The NOMAD 10K got back from Nicaragua earlier this year and this is what Dr. Gregory Griffin wrote about the trip:
“All I can say is WOW! The NOMAD is definitely a ‘game-changer’ for CMDA mission teams! We set up clinic in the very small mountain town of Rodeo Grande, Nicaragua. On the first day, Dr. Todd Blevins of Mullins, South Carolina was able to do a root canal for a teenage girl on a central incisor. In the past, our only option would have been an extraction, and the young lady would have spent a lifetime without her front tooth.
One of the biggest challenges on trips is deciding if a tooth is restorable. We would start a restoration only to find out that the prognosis is hopeless and then ultimately remove the tooth. With a good radiographic exam, we were able to predetermine what treatment is needed and act accordingly. We were blessed to have two talented oral surgeons on our team, Dr. Keith Blevins and Dr. Jason Sheikh. With the NOMAD, we were able to send patients straight over to oral surgery, greatly increasing our overall efficiency as well as accuracy. And many times we were able to diagnose and treat decay that would have gone completely unnoticed on previous trips.
The NOMAD was an awesome gift to CMDA that will keep on giving for years to come! I have been on many trips without the NOMAD, but I must say…I am officially spoiled. Thanks so much to the team that designed and produced this incredible tool for dentists in the mission field.”
Gregory M. Griffin, DMD