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Patient Information

 

 NM Mission of Mercy is a first-come, first-served clinic where all are welcome
 
September 22-23, 2017
Albuquerque Convention Center
Doors open at 5:30am!
 
** NO APPLICATION REQUIRED ** 
 Welcome to the Albuquerque Convention Center

 

What is NM Mission of Mercy 
New Mexico Mission of Mercy (NM MOM), a large scale, two day free dental clinic, is a program of the New Mexico Dental Association Foundation. It is a place and time where dental professionals and community volunteers can come together to help provide dental care at no cost to individuals who cannot access and/or afford dental care. 
                                 
 Who Should Come
Adults and children (Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.)
If you do not have enough money to pay for dental care
If you do not have a regular dentist home
No appointment
No paperwork needed 
No application 

Dates
September 22 & 23, 2017            
 
NO ONE should wait until NM MOM to seek
critical dental or medical attention, as this
could lead to serious health consequences.

 Location

Albuquerque Convention Center (Eastside)
401 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM  87102        map

Parking/Transportation

 
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Clinic Hours

The clinic doors open at 5:30 am.
Patients may begin lining up after 4:30 PM, Thursday, 9/21/17.
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?

How long should I expect to wait in line?

How long should I expect to be in the clinic?

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

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

Are pets allowed inside the facility?

Are translators available?

Who is paying for all of this free dental care?