The Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce that the previously postponed 2021 Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM) free dental clinic has been rescheduled for July 23-24 at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center in Wichita.
The 2021 event will look a little different, as we implement social distancing, mask wearing, and other precautions due to the ongoing pandemic.
We will keep patients, volunteers, and donors updated via the KDCF web site, Facebook, and Twitter pages.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
- Continue taking any prescription medication as directed; bring it along so a dose is not missed should the patient have to wait a good portion of the day.
- The patient will need to fill out a brief health history; bring a list of allergies, prescriptions, etc. to have this information available.
- Patients do not need to bring dental records, proof of income, or any other documents.
- Services are first come, first served and ALL patients must be able to wait in line – no appointments.
- The clinic opens at 5:30 AM on both Friday and Saturday. Waiting in line, or determining how early to get in line, is up to the patient.
- We only let in as many patients as we will be able to treat that day and we will then close the doors. Standing in line on Friday and not getting in does not give the patient priority the next day. It is the same process on Saturday – first come, first served.
- Be prepared to wait and potentially be there all day. It may be mid-afternoon before a patient is treated.
- We will provide biscuits and gravy for breakfast and a hotdog and chips for lunch for all patients at no charge. Bring snacks and water.
- After a medical screening, the patient will be examined by a dentist at KMOM and the patient’s greatest need will be treated. For example, if a patient needs extractions and fillings, the greatest need (probably the extractions) will be treated at KMOM. The patient does have the option to come back the next day to get the fillings but they must wait in line again like everybody else. No line priority is given.
- Services provided include cleanings, fillings, and extractions. No dentures will be provided at KMOM.
- Full mouth extractions will be done if determined necessary by the examining dentist. The patient will be able to discuss treatment/procedure options with the dentist prior to care.
- We typically have as many volunteers as we need registered prior to KMOM. Therefore, volunteering will not give priority or access to treatment. Registered volunteers who wish to be treated need to manage their schedule so they can wait in line for treatment.
- After treatment, patients will be provided a phone number to call for follow up emergency care if they experience any problems regarding the treatment received at KMOM.