Dental Tourism: Affordable Dental Care
and Vacation Combined

What is Dental Tourism?

Dental tourism, also known as dental vacation or dental holidays, is the process of traveling to a foreign country to receive dental care. People choose to participate in dental tourism for a variety of reasons, such as cost savings, access to specialized treatment, or the ability to combine a dental procedure with a vacation.

It is worth noting that it is always important to do your research and verify the qualifications and experience of the dental professionals you plan to visit, as well as the accreditation of the clinic you plan to visit.

Not only is Costa Rica a beautiful country, we boast some of the best prices out there for dental treatment while still offering high-quality materials and experienced, educated doctors. 

FAQ's About Dental Tourism

Yes, dental tourism is perfectly safe, when you do your research. Just like in the United States, every part of the world, and each country has areas that are safer than others. As long as you keep this in mind, you will find that traveling to another country will be both fun and enriching.

This varies depending on the country and clinic you travel to. At STAR Dental Implant Center in Costa Rica, our patients save an average of 50-60% of what they would have paid in the United States.

Countries such as the United States have high healthcare costs because the cost of living is so high. In order to keep facilities running and pay healthcare workers a competitive wage, clinics in the United States charge accordingly. However, because the cost of living is so much lower in countries like Costa Rica, clinics abroad can afford to charge far less and pass the savings on to their patients.

Costa Rica Dental Tourism: Why Costa Rica?

In addition to receiving excellent treatment at a reasonable price, Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Costa Rica is biodiverse; offering stunning beaches, mountains, and rainforests to explore. Costa Rica is rich in culture as well. In the days leading up to your appointment with STAR Dental, you may choose to enjoy a zipline tour through the rainforest canopy, or a hike near the Arenal volcano then feast on native Costa Rican food. In the days following your appointment, you may choose to sunbathe on Playa Jaco, visit an animal refuge to experience the exotic animals that inhabit Costa Rica, or explore the Multiplaza shopping complex in Escazu.

Costa Rica has developed a reputation as a destination for dental tourism due to a combination of factors:


Dental treatment in Costa Rica is often significantly less expensive than in other countries, making it an attractive option for those looking to save money on their dental care.


Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination, making it easy for patients to combine their dental treatment with a vacation.

Fast treatment

Costa Rica has less bureaucracy than other countries, which makes it possible to get dental treatment done in a shorter amount of time.

Quality of care

Costa Rica is known for having highly trained and experienced dentists who use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. Many dental clinics are also accredited by international organizations, which ensures that they meet standards of care.

Dental Treatments

Costa Rica offers a wide range of dental procedures, from routine check-ups and teeth cleaning to more complex procedures such as dental implant surgery, cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery.