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

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
One Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02111
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Lodging Information
The hotels listed below are within walking distance of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and offer a Tufts rate to program participants. Because rates vary depending on availability, please book your room early.

Courtyard by Marriott
Boston Tremont
275 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Reservations: 800.321.2211
Phone: 617.426.1400
Fax: 617.482.6730

The DoubleTree Hotel
821 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617.956.7900
Fax: 617.956.7901

The W Hotel Boston
100 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617.261.8700
Fax: 617.310.6730
Speaker Information
MICHAEL SONICK, DMD 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.
Credit Information
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. Approval Date12/15-11/19. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit house by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at
Cancellation Policy
The Division of Continuing Education reserves the right to end registration when enrollment limit is reached and to cancel, modify, or alter content or faculty for any course if circumstances indicate the need for such a change. If the school finds it necessary to cancel a course, a full refund will be granted. All attempts to contact registrants will be made as soon as possible in the event of a course cancellation. The school will not be held responsible for any losses due to travel arrangements made by the registrant.

In the event of inclement weather (such as a snow emergency) or other extenuating circumstances, the Division of Continuing Education may be forced to cancel a course. If a course has been cancelled, we will contact participants by the phone number and/or email address provided. You may call or email our office on the day of the course if you are uncertain of a course’s status.


Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least two weeks prior to course date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be issued for participant no-shows.
7 CEU's for $295; $195/Staff
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
Target Audiences
Dentists and Staff