Dental Management of Patients with Endocrine Disorders

Presented by: Dr. Aviv Ouanounou

RCDSO Expiry Date: December 14, 2022

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  • Dr. Aviv Ouanounou BSc, MSc, DDS, FICO

    Assistant Professor,
    Dept. of Clinical Sciences (Pharmacology)
    University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry

    Dr. Aviv Ouanounou is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. He received both his DDS and MSc at the University of Toronto. He teaches pharmacology to undergraduate and graduate students and is also a clinical instructor and Treatment Plan Coordinator. Dr. Ouanounou won several teaching awards including “Best Teacher of the Year Award” in 2013 and 2015. Also, Dr. Ouanounou is the recipient of the 2014-2015 prestigious Dr. Bruce Hord Master Teacher Award for excellence in teaching at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the American Academy of Pain Management and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He also maintains a general private practice in Toronto.

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The endocrine system is essential for hormonal secretion and is closely related to the central nervous system. It controls many physiological processes and maintains homeostasis. There are many endocrine diseases which may include Diabetes mellitus, Addison disease, Cushing disease, Hyperthyroidism, and Hypothyroidism. It is essential for dental practitioners to recognize these disorders and to properly manage these patients. In this lecture, we will review the pathophysiology, pharmacotherapy and dental management of patients with these endocrine diseases. The necessary precautions needed during the provision of dental treatment, and the appropriate management of medical emergencies that can arise during treatment will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the prevalence of Endocrine Disorders.
  2. Understand (a) the pathophysiology and (b) pharmacotherapy of these disorders and consequences to oral health.
  3. Introduce the appropriate procedures in dental practice required to optimize dental care in these patients.
  4. Recognize and manage medical emergencies in patients with endocrine diseases.