Q. What is a Mission of Mercy (MOM)?
A. A Mission of Mercy is a large, free dental clinic approximately every two years held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds.
Q. What dental services are offered at the MOM?
A. The services offered at the Western Maryland MOM are cleanings, fillings, extractions and some oral surgery.
Q. Who is eligible to be treated?
A. Anyone 18 years of age and older is eligible to be treated. There are no restrictions, unless the patient cannot be treated because of a medical reason. Talk to your primary care doctor in advance if you are concerned about receiving treatment.
Q. What if the patient needs pain medication or antibiotics?
A. The Western Maryland Mission of Mercy is an opioid free clinic. There will be a pharmacy at the event to dispense free non-narcotic pain medicines and antibiotics as prescribed by the treating dentist.
Q. What is the cost for treatment at the MOM clinic?
A. There is no cost to the patient. No insurance is required. It is FREE.
Q. Who pays for everything?
A. The Western Maryland Mission of Mercy Planning Committee raises funds through private donations and grant dollars. Other donations come in the form of supplies, donated meals and/or snacks, tables, chairs, badges, forms and a variety of other items. If you’d like to donate, click here or contact (email used for contact.)
Q. What if a patient needs additional treatment?
A. To assure patients have follow-up access, arrangements are made with local dentists to care for those individuals, if necessary. Follow-up information is provided to the patient at the event during check-out.
Q. What is the MOM event like?
A. The Western Maryland Mission of Mercy is like other MOM events across the state. This MOM clinic is by appointment only. Even with appointment spots you can expect to be at the clinic for a lengthy time waiting for your treatment. When you arrive, you will see many volunteers ensuring the clinic runs as smooth as possible. If you have questions while at the clinic you can ask one of the volunteers who will assist in finding the answer.
Q. Are the dentists (and assistants) paid?
A. No. This is 100% volunteer. The dental professionals, medical professionals and all volunteers are donating their time and skills to help their community members who may not be able to get much needed dental treatment.