ENGLISH-SPEAKING DENTIST in BARCELONA
When you move to a new country the language is quite often a barrier – in certain situations the barrier is much bigger than others.
Despite the fact that my Spanish is quite good I still feel anxious when I have to go to a doctor or dentist or even a hairdresser, worrying if I will be able to properly explain to them why I am there and even more if I will get what they are explaining to me in medical terms. Yes, the hairdresser is not in the same category as the doctors but if you don’t explain well what you want you might end up with a look that makes you scared to look at yourself in the mirror for the next few months.
The other problem is to find the right doctor/dentist! Your Spanish friends might recommend their dentist or doctor, but what are the chances that those specific doctors will speak a decent level of English?
As you also might know, dental care is not included in the public health care in Spain, which makes it even more difficult to find a specialist that is good, speaks some English and has reasonable prices.
My personal experience with looking for a good English-speaking dentist or at least good dentist was quite disappointing. I read opinions on multiple forums and websites, I sent emails to some clinics to ask them for quotes as I didn’t want any surprises like “100 Euros for the filling” and still I had to visit several different ones until I found a really good professional. My first try was one of those big clinics with many dentists working there – my memory there was not a good one. They offer you the first check up for free, but then they give you a quote that makes you wonder if you really need all these things or they are trying to get your money (and yes they are doing this here quite a lot). Additionally the dentist didn’t give me a good vibe at all, and the cabinet didn’t seem to comply with the hygienic standards I would expect in a medical institution. The second one was a Catalan dentist, who refused to check why I am complaining (I went there with a toothache), but told me I have some other condition and gave me a quote for 300 Euros. At this point I was getting quite irritated as you can imagine.
The third dentist I visited was one that I found in an English-speaking doctors directory in Barcelona and I can definitely say he was one of the best dentists I have visited with. His name is Doctor Friendlander and his practice is in Gracia. He speaks very good English and is extremely professional. You feel that you are in safe hands and that he´s not out to get your money, but instead he genuinely cares about you as a patient. It is difficult to find such a personal interest from medical professionals. He is originally from Germany but also speaks fluent Spanish, in case you want to refer him to one of your Spanish (or German) friends!
The address and contact details are as follows:
Calle Puigmartí, 33, bajos
93 237 02 87
You can also check his blog – http://blog.friedlander.es/ and his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ortodonciafriedlanderbarcelona