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Category 1 Course

Three Drugs Classes Every Dentist Should Know!

Speaker: Dr. Aviv Ouanounou

December 6, 2024

Category 1 course approved by the RCDSO

Course Description

Clinical pharmacology studies the effects of drugs and their use for preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. In this lecture I will review the three common classes of drugs used in the daily dental practice.  We will discuss local anaesthetics, its mechanism of action, onset and duration of action and adverse effects and potential complications associated with its use.  Also, we will review the analgesics most commonly used in dentistry namely, acetaminophen, NSAIDs and opioids.  In this section, I will discuss the adverse effects, common drug interactions and recommended dosages.  Finally, anti-infectives most used will be discussed.  

  • Upon completing this course:

    1. Understand the mechanism of action of local anaesthetics, the factors that affect their onset and duration of action and the common complication associated with their administration.
    2. Be informed of the analgesics currently used in dentistry.  Understand the various adverse effects and drug interactions relevant to dentistry.
    3. Understand the rational use of anti-infective agents in dentistry, both in terms of the management of existing orofacial infections and for prophylaxis against the development of bacterial endocarditis or other infection post treatment.
  • Please arrive within 30 minutes before the course start time to sign in.

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  • Complimentary coffee/tea and lunch are provided for course participants. Please indicate any dietary restrictions upon registration.

  • Cancellations made more than 10 calendar days before the course start date will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 10 calendar days of the course start date.

    Refunds will not be issued for registrants who do not attend, regardless of reason for absence.

    Registrations cannot be transferred to another individual.

    To cancel your registration, please follow the link and instructions provided in the registration confirmation email. If you are eligible for a refund, the refund will be processed automatically upon cancellation. Please allow 3-5 business days for the transaction to be completed.

    Continuing Dental Education (University of Toronto) reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient registrations, instructor cancellation, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In the event of course cancellation, a full refund will be issued, and registrants will be notified promptly. We are not liable for any associated losses, damages, or expenses, including travel and accommodations.

  • After completing this course, a certificate of completion that indicates the number of Continuing Education (CE) points earned will be sent to you within 7-10 days by email.


Dr. Aviv Ouanounou is an associate professor of pharmacology and Preventive Dentistry at the faculty of dentistry, University of Toronto. He received both his DDS and MSc at the University of Toronto. He teaches pharmacology and Preventive Dentistry to undergraduate and graduate students and is also a clinical instructor and Treatment Plan Coordinator in the University clinics.  Dr. Ouanounou is regularly invited to speak at conferences locally, nationally and internationally.  Dr. Ouanounou won numerous teaching awards including winning “Best Teacher of the Year Award” at the faculty of dentistry, three times: in 2013, 2015 and in 2019.   Also, Dr. Ouanounou is the recipient of the 2014-2015 prestigious Dr. Bruce Hord Master Teacher Award for excellence in teaching at the University of Toronto and is the 2018-2019 Recipient of the W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education.  Dr. Ouanounou is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fouchard Academy.  He is a member of the American Academy of Pain Management and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He has published and authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.  He also maintains a general private practice in Toronto.

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