Volunteer Assignments have been Emailed!

You can still volunteer! Register onsite in Canon City. 

COMOM SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

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.

For the purpose of COMOM, Harrison School is being designated as a healthcare facility.

Masks are required at the clinic, and all individuals will be screened for COVID-19 prior to entering the building.

Patients, those accompanying patients, and volunteers will:

  1. Undergo a temperature check,
  2. If fully vaccinated, be asked to show their COVID vaccination card* and picture identification, and
  3. If not fully vaccinated, undergo a COVID rapid test.

            *A photocopy of vaccine card or phone photo is acceptable.

Documents and information that you will need for the clinic!

To be read, printed, and brought to the clinic:

Parking Pass & Instructions

Clinic Dates

Friday, September 24 & Saturday, September 25

(Set-up: September 23; Take-down: September 26)

Clinic Location

The 2021 Cañon City COMOM will be held at:

Harrison K-8 School
920 Field Avenue,
Canon City, CO 81212

Hotels

Make hotel reservation early!

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is holding Harvest Fest 2021 the same weekend as COMOM.

Hotels With COMOM Room Rates

Must call local hotel phone number and mention Colorado Mission of Mercy and/or COMOM

Quality Inn & Suites

2.0 Miles
3075 US Highway 50
Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: 719-275-8676
Room rate: $85/night
Visit their Website

Hampton Inn

2.5 miles
102 McCormick Parkway
Canon City, CO 81212
Room rate: $96/night
Phone: 719-269-11126
Visit their Website

Additional Area Hotels

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.

Super 8 by Wyndham – Canon City

2.2 miles
209 N 19th Street
Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: 719-315-1392
Visit their Website

Best Western

2.8 miles
110 Latigo Lane
Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: 719-275-2400
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites

3.1 miles
3271 US Highway 50
Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: 719-345-3600
Visit their Website

Parkview Inn Motel

3.5 miles
231 Royal Gorge Boulevard
Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: 719-275-0624
Visit their Website

Royal Gorge Cabins

10.9 miles
45054 W US Highway 50
Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: 719-275-3154
Visit their Website

Super 8 by Wyndham – Florence

11.5 miles
4540 State Highway 67
Florence, CO 81226
Phone: 719-372-4692
Visit their Website

Volunteer Opportunities 2021 Cañon City 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

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.

Community Volunteers

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.

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 Canon City 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

Numbing, 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 & Hygenists 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 Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

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, look for the Dental Assisting Coordinators in the registration area.  You will quickly check-in with the coordinators. If you have a particular dentist you want to work with, you WILL be able to do so.  If you don’t have a dentist, COMOM will be able to identify a dentist.

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.

Questions?

Any questions you may have regarding our events can be addressed by calling our Volunteer Hotline @ (720) 648-0918

(720) 648-0919

Call our Volunteer Hotline with any questions!

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