very happy. Another doctor will start the permanent crown next Tuesday. You can expect more updates.
At this point I am pretty upbeat and I don’t think it has anything to do with the three margaritas I just drank.
Today, I had a visit with my dental advisor, Dra. Miriam at her clinic, Dental Esthetic.
It had been about 3 months, since my last visit and a problem tooth, I have, was acting up. An x-ray indicated that I was possibly having trouble with a crown I had gotten in the US. It appeared to be leaking and causing an infection.
She got on the phone and had a specialist come over and take a look. As a result, I have a root canal scheduled for tomorrow. That is my bad news for the day.
There is some good news for you. While I was there, Dra. Miriam informed me that there was a promotion going on for the month of December.
One special is a cleaning and whitening of the upper teeth for $150. I had her whiten my teeth and I was amazed at how good they looked. The second special is two small fillings for the price of one. $25. Larger filling requirements may cost more.
I was drilling for a little humor in this post, but I guess the title is as close to humor as it is going to get.
I noticed a new referrer today and it is from a blog that I had not seen before. It is Elaine’s Panama Adventure. Drop in and say “hello” to Elaine.
It was opportune, because her current post contained a review of her visit to Dental Esthetic in David. I had just received a comment from Dra. Miriam Rodriguez telling me about a special that Dental Esthetic is currently having.
You can see Dra. Miriam’s comment on this post and a English translation was provided by Auntie Sunshine. Thank you AS.
I will include Dra. Miriam’s comment and AS’s translation below:
HOLA DON RAY,
SALUDOS A SU FAMILIA Y A TODAS LAS PERSONAS QUE SE COMUNICAN CON USTED EN SU BLOG, DADA LA DEMANDA DE CAMBIOS DE COMPOSITE EN DIENTES DE ENFRENTE EN EL MES DE OCTUBRE LAS PONDREMOS AL 2 POR 1., AQUELLOS DIENTES QUE TENGAN COMPOSITE DE MAS DE VARIOS AÑOS Y SE DEBAN CAMBIAR POR EL CAMBIO DEL COLOR O CARIES ABAJO DE ESTAS LO SABRAN A LO DULCE Y FRIO SENTIRAN MOLESTIA,SIEMPRE Y CUANDO SEAN DE 2 SUPERFICIES QUE INVOLUCREN ESTOS CAMBIOS EN LA TOTALIDAD DE LA CORONA DEL DIENTE.
MI CARIÑOS A TODOS Y PARA CUALQUIER DUDA ESCRIBAN A MI EMAIL LE TRATARE DE CONTESTAR LO ANTES POSIBLE.
“Hello Don Ray, your family and all CC bloggers. Given the demand on frontal teeth composite change, there is a bonus in October:just pay 1 for 2. If the composite is older, has undergone color changes, or have plaque underneath, the client will know it by feeling certain discomfort to sweet or cold, provided there are two surfaces that involve these changes in the whole teeth jacket. Love to all. Any doubt, please e-mail me and I´ll try to answer as soon as possible.”