Pain Management and Analgesic Use, Part 1: Acute Pain in Dentistry

Jul. 21, 2020 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Aviv Ouanounou, BSc, MSc, DDS, FICO

Subject: 340 Anesthesia and Pain Management
Credits: 1.5
Tuesday, July 21: 7:30–9 p.m. EDT
Audience: Dentists, Dental Staff, New Dentists, Students
Fee: Members: $75; Member Staff: $75; Students: $37.50; Non-Members: $125



One of the most common sequela associated with dental treatment is acute postoperative pain, which almost every dental procedure has the potential to cause and which requires multifaceted management. Today’s clinician has a large armamentarium of pharmacological agents for controlling acute postoperative pain. Depending on the anticipated severity of postoperative pain, these agents may include acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and opioids. Evidence-based information on the basic mechanisms of pain, pharmacology of analgesics and rationale for analgesic selection will be presented. Common adverse drug reactions and interactions associated with these agents will also be discussed. Finally, special topics, such as geriatric patients, pregnancy and lactation, and other situations requiring special caution from the clinician when prescribing analgesic treatment will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives 

• Understand the physiology of pain.
• Review and discuss the pharmacology of the most common analgesics used in dentistry to treat acute pain.
• Recognize potential drug interactions and adverse events associated with the use of analgesics commonly prescribed by dental practitioners.
• Understand the importance of organ function and disease status in altering the absorption, distribution, metabolism and therapeutic action of analgesics and be able to appropriately modify usage and dosing of standard drugs or substitute alternative medications.

Speaker Bio

Aviv Ouanounou, BSc, MSc, DDS, FICO, is an assistant professor of pharmacology and preventive dentistry as well as a clinical instructor and treatment plan coordinator at the University of Toronto (U of T) Faculty of Dentistry, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. He received both his DDS and MSc from the U of T. Ouanounou has received numerous teaching awards, including the U of T’s prestigious Dr. A. Bruce Hord Master Teacher Award (2015) and the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry’s W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education (2019). Ouanounou is a fellow of the International College of Dentists and a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He has published and authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and maintains a general private practice in Toronto.
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