Dentistry in Qatar
Private dentistry in Qatar varies enormously both in price and quality, and there have been complaints that some dentists are not adequately trained. Some Western expatriates have gone to clinics assuming, from their name, that they contain dentists from their own country, only to find out that the practitioners were a different nationality.
If you decide to use a private dentist, the best option is to ask for recommendations from friends who have already undergone dental treatment. A quick post on the Qatar Living Forum usually produces a ton of useful suggestions, and some embassies keep lists of dentists from their countries.
Not all private dentists are licensed. To check if a dentist is licensed, simply enter their details in the Supreme Council of Health's dental page. (Thanks to Dr Sarah for this tip.)
Dental health insurance is normally expensive, and does not cover all possible treatments. If you do decide to go for dental health insurance, consider taking out expatriate insurance from your home country before coming to Qatar, as the options in Qatar are rather limited.
Despite the number of private dentists in Qatar, it is not necessary to use them for emergency treatment or for checkups. In fact, some residents have forked out for expensive appointments at their dentist only to be referred back to the Qatar health service when it came to having operations done.
The normal procedure when faced with a dental problem is to visit your local health clinic, which also provide local dentists. As with a normal trip, take your health card with you. If you have not obtained a health card, or if you are a visitor, you can get an appointment for a small fee - you will need your passport or ID card.
If the problem occurs on the weekend or a holiday when your local clinic is closed, you can visit one of the emergency clinics such as that in Al Muntazah. Hamad hospital does not have an emergency dental clinic, and normally offer only pain killers and a reference to a dentist.
Check-ups are available during the normal working week i.e. from Sunday to Thursday, but emergency treatment is available seven days a week.
While a basic check-up or treatment is free for holders of Qatar health cards, there is normally a nominal fee for prescribed medicine. Usually this is a fraction of the real cost of the medicine.
Problems that cannot be solved by the dentistry section of your local health centre will be referred to the dental section of Rumeilah hospital, which has been practicing dentistry since 1985.
The dental hospital offers the following services:
To obtain an appointment at Rumeilah hospital you will need your referral letter from the original dentist as well as your health card. Payment is usually required, however this is likely to be far cheaper than similar treatment at a private hospital.
The main disadvantage of using the health service is time: treatment is likely to be far quicker at a private dental clinic. The quality of service, according to former patients we spoke to, is excellent.
Getting to the Dental Hospital
To get to the dental hospital drive along C ring road, away from the airport. You'll pass Ramada signals, coming onto Suhaim Bin Hamad Street. At the end of the street is a set of traffic signals just before the Hamad Hospital underpass. Cross the signals and take the slip road on your right. Follow the slip road round, turn right onto the main road and turn right again into Rumeila Hospital. The map below shows the route, and the location of the dental section in Rumeilah Hospital Grounds - click on the map for the full version.
Note: This is a list of suggested dentists: inclusion does not constitute a recommendation. Due to the number of dental practices in Doha, this is not a comprehensive list.
The British International Dental Center
A British International Dental Centre established in 2010.
Telephone: 4411 7755/ 4411 7744/ 55819591 (out of hours emergency).
German Dental Center
Enabling you to benefit from the latest advances in dental treament!
Telephone: +974 44 411 711/ 30 290 013