An Irishman died suddenly while undergoing dental treatment in Turkey.
Tony Rogers, 66, flew to Istanbul for emergency surgery on Monday, then died after receiving anesthesia in the dentist’s chair the following morning.
The popular businessman owned one of Louththe largest taxi companies – Tony’s Cabs in Drogheda.
He traveled to Turkey alone to get implants.
His tragic death caused great shock and sadness in his hometown, where he was an extremely popular figure.
Turkish authorities are now expected to carry out a full investigation into what happened and an autopsy will also take place.
Turkey is the top destination for Irish people having dental treatment abroad, followed by Hungary and Croatia.
Patients have implants, root canals and corbels fitted at a tenth of the cost in Ireland.
However, only last week the Irish Dental Association warned of the dangers of treatment abroad and told people to be ‘more discerning’ and do their homework before travelling.
They also revealed how three out of four dentists in Ireland had to deal with problems resulting from treatment received abroad.
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The dental chiefs said: “The Irish Dental Association is concerned about the quality of dental care in other countries and urges people to seek home care first.
“We need to encourage people who are likely to travel abroad to focus on the quality of work they receive and whether that work is really needed – not just the price of that work.”
The number of Irish people seeking treatment abroad has skyrocketed in recent weeks since Covid restrictions were lifted.
Family and friends of Mr. Rogers are now desperately trying to find out what exactly happened to him.
He was not known to have any underlying health conditions and is survived by his heartbroken son and two daughters.
A friend said: “It’s a big shock and all of a sudden. We’re trying to find out exactly what happened to him. He obviously had a reaction to the anesthesia that was given to him.
“It’s so sad, he was a lovely man who worked hard and built his business from scratch. Everyone in Drogheda knew Tony.”
A friend paying tribute online said: “Currently in shock. A very good friend, Tony Rogers, went on holiday to Turkey yesterday.
“I was there one day – and he passed away suddenly. He ran one of the biggest taxi companies in Drogheda. A very, very well liked man.
“I’m amazed. He’s a man I talk to at least four to five times a week. I only spoke to him the day before he left.
“Now he’s gone. It’s truly been a terrible week. To his son and everyone who knew Tony, my deepest condolences. I’m completely devastated.”
Another wrote: “Rest in peace to legend Tony Rogers, not a bad bone in his body!! My heart goes out to the family. Gone but never forgotten.”
The Foreign Office confirmed it was aware of the case and was providing consular assistance where possible.
He said, “As with all consular cases, the Department cannot comment on the details of a specific case.”