Pro Player Health Alliance, Sleep Group Solutions and David Gergen Tackle Sleep Apnea in Dallas on November 1, 2012 at the North Texas Automotive Museum
The fifth district of the American Legion and Commander Jeffrey Perkins are teaming up with thePro Player Health Alliance to spread sleep apnea awareness, during an upcoming event, ‘Tackle Sleep Apnea’. The event will take place at the North Texas Automotive Museum on Nov. 1, at 7p.m and is free to the public. The museum is located at 677 W. Campbell Rd. Sleep Group Solutions is pleased to provide free home sleep testing to select attendees.
A dominant draw to these events are the participation of former NFL legends. Erik Dickerson, Isiah Robertson, Dave Krieg, Derek Kennard and Roy Green will speak on their need to spread awareness, in efforts to save lives. “I want to spread awareness about how serious sleep apnea can be,” Krieg said. “The death of Reggie White had a major impact on me and now I feel the need to do my part to let the public know about this silent killer and how important getting treatment is.”
This event is the fifth stop for the campaign. The goal of the campaign is to successfully tackle every region. As part of the event, a discussion will be held with Dr. Harry L. Sugg, D.D.S., on the symptoms, health dangers and how dentists are now part of the treatment plan, for those who suffer from this potentially deadly condition.
There are currently a select number of dentists who offer oral appliance therapy (OAT) in efforts to treat those who suffer from moderate to severe sleep apnea. In addition dentists can treat patients’ that are also resistant to the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Mask. Dentists offer OAT through the creation of a custom made mouth piece. “The mouth piece is like a retainer and works by pushing the jaw forward in order to open up the airway, so that you can breathe,” Krieg said.
The upcoming event currently has 125 members from the Fifth District of the American Legion that will be in attendance. In addition, Gergen will be meeting with the district during an upcoming meeting in an effort to spread awareness to those who will not be able to attend the upcoming event. Fifth district of the American Legion Commander Jeffrey Perkins mentions, “I am excited that we are able to take part in such a great event. This event will not only help members of the fifth district, but can help those in the Dallas community that feel that they could be at risk for having sleep apnea or are resistant to the CPAP mask.” President of the Pro-Players Health Alliance (PPHA), David Gergen says, “We are very excited to have the American Legion involved in this event. The legion joined us in Tacoma and the event was the most successful to date. I feel we will have the same amount of success for this event.”
To pre-register for the event, visit http://tacklingsleepapneadallas.eventbrite.com/ . To find out more about the campaign, visit http://PPHA.com . To find out if you may be at risk for having sleep apnea visithttp://www.SleepTest.com to take an online questionnaire.
ABOUT PPHA: The Pro-Players Health Alliance (PPHA) is an organization dedicated to helping former NFL players, through providing testing and treatment options for those who suffer from sleep apnea. In addition, the PPHA is dedicated to integrating education and raising sleep apnea awareness, in a fun and memorable way. In addition to the campaign, the PPHA is dedicated to testing and getting people treated who suffer from sleep apnea. The PPHA will be at Temple University in Philadelphia on Oct. 12 with The Living Heart Foundation in efforts to spread awareness. The PPHA was created by Rani Ben-David, President of Sleep Group Solutions, David Gergen, President of Gergen Orthodontic Laboratories and Former NFL legends.
ABOUT DAVID GERGEN: David Gergen has been a nationally respected dental lab technician for over 25 years. He received the award for “The Finest Orthodontic Technician in the Country” given by Columbus Dental in 1986. He also received a lifetime achievement award by the Gelb Academy as America’s greatest Orthodontic technician of all time, in 2012. He has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. Gergen and his father John Gergen began Gergen Orthodontic labs in 1984 and has grown it into one of the most respected labs in the country. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004. David is the Dental Director of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and he has also taken a spot at Tufts University teaching seminars for the Continuing-Ed program on Dental sleep medicine. Mr. Gergen is also the Dental Sports Medicine Director of the Sleep Academy.
ABOUT HARRY L. SUGG, D.D.S: Dr. Sugg, A.G.D., A.D.A., T.D.A., A.C.O.I., D.C.D.S, I.C.O.I., A.S.O., is one of the highly and most respected dentists in the Dallas area. He has been practicing people oriented dentistry for the past 30 years. He graduated with his Undergraduate Degree from Memphis State University. In 1969, Dr. Sugg graduated with his degree in Dentistry from Tennessee University. He spent his residency at the V.A. hospital in Tennessee. In addition, he is a graduate of the Advanced Program from the Misch Implant Institute. His memberships include: The American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, The American College of General Implantology, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the American Society of Osseonitegration, the Texas Dental Association, the Dallas County Dental Association, the International Academy of Laser Dentistry and the Texas Academy of Laser Dentistry.