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Dentists In Amsterdam

Dentists In Amsterdam

Living in Amsterdam there are some things in life that are unavoidable.

  • If you’re in a relationship with a Dutch woman being marched across the country, like a prisoner of war, to visit Oma, Opa, parents, cousins etc.
  • Jumping out-of-the-way of moronic, self-centered idiots cycling on pavements
  • Having to visit a dentist (during working hours).

Incredibly in Amsterdam in the year 2014 the following is still largely the case:

  • The majority of dental practices are only open during office hours
  • Many practices have a ‘late’ evening usually on Thursday evenings. Attempting to get an appointment on one of these evenings is more difficult than having a discussion with a Dutch person about Zwarte Piet without the word ‘traditie’ being mentioned
  • Many practices appear to be run for the convenience of the Dentist rather than the patient

Dutch service extends to dentists

Upon arriving in the Netherlands, my initial impression was that the service in Dentists here was pretty much in line with that provided in shops and cafes, in other words pretty unsatisfactory. I made the mistake of simply registering with the dental practice that was closest to my apartment. A huge mistake as of course, most appointments could only take place during working hours so it would have been better to have chosen one closer to where I worked.

Upon registering, the dentist gave me a basic examination which couldn’t have lasted longer than a few minutes. In fact, the paperwork and actually getting an appointment took almost as long as the initial examination itself. The receptionist appeared to be a relic from a bygone age, who despised being interrupted by patients to be asked annoying questions such as “I’ve been waiting for twenty minutes, how much longer will I have to wait for?” or “Is there any chance of having my next appointment during lunchtime, e.g. between twelve and one?” To which the response was “We have to eat too you know”. She also wasn’t particularly amused that my Dutch wasn’t up to what she felt was a reasonable standard.

Visiting the dentist was such an unpleasant experience that I did the worst thing possible which was to simply avoid going for awhile. When I finally needed dental treatment again, I decided to apply a more methodological approach in selecting a practice than I’d used previously, as simply choosing by postcode wasn’t exactly the smartest idea I’d ever had.

 

 

Criteria for a dentist in the 21st century

When choosing a new Dental practice I decided to set out some criteria. The practice that could meet these would have the pleasure and joy of having the Shallow Man as a patient.

  • The practice should be open outside of office hours more than one evening a week
  • It shouldn’t be impossible to see a dentist in Amsterdam on a Saturday
  • They should be in a location that’s not too far from the Shallow Man bachelor paradise
  • The staff shouldn’t have a problem explaining treatments and recommendations in English. (Dental and medical terms in Dutch are still beyond my grasp)
  • Some basic civil customer service wouldn’t be bad

When I shared this criteria with a Dutch friend of mine who’d lived in Amsterdam for quite some time, she nearly died laughing. “Where do you think you are? This isn’t New York or London, if those are your criteria you won’t find them at dentists in Amsterdam”.  I’m pleased to say that I was able to prove her wrong.

A dental practice with flexible opening hours in Amsterdam

After asking around amongst some friends, I discovered Lassus Tandartsen. Incredible as it may seem now, I was shocked to discover that they open Monday to Friday from seven thirty in the morning till ten at night. Even more surprising was that they are also open during the weekend as well. A dentists in Amsterdam that realises that they are in the twenty first century!

Upon registering,  I received confirmation for an appointment and upon arriving at the practice the following took place:

  • The receptionist was friendly and spoke English
  • The intake steps were explained to me (in het Engels)
  • I was then led to a separate room where they took an X-Ray of my mouth
  • The dentist then reviewed the X-Ray results with me
  • A thorough examination took place

Years of British dentistry had taken their toll and the Shallow Man required some orthodontic treatment. Whereas most dental practices would have then referred me to an external orthodontist, Lassus Tandartsen have orthodontists and other specialists in-house. They developed an action plan which was then sent to me in writing including an estimate of the costs and time required.

All of the following services are offered under one roof by the practice.

  • Root canal specialist

  • Esthetic dentistry

  • Pediatric dentistry

  • Implantology

  • Periodontology

  • Oral Hygiene

  • Whitening

  • Orthodontics

  • Restorative dentistry

The big advantage of this is that you won’t be sent all over Amsterdam to have different dental treatments if they are required.

 

Examples of treatments available within the practice

You’ve been invited to a fancy party in the Het Gooi region of the Netherlands. To fit in with the locals you might want to get your teeth whitened. The people at the event will be so dazzled by your teeth that they’ll forget to warn you about the steep stairs. If you fall down them, and damage your newly whitened teeth, you can return to the practice where they can either carry out implants or depending on the damage simply install facings. Other options of course include the implementation of false teeth (perhaps after one or two toffees too many) or have braces applied so that your teeth will be straighter than the poles danced on in some establishments in Amsterdam.

 

I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I enjoy going to the dentist

There are always plenty of more enjoyable things to do than to go to the dentist.

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I can think of better things to do than be at the dentist

No one in their right mind says “oh joy, tomorrow I’m going to the dentists.” That aside  I’ve been impressed with the professionalism, flexibility and treatment that I’ve received at the hands of the team at Lassus Tandartsen. Even if I strongly dislike having them poke around in my mouth while I attempt to take my mind off it by thinking up new strategies for playing Grand Theft Auto.

If you’re looking for quality work, and customer service that if focused on the patient instead of the needs of the dental practice, I suggest that you get in touch with them.

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A Dentist open daily outside of office hours

 

No dental assistants were hurt during the writing of this post.

 

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  • Cris

    Wow, I’m impressed you found a practice that works after 5 pm!

    In fact, the same annoying service level extends to hospitals. One time I was asked by my doctor to give a 24-hr urine sample. It was already Friday afternoon so I asked if their lab is even open on a weekend because that would mean if I start collecting my urine when I get home I will have to give it on Saturday afternoon. And I know for a fact that their blood sample and urine sample area is open only on normal working hours. But they told me they were open. Fine. I did what they asked. After all I was pregnant and that was a high priority test for me since I had a high risk pregnancy.
    I went to the hospital Saturday afternoon with a big container of urine. As I suspected, the sample collection booth was closed. In fact, all reception areas of all departments were closed. So I asked the main receptionist if she can call the lab directly because the collection area is closed. For sure the lab is open, otherwise who’s going to test any sample from those currently staying in the hospital, right? But nope, the receptionist suddenly had an opinion. She told me I was NOT ALLOWED to send in my sample on a weekend. So I reminded her that it is NOT her job to make medical decisions and she should call the lab and the gynecology department to confirm they were expecting me. Did she really think that I, a nine-month pregnant woman, would go through the hassle of driving to the hospital with a bucket load of urine on a Saturday afternoon just for fun??? It took a lot of convincing before she finally picked up the phone to ask them. And then made some BS excuse after the phone call when she found out that they were indeed expecting me. It’s just amazing.