NO-FEE Dental Clinic
It’s hard to imagine living with the pain of an abscessed tooth for a month or more because you can’t afford a trip to the dentist. And even more unlikely to imagine how a trip to the dentist might lead to someone’s salvation. But when a dentist eliminates dental pain, hope and confidence return, creating an open door for the gospel message.
The clinic is funded by generous donations from individuals, churches and companies, and through corporate and foundation grants; however, the needs are ongoing, so please consider becoming a regular donor to the Mission and keep no-fee care coming for those who would otherwise go without.
Since 2003, the Olympia Union Gospel Mission No-Fee Dental Clinic has been staffed by volunteer dental professionals. Now serving over 1,800 patients a year, the clinic provides emergency services to Thurston County residents living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level who have no dental insurance or alternate means to pay for care.
I took her blood pressure and although it was slightly higher than normal, I made a judgement call to keep her in my chair. I decided to tell her about my dental appointment from the previous day when I had a tooth prepped for a crown, mostly to take her mind off her own appointment, but also to let her off the hook about anything else she may be worrying about.
I’m not much of a talker when I work, but I felt like Ruth could use a good story about a dental provider getting tortured in the chair for once!
It must have worked because after I was done, she hopped out of the chair smiling, gave me a huge hug and told me that she really didn’t want to come to her appointment today but she talked herself into her car and drove down to the clinic because “you people have done so much for me and your time is so valuable that I couldn’t let you down.” She then thanked me for making her laugh.
I told her the pleasure was all mine. ❤️
~ Volunteer Dental Professional
309 Washington St. NE, Olympia
To make an appointment call:
M – F 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
309 Washington St NE, Olympia
(No Hablamos Español)
The Clinic is in need of DENTAL FLOSS! Can you help?
Call Shelley at 360.943.6400
HELPING DIABETICS LIVE A HEALTHY LIFE
Terry was one of the first patients participating in the LIN project. As a diabetic, her teeth were degrading and she contacted the No-Fee Dental Clinic for help. She was so thankful to participate in this new program and felt that “someone cared.”
Your gift to the No-Fee Dental Clinic helps meet the dental needs of individuals in our community that have no access to the urgent care they need. Thank you!
Volunteers & Needs
Dentists can also help by supplying: Lidocaine, protection barriers for chairs, sterilization bags, bibs, adult size toothbrushes, Biotene mouthwash, take-home fluoride treatments, “Prevedent”, small size ACT Fluoride, adult extraction instruments.
To help with any of these needs, contact Shelley Case at (360) 943-6400.