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November 23-24, 2015
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd * Portland, OR 97232
Oregon Mission of Mercy (OrMOM) is a 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 OrMOM partners.
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
  • Monday, November 23, 2015
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015
  • Come early!  We'll open the clinic doors at 4:00 am.
  • Treatment will be performed starting at 6 am both days.
  • No appointments will be taken or are necessary.
  • Patients are seen on a first come - first serve basis.
  • The number of patients seen will be limited by clinic capacity.
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
OrMOM Dental Clinic Fliers coming soon!(PDFs - Feel free to download and distribute.)
  • In English
  • In Spanish
Patient FAQs

How can I receive services at OrMOM?
Come and wait in line.  Patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis.  Each ORMOM clinic has seen patients lining up the day/night before, with the clinic at capacity before 6am.  Once the total number 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 for service.
We are not taking reservations.  Treatment is solely first-come, first served.  We are expecting to see 1,000 patients a day at the 2015 clinic in Portland.
I'm not from Oregon.  Can I still receive services at OrMOM?
Yes.  We will not discriminate based on where you live.  We will help as many people in line each day, on a first-come, first-serve basis, as we can until we reach capacity.

What kind of services can I expect to receive at OrMOM?
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, full dentures or braces.  Further, we may determine that we cannot take care of all of your dental needs at OrMOM, so that we can relieve pain for the greatest number of patients.
Services offered at OrMOM:
  • Cleanings
  • Fillings
  • Root canals on front teeth
  • A limited number of temporary partial dental appliances
  • Extractions
  • Oral health education
  • Xrays

Services not offered at OrMOM:

  • Full dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Root canals on molars
  • Crowns
  • Extractions of unexposed wisdom teeth
  • Narcotics will not be dispensed


Do I have to wait in line if my case is an emergency?
Everyone has to wait in line for services.  Most OrMOM patients are suffering and in pain, so we do not take anyone out of line.
How long can I expect to spend at OrMOM?
Patients seeking treatment at OrMOM 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.
What can I expect at OrMOM?
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 permited.
Once capacity has been reached, the clinic doors will be closed and a sign will be placed outside as notification to others.  This process will repeat on the second morning.  At the 2010 clinic, we were able to treat approximately 750 patients on Monday and 800 on Tuesday.  In 2011 and 2013, we treated 1,000 people each day.  In 2012 and 2014, in smaller venues, we treated about 600 people each day.  We expect  to treat 1,000 people each day at the 2015, clinic in Portland.
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 and dental hygiene 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 they are fit to safely receive dental treatment.  From medical triage, they will be escorted to dental triage where a dentist will examine them and discuss 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 OrMOM.  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.
What, medically, could keep me from being treated at OrMOM?
All patients will go through medical triage prior to being seen by a dentist.  They will take your blood pressure, and, if necessary, test your glucose levels.  Here is what they are are looking for:
  • Patient on ASA or Plavix can be treated for Extractions.
  • Patients that have been off Coumadin/anticoagulants for 3 days prior to treatment may receive extractions or other surgical procedures.
  • Patients not off their Coumadin/anticoagulants must show their current INR card during the medical screening process.
  • Patients who have taken or are taking these medications orally or by injection: Bisphosphonates - Aredia , Zometa, Boniva, Actonel (Risedronate), Fosamax (Alendronate)
    • Routine dental care may be provided
    • Local anesthesia can be used as necessary
    • Scaling and Prophylaxis as atraumatically as possible with gentle soft tissue management
    • Avoid dental extractions if possible unless Class 3 mobility
  • Blood pressure cutoff:  190/105
  • Blood sugar cutoff:  300
  • 1st Trimester pregnancy: no elective treatment
  • Heart Stents – no treatment before 3 months post op
  • Heart Surgery (includes valve replacement (AVR/MVR), and congenital heart defects treated with surgery) - no treatment before 6 months post op
Will childcare be available at the event?
No.  We encourage you to not bring your children to OrMOM unless they are receiving treatment.  Children receiving treatment at OrMOM will not, at any time, be allowed to be separated from their parent(s).
Are pets allowed at the venue?
No - animals or pets, with the exception of ADA Service Animals, are not permitted inside 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.  In addition, animals are prohibited from being left unattended on the venue's property.  Please make alternate arrangements for your pet while you are seen in the OrMOM clinic.
Who is paying for all of this free dental care?
OrMOM is entirely volunteer run and donation based.  We have received very generous contributions from our OrMOM 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.