Patients are referred by all medical specialists, as well as by general dentists. Careful patient diagnosis occurs within a model that includes an initial phone contact, a comprehensive history, joint vibration analysis,imaging when indicated, and a comprehensive examination. Non-surgical, diagnostically driven treatment is the key to the patient care employed at the Center.
Based on the patient’s symptoms, the Center incorporates both permissive and demand appliance therapy. The key role of parafunction is emphasized. Supportive therapy, including physical therapy modalities, and injection therapy are prescribed as necessary. Drs. Polit and Malizia employ outcome measurement techniques and focuses on logical therapy and recall systems.
Trained in Chronic Orofacial Pain Conditions and Chronic Headaches. Facility is a Geisinger health plan DME provider fof Oral Appliance Therapy in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Dr. Anthony Polit is a lifetime resident of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, and is a graduate of Wyoming Area High School. He earned both his undergraduate degree in 1992 and his doctorate in 1996 from the University of Pittsburgh. After receiving his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Polit completed a General Practice Residency Program at the VA Medical Center in Wilkes- Barre. He has been in practice since 1997 in the greater Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is currently being boarded by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Polit has studied with Dr. Barry Glassman, Allentown, PA, who teaches internationally on chronic facial pain and sleep disorders. Dr. Polit has been focusing and increasing the emphasis of his practice on treatment of trigeminally mediated pain and sleep disorders. Our office in Wilkes- Barre will be a stand-alone Center offering services to patients with sleep disordered breathing, TMJ disorders, orofacial pain and headaches, including an FDA-cleared protocol for migraine prevention.
Dr. Don Malizia grew up in Lebanon County, and is a graduate of Lebanon Catholic High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from La Salle University in 1976. He stayed in the Big Five and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Temple University Dental School in 1980. He practiced general dentistry in Lancaster County. His search for knowledge in the field of Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders began in 1985, with the pursuit of countless hours of continuing education. But it wasn’t until 2002 when he first heard Dr. Barry Glassman that he found the basis for a scientific approach toward diagnosing and treating chronic pain above the shoulders and the sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea that are often part of the condition with which our patients present. He and Dr. Glassman worked together for over 10 years in the Allentown Pain Center. They worked together to establish the scientific basis for what they call The Allentown Model. The Model is our scientifically based rationale for diagnosis and treatment. In the process Dr. Mazalia has amassed a digital library of over 26,000 scientific papers and textbooks on all aspects of chronic pain and sleep medicine, and other associated disciplines. In 2015 Dr. Polit asked Dr. Mazilia to come to Wilkes-Barre to start a new center for diagnosis and treatment of chronic orofacial pain, headache, and sleep disorders.
1. How many headaches do you have a week?
2. How many mornings do you wake up with a headache?
3. How many over the counter pain pills do you take a week for discomfort above your shoulders? (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Aleve, aspirin, etc.)
4. Do your headaches ever become severe enough to alter your daily schedule?
5. Do you ever have dental pain or ear pain that is either low grade or tends to come and go?
6. Do your ears ever feel stuffy or blocked?
7. Are your teeth over sensitive in general?
8. Do you have neck pain? If so, does it tend to radiate down your arm?
9. Do you have any facial pain including pain or discomfort in front of your ears?
10. Does your jaw ever tend to “lock” or click?