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My Emergency Visit to a Serbian Dentist

15 Mar

dentist No one in their right mind enjoys a visit to the dentist. I have a horrible fear of the dentist. Just thinking about the sound of the drill and the smell of the dentist office, makes the hair on the back of my neck start standing. I have had several impacted molars that my old dentist back home told me to remove, but I never did. I didn’t have the time, money nor courage to do so. That was a mistake! You should never let your dental issues drag on and on because they will only get worse. The last time I visited a dentist prior to this Serbian dentist was 2013 ! He  told me that my back molar was going to need some attention in the very near future. I was about to head back over to Serbia so I just asked them to give me an estimate on what the repairs would cost. The two cavities were going to cost around $230 a piece and the “possible” root canal would be $1,100! No way was I going to spend $2000 before I left for Serbia. They would have to wait! dentist1 Fast forward to December of 2014. I was eating some chocolate cake and it felt like a hammer had just been slammed down on my back molar! The pain was massive. I thought if I just  started avoiding that side of the mouth when I was chewing the pain would go away,  but it didn’t help. I had to find a dentist! I remembered a doctor had contacted me on Facebook a few months prior. He had mentioned that his girlfriend was a dentist and they were interested in getting into the “Dental tourism” business. I searched through my messages and found him. They told me to come over the next day so they could examine the tooth! That doesn’t happen very often back home! DSC_0289_1024x681 The office was very close to the center of Belgrade and was easy to find from the bus stop. I really had no idea what to expect from a Serbian dentist’s office, but it sure wasn’t the clean, modern office that I found. DSC_0288_1024x681 My dentist, Dr. Mirjana Filipovic,  was even a beautiful young woman who didn’t invoke instant fear in me like my other dentists. 🙂 She sat me down and asked me a little about about my problems. I apologized for eating some burek on the way over! 🙂 I can only imagine how nasty that was for her! 🙂 She found the issue and told me exactly what all I needed to have done. The cavities were 25E and the root canal that was a MUST, would be 100E. I couldn’t hardly imagine that would be possible. What was she going to use? Rusty pliers? Old, outdated equipment? She showed me all the tools that she would be using and even explained everything in detail to me.  All of their products and instruments come from Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Japan, just like my dentist back in the USA. She told me that most dentists use the old silver colored fillings instead of the white ones because they are cheaper. She ONLY uses the white ones and doesn’t charge an extra fee like most other dentists. She had me sold! 🙂 DSC_0622_1024x681 She started in on her work after giving me a few shots of something that numbed my entire mouth. She would constantly ask me if something hurt or if I felt anything uncomfortable. I felt NOTHING! She explained the roots in each tooth and how the root canal would be done. She opened both teeth and placed some meds in them before sealing them off. She said that I would need to return in one week.  ROUND 1… Complete with NO PAIN! debut I left the dentist’s office to shoot 8 hours of video for a  kitchen products company in Hong Kong! Thank God I was able to talk. My final round started the morning before I was heading to Uzice, Serbia for a speaking engagement in front of a few hundred students. The doctor met me by Sveti Sava church and told me that we would need to go next door for some x-rays of my teeth. We walked into a beautifully decorated office with a pretty young lady behind the desk. She took me right into the x-ray room, snapped the x-rays, and handed them to me within 5 minutes. The cost? Only 10E!!!  The lady was impressed with my few bits of Serbian that I uttered on the way out of her office. DSC_0620_1024x681 We bring the x-rays to the dentist for her to examine. She told me that there shouldn’t be any pain this time because the roots were dead. She was exactly right! The worst pain out of this whole entire project was the shots that she gave me in my mouth and it was only a little prick. I was amazed that a root canal could be done without any pain at all! The little devices that she had to shove down in the tooth looked horrible, but you couldn’t feel anything.  She finished up the procedure and told me that I could eat anytime I wanted to because she had heard my stomach growling. We all sat down over a coffee and discussed this whole procedure and how expensive it was in the USA. They told me that they can do porcelain caps and teeth replacement within 24-48 hours for around 120E too!  I told them that I wanted to use my outreach to bring them more businesses. We called my good friend, Boris Marunic (video producer from Belgrade), and asked him to help us with a short little video! Check it out by clicking here!  I can get you a dental price quote within 24 hours of you contacting me. If you have some dental procedures that you have been putting off, contact me asap!  You could fly over here, take some  exciting tours and get your teeth fixed and still pay less than you will at your dentist! Sound too good to be true? It isn’t! Everything is possible in Serbia 🙂 You have nothing to lose except thousands of dollars at your dentist 🙂 U.S. dentist was going to be around $1900 for all the work I had done while I got it done here for $150. Serbia wins this battle against the USA by saving us an enormous amount of money and time! 🙂

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21 responses to “My Emergency Visit to a Serbian Dentist

  1. ninakaradzic

    March 15, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    You’re funny Charles, I always enjoy watching your videos on YouTube. They make me smile 🙂 I am a Serbian girl living in Australia, and I run a writing blog of my own..I would love if you could visit. Take care!!

     
  2. Jelena

    March 15, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I have my Serbian dentist here in Canada…He has the same dedication of good quality work if we would like to point out the knowledge and education. When it comes to price of course this is the west where you are only number in dollar sign or anything else.

     
    • cather76

      March 15, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Glad you found one over there 🙂 Thanks for reading

       
  3. Nindza

    March 15, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    In Zrenjanin, all of that cost me around 30-40E, with x-ray…

    In USA, you should go to doctor only if it is the emergency (a matter of hours or minutes). Otherwise it is recommended to go anywhere in eastern Europe.

    For appendix removal you pay in USA, you can come to Serbia, buy a small apartment, pay a doctor his annual salary, have an operation, throw a massive party, and go back to USA, and spare a few thousand dollars (based on the article I read, that a guy paid ONLY 15.000$ because of his parent’s insurance, otherwise he would have paid over 45.000$ for an operation).

    For 1900$ you can sure come to Serbia, do a root canal, travel a bit, throw a party and go back to USA 🙂

     
  4. erica

    March 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Hey, have you been in The town Smederevo in serbia?! If not go there its beautiful! We can recomend it!
    / Family Gällefors Vukolic

     
    • cather76

      March 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      hey there.. thanks for reading… 🙂 yes, I love that city… they wrote about me in the paper on my last visit :)http://www.sdcafe.rs/vesti/amerikanac-koji-snima-putesestvije-po-srbiji-obisao-i-smederevo?fb_action_ids=301362653352685&fb_action_types=og.likes&action_object_map=%5B546625268789451%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.likes%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%22.UzB30uz_DHk.like%22%5D

       
      • erica

        March 18, 2015 at 9:51 pm

        Fun to watch! My partner is from Smederevo but are born in sweden. We are going to visit Family in Smederevo 26/5-16/6 we like you and your videos it would be nice to catch up if you have time 🙂
        / Family Gällefors Vukolic

         
      • cather76

        March 18, 2015 at 11:38 pm

        Great to hear from some Swedish Serbs. 🙂 One of my best buddies here in Serbia is a Norwegian Serb 🙂 if our schedule match up, sure thing 🙂

         
  5. Branko Vukolic

    March 18, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    You’re awesome man!
    I like your videos, its not just all the good things always, it shows that you have an objective view, even if its hard to not love the country 🙂

     
    • cather76

      March 18, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      thanks, Branko… 🙂 great to hear from you. 🙂 thanks for the support

       
      • Branko Vukolic

        March 19, 2015 at 12:23 am

        As my partner suggested, It would be nice to meet you, if just for a short moment, in Smederevo 🙂 do you have instagram? Fb?

         
  6. erica

    June 4, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Hi we are in Smederevo now we have been here for 2weeks soon Will you meet up

     
  7. Reginald

    June 12, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Hey Charles,
    What does it cost per month in $USD to live in Serbia and have a decent lifestyle (go out for drinks and dinner a few nights/week, have a decent centrally located apartment somewhere like Belgrade near all the fun, etc.).

    Thanks for enlightening travelers

     
    • cather76

      June 12, 2015 at 7:38 am

      Hi there… Thanks for checking out my blog. Well…. I get asked that question quite frequently. It is really hard to answer because everyone has different standards. I lived here for two solid years without bothering to have a job. I had saved up a decent amount of money after working in autosales management for years. I lived in Zrenjanin, Nis, Sremska Mitrovica, and Pancevo while spending an average of $600 a month. That included my apartment’s rent, bills, food,travel and going out money. The price in Belgrade goes up as it’s the capital city, but you could find a decent apartment in a place close to the center for around 200E a month. If you are a budget eater, you could eat on $6-7 bucks a day. Going out money can be as little as $.75 a beer to $7 a beer in the expensive bars. All in all, to live decent, go out , eat what you want and travel around a bit would take around 800-1000 euros :)I live in the heart of Novi Sad (2nd biggest city in Serbia) and my rent is 130E a month for a nice little apartment. You could cut your costs even more by living in this perfect city of around 500K people 🙂

       
  8. Brice

    October 12, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Hey although I do agree price differences are enormous… don’t you think that to a Serbian that the $150 is the same as the $1900 to an American?

     
    • cather76

      October 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      well…… you win this one! 🙂 good point… it’s still a steal for a foreigner though 🙂

       
  9. sindrom

    October 23, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    It is so sad to live here, no matter the tourists see / it is like Hitler is alive!

     
  10. shar

    January 22, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Hi, For the last couple of days I have been researching dentists in Serbia, and I’m so happy I found your blog. I need a ton of work done and I cannot afford to do it in the states, and my sister has a Serbian friend and well here I am. I’m going to need implants and crowns and I’m not sure if your dentists does implants and such. I’ve been reading about dental tourism in Serbia but I don’t know how to check ones credentials and I’m a little bit nervous. If you could give me some information that would be great. Thanks in advance

     
    • cather76

      January 22, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Hello… Happy to help. I can you in touch with her asap! She does do implants and crowns. She was telling me that one of her dentist friends can have the artificial teeth custom made in 24 hours. It would save you thousands and thousands. Shoot me an email and I will pass it right over to her and you will have a response in 3 hours. 🙂 🙂 charlesserbia@gmail.com

       

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