Expats should not worry about not having an international health insurance plan as dental care in Kuwait is provided for free and most dentists in Kuwait are foreigners from Scandinavia, Britain and Russia.
Some of the primary care polyclinics include dental units. There are also six public dental clinics in the country. The main one is behind the AmiriHospital in Sharq. Under the MPH’s 4-year plan to 2003, new dental clinics are to be established at Jahra and Farwaniya.
Though Kuwaitis are entitled to a full range of services, the range of dental procedures available to expatriates is restricted to cleaning, scaling, and root canal and tooth extraction. To avail of special dental services, such as having a permanent bridge or crown installed, expatriates must attend a private dental clinic at their own expense.
There are a number of private clinics that can provide immediate dental care treatment. Most of the clinics have their own workrooms and technicians that produce crowns, bridges and prosthetics. For other extensive treatments, one can make an arrangement with the dentists for a payment scheme.
Cosmetic dentistry is also offered for services such as teeth whitening to veneers, contouring and reshaping. Cost of treatment varies because of competition. A basic check up with a private dentist ranges from KD$10.00 (USD$34.00) to KD$15.00 (USD$51.00).
Having full dental insurance can be costly. Normally, having a standard health plan will include treatments such as emergency filling and extractions. Individuals who have coverage for crowns, bridges and other prosthetics or x-rays and simple cleaning will pay a much higher premium.