Around 2,000 people received free dental care over the weekend during the Arkansas Mission of Mercy (ArMOM) event at the Conway Expo Center.
"We've actually had fewer patients at this time than we expecting," Dr. Terry Fiddler, a local dentist with ArMOM who spearheaded bringing the program to Conway, said around 10:30 a.m. Friday. "We figure we're going to get hammered tomorrow."
As of 10:30 a.m., when Gov. Asa Hutchinson arrived to take a tour and meet the patients and volunteers, Fiddler said 782 patients had already been served and that "we probably will treat between 900-1,000 people today."
The dentists started treating patients at 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday and continued working until after 4 p.m. each day.
"We have become so efficient and have so many doctors [volunteering]," Fiddler said. "This setting in Conway is ideal and so we're probably going to try to see about coming back here more often, if not as a permanent base. We've ended up with 1,274 volunteers."
Faulkner County Judge Jim Baker was among those volunteers and said he was "blown away" by the program.
"It's just incredible," Baker said on Friday between guiding patients to the correct location.
Fiddler said that during this weekend's event, patients received more than $1.2 million in free dentistry.