IMOM Patient Info

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Iowa Mission of Mercy
September 23 & 24, 2016
Five Flags Center
405 Main St.
Dubuque, IA 52001

Patient Information (Para la información en español, hace clic aquí)

If you are currently in pain, do not wait for the Iowa MOM for treatment.

What is the Iowa Mission of Mercy (Iowa MOM)?
The Iowa MOM is a two-day free dental clinic for any child or adult who cannot afford dental services. Our goal is to provide charitable dental care and education to individuals, reducing health risks and suffering for those in need. You do not need to reside in the state of Iowa to receive dental services.

When and where is this free dental clinic?
The clinic is Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The clinic opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes when we have reached our capacity that day. Because we expect to see hundreds of patients in a day, please be prepared to wait several hours for service. We do not take reservations. Treatment is solely first come, first served.

How does the clinic work?
The clinic will be staffed with hundreds of volunteers from throughout the state of Iowa and beyond, including dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental technicians. As you or your family enters the clinic, volunteers will register you, take a basic health history, and then direct you to the appropriate clinical area. There are no financial qualifications or restrictions (except possible health issues)* to take advantage of the clinic services, although the philosophy of the Iowa Mission of Mercy is to serve those individuals who have difficulty receiving dental treatment.

*Please note:
Certain medical conditions may preclude patients from receiving treatment at Iowa MOM. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar must test below 250 at the clinic to receive treatment. If you have high blood pressure, it must test under 190/105 to receive treatment.

What dental services will be offered?
Our main goal at Iowa MOM is to relieve pain and restore smiles. We provide cleanings, extractions, fillings, a limited number of root canals, and a limited number of "flipper" partials. The Iowa MOM is not able to provide cosmetic dentistry, implants, crowns, full dentures, braces or bridges. An individual's most severe problem will be given first priority. Services will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.

What do I need to bring with me?
Come prepared for the weather when waiting in line, and have a plan to store your gear while you are in the clinic, as large items will not be permitted in the clinic. Since patients are being treated on a first come, first served basis and there will be long waiting periods, please bring any medications that you need to take on a regular basis. If you have recent x-rays (within a month), bring those as well. There will be limited snacks available, so we suggest that you bring food with you. Please plan to spend the majority of the day at the clinic.

Are pets allowed inside the facility?
No. Animals or pets, with the exception of ADA service animals, are not permitted in the venue. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.

Is childcare available?
Yes, the Iowa Mission of Mercy provides free child care while you are being treated. If your children will be receiving dental treatment, they will go to child care upon completion of their treatment. Please be sure to bring whatever necessary items you need for your child. Children will not be able to enter the clinic unless they are being treated.

It is difficult for me to walk - will there be help available?
Yes, wheelchairs are available. Those with special needs will be accommodated as best as possible.

Who is paying for this free dental care?
Iowa MOM is entirely volunteer run and donation based. We have received generous contributions from sponsors that allow us to bring in the equipment and supplies necessary for the clinic. Everyone working at the clinic is volunteering their time and talents.