Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Full Refund Received for Botched Mexican Dental Work

3/30/15  I have received today about 1/2 the money that is due me.  I told Manuel, if I got $, I would take his photo off this page.  I am doing that now. On Weds April 1 I received the balance of the full refund that Dr. Sabas Magana Ambriz in Algodones, Sabali Dental Group promised me.  I have been repaid in full.  My apologies for any embarrassment this incident caused his brother or other family members.  I hope he has learned something from this incident and that he will be more honest with his clients and not try to take advantage of elderly widow ladies again.  Or anyone else for that matter. Good luck.

I regret this incident happened, but have now seen a good dentist in Parker, AZ who got all my work done correctly.  Yes, it costs me a lot of out-of-pocket $ above what my insurance covered, but bottom line is… if you have dental insurance, get your work done in America.  There are some excellent dentist… so ask around, find clients of the dentist and go to someone who has been well-known by many people for a long long time.  I’ve met people who have used the same dentist in Mexico for like 15 years.  Do your homework.  I did not, instead I trusted a relative of the guy I went to.


  1. With the up most regret I can say that he hasn't learned his lesson. He did it to my 85 year old mother and refuses too pay her. How did you do it?

    1. I wrote up all the details and included photos of them, dentist, guide to and from the border, the whole story. I think posted it live on this blog. I printed out a copy and gave it to his brother who works in Quartzsite, and also mailed a copy to him in Mexico. I told them I was sharing the like with my over 200 followers on this blog and my over 300 followers on Facebook... unless I got a full refund. They were going to give it to me bit by bit but I told them I needed it in full or I would begin to spread the word. I promised to take that blog post down once they refunded me. I had my money within two weeks. I did removed the photos and most of the post, just leaving the few details above.


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