A smile is your unique accessory and pearly white teeth make it even more beautiful. If you want to keep the aching tooth away and want to keep those pearly whites intact, taking good care of your teeth is a must. As Miguel de Cervantes said, “Every tooth in a man's or woman"s head is more valuable than a diamond and look after them as well as you would look after a diamond".
Contact us about our dental vacation concierge service, we will help plan every detail of your stay and to make the most of your time in paradise!
All of our dental travel packages are all-inclusive and include
3-D X-rays, medications, materials, clinic fees, procedure fees, airport pickup, local transportation (travel to and from our office) and in most cases hotel. Stress-free travel. With all this, you still save 50% -70% when compared to US and Canadian dentists.
Flight Information For Costa Rica
Flight: We are located a short 3-4 hour flight from most major US airports. When you are ready to book your flight be sure and use this information Juan Santa Maria International Airport (SJO)
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Step-by-step guide after you have agreed to the treatment plan and quote.
You will receive an email detailing what amount to pay along with the two payment amounts for the first and second trips. Payment can be made by credit card/debit card or bank transfer. If you’re paying by bank transfer, you will need to initiate that a week ahead of your arrival. Contact us for bank information.
Booking your flights.
We can assist you with this if you need help. Here, we offer you a simplified method to easily and effortlessly book your flights. In the booking process, we use the website https://www.expedia.com/. Go to the website and select FLIGHTS at the top of the page displayed. Enter your departure city and type your destination city as SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA (SJO) You will see a variety of available flights. You need to schedule your flight departing the US on Wednesday and return on the following Thursday
Once you have booked your flights, Francesca will create a group on WhatsApp so we can send information back and forth. You can text your flight info through WhatsApp, WhatsApp is a messaging app that is free to use. You can download it on your phone for both Apple and Android smartphones. If you need help setting it up, contact us and we will gladly help you. Jeffery, our driver, will have your WhatsApp info to let you know when we pick you up at the airport and back/forth to the office.
It's always a good idea to take pictures of the front and back of your debit/credit cards, passport and any other valuable documents that you have.
Once you arrive, Jeffrey will be outside customs, at the main gate and he’ll have a sign with your name on it. He will take you to the hotel and drop you off so that you can check in there. If you have any issues, feel free to contact us through WhatsApp, we’ll gladly assist you.
Very important before purchasing your airline tickets please call or email me with dates so that we can check availability. Also once you book your flights we need the following information in order to schedule your appointments and coordinate your airport pickup
Departure date and time
The procedure once you land is simple. Depart the plane and you will go to immigration to receive a visa in you passport. Normally your visa is for the amount of time you are here. You can request a 30 day if you plan to stay longer. Just ask the agent. Then proceed to customs to claim your baggage. You will be asked to put your luggage through a security scanner, so always make sure that whatever is in your bag complies with all guidelines. Exit the terminal and we will have a welcome sign with your name on it at the exit gate.
Payment for your procedures is normally done with Visa/Mastercard. The legal limit to bring cash into the country is $9,999 US Dollars. DO NOT CARRY MORE
Transportation? All transportation from the airport to the hotel and from your hotel to all your appointments are included in your quote.
The Hotel Sleep Inn San Jose Downtown is conveniently located in the heart of the city, only fifteen kilometers from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). It is only a short distance from tourist attractions like the Teatro Nacional, Museo de Jade, Museo de Oro, parks that are part of our national heritage, and many others.Our guests can start the day with a complimentary full American buffet breakfast, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
This hotel features a casino, a restaurant, and 2 bars/lounges. Free buffet breakfast is provided, as well as free WiFi in public areas, free valet parking, and a free manager's reception. Additionally, a 24-hour fitness center, a snack bar/deli, and a 24-hour business center are onsite. All 86 rooms boast deep soaking tubs and offer free WiFi and 24-hour room service. Free wired Internet and refrigerators are standard, as are TVs with satellite channels.
Sleep Inn Hotel Paseo Las Damas offers 86 accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. Beds feature premium bedding. Satellite television is provided. Full-sized refrigerators/freezers and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations with deep soaking bathtubs, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.
This San Jose hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided daily.
Recreational amenities at the hotel include a 24-hour fitness center.
NEST is a vertical residential development located in Freses de Curridabat, a few minutes from supermarkets, shopping centers, schools and universities. We firmly believe that urban life and proximity to basic services are a fundamental need of this time. NEST offers comfort, security and privacy for those who want to simplify their lives. Get to know it from the inside and fall in love with the NEST apartments, where the natural light, the view and the excellent finishes will make you feel very peaceful!
Event room with full kitchen
Rooftop on the 24th floor
Costa Rica is a tourist location unlike any other. Scattered among the big cities such as San José, there are smaller cities that have so much to offer. Curridabat is one of these gems. It is a very modern city with plenty of newly constructed houses and buildings, but at its heart, it is still a very historical and cultural find. Those who are looking for a vacation getaway that is not in a bustling cityscape will find Curridabat an ideal location.
Curridabat is the eastern suburb of San José and is just a stone's throw from the downtown area of the capital city. It is located along the Inter-American Highway. Travelers will pass through Cartago just before reaching Curridabat. It is an easy commute, but those without personal vehicles can also take the bus, which runs major routes out of the larger cities in Costa Rica to the smaller suburb areas.
What Else Can I Do While In Costa Rica?
Travel Documents: Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France and dependencies Germany, Greece, Holland and dependencies, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Uruguay.
Check the updated list of approved countries (in Spanish). This document is an official publication of the “Dirección General de Migración de Costa Rica.” Group one can enter and stay up to 90 days do not need consular visa. Group two can enter and stay up to 30 days, renewable for up to ninety days, no need consular visa.
INSIDE TIP! – If your passport has less than 6 months before it expires, you may not be allowed to board the airplane. Check with the airline to see what their policy is regarding passport validity.
Latest Info on Flights to Costa Rica
Find out which companies are currently flying to Costa Rica, where to find the easiest and most convenient connections for your travel dates.
Direct Commercial Flights to Costa Rica from USA, Flying Right Now
Starting early June 2021
HOU (Houston/Hobby) to SJO, daily
HOU to LIR, daily
BWI to LIR, on Saturdays (seasonal service)
EWR (New Jersey) or IAH (Houston) to SJO, daily (IAH to SJO three times a day)
ORD (Chicago) or DEN (Denver) to SJO, on Saturdays (return on Sundays)
LAX (Los Angeles) to SJO daily and to LIR, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
IAH to LIR, on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
EWR or DEN to LIR, on Fridays, and Saturdays
MIA (Miami) to SJO, twice daily, except Tuesdays (one flight)
DFW (Dallas) to SJO, twice daily
CLT (Charlotte) to SJO, daily
MIA to LIR, daily, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
DFW to LIR, twice a week, on Saturdays and Sundays, daily starting March 4th, 2021
CLT (Charlotte) to LIR, once a week on Saturdays, adding Sunday departure on Feb 14, 2021, daily starting March 4th, 2021
ATL (Atlanta) to both SJO and LIR, daily, and a second flight on Thursday-Monday departures
LAX (Los Angeles) to SJO daily
LAX to LIR on Saturdays and Sundays
FLL (Fort Lauderdale) or MCO (Orlando) to SJO, daily
JFK to SJO, on Tuesdays, and Fridays
FLL or MCO to SJO, daily
LAX to SJO, daily
LAX to LIR, four times a week (Thursday-Sunday), daily starting Feb 10th, 2021
Credit Cards/Automated Tellers: The most widely accepted credit cards are VISA, and Mastercard. A network of automated tellers is in place throughout the country serving almost all types of international credit and debit cards. CIRRUS and PLUS networks are supported.
Health and Water Quality: The tap water in the San José metro area is excellent quality and safe to drink. In some remote areas of the country, it is recommended to purchase bottled water. The health care system in Costa Rica is very good and most cities and towns have clinics and hospitals equipped to treat anyone in case of an emergency.
Climate: Costa Rica has two seasons: green and dry. The green season starts about the end of April and lasts until about the first week in December. The rest of December through April is mostly dry, although the occasional shower can occur almost any day. The temperature in the Central Valley (higher elevation) averages between 70º to 80º most of the year but evenings can be cool in the wet season (sweater is advisable). In the lower Atlantic and Pacific regions the temperature is similar but the humidity much higher.
Taxes and tips: By law, restaurants add to the bill a 10% service charge (built in tip) and a 13% tax on food and drink. Most local residents do not add any tip above the mandatory 10%. However, due to the prevalent custom of “tipping” that exists in most cultures, it is sometimes expected in the case of a foreign traveler in finer dining establishments (not in the little “sodas” or restaurants you will find in rural areas). In a finer restaurant or hotel setting, it would not be uncommon to leave an additional 10% if you think the service was above average. Hotel bills include a 13% service tax and a 3.3% state tax.
Telephones: Cellular telephony is present throughout the country, with 4G technology. There are three companies offering the service: Kölbi, Claro and Tigo. Check with your phone company before traveling if they have agreements for ROAMING in Costa Rica with any of these phone companies, and the price per minute and per megabyte.
Another connectivity option for smartphones are the WiFi networks available in hotels, restaurants, offices and some public parks. At OG Center we have WiFi available for our patients.
Clothing: Costa Rica is a land of over 1,000 micro-climates. You can experience everything from dry desert conditions in the far north (shorts and a short-sleeve shirt), extremely heavy rain in the cloud forests or tropics (rain gear, all-weather hiking boots) and even chilly weather (sweater or light jacket) at the higher elevations (such as at the top of the volcanos Irazú or Poás). Take into account your itinerary and be sure to pack according to the specific needs of your route.
Cosmetics/Skin-care: Ultraviolet rays from the sun are much more intense as you move closer to the Equator. Sunscreen is essential! 15 minutes in the Costa Rican sun is like 45 minutes in Florida. You will burn fast. If you have a favorite skincare product – be sure to bring it. Many brands are available here also. Industrial strength insect repellent is a must if you plan to visit rural areas outside the Central Valley! To enjoy the beauty of the tropics you must also endure a few bugs (mostly mosquitos). “OFF” and other major brands of repellent are available from local grocery stores and pharmacies. If you plan on hitting the jungle trail right off the plane – bring some with you as you may not be able to find any repellents or sun-block products in more remote locations.
Photos/Bird watching: Obviously, if you are visiting one of the most beautiful countries in the world, you will want to bring your camera and lots of film. Camera experts will want telephoto and wide-angle lenses to capture the intimate details of the flora and fauna. Film developing is more expensive in Costa Rica and only a few places offer the CD option for digital. Small binoculars come in handy when you hear the howler monkeys or if you are in any forest location (even along the coast). It is not uncommon to see white-faced monkeys, toucans, parrots, howlers and iguanas in many of the locations you will be visiting.
Implant Hardware Components: a manufacturers warrantee typically covers components for a period of 10 years or longer. OG Center use the highest quality implants from the leading manufacturers, which carry a lifetime warranty.
Implant Bridge: There is a statutory defects warranty of 12 months for any product constructed by the laboratory. There is an additional warranty period that the laboratory offers depending on the kind of teeth. For Titanium-Reinforced Acrylic Final Bridge this is typically 3 years, and for Zirconia teeth it is typically 10+ years because these are more durable over time. This means that the laboratory will not charge the clinic for any repairs within this period. However, in some cases more than one repair may be an indication that the improvement to the forces of your bite is beyond the physical tolerance of the material used, and an upgrade to a stronger material may be required at an additional cost. At OG Center the upgrade cost is only the difference in the price between the original teeth and the new stronger teeth, so it is much cheaper overall and only used for those patients with heavy bites who actually need it.
Conditions and Limitations*
If an implant fails to integrate we will replace it at no cost, one time only. If an implant requires a repair procedure, it will be billed according to the warranty fee schedule, one time only. An annual implant examination including x-rays or regular dental cleanings in our office (when recommended) is an absolute requirement for this warranty to apply. This warranty does not apply to smokers or to persons who have, or who develop, an uncontrolled systemic health problem, such as, but not limited to, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, severe osteoporosis, or any condition requiring long term steroid use. If smoking or a medical condition is suspected as the cause of implant failure or other complication that requires treatment, a medical examination and appropriate blood tests will be required for this warranty to apply. OG does not refund any amount of money paid. We will satisfy your procedure through warranty if needed.
OG Center warranty does not cover any flight or hotels fees for a return trip for any reason unless authorized by OG Center.
In all cases, OG Center patients agree to the following payment policies:
Payment in full of the estimated patient portion of the fees is due prior to treatment.
For comprehensive treatment plans requiring multiple office visits, OG Center does not require any pre-payment. The amount of treatment for the visit is due prior to care. For example, Stage 1 treatment is paid prior to receiving Stage 1 care. Stage 2 treatment is paid prior to receiving Stage 2 care.
Patients are responsible for the total amount of the agreed upon treatment plan and cost. Insurance benefits, if applicable, are refunded directly to the patient by the patient’s insurance company.
Patients may, at their discretion, elect to pay in full, in advance for comprehensive treatment plans. Payments are non-refundable.
In the event the clinic revises or changes your treatment plan resulting in a reduced treatment amount, OG Dental will refund any pre-paid funds upon completion of the revised treatment plan. Refunds will be processed back to the original form of payment, except cash payments will be refunded by cash or wire transfer. Written notice for refund is required to be submitted in written form at least 24 hours prior to expected payment.
No Refunds: Payments shall not be refundable due to the termination of care by the patient. The patient will receive a credit for all funds paid, minus fees for any work started or completed. This credit may be used for services at OG Center.
All pre-payments/deposits are non-refundable. Patients that choose to discontinue treatment or to postpone care, will receive a credit in the amount of the payment for a total of 12 months from the date of payment. After 12 months, this credit is forfeited. Patients may assign this credit to friends and family members to use if they are unable to use this credit
Appointments are scheduled specifically for you! Our commitment to you is that we will make every effort to book an appointment that best suits your schedule. We will also call or email you prior to your appointment to remind you of the date and time you are scheduled to see one of our dental specialists.
We require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to change and/or cancel appointments without penalty.
If you fail to cancel your appointment or do not show for your appointment, we do reserve the right to charge you a fee for time we have lost.
We ask that you respect our time as we respect yours.
We will make every effort to accommodate your change or cancellation with the proper 24 hours’ noticed provided.
We do not offer refunds for cancelled treatments or cancelled appointments. Patients will receive a credit for the unused balance.
When you make a payment, this reserves your time and appointments with OG Dental. If you choose to cancel, postpone or discontinue treatment with OG Center, you will receive a credit with OG Center for any incomplete care, minus a fee for any cancelled or missed appointments.
ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT
OG Center accepts cash, advance wire-transfers, Visa, and MasterCard.
CASH: Visitors are allowed to bring up to $10,000 in cash without reporting to the tax authorities. We recommend that guests who want to pay in cash bring $9900 to stay under the $10,000 threshold. We can receive this money immediately upon your arrival and hold it in our safe.
PayPal: If you have a PayPal account, you may make payment before treatment to our company PayPal account. PayPal is a very safe and easy way for patients to pay without carrying cash. The funds are received almost immediately, allowing patients to pay when they arrive at our clinic.
Wire Transfer: Patients may wire transfer their payment to our USA or Costa Rica bank accounts. Please check with your bank to learn their wire transfer protocol. We generally request that patients wire their payment at least 2-4 days in advance of their treatment to ensure that payment has been made prior to treatment.
Credit Card: You may make payment via credit card before treatment, while in the USA or Costa Rica. If you plan to use credit card, please advise your credit card company/bank, so that they are aware of your international use. We do not accept American Express.
Checks: We are unable to accept personal checks, company checks, cashier’s check or travelers checks in Costa Rica, as the bank processes are very restrictive, and often take weeks to process these forms of payment.