Preparing for your Appointment
If this is your first time visiting a physician at THE ALLENTOWN PAIN & SLEEP CENTER, you will be asked to give us information about your:
- General Health
- Previous diagnosis and treatments (including EMG, MRI, CT scans)
- Health insurance
If you have medical records related to your visit with us, please send them in writing (fax or mail) before your visit. This allows our doctor to be fully prepared before your visit, so your appointment can run smoothly.
Other items to bring to your appointment:
- Insurance card(s)
- Driver’s license
- List of names, addresses and phone numbers of other current medical providers
- If family/friend referred you, bring name and address of your family member or friend
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR FIRST VISIT
An orofacial pain dentist will evaluate and review your current symptoms and medical history, examine area of the face, teeth, jaw, head and neck, and order any diagnostic testing if necessary. Typically this will include radiographs, imaging studies, and questionnaires. Also, the dentist will provide a self-care program to reduce any strain to the area and encourage healing. A treatment plan will be developed and if necessary sent to your insurer for prior authorization and a summary letter will go out to your referring doctor.
A Few Of Our Patients Success Stories
Patient Renae that has been through the ENT service multiple times a year for 3 consecutive years. She came to our service with very little expectation and was thinking her pain maybe not treatable and stated “I’m questioning myself if this pain is real because no service can resolve my issue.” Renae had chief complaint of ear stuffiness and pain that radiated from her ear to the angle of the jaw. Our clinical exam exhibited that Renae had bilateral TMJ pain confirmed by palpation, bilateral stylomandibular ligament insertion tendonosis and a diurnal and nocturnal bruxing issue. Renae was treated with a series of bilateral stylomandibular ligament insertion injections, bilateral temporal tendon injections and bilateral suboccipital injections (that we term the “Blume”). Renae was provided with daytime and nighttime orthotics to control the bruxing habits. Within a few months, (September 24th to January 12th ) providing an injection series and orthotic daily use, Renae had her ear pain and radiating symptoms into her jaw her symptoms were almost completely resolved with a small amount of tinnitus remaining. All areas of palpation were negative.
Patient Tina had 7 years of right sided ear pain that was becoming bilateral and finally (mis)diagnosed as trigeminal neuralgia (one of the common diagnosis’s we see is Trigeminal neuralgia), which becomes the default diagnosis for facial pain with an unclear etiology. Tina had an extracted upper right molar and a root canal on the adjacent tooth. Tina’s clinical exam showed positive bilateral stylomandibular insertion tendonosis (Ernest Syndrome), which was treated with stylo injection series from June to September. Orthotics to control bruxing habits and reduced her a pain from a right sided facial pain from a 10 (June), to a 0.5 by September. Tina refused medication that would very likely had reduced her symptoms to a zero.
Patient Rose had been seen by neurology for 17 years in a attempt to control her migraine issue. She was referred our service with a chief complaint of she a 14 day headache that had been continuous. We treated Rose with bilateral suboccipital injections (Blume), and daytime/nighttime orthotics. Rose has had no significant headache at last report (6 months). Most cases do not improve that quickly but it can happen.
Patient Carlos was hit in the head with a golf club on the right side on the head above and in front of his ear (frontal parietal suture line). He had been treated by neurology with multiple medications for his right-sided headache for five years. The proper diagnosis was auriculotemporal neuralgia.  Carlos was treated with a series of auriculotemporal nerve blocks with anesthetic and corticosteroids. Also, daytime/nighttime orthotics. Carlos was almost pain free in three months with our treatment.