A Visit to the Best Dentist on Guimaras Province: Dr Lezly Sarmiento Gonzaga


Does anyone enjoy going to the dentist? I never have. So after a six week battle with a toothache, I finally relented and visited a local dentist. And was I pleasantly surprised. So much in fact that I had to write this post: “A Visit to the Best Dentist on Guimaras Province: Dr. Lezly Sarmiento Gonzaga

I write about my negative and positive experiences as an American expat in the Philippines. I’ve been doing it over five years. So when I can survive a visitation to a dental facility and come out alive and pain-free, I have to share that with my readers though I suspect that the majority of you won’t be traveling thousands of miles to visit Dr. Gonzaga. Too bad. Aside from being one of the best dentists I have ever gone to in my whole life, “Doc,” is an attractive young woman, professional and works fast.

This female wonder physician had my aching tooth out in less than ten minutes! I went to a dentist at SM City in Iloilo years ago who took 90 minutes to extract a molar in multiple pieces and charged me double!


Dentist Office in Iloilo City

The SM City Dentist


Dr. Lezly Gonzaga, who cleaned my teeth first and used an anesthetic, only charged 1,050 pesos, not quite 24 bucks, and that included x-rays. Plus, I only had to wait about 15 minutes before the doctor and her assistant started to work on me.

The Gonzaga Dental Clinic is located on the Ground Floor, Mavikks Building, Guimaras Circumferential Road, San Miguel, Jordan, 5045, Guimaras. Now if you’re a college basketball fan from the States, you’ve heard of the Gonzaga Bulldogs. I don’t think “Doc” would even know of their existence, so I didn’t even bring Gonzaga’s name up.

BYU recently broke Gonzaga’s nation’s longest home win streak at 41 games, as well as their 36-game WCC home win streak and their 22-game overall win streak.  But Dr. Gonzaga probably doesn’t  have time to follow the Bulldogs or watch ESPN as her practice seems to be thriving.

My wife and I arrived at 8:15 am and by the time my tooth was pulled the office was full with about six or seven people waiting outside. I’m due to return next Monday to have a broken tooth pulled so the doctor can work on getting some dentures for me. I’m missing about six teeth now, three pulled in the Philippines. I look like a meth addict from Central Illinois.

OK, in full disclosure I’ve never been to any other dentist in Guimaras so I might be a bit prejudiced in crowning her the ”best dentist” on our mango province but until someone can provide me information to the contrary, I’ll be sticking with my pronouncement. And with a reasonable price tag of 600 pesos per tooth, almost 14 US Dollars, next time you’re in our neck of the woods, you might spot me with an almost full set of teeth!

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO" aka "THE CRUSTY OLD EXPAT." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

26 thoughts on “A Visit to the Best Dentist on Guimaras Province: Dr Lezly Sarmiento Gonzaga

  1. dave you might end up looking like that guy jaws in the james bond film lol,
    but you will be able to eat a nice t bone steak i have to go to see my dentist
    this week keep putting it off, no pain but the tooth is broken but the old
    saying no pain no gain if i leave it any longer it is going to get painfull.
    derek in sunny pasig

    1. Yeah, you might be right, Derek. I am missing quite a few teeth. Once I get the new dentures I’ll have to find a good steak, so far I haven’t had much luck. Anyone out there have any suggestions. I’ve tried the Australian beef from SM but it was tough. I’ve heard SM calls it “Australian Beef” but the cattle, from Australia, are raised in the Philippines.

      Man, I would probably rather talk to my mother-in-law (now in Manila) than go to the dentist. My broken tooth I will have pulled next Monday will make way for those dentures I’ve needed for a long, long time.

      1. Dave, there are two main types of cattle in Australia, the European breeds (Bos taurus) in the southern temperate areas, and Asian breeds (Bos indicus) and their cross breeds in the tropical northern areas. The Asian breeds have greater tolerances of tropical weather and diseases, but also have tougher meat. Likely the Australian beef cattle raised in the Philippines are the Asian breeds (Bos indicus) or a cross breed with the tougher meat, because the European breeds (Bos taurus) don’t do well in the tropics. So for a good steak, you’ll need to find beef that was raised in Australia, USA, Canada, etc.

        1. Thanks for the info, Lance. There are some SM outlets now offering Angus Beef but I haven’t checked it out. Too be honest, I’m happy with the ground beef I get from our local SM Supermarket in Iloilo but might have to settle for the absolutely, melt-in-mouth steak I had while in Vegas.

          1. Dave, I’m glad to hear you can get Angus Beef in the Philippines, it’s nice and tender. But Angus is a Bos taurus (temperate climate) breed of cattle, so maybe it is raised in Australia/USA/Canada/etc and exported to the Philippines. I imagine SM’s Angus Beef will be expensive, but if you have a craving it is still cheaper than a plane ticket to Vegas to get one there 😉

            1. Yep, much cheaper than a plan back to Vegas, Lance, no doubt about that. Man, I’m really tired of making that long flight and probably won’t be back for awhile. We might be going to Iloilo at the end of next week and I will have to check out the SM Angus. I’ve only noticed it being sold in the past few months at SM but I definitely will be buying some once the new house is done and I buy that new super-sized stainless steel BBQ grill. 😉

  2. Maybe do some reading about dentures vs implants. When teeth are lost the jaw starts to shrink and dentures soon no longer fit. Implants are more expensive, though. I would guess she explained all this.

      1. Ron, the contact number for the clinic is 033 581-2208. If you make it over to Guimaras, let me know. We can pick you up at the Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. We could have a few beers over at The Shirven when you get done.

        Roxas Ron, best to contact me by leaving a comment here. I always check this every day.

  3. My wife’s getting a partial denture (2 teeth) here in the US. Even with my dental insurance, my charge is gonna be $1000. It’s almost worth it to go to Guimaras and have the work done there.

    1. You’ve got a good point, Dave W. I have an Aussie friend on the island who has some mates that fly in from Australia and come to the Philippines to get their dental work done. I’ve been told by other expats on the island that Dr. Gonzaga is indeed the best dentist on our mango province. She rivals the best dental care I’ve received in the States. I’ve had extremely little discomfort since my tooth was pulled on Monday. As an additional bonus, there is a large tooth sculpture on the ceiling right above the dentist’s chair that you can stare at while your tooth is getting pulled. 😉

  4. hi dave,never had a good steak here yet had one last year was the same local
    beef ive give up on it ,had a nice beef sandwich and salad for lunch at the
    french baker tasted very good ,first time to eat there will be going back.
    derek in sunny pasig.

    1. I’ve heard of a good steak over in Iloilo at the Hotel Del Rio, Derek, but I’ve never checked it out yet. I will say that our local wet market in Guimaras has some of the best tasting pork tenderloin I’ve ever had. We don’t have a French Baker here but next time I get over to Bacolod I will have to check it out.

  5. A story, Dave. I recently saw a dentist for the first time in . . . get this, 9 years. I have never had a cavity. I made the mistake of going on youtube to see all the horror stories of walking into the dentists and then back out with a list of work required that would add to $40,000. Well, I went in and the guy says, after a bunch of digital xrays, so how do you do it? What are you doing that after 6 decades no cavities. I had no answer. It just turned out this way.

    There is no, repeat, no good US dental insurance. The insurance companies can’t make money on it — which tells you how common huge bills are. Most policies will cover only about $2000/yr. A ton of people need more work done than that.

    There is a town just across the border from Yuma, Arizona that is nothing but Mexican dentist offices. Americans go there for just about everything. Fraction of US prices.

    1. Owen, I did have dental insurance with AT&T and could have used it if we were still in the States, but it didn’t have that much extensive coverage anyway. With the prices so cheap here, don’t need it.

      No cavities after 9 years? I brush my teeth but don’t floss anymore. My wife takes better care of her teeth but I guess I’m paying the price now for neglecting them.

      I don’t blame anyone for crossing the border to Mexico. If you can get good dental care for a good price, that sounds like a good alternative to the high prices in the States.

  6. I brush everyday, of course. I have never had a cavity or anything decay relevant done in 60 years. I got frequent cleanings over the years, but none for 9 yrs. I grew up in the first area of the US to have fluoride in the water supply so maybe that did it, though of course many people grow up now with fluoride and still get decay. I have no answer.

    But without question teeth can destroy finances. Dentists are trained to try to preserve teeth so each can get $500 cavities over and over.

    1. I suspect that the fluoride treatment might have something to do with your lack of cavities, Owen. I remember as a kid growing up in the 50’s and 60’s and all the emphasis on putting fluoride in the water. I don’t recall getting that many cavities as a child. We didn’t drink too many soft drinks or eat that much candy (aside from Halloween and Easter. Halloween was a favorite time for dentists because popcorn balls were often passed out as Halloween treats; I grew up in an era where homemade treats were passed out and everyone turned on their porch light for the trick or treater’s.)

  7. Dave,
    Your like me and don’t enjoy going to the dentist, but a good looking Filipina make it much easier to take. I had 2 teeth pulled last year. The dentist was very good. One of the teeth was absessed and he had a hard time getting it out. Had to put Novacane in a couple of times, but was impressed with his work. Cost was 1000p for both teeth.

    1. That’s a good price, Papa Duck. I’ll be back at the dentist Monday to get that broken tooth pulled. Not looking forward to it but if I want those new partial dentures, I don’t have much choice.

  8. As far as i’m concerned dental care is not only cheap in the philippines it is much better care. wife had teeth whitening done last year 500 peso’s and as far as all the stupid meth heads her in central illinois I think it gets worse everyday.

    1. Roger, I need to get some tooth whitening done. My teeth are stained by years of coffee and tea drinking. Just got my new partial dentures, five teeth in all. I don’t look as much as a meth head as I used to. 😉

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