The same Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Centers for Disease Control guidelines that apply in the dental office also apply at MOM. We will provide masks and gloves for all volunteers needing them and disposable gowns for use in oral surgery and hygiene. If you have favorites, bring a supply of them for your personal use. There are no guarantees we’ll have a specific product, because we get supplies donated as much as possible. Clinicians should bring protective eye wear. Eye wear is only provided for those working in sterilization.
We want your experience to be as enjoyable as possible and for some that means using a specific instrument or material when working. Therefore, we encourage you to bring your own. There is a process in place to help ensure you get your personal instruments back after they have been sterilized. Bringing your instruments in cassettes will help save time otherwise each instrument will be individually bagged.
There will be a stool for every dentist and dental hygienist working in restorative, endodontics and hygiene. However, there won’t be enough stools for all the assistants. Please consider bringing a stool or two from your office, especially if you have a comfortable one that you like to sit on. We will have folding chairs available if needed.
What not to bring
Please leave valuables at home or lock them up out of sight in the trunk of your vehicle. There is no place to lock them up inside the Sanford Center.
What to wear
Dress comfortably. You will be on doing a lot of walking or standing on a hardwood gymnasium floor, so comfortable, close-toed shoes are a must.
Clinical volunteers will receive a scrub top, and non-clinical volunteers a T-shirt. Please wear the shirts provided so you can be easily identified as a volunteer. You can wear pants, jeans, shorts or skirts – whichever you prefer. Shorts and skirts should be of a length that is appropriate for a professional atmosphere, family setting and shows respect for patients. Every effort is made to maintain a comfortable inside temperature, but it is next to impossible for it to be comfortable for everyone in such a large group. Therefore, you may choose to wear layers under the volunteer scrub top or T-shirt provided or a sweater or jacket that allows your volunteer shirt to show. Having the option to change into shorts and/or pants is also a good idea.
Out-of-state licensed volunteers
All dentists, hygienists and assistants volunteering must have a current Minnesota license. If you are volunteering and hold a license from another state, you may obtain a Volunteer temporary no-fee permit through the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.
Click the following link for more information and to download an application for:
Breakfast and lunch will be provided for volunteers on site in a break room away from the clinic floor. Because some of the food is donated we can’t guarantee that we can provide for every special dietary need.
Only water in a covered cup or bottle is allowed on the clinic floor. No open-top beverages will be allowed. Some bottled water will be available, but you can help protect the environment by bringing your own covered, refillable water bottle. Water fountains are available in the Sanford Center.