Iowa Mission of Mercy
October 18 & 19, 2013
Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds
East 30th Street and University Avenue
Des Moines, IA
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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 that needs dental services, regardless of income or previous dental history.
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.
When and where is this
free dental clinic?
The clinic is Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, 2013, Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA. The clinic opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes when we have reached our capacity that day.
Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis, so we strongly encourage you to come early and expect long lines.
How does the clinic work?
The clinic will be staffed with hundreds of volunteers from throughout the state of Iowa, including dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. As you or your family enters the Varied Industries Building, volunteers will register you, take a basic health history, and then direct you to the appropriate clinical area. There are no qualifications or restrictions (except possible health issues) to take advantage of the clinic services.
What dental services will be offered?
Depending on your need, services may include cleanings, extractions, fillings, a limited number of root canals, and a limited number of "flipper" partials.
The Iowa MOM is not able to provide crowns, dentures, or bridges. You and your attending dentist will decide the appropriate service that best fits your circumstances. An individual's most severe problem will be given first priority. Services will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note: 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. Other medical conditions may prevent treatment at Iowa MOM.
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.
English is not my primary language. Will there be interpreters?
Yes, interpreters will be available in some languages for those who require it.
Will child care be available while an adult is being served?
Child care will be available for children while services are being provided. No children will be allowed on the clinic floor except those receiving dental treatment.
Should I be prepared for long waits for services?
We expect to serve 1,000 or more patients during the two-day event. Although it is our goal to be efficient with service delivery, it is not unreasonable to expect to spend several hours waiting for or receiving services.
Please be prepared to wait by bringing any medications you must take on a timely basis. We also suggest you bring reading material or other items to pass the time.
Please bring water, food and snacks with you as onsite food will be very limited.
Where do I park?
There is ample free parking at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Enter at the Grand Avenue Gate (East 30th Street & Grand Avenue).
Do you have other questions? Please call the Iowa Dental Foundation at 800-828-2181.