Preventing or managing the pain & reversing the Oral Mucositis is imperative to helping cancer patients stay on track with their treatment.
What Is It?
Oral mucositis is a frequent complication in patients undergoing radiotherapy, chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant. It consists of canker sores and ulcers that can occur throughout the gastrointestinal tract, but more commonly in the mouth and throat. Sickness and extreme pain impair eating, swallowing and speaking. Secondary infections such as candida can further worsen symptoms. Oral mucositis affects the quality of life of patients and, depending on its severity, can interrupt cancer treatment.
Absence of saliva, burning mouth and loss of taste, difficulty opening the mouth are common symptoms that can be treated or prevented with laser therapy.
How Photobiomodulation Helps
Laser therapy is recommended by the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) as the standard for cancer care. Laser therapy delivers specific red and near infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a therapeutic effect within the body.
Benefits of Class IV Laser Therapy
• Reduce pain and inflammation
• Accelerates healing
• Prevents injuries
• Improves salivation and the side effects of radiation
Patients treated with standard chemotherapy develop mucositis.
Patients will end up on pain medication because of sores within their oral cavity
Patients discontinue treatment because of Oral Mucositis and its pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I seek a laser therapy dentist?
It is ideal to start before chemotherapy or radiation therapy sessions. A prevention protocol may be instituted, avoiding injuries, opportunistic infections and other complications of cancer treatment.
What should I do if I have mouth ulcers?
Start treatment immediately to prevent the lesions from getting worse and to manage the pain without opioids. Continue laser therapy along side of your cancer treatment to start the preventative protocol and avoid additional mucositis.
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment.
Occasionally, the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling sensations. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are there any side effects or associated risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported.
When is the best time to get laser therapy?
Laser therapy should be applied before starting chemotherapy and continued alongside the chemotherapy treatments. Laser dosage varies according to patient, but in all cases the Dentist is the professional trained for the treatment.
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