Patient Testimonials

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Potential patients always like to read the testimonials of  patients of East Lyme Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.   The most recent testimonials are listed first. 

One of our strongest testimonials comes from other dentists – we are proud to share this latest recognition.

Dr. Engel   was named a Top Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon  in CONNECTICUT Magazine’s survey of Connecticut dentists.  This is a significant honor as ballots were sent to more than 2,700 of the state’s practicing dentists asking them to whom they would send a loved one in various dental specialties.

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“What our patients say about us.”


If you have any reservations about dental procedures; don’t. Dr. Engel, his staff and the environment is top notch. You will be fearless and confidant as


My daughter needed all 4 wisdom teeth out before returning to college. Dr. Engel’s      accommodated our tight schedule. We found Dr. Engel and his entire staff to be very lively and kind. I’ve never seen such an organized and professional office and staff. Dr. Engel called and checked on my daughter that evening. She said today that she was expecting it to be a horrible experience, and it wasn’t. Just a little swelling on one side. Thank you all very much for a great job.                                          


We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr. Engel and his professional staff. Our son has special needs and required major oral surgery requiring general anesthesia in a hospital setting. We were extremely cautious in performing our “due diligence” to locate a practice that could handle our son’s special needs and were blessed to discover Dr. Engels. We had a truly outstanding experience throughout the whole ordeal. Every step of the process, from the initial consultation through the major operation and the final follow-up checkups went off without a hitch! You cannot get any better care for your loved ones!

REVIEW – Katiel, Gales Ferry, CT

I found East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to be a very positive experience. The staff was extremely professional and caring and made sure that I felt listened to and that all my questions were answered. Dr. Engel was also polite and sure to answer and and all of my questions during my appointments. I would highly recommend East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to anyone.


My son had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted and by carefully following all their instructions, he has been virtually pain-free from day one. Dr. Engel and his team did a superb job. They are professional, warm and very caring. I would highly recommend this practice.




This experience was the easiest that I had to go thru. Let me just say that Dr.Engel and his staff were the most professional that I have come across in a long time. Not only were they very nice but they also took the time to explain everything to me. I have not seen this kind of service in a very long time! They should give classes to others in customer service. Thank you again for making my experience worry free.


My teenage son’s wisdom teeth were giving him problems and we knew he needed to have them removed. The experience he had with Dr. Engel and his staff for this procedure was top notch. I think one thing that makes a big difference in making a patient feel comfortable is how they are treated by the Staff when one first arrives. Dr. Engel’s colleagues are the BEST. They are very personable, understanding, professional, kind and respectful. So, right off the bat, one knows that this is a great establishment. And Dr. Engel did the job expertly and without drawing things out. My son was very pleased with the service as was I. No one should hesitate to seek Dr. Engel and his staff’s expertise when looking for a dentist and oral surgeon! Thank you!


Dr. Engel and his staff were not only professional, as one would expect, but they were above friendly and helpful, putting my teenage son (and myself) at ease from our first appointment all the way through to follow-up phone calls. Highly recommended! The front-desk personnel were particularly wonderful, making things simple and comfortable.

DOREEN, Niantic, CT

Dr Engel & staff very professional. Procedures painless . No long waits to be seen . Very clean .

MURIEL, Waterford, CT 

Dr. Engel has feather fingers.

LINDA, Norwich

Those who voted to name Dr. Engel one of Connecticut Magazine’s top dentists two years in succession certainly got it right!  If there was a category to honor support staff, Dr. Engel’s kind, compassionate and extremely capable team would no doubt be at the top. From my very first telephone contact with East Lyme Oral Surgery, through the procedure that was performed expertly and painlessly by Dr. Engel, and now during follow-up treatment, I have received the ultimate in quality care. Dr. Engel is simply the best, and he, along with his wonderful, personable support team, has caused me to almost (but not quite) look forward to my next visit. Thank you very much, everyone!  


Thank you for the great job; you were just great!  I am happy to recommend you to any of my friends.  PS – You have a great team!

DOLORES, Chalfont, PA

Dr. Engel ‘s caring ways made me feel very much at ease.  His concern for me is genuine and he made me feel less troubled about having 8 extractions to prepare for a partial denture.  I have, and will continue to recommend Dr. Engel to all my friends and family.

JIM, Niantic

This is just to note to thank you and your capable staff for the great care shown to me during my recent oral surgeries that included an extraction of a cracked molar and later surgical placement of an implant post.  I was truly impressed by the care provided in such a professional and pain free manner using IV sedation.

ANONYMOUS, from our microsite

Dr. Engel ‘s “chairside” manner is extremely comforting. His concern for patients is genuine.  I have, and will continue to recommend Dr. Engel to all my friends and family. 

MEGAN, United States Coast Guard Academy

There are no words that I can say to express my thanks for such an incredible experience and wonderful staff.  I was truly impressed by the friendliness and efficiency of your office!  I couldn’t have asked for a better place to get my wisdom teeth out!  Thank you!

ANONYMOUS, from our microsite

Dr. Engel   is a skilled oral surgeon with a great “bedside manner’ to boot. He understands a nervous patient, a concerned parent, and any other condition of the patient or family member. Dr. Engel takes a complete medical history and is very thorough before, during and after your procedure. You will be in good hands if you choose Dr. Engel for any oral surgery required.


We had heard rave reviews about Dr. Engel , they’re all true. When it was time for our son to have his wisdom teeth pulled, we consulted with Dr. Engel .  He immediately instilled confidence, taking the time to explain the “what, why and how” in a way that we could readily understand (complete with computer illustrations).   His calm demeanor, and expertise (beyond just the medical/technical) readily put us at ease. We knew we were in the hands of an expert who is passionate about his profession.   

JUNE, Waterford

I am very impressed not only by your expertise’ & great bed-side manner. but, like the kids would say today – “AWESOME!”  QUITE PROUD TO BE YOUR PATIENT

ALICIA, Norwich

From the moment I walked in the door I felt like the entire staff was genuinely concerned for my health and comfort.  I feel like I have been taken care of every step of the way.  You can tell that everyone here really loves what they do, and that patient happiness is their number one concern.  I have never had a better experience at any medical or dental office.

JUSTIN, United States Coast Guard Academy

Dr. Engel put my jaw back together.  I sufferd a mildly displaced jaw fracture on the right and left.  He put my smile back together just like it was before.  He and his staff were more than friendly & tailored to my request.  Very pleased with this office.  God forbid anyone breaks their jaw, Dr. Engel is who I’d recommend.

JEAN & JOHN, East Lyme

Dr. Engel and his staff were speedy and professional during a sports injury with our son. We could not have asked for more support and genuine care. They treated our entire family with respect while saving our son’s smile. We will always be grateful.

LEON, Essex

I just wanted to write and tell you how pleased I am with my recent dental implant procedure.  You and your staff made the experience easy and painless.  Your office from reception, billing and surgical assistants were all very professional and interested in my well being.  Give them all a big THANKS!  I have informed my dentist, who referred me to you of this very satisfied installation.  Thanks again.


When my dentist told me I had to have my wisdom teeth pulled I was very nervous. I was even more nervous and wrecked when I was told I had to see an outside surgeon. I am not good at getting comfortable with new people especially when it comes to dentistry. When I first made the call to set up an appointment I was astonished on how caring and kind the receptionist was in giving me information. That was only the beginning. My first day to get evaluated was nothing short of impressive. I was greeted with love and care and felt a sincere desire to make me feel comfortable. Then I met Dr. Engel . He was nothing but kind, funny, friendly, and relaxing. As a team effort I was made to feel comfortable and relaxed when before I was a nervous wreck. On the day of surgery, Dr. Engel and his amazing team made me feel comfortable and reassured. After surgery the love and care of each person made me feel so comfortable in a frightening situation. The performance of the surgery was nothing short of perfect. I was told what to do to make a quick recovery, but it was the passion in what these people do, and the care for me as a patient that made this such an easy recovery. I have never met a more sincere and professional group of health care providers. I would recommend Dr. Engel and his team for any range of surgery needed in dentistry to anyone I know. Thank you Dr. Engel and your amazing staff! 

ELSIE, Danielson

I had a surgical root canal procedure when I was 78 years young.  My own dentist had the very complete records from Dr. Engel .   He was very impressed with the procedure that Dr. Engel performed.  My dentist told me that it was not an easy procedure since I only have five teeth left of my own.  I felt very comfortable during the entire procedure.


Dear Dr. Engel I want to thank you and your wonderful staff for making my wisdom teeth extraction so painless and worry free! After my initial consultation, I knew that I was in good hands. The morning of my extraction, I wasn’t half as anxious as I thought I’d be. And you were like a magician with the IV – I didn’t even feel it (and there’s not even a trace of bruising!). I was in virtually no pain at all even after the numbness wore off. Thank you so much! I’d come back to your office for any dental surgery! 

DENISE, Niantic

I would like to thank Dr. Engel & assistants for being patient, re-assuring & helping me to relax about the surgery. You made this experience an easy one for someone like myself who’s fearful of having procedures done. I would highly recommend anyone who needs oral surgery to come here. Once again, Thank you.

STEVE, Lebanon

Hi Dr. Engel , Just a brief note to thank you and your staff for the great experience I had at your office recently. That I could describe having wisdom teeth pulled as a great experience comes as a bit of a shock, but between the professionalism, relaxed atmosphere, and sheer competence of your office, I don’t know how else to describe it. Please thank your entire staff for me and feel free to use me as a reference if anyone ever has questions from a patients perspective. Thanks again. 

BETH, Mystic

I just wanted to say what a wonderful surgeon Dr. Engel  is.  I have dealt with fear of dental work for many years and he made my wisdom teeth extraction a breeze.  He obviously truly cares about his patients individually and I would recommend that anyone and everyone see him for dental care.  You will have a wonderful experience!

GLADYS, Old Lyme

One of the best dentists since sliced bread. Keep up the good work.   

Vincent, Norwich

The initial consult was very informative, answered my questions and made me more relaxed before the surgery. Everyone in the office was very friendly, knowledgable and respectful. Someone beat me to the sliced bread comment, so I’ll add text, Dr. Engel  is the best since the invention of the wheel. Thanks for everything.  

MARK, Old Lyme

Dear Dr. Engel thank you so much for getting me through a rough time. Thank you for being so understanding. Thank you for being so gentle. Thank you for being there when I needed you. Most of all, thank you for being you. Dr. Captain Kirk, you can beam me up anytime! 

LISA, New London

I would like just to say again that I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Engel   and all the staff. You guys are awesome!   

LINDA, Old Lyme

Dear Dr. Engel , Thank you so much for taking such good care of my son. I was a little concerned he might suffer a little with his wisdom teeth – but, he didn’t really at all! You did such a great job, and I was so impressed with your staff. They are all so nice and helpful. I thank you so very much for everything. Good luck with your practice. You are wonderful!  

ANN, East Lyme

You were able to make an unpleasant procedure pleasant.  

ANNE, Norwich

Folks, I never thought I’d say I enjoyed a dental experience, but this came pretty close. Thanks for your kindness and your care.   

MARY, East Lyme

I look forward to going to the dentist now that I have come to Dr. Engel ‘s office.   


Dear Dr. Engel , Thank you so much fo fixing my tooth.  The pain in my mouth is finally gone.


You are the bomb!  Thanks for calling me at home.  

Vincent, Waterford

I would not change a thing! 

MIRIAM, Old Saybrook

Dr. Engel ‘s manner suggests experience and inspires confindence. Thanks. 

DENNIS, Waterford

This is the only place to lose a tooth!  Thank you.  

SHIRLEY, Storrs 

Great service-they made an unpleasant situation bearable. I really appreciated  Dr. Engel ‘s call at home. 

HOLLY, Groton

I have been terrified of dentists since a very bad experience when I was about 12.  Dr. Engel   and his entire staff from start to finish were very comforting.  I cannot begin to tell how much I appreciated the personal care and concern for my physical and mental wellbeing.  Thanks you for all so very much!   

WALTER, Niantic

I was very satisfied with the outcome of my experience. Dr. Engel has a very positive manner in which he treats the patient. Thank you again for high excellence in your field of work.  

SUE, Old Lyme

Before I met Dr. Engel I was afraid and uncomfortable about seeing an oral surgeon. However, I now go in peace. I feel almost as if I were at a spa getting first class treatment. Thank you all!