DENTAL CLINIC

The Stowe Mission of Central Ohio Dental Clinic provides a free six chair dental clinic which is run with volunteer dentists, dental students from The Ohio State University School of Dentistry, dental assistants, hygienists, and an administrative volunteer who works to co-ordinate and schedule appointments. This program provides emergency dental services, and was started in 1985. Currently the clinic provides extractions and is open six nights per month for approximately two hours per night - Monday evenings and every other Thursday evening from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. This is a first-come, first-served program. The clinic waiting room opens at 1:00 PM so patients may wait inside the building. During this time the administrative coordinator is able to assist the patients by linking them with other available resources. These dental services are provided to individuals who otherwise would not be able to afford or obtain dental care. There are no restrictions on where people come from. The service, x-rays, pain medication, and antibiotics are provided free of charge and without discrimination. The clinic asks for a $10 donation per tooth, but will not refuse treatment if someone cannot pay. The current plan (when volunteers are available) is to increase the number of days and/or hours that services are provided, and to increase the services provided in order to offer preventative care as well.