"Wisdom teeth"

About: Torbay Hospital / Orthodontics

(as the patient),

A really good experience all the way from the front desk to the recovery area and after.

I'm 37 and had never had an operation or general anaesthetic before so was a little nervous - but need not have been. The nurses, anaesthetist and dental surgeon were all really clear about what would happen as well as friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I had some slow acting painkillers from the word go and the most traumatic part was having a small needle in the back of my hand for a canula.

Previous reconstruction of a tooth next door to one of those to be extracted apparently carried quite a high risk that tooth would fracture and I was properly briefed on what that would mean and what my options were. However, the operation went really well and all the teeth nearby are undisturbed.

Now the next day, the numbness has all gone and the post-op painkillers mean that there is almost no pain - although I'll stay on soup for a day or two.

Hopefully, my experience can help ease the anxiety of anyone reading this who needs a wisdom tooth operation.

Many thanks to the excellent Torbay Hospital Day Surgery Unit.

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Response from Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Walley

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent experience at Torbay Hospital. We were really pleased to hear that as well as being a positive outcome for your tooth that it was also a positive experience all round for you. We do appreciate receiving feedback of all kinds from our patients, as it helps us share best practice and where necessary helps us make improvements to our service. Like you, we hope that your comments will help alleviate some of the worry that other patients may have about wisdom tooth operations.

Kind regards,

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