Paying for Dental Procedures

Paying for Dental Procedures

Dealing with price shock from American to Japan


Dentists, doctors, orthodontists. Having lived in Japan for most of my adult life, the only prices I know for services by these are Japanese prices. The other day, a friend complained on Facebook about paying over $1,000 (roughly ¥100,000) to have two cavities drilled in America, and I was shocked; I got three of my own cavities drilled this year in Japan for less than ¥7,000 ($70) total. Of course, I know there’s a price difference between things in the U.S. and Japan—but actually seeing that price difference when buying glasses, a car, or having dental procedures performed surprises me. It’s even more awkward when Japanese friends and family ask the usual “How much does [insert thing] cost in America?” and I have to answer honestly, “I don’t know.”