Today, I went to the most expensive dentist in Estelí. I didn't pick him because he is the most expensive nor am I sure he is but I know Ana thinks his prices are totally out of line. I actually met him one morning when I was walking my now ex-dog seven or eight years ago. He was standing in front of his office and said (in English) "That type of dog doesn't belong here".
Well, he was almost right. While you are more likely to find Samoyeds in Alaska or Siberia, Carlos was actually from Costa Rica. In any case, I liked his attitude and when I needed some dental work I went to him. He is a good dentist (by any standards) and the fact that he doesn't like to do unnecessary things (like X-rays) impresses me. He has also impressed some folks I sent to him including one person who does not speak Spanish.
In any case, I went there because I had broken one tooth (popcorn again) ages ago and had another where the tooth had disintegrated under a filling. I could see dollar signs for him. When I walked in I suggested that my mouth was a potential gold mine for him.
Well, I must have been thinking US prices. He did a cleaning and pretty much confirmed my assessment: two crowns. He explained the process which had no surprises: impression today, the nasty stuff on Monday with temporary crowns and the permanent ones 10 days later. The total cost would be $600.
I don't know what US prices are these days but about 10 years ago I had two crowns done in Costa Rica and the cost was almost $400 each. At that time, that was way less than US prices. So, while he is "way too expensive" by Ana's standards, I am only unhappy that I actually have to be there when this is happening.