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2019 Western Slope COMOM is Open!

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An Open Invitation for an Unforgettable Weekend

By Jim Setterberg, D.D.S.
I want to invite you on a mission where you can do a lot of good, extend your trip into a vacation, and not leave Colorado’s state borders (unless you want to for that trip extension). The Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM), for the first time ever, is going to the western slope of Colorado. As a co-site chair along with my wife, Sherrie (RDH), and Dr. Dirk Fleischman, I would like to encourage all of you to come over the hill to our wonderful town of Glenwood Springs for this incredible clinic on Oct. 4-5.

Clinic Dates

Friday October, 4th & Saturday, October 5th

(Set-Up: October 3; Take-down: October 6)

Clinic Location

The 2019 Western Slope COMOM Clinic will take place at:

Glenwood Springs High School
1521 Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Hotels

Headquarter Hotels

Residence Inn by Marriott

1.6 Miles
125 Wulfsohn Road
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-928-0900
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Instructions

Courtyard by Marriott

1.6 Miles
105 Wulfsohn Road
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-947-1300
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Instructions

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge

1.2 Miles
415 East 6th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 800-537-7946
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Instructions
  • Room Rate is $149/night
  • September 4, 2019 — Last day for group rate
  • Must call hotel for discounted Rate
  • Mention Colorado Mission of Mercy and/or COMOM
  • Directions

Additional Hotels With Group Rates

Cedar Lodge

0.8 Miles
2102 South Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-6579
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Instructions
  • Room Rate is $79/night
  • Must call hotel for discounted Rate
  • Mention Colorado Mission of Mercy and/or COMOM
  • Directions

Comfort Inn

11.4 Miles
920 Cowen Drive
Carbondale, CO 81623
Phone: 970-963-8880
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Instructions
  • Room Rate is $126/night
  • September 2, 2019 — Last day for group rate
  • Must call hotel for discounted Rate
  • Mention Colorado Mission of Mercy and/or COMOM
  • Directions

Element by Weston

19.3 Miles
499 Market Street
Basalt, CO 81621
Phone: 970-340-4040
Visit their Website

Instructions
  • Room Rate is $109 - $149/night
  • August 2, 2019 — Last day for group rate
  • Must call hotel for discounted Rate
  • Mention Colorado Mission of Mercy and/or COMOM
  • Directions

Additional Area Hotels

Although discount rates haven’t been negotiated with the listed hotels, call local phone number, mention COMOM, & pursue lower rates.

Caravan Inn

0.6 Miles
1826 Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-7451
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Hotel Denver

0.9 Miles
402 7th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-6565
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Hotel Colorado

1.1 Miles
526 Pine Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-6511
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Starlight Lodge

1.1 Miles
121 West 6th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-8591
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Best Western Antlers

1.2 Miles
171 West 6th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-8535
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Glenwood Springs Inn

1.2 Miles
141 West 6th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-5438
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Holiday Inn Express

1.2 Miles
501 West First Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-928-7800
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Silver Spruce Inn

1.2 Miles
162 West Sixth Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-5458
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Hampton Inn

1.3 Miles
401 West First Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-947-9400
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Frontier Lodge

1.4 Miles
2834 South Glen Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-5496
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Hotel Glenwood Springs

1.5 Miles
52000 Two Rivers Plaza Road
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 888-411-8188
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Red Mountain Inn

2.7 Miles
51637 Highway 6
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-6353
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Glenwood Suites

3.1 Miles
2625 Gilstrap Court
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-384-4700
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Quality Inn & Suites on the River

3.1 Miles
2650 Gilstrap Court
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-4579
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LaQuinta by Wyndham

27.4 Miles
600 Wapiti Court
Rifle, CO 81650
Phone: 970-361-3390
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Volunteer Opportunities 2019 Western Slope 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 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.

Assist dentists across clinical departments.

Provide patients with oral health instruction

Work in sterilization

Work in sterilization

Prepare interim partial and interim 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

Greet patients and assist patients 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.

Empty waste and help with general clean-up.

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) 648-0918

Volunteer Schedule

COMOM is a 6:00am – 6:00pm Dental Clinic. More than any other COMOM, 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 Glenwood Springs 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”)

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 via the link. Dentists who are to treat 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 box, or multi-drawer wheeled unit)
  • Personal equipment/supplies that you are accustomed to using and will ease your
    COMOM experience
  • 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 beside each chair.
  • Loupes and/or operator safety glasses
  • Patient safety glasses
  • Masks and gloves
    Masks and gloves will be available, but consider bringing these items if you have a
    special preference.
  • Power strip to enable more electrical outlets
  • Bib chains or holders
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Monday, September 9, 2019.

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.
COMOM english flyer

English COMOM Flyer

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COMOM Spanish Flyer

Spanish COMOM Flyer

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Questions?

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

(720) 648-0918

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