Online Volunteer Registration is Open!

Thornton COMOM

September 27 and 28, 2024
Riverdale Ridge High School
13380 Yosemite Street, Thornton, CO  80602

Clinic Dates

Friday, September 27 & Saturday, September 28

(Set-up: September 21; Take-down: September 29)

Clinic Location

The 2024 Thornton COMOM will be held at:

Riverdale Ridge High School
13380 Yosemite Street
Thornton, CO 80602

Hotels

Make hotel reservation early!

Headquarter Hotels

Aloft Denver North Westminster

8.0 miles
14780 Delaware Street
Westminster, CO 80023
Phone: 303.427.5121
Website   

Instructions

  • Room rate – $129.00/night
  • August 25, 2024 – Last day for group rate
  • Booking link – 2024 COMOM – Aloft
  • Or call local hotel number and mention Colorado Mission of Mercy and/or COMOM

Hilton Garden Inn

7.4 miles
14275 Lincoln Street
Thornton, CO 80023
Phone: 303.255.1000
Website

Instructions

  • Room rate – $124.99/night
  • July 25, 2024 – Last day for group rate
  • Booking link – 2024 COMOM – Hilton Garden Inn
  • Or call local hotel number and mention Colorado Mission of Mercy and/or COMOM

Candlewood Suites Denver North – Thornton

7.3 miles
14362 Lincoln Way
Thornton, CO 80023
Phone: 303.227.3505
Website

Instructions

  • Room rate is $114.99/night
  • July 25, 2024 – Last day for group rate
  • Booking link – 2024 COMOM – Candlewood
  • Or call local hotel number and mention Colorado Mission of Mercy and/or COMOM

Additional Area Hotels

Although discount rates haven’t been negotiated with the listed hotels, call local hotel phone number, mention Colorado Mission of Mercy and/or COMOM, and pursue lower rates

Staybridge Suites Denver North

6.2 miles
13719 Lincoln Street
Thornton, CO 80023
Phone: 303.255.6180
Website

Holiday Inn Express

7.3 miles
12030 Grant Street
Thornton, CO 80241
Phone: 303.452.0800
Website

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Denver – Thornton

7.4 miles
83 E 120th Avenue
Thornton, CO  80233
Phone: 303.920.8000
Website

Delta Hotels Denver – Northglenn

7.6 miles
10 E 120th Avenue
Thornton, CO 80233
Phone: 303.452.4100
Website 

Courtyard Denver North – Westminster

7.7 miles
14355 Orchard Parkway
Westminster, CO  80023
Phone: 720.639.7701
Website

Woodspring Suites Thornton – North Denver

7.9 miles
16125 Washington Street
Thornton, CO  80023
Phone: 720.844.5921
Website

Volunteer Opportunities 2024 Thornton COMOM

An estimated 1,000 volunteers are needed to make this year’s dental clinic a success. Whether you are a caring dental or health professional or a caring community volunteer, numerous opportunities are available for you to help at COMOM!

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.

Volunteer Dental / Non-Dental Health Professionals

Plan treatment in triage, provide treatment in oral surgery, restorative, endodontics, prosthodontics, and pediatrics.

Provide preventive treatments (i.e., prophylaxis, topical fluoride, sealants) and full mouth debridements, and also provide 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; three-hour sterilization commitment.

Provide patients with oral health instruction; three-hour sterilization commitment.

Dependent on clinical experience, may be able to assist dentists; three-hour sterilization commitment.

Provide patients with Panoramic and Nomad x-ray images.

Prepare partial and full dentures.

Provide dental and nondental volunteers with supplies to enable them to perform their tasks efficiently.

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.

Community Volunteers

Greet and check in volunteers.

Escort patients to and from the various clinic departments.

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.

Welcome patients to the clinic and assist them to complete clinic registration forms.

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.

Computer enter information from patient treatment forms.

Serve patients and volunteers, and provide support in the food service area.

Assist department leads as needed.

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.

Assist patients and volunteers as they park their cars, to smoothly, and without delay, have them arrive at the clinic.

Ensure patients and volunteers have a comfortable and safe clinic experience.

Questions? Please Contact Our Hotline: (720) 648-0919

Volunteer Schedule

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 Thornton and the surrounding areas!

General Arrival Times

4:30 am

Volunteer Food Service, Volunteer Check-in

5:00 am

Patient Escorts, Patient Registration, Health Triage, Imaging, Dental Triage

6:00 am

Endodontics, Hygiene, Oral surgery, Pedo, Restorative, Denture City, Flipperville

7:00 am

Pharmacy

 7:30 am

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 What to Bring

Be sure personal instruments and supplies are marked with your identification.

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.  

Items to Bring Categorized by Dentist Type

If you have any questions please contact Pam Dinkfelt, PhD, at pamcomom@gmail.com or 720.626.9778.
  • Containers to store and transport instruments with multiple compartments (such as plastic divided containers, fishing tackle boxes, or multi-drawer wheeled unit)
  • Personal equipment and supplies that you are accustomed to using, and by having the items your COMOM experience will be enhanced.
  • Comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes
  • Operator and assistant stools/chairs A limited number of portable stools will be available, but COMOM strongly encourages you to bring your own for maximum comfort.
  • Headlight and extra batteries This would be an adjunct to a freestanding halogen light proximate to each patient chair.
  • Loupes and face shields to accommodate the loupes
  • Masks, face shields, googles, gloves These items will be available, but consider bringing these items if you have a special preference.
  • Power strip to enable more electrical outlets
  • DEA number for prescription writing COMOM security forms are to be used for writing prescriptions for medications not available at the clinic site.
  • Pens with blue ink for charting

Supplies for treating 15-20 patients per day (expanded duty assistants and a limited number of second chairs available for those interested)

If you have any questions please contact Pam Dinkfelt, PhD, at pamcomom@gmail.com or 720.626.9778.
  • Local anesthetic and three syringes; bring a few carpules without epinephrine.
    Patients normally go to numbing stations prior to coming to your dental chair, but
    may need some additional anesthetic to supplement what has been used.
  • Needles
  • Topical anesthetic and cotton tip applicators
  • Amalgam, composite and/or glass ionomer restoration materials
    Amalgam capsules, glass Ionomer material and applicator (if normally used), matrix holders, bands, and wedges, base material (like Vitrebond), Silver Diamine Fluoride, Composite materials, Composite guns, Bonding agent and Etchant, Finishing Supplies (polishing materials, strips, 12 blades, etc., Retraction cord, hemostatic agents
  • Rubber dams, holders, clamps with clamp placers, and hole punch
  • Curing light
  • Articulating paper and holders
  • 4 instrument set-ups for the varied procedures that you will perform at COMOM
  • 3 or 4 high-speed and slow-speed handpieces (four holed) with desired
    attachments
    COMOM will have a limited number of handpieces and instruments available
  • Straight handpiece attachment
  • Handpiece lubrication
  • 3 or 4 bur blocks with extra burs you normally use
  • Acrylic burs to adjust partial dentures
  • Assorted mouth props (if normally used)
  • Hand-held mirror for patient instruction
If you have any questions please contact Pam Dinkfelt, PhD, at pamcomom@gmail.com or 720.626.9778.

Basic Surgical Tray Instruments, i.e.,(It is very advantageous to bring 3 set ups)

  • Syringes
  • Minnesotas
  • Mirror
  •  Cotton Pliers
  • Blade Handles
  • #1 Wooden elevator
  • #9 periosteal elevator
  • 301 Straight elevator
  • Double-Ended Root Tip Pick
  • Single Root Tip Pick
  • Double-Ended Curette
  • #9 Molt currette
  • Ronguer
  • Suture Scissors
  • Hemostat (Needle Holder)

Forcepts

  • Universal upper and universal lowers
  • Cowhorns
  • 88L and 88R
  • Ash forceps
  • Your favorite forceps (i.e., 217’s)

Nice to Have

  • Handpiece with Burs
  • Blades
  • Sutures
  • Extra Local Anesthetic
  • Box of 15 Blades
  • Collaplugs
  • Small Surgicel
  • Silver Nitrate
  • 27G Needles and Needle Guards
  • Extra Gowns
  • Extra Chair Barriers 
  • Extension cord (10 to 25 feet)
If you have any questions please contact Pam Dinkfelt, PhD, at pamcomom@gmail.com or 720.626.9778.

Equipment

  • Endodontic rotary units with motor and endodontic handpieces
  • Apical Foramen Locator (e.g. Root ZX)
  • System B or Touch n’ Heat
  • Obtura unit or Calamus unit (+ Gutta percha pellets, + tips)
  • Heat source (e.g., Blazer)

Instruments

  • Mouth Props
  • Rubber Dam Frames and Forceps
  • Rubber Dam Clamps (e.g., #5 /2a /9 /00 /w8 /8a)
  • Endodontic explorer
  • Finger or Hand Spreader (e.g., D11T)
  • Pluggers (e.g. Glick)
  • Blue Finger Rings with sponges
  • Rotary and Hand Files
  • Gutta percha cones (0.04, 0.06 and accessory)
  • Paper points

Disposables

  • Rubber Dams (Latex and Non- latex)
  • Undiluted Bleach (e.g., Clorox)
  • Cold testing agent (e.g., EndoIce)
  • Cavit
  • Mini sponges for access openings
  • Monoject syringes for solutions
  • Irrigation Tips (e.g., 23g / 25g / 27g/ 30g)
  • Sealer (e.g. Roth, AH+, RealSeal, etc.)
If you have any questions please contact Pam Dinkfelt, PhD, at pamcomom@gmail.com or 720.626.9778.
  • Local anesthetic and three syringes; bring a few carpules without epinephrine.
    Patients normally go to numbing stations prior to coming to your dental chair, but
    may need some additional anesthetic to supplement what has been used.
  • Needles
  • Topical anesthetic and cotton tip applicators
  • Amalgam, composite and/or glass ionomer restoration materials
    Amalgam capsules, glass Ionomer material and applicator (if normally used), matrix holders, bands, and wedges, base material (like Vitrebond), Silver Diamine Fluoride, Composite materials, Composite guns, Bonding agent and Etchant, Finishing Supplies (polishing materials, strips, 12 blades, etc., Retraction cord, hemostatic agents
  • Rubber dams, holders, clamps with clamp placers, and hole punch
  • Curing light
  • Articulating paper and holders
  • 4 instrument set-ups for the varied procedures that you will perform at COMOM
  • 3 or 4 high-speed and slow-speed handpieces (four holed) with desired
    attachments
    COMOM will have a limited number of handpieces and instruments available
  • Straight handpiece attachment
  • Handpiece lubrication
  • 3 or 4 bur blocks with extra burs you normally use
  • Acrylic burs to adjust partial dentures
  • Assorted mouth props (if normally used)
  • Hand-held mirror for patient instruction

Dentists & Hygienists Malpractice Insurance

COMOM carries event malpractice insurance for dentists & dental hygienists for the duration of the dental clinic.

Out-of-State Dentists & Dental Hygienists

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 Tuesday, August 20, 2024.

COMOM will do the paperwork with the Colorado Dental Board to enable you to volunteer at COMOM and treat patients. 

Dental Assistants Assisting Dentists

After Volunteer Check-in:

  • If you have a particular dentist you want to assist, proceed to the clinic area to the location of the dentist.
  • If you do not have a dentist, proceed to Hands-on-Deck, and COMOM will be to identify a dentist in need of an assistant.

Help COMOM Reach Out to Patients

Help COMOM spread the word about our clinic by sharing or posting our COMOM flyers (posted below). We have two versions of our flyer, one in English and one in Spanish.

English COMOM Flyer

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Spanish COMOM Flyer

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Questions?

If you have any questions related to the Thornton dental clinic, do not hesitate to call (720) 648-0919.

(720) 648-0919

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