Arizona Mission of Mercy (AZMOM) is an annual two-day large-scale dental clinic where dental treatment is provided at no cost to individuals who cannot access and/or afford dental care. This event is completely volunteer driven and is possible because of the generous support of CADS partners.
In addition, we have provided a list of Community Clinics offering services. Community Clinics List (PDF)
WHO SHOULD COME?
- Adults and children
- If you do not have enough money to pay for dental care
- If you do not have a regular dentist
- Friday, December 9, 2022
- Saturday, December 10, 2022
- Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix Arizona
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007
- Click here to see a map
- Patients are seen on a first come – first served basis.
- The number of patients seen will be limited by clinic capacity.
- Gates open at patient entrance at 5:00am on December 9th and 10th.
- Overnight lineup will not be allowed.
Please Note: Fire arms, alcohol and drugs are NOT permitted on the fairgrounds.
Patient Frequently Asked Questions
Our main goal is to relieve pain and restore smiles. We provide extractions, fillings and cleanings as well as some other dental procedures that can be appropriately done in a mission setting. We do not provide cosmetic dentistry, implants or braces. Further, we may determine that we cannot take care of all of your dental needs at CADS MOM, so that we can relieve pain for the greatest number of patients.
Everyone has to wait in line for services. Most patients are suffering and in pain, so we do not take anyone out of line.
Patients seeking treatment at CADS MOM should be prepared to spend the entire day at the event. If you are not available when your name is called for treatment, we will move on to the next patient.
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, patients will be seated and given a name tag and a number that corresponds with their place in line. Patients must maintain their place in line, in both the waiting room and clinic, 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. Dental health students will be in the waiting area to talk with every patient about proper oral health care and brushing techniques.
Once they are seated, patients will be given a registration/release form to complete. Note that we will not be checking IDs, and any demographic information collected will only be used in aggregate so that we have statistics about our patient population.
Once they are registered, patients will be taken, in order, to medical triage. Their blood pressure will be taken and questions will be asked to determine that everyone is fit to safely receive dental treatment. From medical triage, they will be escorted to dental triage where a dentist will talk with them about recommended treatment.
After dental triage, patients will be taken to routing, where another dentist will confirm the decision made in dental triage and hand the patient a numbered card that tells the patient their place in line for the appropriate treatment area. Patients, as necessary, will be taken to the x-ray department before they receive treatment.
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 take a short exit survey and then be escorted back outside.
Each registered patient that is healthy enough to receive treatment is guaranteed one service at CADS 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.
YES! It is very important that you bring any of your prescription medications that you may need to take while you are waiting for care. There is no way to know how long you may be waiting for care, and it's important that you don't miss any of your scheduled times for medicines. Missing your medication times can lead to problems. For example, if your blood pressure or blood sugar are elevated when you are assessed in medical triage, this can affect what services we can offer to you. Also, it is very important that you write down the names of ALL medications you take on a regular basis, and bring that list to the event.
No. We encourage you to not bring your children to CADS MOM unless they are receiving treatment.
No. Animals or pets, with the exception of ADA Service Animals, are not permitted in the venue. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government.
CADS MOM is entirely volunteer run and donation based. We have received very generous contributions from our CADS 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.