It will eventually happen to all of us: that dreaded moment when we MUST visit a dentist. And if you’re unlucky enough, it will be during your stay in Korea. Although the language barrier and the weirdness factor will be strong deterrants to go, you may end up going there anyway because of the pain. So here’s my experience in Yemidam Dental Clinic, very near to Sejong City so you don’t feel completely lost if you need dental attention!
So, I found and visited one of the closest dental clinics from KDI School: Yemidam Dental Clinic. In Korean 예미담치과. “치과” means dental clinic. 치 is tooth or teeth and 과 is clinic. This clinic is located right on top of Sejong March 세총마치.
Once you get there, go directly to the receptionist, who does speak English and will ask you to fill out a form with your name, phone number and address. If you can, write your name in Hangul Korean characters, because they upload it to their system so it displays well.
You don’t need an appointment, they welcome walkins (like me). You will be asked to wait in a couch for a moment until the dental assistant calls you in.
After a quick wait, I was sent to the dentist chair. The doctor spoke English reasonably well and I could explain my pain and problem. He sent me to get a quick panoramic X-ray. He did some quick examination and tested me throughly. I’ve been with doctors in Korea that don’t check you well. He took his time.
After a bit, I was told about my problem and the dentist told me what we were going to do. I stepped out with the receptionist, my prescription was given and the doctor waived the consultation charge just because. He didn’t say why, I guess it was some sort of courtesy for being the first foreigner he’s seen in a while and he wants to draw some more business from KDIS. I also got a free toothbrush! 😀
I’ll be back to follow up on my treatment, but so far so good! Have you visited Yemidam Dental Clinic? How was your experience? Comment below!