The Jack Sansing Dental Clinic
Sansing Dental Clinic provides routine and emergency dental care for people
living with HIV and AIDS. This includes oral examination, treatment planning,
oral surgery, root canal treatment, periodontal therapy, restorative dentistry,
removable prosthodontics, treatment of infection and preventative oral health care.
For those with
suppressed immune systems due to HIV or AIDS, proper dental care is of the
utmost importance. Treating each patient
with compassionate treatment options remains at the forefront of our service
goals for the residents of our ten county service area.
ASA’s Dental Clinic
began in 1991 as the HIV Dental Project, an independently funded and managed
satellite project. Dr. Chris Fabre, along with other concerned area dentists
and community leaders, initiated the project in response to the need for dental
services first identified by the Austin/Travis County HIV Commission in 1990.
In April 1992, the Clinic was named the Jack Sansing Dental Clinic in honor of
Jack Sansing, a local businessman and benefactor. Mr. Sansing died of AIDS in
Why a Dental Clinic
for people living with HIV and AIDS?
can be a significant problem with people with HIV and AIDS. Patients’ oral health must be in tact in
order to facilitate proper nutrition needed maintain and even increase muscle
mass, and to help fight the HIV virus.
Many of our patients come to the clinic with dietary restrictions (soft
foods only) because their teeth are so unstable they cannot chew food
properly. Repair of existing teeth
and/or new replacement teeth enables patients to chew efficiently and increase
the amount of solid foods vital to a healthy nutrition plan.
Patients with HIV
are also more susceptible to certain kinds of oral cancers and opportunistic
infections. With regular oral exams,
dentists specializing in patients with compromised immune systems are better
able to provide early treatment and prevent serious illness from untreated oral
Travis County alone
has over 5,000 known people living with HIV or AIDS. With the good results of HIV medications, the
need for specialized HIV oral health care has never been greater than it is
The Dental Clinic is open Monday through Thursday from
9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Friday from 8:00 am to noon. Please call 512-479-6633
for information and appointments.