My mom had pain from her tooth, she decided to go to ABHA dental clinic in Mahboula beside the towers. Initially she was told the metal filling had come out and that the doctor needed to clean it out and then refill it. Ok, no problem right? WRONG! He started off with 6 shots in the roof of her mouth then decided to start drilling and drilling until my mom sat up and asked him what he was doing, she knew he was doing something like a root canal not just cleaning. The doctor (some big tall arab guy) told her he knew what he was doing and to sit down. He continued on to do a root canal without asking my mom. If she had the choice she would have just had it removed but she wasn't given that option. They charged her 40 kd for that part.
An hour into it he told my mom he couldn't finish and she would have to come back tomorrow even though she had a massive infection which she found out later. He sent her home with some ibuprofen. Later on she was in incredible pain but had to wait until 9 a.m. the next day to go to the dentist. She complained to the Kuwaiti owner Dr. Waleed about her treatment the prior day and told him she was in alot of pain. He told her his doctor did the appropriate action. Dr. Waleed told her he couldn't work on her as he had patients there, she told him "What am I?" Finally she was referred to the Indian lady doctor and the doctor told my mom she had a massive infection all the way down to the bone and that the other doctor had left half of the nerves exposed.
The first doctor didn't tell her about the infection and didn't even prescribe antibiotics. The lady doctor told her she couldn't do anything except clean it out and prescribe antibiotics. She would finish the procedure after 3-4 days. That bill was another 80 kd. My mom is supposed to have a crown fitted for at a later date which will be another 100 kd. I too have had one experience with ABHA clinic. I usually go to the International Clinic in Salmiya to Dr. Fadi who is excellent. I gave ABHA clinic a try because it was close to my house. BIG mistake. The same big Arab doctor was rude and unfriendly with me also and charged me a hell of alot more than IC. Unfortunately I didn't know my mom was going to ABHA or I would have said NOOOO!
We all learn from experience but it would help if someone warned me ahead of time. I know the clinic charges alot because alot of expats go there so they tend to think everyone is loaded. Personally I recommend International Clinic for your medical needs. It's clean and reasonable. The only drawback is the distance but I'm willing to travel if it makes me feel relaxed. My youngest daughter loves the dentist and will only allow him to work on her. Of course this is only my opinion based on my experience.
If you visit ABHA clinic make sure you ask alot of questions and know what the procedure will be before your mouth is numb or wide open making it hard to communicate.