Service Resources: Organizing Service Projects

The following resources were contributed by Academy members who have shared experiences on what is involved in carrying out a successful project.  Every one of the following are valuable resources, which should not be over-looked when planning, preparing, and carrying out a humanitarian service project.

Humanitarian Funds to Assist with Dental Service Projects

Membership dues and donations are used to help fund the operation of the Academy of LDS Dentists. These funds are considered sacred, to be used to help further the mission of the Academy. One worthwhile use of the funds is to provide assistance with smaller humanitarian projects being carried out by Academy members – for patient care, facility expenses, equipment and supplies, and training/teaching materials.

A Humanitarian Funds Request Form is available for download here:

The completed form is then submitted to our Service Coordinator, Tricia Tippets, for processing and approval.

Take advantage of this great benefit of financial assistance as you go forth and serve those in need.

“A How to…”  Dental Service in Developing Countries

From the 2012 Annual Conference

David Dickerson, former Academy president, and “keeper” of the equipment that is available to Academy members to rent, also presents what equipment is available and how to set it up.

This video presentation offers tips, hints, and helps from three humanitarian service projects over years of perfecting the trips.  They are from:

  • Dominican Republic (Len Aste)
  • Mali, West Africa (Laurence Palmer & Tom Johnston)
  • South Pacific Islands (Wayne Chisholm)

2012 Academy of LDS Dentists Annual Conference Session

 Part 1

~ 0:00 ~3:00 – INTRODUCTION – Wayne Chisholm

~ 3:00 ~ 10:00 – ACADEMY’S RENTAL EQUIPMENT – David Dickerson

 Part 2

0 ~ 10:00 – ACADEMY’S RENTAL EQUIPMENT – David Dickerson

Part 3

~ 0 ~ 5:00 – ACADEMY’S RENTAL EQUIPMENT – David Dickerson

~5:00 ~ 10:00 – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Len Aste

“List of Things to Do to Organize a Service Project” (pdf)

Part 4

0 ~ 10:00 – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Len Aste

Part 5

0 ~ 4:00 – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Len Aste

~ 4:00 ~ 10:47 –  MALI, WEST AFRICA – Laurence Palmer; Tom Johnston

Part 6

0 ~ 10:17 – MALI, WEST AFRICA – Laurence Palmer; Tom Johnston

Part 7

0 ~ 12:19 – MALI, WEST AFRICA – Laurence Palmer; Tom Johnston

Part 8

0 ~ 10:49 – SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS – Wayne Chisholm

Chapter: “Third World Volunteer Dentistry”

This chapter of a book was written by Dr. Richard C. Smith by the request of Dr. Karl R Koerner for his book entitled Manual of Minor Oral Surgery for the General Dentist.  This chapter covers dental conditions in third world countries, the levels of assistance (including the preparation), planning and preparing for volunteer service, and gaining a new perspective.  This is an excellent manual for the preparation for any humanitarian service project in developing countries. This chapter is presented by permission of the authors and the publisher.

Richard Smith Chapter by joe4299 on Scribd

Service Videos: Steps to Organizing a Project

A “how-to series”:   Steps to Organizing a Project

Serving dental patients around the world is a daunting experience.  The following six sections are available for viewing and are an excellent resource:

Part 1: Introduction (3:42)
Part 2: Preparation Phase and Host Organization (plus Visa/Passport Info) (3:42)
Part 3: Supplies (equipment, instruments, etc.) (5:39)
Part 4: Set-Up and Patient Treatment (12:57)
Part 5: Sterilization and Restorations (5:01)
Part 6: Hygiene and Ending (5:19)

Learn Through Service Videos

Learn more about serving dental patients around the world with this practical, how-to series of instructional videos:

Part 1: Introduction (3:42)

Part 2: Preparation Phase and Host Organization (plus Visa/Passport Info) (3:42)

Part 3: Supplies (equipment, instruments, etc.) (5:39)

Part 4: Set-Up and Patient Treatment (12:57)

Part 5: Sterilization and Restorations (5:01)

Part 6: Hygiene and Ending (5:19)


Planning a dental service expedition? To help facilitate a great experience with dental humanitarian service, the Academy has a number of Adec portable dental delivery units available for rent. These units come packaged in a hard case and include a high and low speed handpiece, air/water syringe, air-driven suction, and a high pressure hose.

Visit service-resources for a wealth of information on all aspects of planning and carrying out a dental service expedition, including videos about the portable dental units and how to use them.

Academy members can rent the Adec units for a minimal cost of $50 when current with their membership dues. Non-Academy members can rent the unit for $150. An extra $50 is needed when a unit is shipped rather than picked up personally, which covers added wear and tear during extra shipping and additional time the unit is rented out.

Normal wear and tear is expected, which the rental cost helps to cover. Sometimes units have been returned with pieces missing and other issues above and beyond normal wear and tear. To help with this situation, a small security deposit is paid, which is refunded when the unit is returned with all rental requirements being met. With good care, these units will be available for many future dental service expeditions.

One of our loyal Academy members, David Dickerson, has been taking care of equipment rental for over 15 years. This is a big effort that takes a great deal of time on David’s part, all as a volunteer. His efforts really make such a positive difference for other Academy members as they work to make a dental service project become a reality. Thank you, David!

If you have questions about the rental process or would like to rent a portable dental unit, or for questions about the rental process, contact David Dickerson by e-mail at or by phone at 801.785.8500.

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