foreigners from around the world with temporary visa
Recently number of foreign patients has increased; however,
there are some problems at the same time, such as language,
a difference of understanding each culture, and a lack of
understanding Japanese medical systems. Those problems are
caused disturbing our examination and consulting process in
Hope all foreigners, who would like to come to our clinic,
understand the clinic features indicated below completely
prior you come.
communication in Japanese is necessary
Understanding conversation among a patient, a doctor, a hygienist,
and staffs is very important. If you are NOT good at Japanese,
you'd better be with an interpreter. The
chief doctor is able to communicate with foreigners in English
, but other staffs are not good at conversation in English.
The chief doctor has to take care of many patients in one
day, so spending time with one patient is not so long. Therefore,
you need good communication skill with staffs in Japanese.
2. By appointment only for examination except emergency cases
(See "Patients for Emergency" paragraph)
All patients need appointment, and the doctor has to follow
its appointment schedule to see patients. If there is no available
schedule left for appointment when you book, pleases try another
available time or date. Handling your schedule is your responsibility,
not us. Everybody takes care of their schedule. We never accept
selfish reason for taking an appointment.
3. Understanding the differences of medical systems between
your country and Japan is necessary.
No matter our income, everybody can take general medical examination
in this country. Most of general examinations are covered
by Japanese social and general medical insurance, which costs
30% of total expense; however, others, whitening and orthodontics
for example, are not covered. You have to pay 100% cost by
4. We are welcome people who would like long-term treatment
Due to this clinic achievement, we would like all patients
to continue and come to the clinic for oral care constantly.
It depends on your idea and situation, but some of foreign
patients insist on just fixing problem; however, it's not
a good solution for the patient with short-term treatment.
Long-tern of maintenance and treatment are the best solution
of our oral care.
and achievement of this clinic >
Supporting and maintaining oral health care in lifetime is
this clinic purpose. Annual and/or half-year oral check are
common sense in Europe and the U.S. 80% in Sweden, 50% in
England, 20〜60% in America of people go to clinic to check
once or twice a year, but only 2% of us can go in Japan. This
clinic would like to make people change their consciousness.
In order to realize our purpose and achievement, we try to
have separated examination rooms, and have international level
of diagnosis, technique and facilities.
|Dr. Roy C. Page and
Otofumi Chigasaki ,DDS
"Caries and Periodontal
diseases occur rarely in nature." by Dr. Roy C.
Caries and Periodontal diseases are transmitted by bacteria,
and most people can prevent both diseases with homecare and
professional care at dental clinic. Most of them realize something
wrong in your mouth after you have cavity or bleeding from
gum, and visit a clinic, but sometimes it's too late when
you go to the clinic.
Due to treatment many times in the past, inlay and/or crown
are filled off, and then need re-treatment, which causes getting
lose your teeth. Stop this old process and try to keep your
teeth healthy as long as you can with us.
to use our dental clinic correctly >
Taking regular oral check and maintenance is necessary because
of reasons as below;
1. Clean mouth keeps healthy teeth longer
2. Having regular set of teeth is prevented oral diseases
3. Need professional oral care to prevent oral diseases, home
care only is not enough to do it.
Professional caring by dental hygienist(s) is the best. When
some problems are occurred, the hygienist can take care of
them with a dentist.
It's important for you and all prospective patients to know
you need to take regular professional care and maintenance.
When we solve patient's problems, we check all of mouth condition
in detail and take x-ray with small parts. We often take oral
pictures for explanation. After these screening, we make a
plan of its treatment process for them. Lisk check of saliva
is needed in Sweden for example.
In detail, see "examination and maintenance" paragraph
for Emergency >
Thinking about all last 4 years, it seems to us that there
are still dental treatment problems.
20% of new patients in our clinic are emergency, and their
problems are mainly ristricted to pain
problem or trable in filling material. 70% of its emergency
patients give us telephone prior they come, but rest of them
is without any appointment or having phone, and visits us
directly. Some request to see a doctor right away, especially
patients with painful problem insist on not to be able to
wait order. We of course take care of emergency patient as
soon as we can; however, we would like to offer better treatment
with appointment of a dentist and hygienist in charge, also
our dental clinic has different features and purpose from
other clinics as indicated in "Purpose and achievement
of this clinic"; therefore, it's almost impossible for
us to react and accept needs of emergency patients. This clinic
has not been opened for those needs to take care of. Most
emergency patients would like to solve only their present
problem they have, and they do not want to have regular check.
We would like them to understand that ignoring regular check
can't maintain your healthy teeth or mouth.
| Tsukuba Healthcare Dental
Clinic Chief doctor OTOFUMI CHIGASAKI ,DDS
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