As always, COMOM is committed to having the dental clinic held in a safe manner for patients in need of care and for the volunteers who serve them.
COMOM will follow state and county public health guidelines related to COVID-19 and demonstrate best healthcare delivery practices.
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Make hotel reservation early!
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is holding Harvest Fest 2021 the same weekend as COMOM.
Must call local hotel phone number and mention Colorado Mission of Mercy and/or COMOM
Although discount rates have not been negotiated with the listed hotels, call local hotel phone number, mention Colorado Mission of Mercy and/or COMOM,
and pursue lower rates.
Only volunteers who have had their hepatitis vaccination series will be allowed in areas of direct patient care or in areas of possible exposure to patient bodily fluids.
Work in triage, provide treatment in oral surgery, restorative, endodontics, prosthodontics, and pediatrics, and also administer local anesthetic.
Provide preventive treatments (i.e., prophylaxis, topical fluoride, sealants) and full mouth debridements, and also assist in oral cancer screening and oral health instruction.
Assist in oral surgery, restorative, endodontics, prosthodontics, pediatrics, and sterilization.
Assist dentists across clinical departments.
Dependent on clinical experience, may be able to assist dentists.
Provide patients with oral health instruction
Work in sterilization
Provide patients with Panoramic and Nomad x-ray imaging.
Prepare partial and full dentures.
Ensure the optimal operation of dental equipment.
Code dental procedures performed by dentists and hygienists.
Participate in mentoring program with COMOM dentists.
Review patients’ health history, and measure patients’ blood pressure and blood glucose levels (health triage).
Be available onsite in case of a medical emergency; assist in health triage.
Dispense antibiotics and low-level pain medications as prescribed by dentists and oral surgeons.
Welcome patients to the clinic and assist them to complete clinic registration forms.
Escort patients to and from the various COMOM departments.
Interview patients gathering information about their pain status and the time frame of their most recent dental care, insurance status, demographic factors, and about their COMOM experience including whether they received oral health education.
Assist department leads as needed.
Assist patients by interpreting for them. Interpreters of all languages are needed. Individuals who are fluent in Spanish are of particular need. Individuals who are proficient in American Sign Language are also needed.
Greet and check in volunteers.
Serve and clean-up food service areas for patients and volunteers.
Ensure orderliness of everyone at the event.
Computer enter information from patient treatment forms.
Help with setting up the dental clinic and the taking down and packing up of the dental equipment and supplies at the close of the clinic.
COMOM is a 6:00 am – 6:00 pm dental clinic.
Patients will be traveling long distances to receive their oral health services, and it’s important that volunteers commit to staying for the entire clinic time.
Plan to stay overnight and enjoy the attractions in Canon City and the surrounding areas!
Volunteer Food Service, Volunteer Check-in
Patient Escorts, Patient Registration, Health Triage, Imaging, Dental Triage
Numbing, Endodontics, Hygiene, Oral surgery, Pedo, Restorative, Denture City, Flipperville
Oral Health Instruction, Exit Interviews
(If you do have a time restriction, write a message in the “Please note additional Information” on your online registration form.)
Dentists will generally be able to treat patients in the clinic department they indicated as their first preference during volunteer registration.
A listing of items that each dentist should bring to the clinic is shown below and via the PDF link. Dentists who will be treating patients in Restorative, Oral Surgery, Endodontics, and Pedo have a special listing of items to bring to the clinic.
Clinicians often prefer having their own instruments and supplies at the clinic. If, however, you have limited access to dental instruments / supplies, or have questions, please contact your department lead as shown in the document.
Supplies for treating 15-20 patients per day (expanded duty assistants and a limited number of second chairs available for those interested)
Basic Surgical Tray Instruments, i.e.,(It is very advantageous to bring 3 set ups)
Nice to Have
COMOM carries event malpractice insurance for dentists & dental hygienists for the duration of the dental clinic.
Dentists and Dental Hygienists, with a dental license in good standing in their respective state, are welcome at COMOM.
If you hold an out-of-state license, register online as a volunteer by Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
COMOM will do the paperwork with the Colorado Dental Board to enable you to volunteer at COMOM and treat patients.
COMOM combines the donated services of hundereds of dental professionals & volunteers to provide free annual dental clinics
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