Little Lights Dentistry at Light of the World Charities, provides free dental care to uninsured children living in poverty.
Little Lights Dentistry Wish List
The waiting room is a child-centered play area complete with books and toys. To educate the parents, caregivers, and children, we would like to add a TV, a DVD player, and DVDs that emphasize good oral home care routines and nutritional strategies.
Children in pain are often fearful of the dentist or of receiving dental care. A common practice is to allow them to watch an overhead TV while in the dental chair. Little Lights has 4 operatory rooms and one has a TV with Bluetooth headphones and a DVD player. The children are more cooperative and less anxious when they are distracted by the latest Disney movie or other DVD of their choice. To add overhead TVs to the remaining 3 rooms, the following is needed:
$ 400 TVs ($100 x 4)
$ 2,000 TV installation ($500 x 4)
$ 280 DVD player ($70 x 4)
$ 160 Cabling ($40 x 4)
$ 120 Blue tooth head phone ($40 x 3)
$ 200 TV mount ($50 x 4)
$ 125 Educational DVDs
$ 3,285 Total
The electric costs for our facility are an expensive item in our operating budget. The interior of our building has been modernized, but the thermostats are also old and faulty. They must be manually set to adjust temperature upon arrival and when we leave at the end of day. Monthly bills range from $310 in cooler months to $540 in warmer months.
Smart thermostats, such as “Nest Thermostats,”can automatically detect motion and set temperatures respectively. Since our facility has four thermostats, there is a high potential to reduce our electrical costs. If reduced only 20%, we would save $1,000 each year.
$ 1,200 Cost to purchase four smart thermostats and have them professionally installed.
For increased efficiency, each dental operatory is set up the same way with tools and equipment stored in a dental cart. Some items must be stored in a locked cabinet or storeroom.
$ 750 4 -drawer dental cart ($250 x 3)
$ 425 Wall cabinets with a lock ($85 x 5)
$ 500 Cabinet installation
$ 1,675 Total
A trip to the “treasure chest” for a small toy reinforces good home care routines with daily brushing and flossing. At the end of their appointment, children who have cooperated during a difficult or lengthy procedure and those who have established good home care routines are rewarded with a trip to the “Treasure Chest.”
$ 1,200.00 Cost to purchase toys for the Treasure Chest for 12 months.
Our young patients are often too small for a standard-sized oxygen mask and use of a large mask can be frightening and ineffective. Oxygen masks that are age-appropriate ensure successful treatment implementation and happy visits for the children who depend on us for care.
$ 700.00 Cost to purchase child-size oxygen masks and connectors.
Wish List Total = $8,060.00
If you have questions, please contact the Executive Director, Lori Sang, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (772) 223-9784.