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New Mexico Mission of Mercy

September 22-23 Two-Day Dental Clinic is State's Largest Charity Event

When

This event has already happened.
Sep 22, 2017 05:30 AM - Sep 23, 2017 05:00 PM

Where

Albuquerque Convention Center
401 2nd St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Description

The state’s largest charity event, the New Mexico Mission of Mercy, is coming to the Albuquerque Convention Center September 22-23.  This FREE, two-day dental clinic hopes to provide 1,500 patients with more than $1 million in donated care. 

“We are extremely pleased to bring the sixth New Mexico Mission of Mercy back to Albuquerque,” stated New Mexico Dental Association Foundation Executive Director Linda Paul.  “This all volunteer event shows the generosity and compassion of our community to come together to change lives.”

Doors will open to the event at 5:30 AM on both days, services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and continue until capacity is reached. 

Dental volunteers will provide basic care such as fillings, extractions, and cleanings. Limited lab work (for example, temporary partials) and limited root canal therapy will be offered if volunteers are available to provide the services. All patients will receive preventive dental education and instructions on how to properly maintain their oral health.

For a complete run down of event services, parking, childcare, and other frequently asked questions, please visit nmdentalfoundation.org or see the attached information sheet. 

The past five NM MOM events (Santa Fe, Sandoval County/Rio Rancho, San Juan County/Farmington, Las Cruces and the first event in Albuquerque in 2010) served more than 6,900 patients and provided $4.9 million in donated dental care.

Here’s more information on the New Mexico Mission of Mercy: The New Mexico Mission of Mercy (NM MOM) is a program of the New Mexico Dental Association Foundation, a 501c3 public charity and the charitable arm of the New Mexico Dental Association. The event occurs every 15 to 18 months and provides free dental care for underserved adults and children with the help and generosity of community volunteers, dentists and others. Major sponsors for the 2017 event are Bernalillo County, the United Way of Central New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque.

2017 New Mexico Mission of Mercy Patient Information

Location

Albuquerque Convention Center
401 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM  87102        

Parking/Transportation

Parking in downtown Albuquerque can be a challenge, as well as expensive. Typically, parking close to the Albuquerque Convention Center tends to be more expensive than locations further away. You may be able to save money by parking a little farther away and walking to the event.

Get a ride: If possible, avoid parking by having someone drop you off and pick you up at or near the event location.

Take the bus: Try taking a bus to the event from a rapid ride or central location. Be sure to check bus schedules and times. Many buses do not run early in the day.

Metered Parking: Please do not use metered parking! You will be at the event a very long time, and you cannot leave to put money in a parking meter. The City of Albuquerque enforces metered parking! If you are parked at an expired meter, expect to be ticketed and possibly booted!

Clinic Hours

The clinic doors open at 5:30 am.
Treatment will be provided for 12 hours but the doors will close when clinic capacity is reached.
No appointments will be taken or are necessary.
Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
The number of patients seen will be limited by clinic capacity.
There is a possibility that not everyone in line will receive treatment – Come early!

Services Provided

Dental volunteers will provide basic care such as fillings, extractions, and cleanings. Limited lab work (for example, temporary partials) and limited root canal therapy will be offered if volunteers are available to provide the services. All patients will receive preventive dental education and instructions on how to properly maintain their oral health.

NM MOM volunteers cannot treat patients with some specific medically compromising conditions, such as extremely high blood pressure. All potential NM MOM patients will receive a medical screening before any treatment is performed.

Due to the volume of expected patients and time constraints, dentists will not be able to address every dental problem a patient may have. A dentist will perform a triage to determine which procedure(s) would most benefit each patient.

Patients requiring extractions and other services will receive instructions, along with a phone number, should a patient experience complications in the two weeks immediately following NM MOM. Patients will be referred to a dentist who has agreed to see NM MOM patients for emergency follow-up care.

NO ONE should wait until NM MOM to seek critical dental or medical attention, as this could lead to serious health consequences.

Requirements for Treatment

NN MOM is open to anyone willing to wait in line to receive treatment, no questions asked, for as long as resources are available. There is no sign up for patients as the clinic is first-come, first-served. Come early! 
No ID’s or paperwork is required, and any demographic information collected will only be used in aggregate so that we have statistics about our patient population. Patients will be required to complete and sign a waiver.

What to Bring

The line to enter the clinic will be outside so dress appropriately for weather conditions. 
Food and drinks will not be provided.
You will wait your turn to enter the clinic, and then wait to see the dentists and/or dental hygienists so bring reading, electronic devices, crossword puzzles, or other items to fill your time.
You will only be allowed to bring one small personal item (purse or backpack) into the clinic.

Childcare

Free childcare will be provided for all patients receiving care. Drinks and snacks will be provided for the children.

Patient Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect at NM MOM?

Come prepared for the weather when waiting in line, and have a plan to store your gear (tent, sleeping bag, blankets) while you are in the clinic, as large bags will not be permitted.

Once capacity has been reached, the clinic doors will be closed and a sign will be placed outside as notification to others.

Once inside, all potential patients will sign a waiver, receive preventive dental education and instructions on how to properly maintain their oral health, and receive a medical screening before any treatment is performed. NM MOM volunteers cannot treat patients with some specific medically compromising conditions, such as extremely high blood pressure.

From medical triage, patients will be escorted to dental triage where a dentist will talk with them about recommended treatment. Once inside the facility, each potential patient that is healthy enough to receive treatment will receive one service at NM MOM. We, unfortunately, may not be able to take care of all of your dental needs, but will do our best to get you out of pain.

After dental triage, patients will be taken to routing, where the patient will be given a numbered card(s) that tells the patient their place in line for the appropriate treatment area.

Once patients have received treatment, they will be escorted, as appropriate, to a post-op area where a dentist or dental student will explain proper post-treatment care and answer any questions. From there, all patients will be taken to data entry and patient exit.

Patients must maintain their place in line and cannot be gone for a long period of time for any reason. They will be escorted, as necessary, by a volunteer for restroom and smoking breaks.

How long should I expect to wait in line?

Once the total numbers of patients we can see each day have been registered, no additional patients can be seen. Because we expect to see hundreds of patients in a day, please be prepared to wait several hours in line.

We are not taking appointments. Treatment is solely first-come, first served.

How long should I expect to be in the clinic?

Patients seeking treatment at NM MOM should be prepared to spend the entire day at the event. If you are not available when your number is called for treatment, we will move on to the next patient.

Do I have to wait in line if my case is an emergency?

Everyone has to wait in line for services. Most patients are suffering and in pain, so we do not take anyone out of line.

I'm not from New Mexico. Can I still receive services at NM MOM?

Yes. We will help as many people in line each day, on a first-come, first-served basis, with no questions asked until we reach capacity.

Are pets allowed inside the facility?

No. Animals or pets, with the exception of ADA Service Animals, are not permitted in the venue.

Are translators available?

Yes translators will be available in both Spanish and other languages as volunteers are available.

Who is paying for all of this free dental care?

NM MOM is entirely volunteer run and sponsor/donation based. We have received very generous contributions from our NM MOM partners that allow us to bring in the equipment and supplies necessary for the clinic. Everyone working at the clinic is volunteering their time and talents. The services are absolutely free to patients.

Price

Free

Contact

NM Mission of Mercy
505-298-7206