As an oncology focused dentist, Dr. Clay Couvillon and his team have firsthand knowledge of the emotions and questions that result from a cancer diagnosis.
Our experience in treating and managing the complications that arise as a result of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other immunosuppressive treatments can reduce the emotional and physical toll these can take on our patients. By seeing patients soon after diagnosis, we work to prevent significant oral pain and infection by addressing oral health before treatment begins. For those patients who have already begun receiving care, we can effectively manage oral health and dental needs throughout treatment and beyond.
What is Dental Oncology?
Dental Oncology is a focus of dentistry dedicated to meeting the distinct dental and oral health care needs that arise as a result of cancer therapy. It is devoted to improving the well-being and quality of life of people battling cancer. Dental oncology goes beyond the scope of general dental treatment to include management of the soft tissue of the mouth and care for oral side effects specific to cancer treatment. It also emphasizes oral cancer prevention and early detection.
Patient Services Offered
- Pre-therapy assessment and oral health plan
- Management and treatment of mouth and throat sores
- Management and treatment of dry mouth and reduced salivary flow
- Management of oral, head, and neck pain
- Restorative and therapeutic dentistry
- Dental hygiene instruction
- Management of taste alteration and/or taste loss
- Oral cancer screening and early detection, diagnosis and plan
- Regular consultation with other members of your oncology team
Dental Oncology Treatments
- L-PRF Platelet Therapy – Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin Therapy uses a small sample of a patient’s own blood to create an all natural healing agent. The end results are improved healing and recovery times by virtually eliminating post-operative infection and inflammation.
- Ozone Therapy – A breakthrough therapy that provides an effective way to eliminate infection and inflammation from the mouth without any chemical or toxic side effects.
- IV Sedation – With the assistance of highly trained CRNAs, patients can experience complete relaxation in order to become dentally healthy in as little as one visit.
- CBCT 3D Imaging – This is a revolutionary way to identify potential sources of infection and oral pathology quickly and easily.
- Phase Contrast Microscopy – The study of plaque samples allows for the identification of potentially harmful bacteria that could potentially lead to septisemia, delay treatment, and/or negatively impact the outcome of immunosuppressivecare.
Dental Oncology Consultation FAQ’s
Should I see an Oncology Focused Dentist?
Will your cancer treatment involve chemotherapy?
Will your cancer treatment involve radiation therapy to your head or neck?
Do you want an oral health care provider for any oral issues throughout your treatment?
Will your cancer treatment include a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates?
Has it been more than one year since your last dental cleaning?
Schedule a consultation
We hope to provide and build feelings of strength and peace so that your journey through therapy is never walked alone. Dr. Clay Couvillon
For more information on Dental Oncology and which treatment is best for you. Call Dr. Clay Couvillon at Sullivan Dental Center today at (225)635-4422.