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A Home Run Smile- Dental Crowns

Paul Cogan, long-time professional baseball scout for the LA Dodgers, is no stranger when it comes to finding the best. The father of 4, and husband of 31 years, travels the United States each year searching for the most talented, up-and-coming players to recruit. However, despite victories on and off the field, Paul’s dental success was striking out big time. That is until after years of quick fixes, and “bandaid” procedures, he decided to look abroad for dental crowns.

Recently, Salutara had the opportunity to sit down with Paul, and his wife Carol, to discuss their trip to Prague, the Czech Republic, and why they traveled half-way around the world for help.

From California to Europe 

Salutara: Explain your decision to travel abroad for dental crowns. Had you ever traveled abroad for a medical procedure before? 

Paul: Never! Up until now all my dental work has been done in the U.S.. But I have several friends who have sought medical advice abroad-mostly Asia- and they felt very comfortable with their experience.  So that’s how the seed got planted. When I knew I needed crowns, I started looked into Asia and Latin America, India and Europe. From the beginning, I had a certain fondness and trust in Europe over anywhere elsewhere- but that’s just me.

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Paul and his dentist post dental crown procedure at Mediestetik clinic, Prague

How important was price when making your decision? Where there any other factors?  

Well, price was a factor but certainly not THE factor.  I needed the comfort factor first and foremost- then price.  The difference between most countries was nominal as far as cost. For me, it was Prague and Salutara that stood out from the rest and helped me to make my decision.

Working With Salutara

How about the support from Salutara when you arrived in Prague? 

I almost felt like a celebrity- it was amazing. My wife and I were met at the airport by Petr and Martin (Salutara Co-Founders) and immediately felt a connection and level of trust. The whole Salutara staff was outstanding.

Carol: I have to agree. Not only did Petr and Martin met us at the airport, but they took us to our first appointment and met us at our last. They also visited with me while my husband was in the dental chair and gave me tips on where to eat and what to see in Prague. We were extremely satisfied!

Did you get to do any additional traveling or sightseeing during your trip? 

Carol: Yes of course. We toured Prague Castle, the Jewish Cemetery, Wenceslaus Square, Prague Zoo and took a train trip to Vienna. Prague is a very friendly, affordable city, and easy to get around on foot or by public transport. We made the most of our time!

Paul Cogan (left) with his wife, Carol, and Salutara Co-founder, Petr Vankat, at the Marriott Hotel, Prague

And what was your experience like working with Salutara to facilitate your procedure? Did you feel like you were cared for and in good hands?

Yes I did. Salutara was professional and caring. I felt that was cared for and in good hands throughout the entire procedure. Their expertise and professionalism was evident from the very first communication via email, to the moment they said goodbye as our taxi to the airport arrived.

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What questions or concerns did you have for your dentist at Mediestetik during your consultation? Were you satisfied with the clinic?

Very satisfied! Going into the consultation I basically knew what to expect, but was advised which crowns and techniques would be best. The communication was easy and the language barrier was not a problem- I mention this because I know this is a worry of many patients who travel abroad for a procedure. The dentist anticipated my needs and was quick and efficient.

Carol: I’d also like to add that the staff was extremely professional and that the facility and equipment were state of the art. We couldn’t have been more impressed!

How long did the entire procedure take? Was it painful?

For all my crowns, I spent a total of 4 hours in the dentist chair, 2 hours in preparation to create a mold and a final 2 hours to install. I didn’t need any Novocain and they were very sensitive to ensure my comfort. There was no pain at all.

The Final Score

For other people thinking about dentistry abroad, would you recommend working with Salutara and coming to the Czech Republic? 

I already have and will continue to do so.  People think there is a big risk involved when traveling abroad for medical care, but I give them full assurance there isn’t. Never before have I had such a pleasant dentist office experience until this.

Carol: Do not hesitate working with Salutara or Mediestetik! We plan on returning for more dental work in the future.

And most importantly, how are you enjoying your new dental crowns?

Like a kid! For the first time in ages I don’t mind smiling wider and can finally eat properly now. They feel fantastic!

Thank you Paul & Carol!- Your team at Salutara

 

 

 

 

 

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