Georgia Mission of Mercy



The Georgia Dental Association and Georgia Dental Association Foundation for Oral Health announce that the second Georgia Mission of Mercy will take place June 13-16, 2013, in Gwinnett County. Individuals who may plan to seek care at GMOM should check back on this page as the clinic approaches for updated information.

ALERT! Any individuals who plan to seek care at GMOM: Remember that individuals with dental pain can have an accompanying infection. Please DO NOT WAIT until the GMOM 2013 clinic to seek critical dental or medical attention as this could lead to serious consequences. In addition, there is no guarantee that you will be seen at GMOM. Click here for a listing of dental clinics that may be able to assist you.
 

Frequently Asked Questions


1) How do I make an appointment at GMOM?
There will be no appointments made for this clinic. Individuals will be run on a first come, first served basis until the clinic's capacity is reached on a treatment day. Our capacity is determined by the number of professional volunteers who are present and cannot be predicted in advance of our event.

2) What are some things I should expect at GMOM?
Arrive as soon as you can and be prepared for a long day. Remember, there is no guarantee that all patients who arrive for the clinic will be seen. The normal process that an individual who receives treatment would go through is this:

- Waiting in line.
- Basic patient registration forms to complete.
- Basic medical examination.
- Dental triage examination.
- Waiting areas for your designated procedure(s) for the day.
- Treatment.
- Checkout and follow up instructions.

3) You mention waiting in line. What items should I bring with me to GMOM?
- List of current medications.
- One day supply of your regular medications. Continue taking prescription medications as directed.
- Snacks and water.
- Patience and a good attitude.
- Clothing and shoes appropriate to the weather.

4) What should I do if my physician recommends premedication for dental treatment?
Follow your primary care provider’s instructions and inform the triage doctors as you go through the screening process. Premedication does not eliminate you from receiving care.

5) Is there anything that would disqualify me from receiving treatment?
Each patient will undergo a basic medical examination. Some things that could prevent you from being treated include:

- Having a fever at the time of treatment.
- Uncontrolled or abnormally high blood pressure.
- Abnormally high blood sugar levels if you are diabetic.
- A history of excessive bleeding.
- Currently taking immunosuppressants.

6) Who will provide the treatment at GMOM?
All care will be provided by volunteer licensed dentists and hygienists.

7) Is there a limit as to how much treatment I can receive?
Due to limited supplies, time, and volunteers, treatment is necessarily limited. Critical dental needs will receive first priority. The premise behind this kind of clinic is to address any acute or painful dental needs individuals might have.

8) Are pets allowed inside the GMOM event?
No. Animals or pets, with the exception of ADA Service Animals, are not permitted. 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. If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government.