Important Information

Dear Patients and Friends,

We have some important news to share with all of you. After much consideration and reflection, we have decided to close our dental practice, effective March 3. There are several reasons for this, with much of it having to do with how COVID has impacted the dental industry and our practice. We feel privileged to have provided care for you and your families here at Sanibel over the years. Change can be difficult, and we’ve all experienced so much of it these past few years with the challenges brought on by the COVID pandemic. We hope to make this transition as smooth as possible for all our patients.

Starting March 7, 2023, Dr. Saunders will begin practicing at Plainville Dental Group, located at 92 East Street in Plainville, CT. She will join Dr. David Edelson and his team at Plainville Dental, who have provided care to families in and around Plainville for over 35 years.

At Plainville Dental, Dr. Saunders will participate as an in-network provider with most major insurance plans, which may allow many of you more affordable access to care. Additionally, Plainville Dental is open Monday through Friday, allowing more appointment flexibility for you and your families.

New Office Beginning March 7, 2023

Plainville Dental Group, 92 East Street, Plainville, CT 06062
Phone: (860) 747-1004 | Email: [email protected]
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We will be reaching out by phone to any patients that have an upcoming appointment scheduled to discuss your care.

It’s been a wonderful experience and a pleasure to get to know all of you over the years. We hope to continue your care and appreciate your confidence in our team. Thank you so much for being part of our community. If you have questions or want to discuss your care options, please contact our team at (860) 346-6737.


Sanibel Dental Associates

Dentist in Middletown, CT

Office Hours


7:00am - 3:00pm


7:00am - 3:00pm


7:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday - Sunday


Your Friendly Family Dentist in Middletown, CT


At Sanibel Dental in Middletown CT, our dentists have served Middletown and nearby area patients in Connecticut for over 30 years. We treat dental patients from Middletown CT, Portland CT, Cromwell CT, and Durham CT with the goal of bringing ideal oral health to all of Middlesex County. Our dental office is conveniently located at 955 South Main Street in Middletown, CT 06547.

At Sanibel Dental, our Middletown dentists and dental team are committed to providing patients with the best possible dental care with respect, kindness, and a gentle touch. We are dedicated to using the latest technologies in order to provide our patients with quality dental care.

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We're Accepting New Patients!

Are you looking for a new dentist in the Middletown, CT area? We’re accepting new patients and would be happy to meet you and your family. Contact our office to discuss your needs and book an appointment! 



Sanibel Dental
Savings Plan

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Simple, affordable dental savings plans for individuals and immediate family members.


Colonial Dental Plan
$ 399
per year includes:
  • 1 Regular Exam
  • Routine x-rays
  • One Oral Screening
  • 2 Cleanings
  • 2 Flouride Treatments
  • Up To 20% Off Other Treatments
  • $40 off additional immediate family members
$715 value!

Our dentists at Sanibel Dental in Middletown, Connecticut offer a full range of general dental services, cosmetic services, and restorative services from tooth-colored fillings and bonding to all-porcelain crowns and veneers and more.

We also provide preventive cleanings and exams, teeth whitening, and TMJ/TMD treatments. We look forward to meeting with you and discovering how we can help you to attain the smile and oral health you desire!

Meet Your Dentists of Middletown's Sanibel Dental


Renate Saunders, DDS, FAGD

General Dentistry in Middletown, CT

Dr. Renate Saunders was born on the twin-island of Trinidad and Tobago and attended New York University’s College of Arts and Science in 2001. She then continued onto New York University’s College of Dentistry where she graduated with a degree in Dental Surgery in 2008. Afterward, she went on to complete a 1-year General Practice residency at Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, NY.

Dr. Saunders has been an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) since 2009 and received her Fellowship in 2015. She currently serves on the CE committee for the AGD North East Region. Dr. Saunders is also a member of the Connecticut State Dental Association and has served as President of the Naugatuck Valley Dental Society from 2014 – 2019. She is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State Dental Foundation. Dr. Saunders loves being a mother to her four children and enjoys capoeira and dancing samba, when not chasing after them.


Michele Salonia, DMD

General Dentistry (Retired 2022)
We want to share a special THANK YOU with Dr. Michele Salonia for over 40 years of excellent dentistry and community care! Though we were sad to see Dr. Salonia retire, we are of course happy for her and wish her the very best in life and health! Congratulations, Dr. Salonia! 

Dr. Salonia was born and raised in Middletown and knew since high school that she wanted to be a dentist. In pursuing her career, she hoped to be able to help people overcome their fears and concerns about visiting their dentist and to treat them with gentleness and kindness. Dr. Salonia is a 1975 graduate of St. Lawrence University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. In 1979, she graduated from the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Salonia prides herself on staying current with the latest dental trends and technology. She holds “it is crucial in this rapidly changing field to keep up with the latest information and techniques in general and cosmetic dentistry for the benefit of my patients. I have taken advanced training in TMJ, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry at the L.D. Pankey Institute and Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. I am also very proud to be a founding member of the Southern New England Pankey Study Club, which is a small group of like-minded dentists who meet monthly to discuss advanced dental cases and the latest in science and technology.”

Dr. Salonia enjoys the pace and continuous evolution of the dental field and is especially inspired by new information about materials and techniques. She has more and more fun every year she practices and continues to use new knowledge for the benefit of her patients.

Since 2012, Dr. Salonia has collaborated with local sleep physicians to treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea.  For those patients who cannot tolerate CPAP or who prefer an alternative, Dr. Salonia can offer treatment with an oral sleep appliance.  Dr. Salonia has taken advanced training and was the first dentist in Middlesex County to be accredited by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Proud to still call Middletown her hometown, Dr. Salonia feels privileged to be practicing here. Outside of the practice, she enjoys time with her husband, retired attorney John Boccalatte. The couple loves spending time with their family, which includes six grown children and five adorable young grandchildren, and many local friends.  In her downtime, Dr. Salonia often relaxes by being outdoors — hiking and bicycling are among her favorite hobbies. Dr. Salonia and her husband are also involved in many volunteer activities, non-profits, and local charities. They are actively involved in the Warm the Children program to purchase warm winter clothing for needy families and support an orphanage and school in Haiti.

How can we help?

At Sanibel Dental Associates in Middletown, CT, our patients are family. We specialize in preventative care and also offer restorative and cosmetic dentistry, including tooth replacements and prosthodontics. We also maintain your periodontal health and are available for emergency dental care in CT. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy smile.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, we do not accept Husky. We do accept Delta Dental and offer different financial options to keep treatment affordable for all of our patients, including an in-house dental discount savings plan that can be started at any time! See our Financial Information section for more details. Please contact us with any specific questions about your current plans or treatment needs.

Our dental office in Middletown, CT is conveniently located at 955 South Main Street in Middletown, CT 06547. We treat patients from all parts of Middlesex County in Connecticut, including Middletown, Middlefield, Cromwell, Durham, East Hampton, East Haddam, and Haddam. Visit the map below for directions from your location.

We sure do! We specialize in comfortable care for the whole family.
Yes. Our office is fully accessible. For specific questions or needs, please contact us.

Absolutely! We open at 7:00 am Monday through Wednesday. Contact our team for an early appointment!

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