SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Remote Area Medical is bringing a free dental clinic to the Hostess City this weekend.
Basic services include cleaning, fillings and extractions.
“Cleanings, fillings, extractions and x-rays cost a lot of money. Hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars depending on how much the patient needs. When we come in we don’t ask for name, we don’t ask for insurance, we don’t ask for anything, all we want you to do is tell us where it hurts, so you can let us help you fix it,” said Heather Rhodes, Clinic Coordinator.
In collaboration with the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, RAM is setting up its clinic at the Garden City Recreation Center (160 Priscilla D Thomas Way) starting at 6 a.m. Saturday and continuing Sunday.
“Because the lack of access to care, particularly in the rural areas as most organized dentists and dentistry is located in the higher populated areas, there is a ginormous need throughout the rest of the state, particularly in those rural areas that’s largely unmet,” said Dr. Shawn Velez, a root canal specialist from Augusta who’s participating in the event.
“The Planning Council is proud to host this RAM clinic in Savannah,” said Executive Director Reginald Lee. “There is such a great need in this area for dental care, and we are glad to be part of bringing these services to the community.”
All services are free and no ID is required. But RAM says patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
Organizers say the patient parking lot will open no later than 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Patients will be provided with additional information on the clinic opening and next steps.
RAM suggests patients bring their own food, water, medicines and closing if arriving early. Bathrooms will be available.
The organization has been calling on local dentists, oral surgeons, dental hygienists and assistants to volunteer.
RAM CEO Jeff Eastman thanked all of those who are stepping up to help.
“Remote Area Medical is glad to be able to help bring free services to those in need in the Savannah community,” Eastman added. “This has been a challenging time, and access to health care is more important than ever before.”