Treating People, Not Patients – Having Patients Say Yes to Treatment: Exam, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning and Delivery of Comprehensive Dental Care
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017 
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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MICHAEL SONICK, D.M.D. is an internationally known, highly regarded authority in the fields of Implantology and Periodontology. He received his DMD from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and his certificate in Periodontology from Emory University. He received implant training at Harvard University as well as the Branemark Clinic in Gothenburg, Sweden.

A full-time periodontist in Fairfield, CT, he is a frequent guest lecturer in the international program at New York University School of Dentistry and the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He lectures worldwide on the subject of aesthetic implants, periodontal plastic surgery and guided bone regeneration. He is the co-editor of the multi-language textbook, Implant Site Development and serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Compendium of Continuing Education and the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, while also writing and publishing numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology.

Course Details

A healthy periodontium is the foundation of a healthy mouth, and thus the foundation of all dentistry. A comprehensive examination is an essential first step in the performance of ideal dental care, but getting a patient to “say yes” to treatment involves more than just reporting one's findings. A doctor must first foster a doctor-patient relationship in which the patient trusts in the decision that he or she makes regarding their own health. In this course, Dr. Sonick will review the important patient communication techniques that have enabled him to build a successful practice where over 90% of his patients say yes to comprehensive dental treatment – and keep his practice fully booked 2-3 months in advance!


Dr. Sonick will also present and review a variety of essential supportive surgery including, but not limited to: CT grafting, esthetic crown lengthening, periodontal surgical regeneration, extractions and bone grafting, ridge augmentations, and the esthetic placement of dental implants. Dr. Sonick will also elucidate on thought processes for predictable decision-making.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to conduct a 15-minute comprehensive exam
  • Understand the diagnosis and treatment of various periodontal disease
  • Learn communication skills to help increase patients' acceptance of comprehensive treatment
  • Discover when a tooth should be saved and when it should be extracted
  • Become familiar with different supportive periodontal therapies, such as CT grafts, esthetic crown lengthening, and more


CE Credits

Lecture: Credit Hours - 7

AGD Code: 490

Course Fee

$295 (Dentist)

$195 (Staff)


This course is supported by: Zimmer Biomet.



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