(07/30/2009)
Frequently asked questions about the Mid-Ohio valley Mission of Mercy free dental project:

Dates: Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. each day

Location: West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WVU-P)

How do I make an appointment? You don't. The clinic is first come, first served. Patients will be seen beginning at 6:00 a.m.

Who can receive help? Anyone 18 years of age or older is eligible to be seen. The clinic is for the uninsured, underinsured, or anyone who can't afford to see a dentist.

What services are provided? Patients will receive only one service - extraction, restoration, or cleaning.

The term "one service" does not mean one tooth. It means one of three services and this can be in more than one tooth.

Is transportation provided? Shuttle Bus service schedule will be announced. Individuals who cannot make it to the pick-up areas will have to provide their own transportation to and from the event.

What is the process? The doors will open at 6:00 a.m. each day. The first 600-700 people will receive numbers and begin the registration process.

The doors will close when the maximum number of people who can be treated is reached. Some patients may be pre-screened for the second day of the clinic and asked to arrive back at 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The process will be repeated the second day.

Patients will go through registration, medical screening, an initial exam, x-ray (if necessary) and will receive their dental treatment.

What items should I bring with me? Bring a list of your current medication and all known allergies. If you have medication you need to take during the day, be sure you bring what you will need while you are waiting.

If you are currently taking anticoagulants, or blood thinners, you must provide a note from you physician that gives permission for treatment and verifies that you have stopped taking the medication prior to treatment.

Bring a snack, a book or something else to keep yourself occupied. This is a long process and will take several hours to complete.

Can people who don't live in West Virginia get assistance? Yes. There is no eligibility screening. Anyone who is willing to wait in line for the services can receive services.

Are they taking out wisdom teeth? Yes, on a case by case basis. Generally, the dentists will be able to take out wisdom teeth if it does not require actually putting the patient "under."

Can I have more than one tooth pulled? Yes, on a case by case basis.

Will I get dentures? No. No dentures will be provided this year.

Can I get a new bridge?* No, there will no bridges made or provided.

Do I need to bring x-rays?* X-rays will be provided on site. There is no reason to bring them with you.

Do you serve children? No. This service is only for individuals age 18 and older.

Can I bring my children? This is a long day, and we strongly advise against bringing children.

Is this only for expectant moms? No, this project is referred to as the "M.O.M. Project" which stands for Mission of Mercy. We will see anyone over the age of 18.

If I volunteer, can I get an appointment? No, even if you volunteer, you will be treated like every other patient.

How will I know where to go when I get there?* Volunteers will be in the parking lot at WVU-P and will direct you where you need to go.

Where is West Virginia University at Parkersburg? Located on Route 47 east of Parkersburg, WVU-P is approximately 2 miles from I-77.


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