Dr. Rosenbaum, ASBA Diplomate, Participates at Pro Bowl Screening 2018 in Orlando, FL

ORLANDO, FL – The American Sleep and Breathing Academy’s work with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) continued last month prior to the NFL’s Pro Bowl game in Orlando, Florida.

The relationship has led to real benefits for NFL players while continuing to raise awareness among the general public, many of whom pay attention to the actions of their grid-iron heroes. Ronald Rosenbaum, DMD, PA, helped foster that ASBA/NFLPA relationship at last month’s Pro Bowl game.

As a veteran private practice dentist, Rosenbaum discovered dental sleep medicine a few years ago, and it quickly became his passion. With ASBA Diplomate status secured, Rosenbaum got the invite to the 2018 Pro Bowl and eventually took impressions for 25 NFL players at the nearby University of Central Florida’s medical facility during the same day health screening event.

“David Gergen [CEO of the ASBA] is trying to help these ex-NFL players to breathe better, live better, and improve their quality of life,” says Rosenbaum, owner of Cosmetic, Restorative & Preventive Dentistry, Pembroke Pines, Fla. “About 70 players rotated through, and only one said, ‘I don’t want this. I don’t think I have sleep apnea.’ The rest were open, honest, and receptive. In their screening questionnaires, we could see their numbers. We did not expect to take 25 impressions, but they know that oral appliances work.”

Rosenbaum called the overall experience “wonderful” and described the players as “big teddy bears who wanted to feel better and have more energy, because a lot of them were lethargic.” Rosenbaum acknowledges that “CPAP works” but says, “most will not wear it, and even when they do wear it, it can get leaks, and patients can develop issues. It can be good at first and then turn bad. The oral appliance is the best thing for these guys, especially the football players.”

Recently, Rosenbaum has been working with Sleep Group Solutions (SGS) and Rani Ben-David, SGS’ president and founder, using the pharyngometer to measure the airway. “We also test the nasal cavity,” says Rosenbaum, who intends to continue lecturing on behalf of SGS in 2018 and beyond.

“In just a matter of 5 hours I added 25 retired NFL players as patients to my sleep practice. The screening was organized, professional and beyond what I expected. Having the screening inside the Health Center at University of Central Florida was the cherry on top. Taking my staff to the Sleep Group Solutions/ASBA Boot Camp was the best decision I could have made; I heard awesome feedback from other doctors about my staff. This is one of the most exciting things I’ve done in years and I highly recommend all of my colleagues to join the ASBA, attend the annual meeting and bring your staff for the boot camp.  It’s fun, exciting and financially rewarding. These NFL players are amazing to work with,” said Dr. Rosenbaum. “Next is Project Rose. I’ve talked with a couple of the guys within Project Rose and the numbers are astounding. Project Rose is going to change dental sleep medicine not only am I excited to help more people with oral appliances, I’m definitely ready for the payout as well.”

To register for the ASBA Annual Meeting and add your staff to the Boot Camp, visit sleep-conference.com.

To find out more about Project Rose, email David Gergen at gxployer@aol.com or call 602-478-9713.

Alan Hickey

Alan Hickey

Publisher of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal the Official publication of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, the Journal is a clinical and technical publication for dental and medical professionals.

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ASBA Diplomates Treat Hall of Fame NFL Players at Super Bowl Screening Provided by Pro Player Health Alliance and Project Rose

In the days leading up to February 4th, 2018, most of the country was preparing for what is referred to as “The Big Game”. The city of Minneapolis was covered with posters that said “Welcome to The Bold North”, likely referring to the below freezing temperatures that Minnesota is famous for in the winter. Visitors and locals alike stayed warm indoors, but the men who paved the way for the “Big Game” as we know it today were forging a different path that didn’t lead to a field or stadium, but to an office located in the Medical Arts Building – Downtown Minneapolis that saw the likes Mike Singletary, Carl Eller, Earl Campbell and Mike Haynes.

The freezing cold winds of the Bold North didn’t stop former NFL players from attending the NFLPA sponsored sleep apnea screening provided by Project Rose and Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) on February 1-2, 2018. When David Gergen, CEO OF PPHA, inquired space for the event, Dr. Mark Wilson, DDS was honored to provide his dental/medical office. Dr. Wilson is known as one of the top periodontists in the country and has been trained in sleep for over ten years. Upon arrival, the retired professional athletes were directed to sign official consent forms that allowed their data to be used for research. After completing screener forms that determine if they are at high risk for sleep apnea, Dr. Inell Rosario, MD reviewed the findings and, when medically indicated, ordered home sleep tests (HST) for them. Project Rose, led by NFL great Gary Baxter, provided HST’s for the players that weekend. Results were immediately uploaded and reviewed the next day and treatment options were provided.

Dr. Mark Wilson, DDS and Dr. Greg Ross, who are sleep dentists and Diplomates of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA), were able to take digital scans of the players’ teeth to have Gergen’s Sleep Appliance Lab begin fabricating instantly. David Gergen only refers ASBA Diplomates to treat the former NFL players.

Sleep dentists working in collaboration with an ENT who is board-certified in sleep, [Dr. Rosario] ensured a quick, efficient and effective service for the players that impressed participants of the event. Former NFL Linebacker Rick Graf said, “I was so happy to hear about this happening this week. I knew I needed to be tested. I snore, but I knew there was something wrong with my breathing at night too. I’m hoping this oral appliance will change my life. My former teammate, Andre Collins, made this program a reality and I’ll be forever thankful to him.”

To become a Diplomate of the ASBA, click here.

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Alan Hickey

Alan Hickey

Publisher of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal the Official publication of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, the Journal is a clinical and technical publication for dental and medical professionals.

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Sleep And Wellness Conference Keynote Speech – A Cure for Sleep Apnea?

LAS VEGAS – Can a chronic condition such as sleep disordered breathing be eliminated? It’s ultimately a scientific question, but Dave Singh, DMD, PhD, DDSc, is also quick to point out that the answer is not a threat to anyone’s livelihood.

“No one is going out of business,” says Singh, owner, Vivos BioTechnologies Inc, Cedar Crest, New Mexico. “You have mild, moderate, and severe cases. A possible cure is about collaboration and cooperation. No one is excluded from this party. If you’re happy with your CPAP, that’s great. If you’re happy with your oral appliance, that’s fine. There are people who don’t like the mask, and with the oral appliances there can be side effects.”

During his keynote address at the Annual Sleep & Wellness Conference hosted by the American Sleep & Breathing Academy (ASBA) April 13-14, 2018, Las Vegas, Singh will describe sleep apnea procedures that are approved by the FDA and covered by medical insurance. “I’ll talk about the different options,” he says. “There are alternatives in addition to CPAP, surgeries, and mandibular advancement devices.”

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Viewed as a whole, Singh sees vast opportunity, and his optimism is infectious. “The future of dental sleep medicine is off the charts,” he says. “It’s the right thing at the right time for the right reasons. I’ve been in the field for a long time, and now we’re seeing public awareness of the issue, and a realization of how sleep apnea affects overall health.

“If we as dentists can help to identify these patients by screening people, getting a diagnosis by working in collaboration with medical colleagues, and determining alternatives, it’s all a win-win,” continues Singh. “This is the golden age of dental sleep medicine.”

In an effort to cement dental sleep medicine within the larger medical world, Singh is working with two university hospitals in the United States to eventually formulate a new specialty, curriculum, and residency training.

“The idea is that dentists will come into the sleep medicine program as a one-year, full-time fellowship in sleep medicine for dentists,” explains Singh. “They would go through that full-time training, and when they come out the other side, we expect a new specialty to emerge called dental sleep medicine, just like you have oral surgeons and orthodontists. This is where ASBA is at the forefront. It’s all about laying this exciting foundation for the future of the profession.”

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Dr Dave Singh DMD PhD DDSc

Dr. Singh is a Diplomate of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy. He is the founder of the field of pneumopedics and cranofacial epigenetics, including epigenetic orthodontics, having realized a few years ago that there is a natural way for the body to remodel the upper airway, reshape bone and move teeth into their correct positions painlessly without the use of surgery or drugs.

Alan Hickey

Alan Hickey

Publisher of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal the Official publication of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, the Journal is a clinical and technical publication for dental and medical professionals.

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ASBA CEO David Gergen Has a Distinguished Pedigree – By Alan Hickey

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David Gergen and Alan Hickey

The CEO of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy has a clear mission: Educate and spread awareness of oral appliance therapy and sleep disorders to the public, and to the medical and dental professions. Serving as the ASBA’s CEO for the past five years, David Gergen has leveraged the power of athletic celebrity (helping hundreds of former NFL players get treated for sleep apnea) to shine a bright light on sleep disorders and grow the ASBA dental side from 0 to over 1,000 members.

His enormous push in the industry and the ASBA’s massive amount of success is largely in part due to his distinguished pedigree. Gergen is no stranger to elite leadership, coming from a family lineage that has generals and officers in the U.S. military. His family ties also include his grandmother as the first female bank president in the U.S., prominent politicians who have served in presidential cabinets and Hall of Fame athletes in various sports/states. The Gergen family success doesn’t stop there, as clearly seen by his son Johnny’s Minnesota state record for the largest recorded fish ever caught in the history of the state, his daughter Lennon’s successful modeling career appearing as the Mello Yellow girl and television actress in multiple T.V commercials and his oldest son David, like his father, as a state champion in high school football.

I can say with full confidence athleticism runs deep in the Gergen blood. I’ve seen David’s plaque signed by President Jimmy Carter recognizing him as a national record holder in the standing broad jump for the 11-12 year old age group in 1977, jumping 9’ 8 ¾”. That and many other state records he still holds today which have stood for over 30 years. His state championship in the 100 meter sprint is no small feat either. As a state champion football player and coach, he went on to being the only coach in Arizona state history to win a national championship, being presented with a plaque from the Arizona State Governor. Later in 2004, Gergen was presented with the Small Businessman of the Year award. Despite all of his triumphs, Gergen is still a humble person; it took me years of knowing him for him to ever mention any of this to me.

David Gergen running the 200 Meter Sprint
David Gergen running the 200 Meter Sprint

When I thought, “All of this can’t possibly be true,” I was finally able to verify all the stories I had heard after being introduced to his best friends since childhood who he met through Mensa, a special group of children who have high IQ’s- Warren and Will Faulkner. Warren added to his accomplishments telling me, “I convinced him to play with us in the Mormon church league and we took the team all the way to the national championship. David’s shot was so consistent I had to name him the invincible armada, his mere presence gave strength to the weak. David was good for 15-20 points a game and just as many rebounds. Despite being 5’7” he could dunk a basketball. Hops like that are super natural.” Another thing I wasn’t aware of, Faulkners are direct descendants of Edward Faulkner who was commissioned by Brigham Young to colonize Arizona. His loyalty to friends, family and business partners is unrivaled; David even hired Will Faulkner’s son, Skylar Faulkner, who is now his personal assistant. Skylar has said to me, “Working with David Gergen has shown me an entirely different side of success. He is a real winner, and it’s shows through everything he touches. The man has no fear whether it’s taking a business risk, a bar room brawl or defending his girl’s integrity, he’s down for the task. Gergen is the man you want on your team.” This is why when I heard about the hospital projects and the NFL player treatments, I needed to get the word out. Anyone who follows this man will win, that’s a fact. Come learn about how you can get hospitals near you referring you patients during a special dinner at the next ASBA study club with the NFL legend, Earl Campbell.

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Alan Hickey

Alan Hickey

Publisher of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal the Official publication of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, the Journal is a clinical and technical publication for dental and medical professionals.

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Revolutionary Program to Integrate ASBA Sleep Dentists Into Hospitals

The American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA) continues to forge new ground in dental sleep medicine.

 

David Gergen and the team will be in Dallas, TX on May 17, 2017 to meet with executives overseeing a hospital chain made up of 16 hospitals regarding a groundbreaking program in sleep dentistry. In addition, the meeting will include NFL Hall of Fame running back and “Prince of Texas” Earl Campbell who will be involved in doing advertisements for the program. The hospitals are now going to, when medically indicated, send for oral appliance therapy (OAT) as the first line of defense in treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The program, which will be operated by Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) and the ASBA, is going to integrate sleep dentists into hospitals. The only sleep dentists allowed to be included in the program by the hospitals will be ASBA members due to the higher standards of excellence that is a direct result of ASBA training. A key component of the program is the process which the dentists will be paid – the hospitals will bill insurance on behalf of the dentists to ensure higher reimbursements. This is another reason why ASBA members will become the top sleep dentists of the country in coming years.

For more information, email David Gergen at gxployer@aol.com or call at 602-478-9713.

Alan Hickey

Alan Hickey

Publisher of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal the Official publication of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, the Journal is a clinical and technical publication for dental and medical professionals.

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ASBA Sleep and Wellness Conference 2018 Dates Confirmed

The American Sleep and Breathing Academy’s (ASBA) concluded a very successful 6th annual meeting April 21-22 in Phoenix AZ. This year’s highly anticipated conference, exceeded expectations, with a record number of registrations, as well as a very strong speaker program the conference garnered fantastic reviews from attendees, exhibitors and other industry professionals who attended.

Next year’s conference scheduled for April  13-14, 2018 is expected to draw over 500 attendees. The Sleep and Wellness Conference 2017 exhibitors’ feedback was “overall a huge success”, which in turn has lead to 33 out of the 48 available spots being reserved for 2018. Sleep Group Solutions’ CEO, Rani Bendavid, was thrilled to be able to attend the meeting. Rani Bendavid said, “We sold more product at this meeting than any previous meeting.” “The 15 booths we still have open to exhibitors will go by the end of the month. It’s a good idea to reserve your spot as soon as possible,” says Gergen. Reservations for spots in the exhibitor hall can be made by emailing David Gergen at david@myasba.com or Alan Hickey at alan@myasba.com.

View photos from Sleep and Wellness Conference 2017 by clicking here.

Alan Hickey

Alan Hickey

Publisher of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal the Official publication of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, the Journal is a clinical and technical publication for dental and medical professionals.

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David Gergen Planning ASBA Diplomate Dr. Steve Wilk’s 2nd Sleep Apnea Awareness Event in Denver, CO

David Gergen, Demaryius Thomas, Roy Green
David Gergen, Demaryius Thomas, Roy Green

On Jan 3, 2017, a sleep apnea public awareness event took place at ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop located South of Denver in Centennial. At a star studded event that saw the likes of Roy Green, Chuck Foreman, Eric Dickerson, Derek Kennard, Karl Mecklenburg and Earl Campbell all in attendance to support Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA), PPHA CEO David Gergen American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA) Diplomate Dr. Steve Wilk were the stars of the show. Derek Kennard said, “David Gergen does a great job bringing awareness to the players, and doc saves our lives. They are the real MVPs.”

It’s now summer, and David Gergen is back in Colorado planning Dr. Wilk’s second awareness event. “January’s event was rewarding seeing people who truly needed care with their sleep apnea come out, not to mention everyone who attended brought cards and photos for the players to sign. Everyone had a great time and Dr. Wilk was able to reach out to a number of locals who sought treatment for their obstructive sleep apnea.  ESPN and NBC were there to cover the event, and it is working well, while also getting better each and every time. I’m excited for our next event.” says Gergen.

David Gergen coordinates 5-6 public sleep apnea awareness events with ASBA doctors a year nationwide. For more information on how you can become involved in reaching out to your local community with such an event, contact David Gergen at 602-478-9713.

Alan Hickey

Alan Hickey

Publisher of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal the Official publication of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, the Journal is a clinical and technical publication for dental and medical professionals.

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ASBA Annual Conference a Huge Success – Meeting Recap (Photos)

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Dr. Kent Smith Presenting in the Main Hall

The American Sleep and Breathing Academy’s (ASBA) 6th annual meeting, the most anticipated academy event of the year, exceeded expectations as registrants overwhelmed speakers and ASBA staff with incredible reviews. The event began Thursday, April 20, 2017 with a spectacular review course presented by Dr. Kevin Mueller, a professor at Midwestern University, for dentists preparing to sit for the ASBA and the American Board of Sleep and Breathing’s (ABSB) Diplomate Exam on Sunday, April 23rd. The review course is considered by previous participants as a must-attend. The ABSB exists to administer a certification program to dentists in dental sleep medicine which is a process that enables them to treat more patients with oral appliance therapy and positional therapy, in a more efficient and cost effective manner.

Congressman Marty Russo, a returning keynote speaker, launched the meeting in the main lecture hall with a compelling presentation about making the case for oral appliance therapy with local government and educating the public about sleep apnea. Megan Cheever explained navigation of medical billing for dentists treating OSA, Dr. Richard Bonato proved compliance in custom oral devices, Cindy White reviewed Medicare requirements for sleep medicine, Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Secretary of Transportation for Highway Safety Alberto Gutier showed sleep apnea as a priority for state government and highway safety, John Nadeau revealed a protocol for reducing time and achieving optimal oral appliance outcomes and Dr. Larry Tilley co-presented with Dr. Bryan Keropian on sleep disorders and the dental patient. Friday concluded with a cocktail mixer including networking with NFL legends and an open bar provided by the ASBA. Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Champion, Derek Kennard, said, “I love coming to the ASBA meetings. Every doctor I meet is friendly and willing to help. I always learn something new I can take to my football brothers that really help our quality of life immensely. And I can’t forget to mention the cocktail receptions are a blast every time! The guys and I love hearing stories when we mingle with the crowd. And yes, we do sign autographs because the doc’s coming to the meeting to be educated on how to better help their patients’ health are the real MVP’s.”

Saturday, ASBA President Dr. Kent Smith provided his thorough knowledge of working with physicians and establishing yourself as a dental sleep expert. Dr. Paul Van Walleghem explained how credentialing works and what becoming board certified means for the dental sleep medical model. Dr. Neal Seltzer and Gina Pepitone spoke on building the dental sleep dream team and what percent of the practice should be sleep. Dr. Richard Klein displayed TMD and its relation to OSA. Dr. David Singh “wowed” the crowd with his demonstration of non-surgical upper airway remodeling and special guest Dr. Ronald Brown who served as a board director on the American Board of Dental Specialties concluded lectures by presenting dental sleep medicine as a sub-specialty.

image032The completely sold out exhibit hall was filled during the two day meeting. Sleep Group Solutions’ CEO, Rani Ben-David, was thrilled to be able to attend the meeting. David Gergen credited the entire Sleep Group Solutions staff for bringing energy to the meeting and their booth by engaging attendees the entire duration of day one and day two. Rani Ben-David said, “We sold more product at this meeting than any previous meeting.” Dr. Anthony Scianni complemented the exhibitors who stayed to speak with attendees through the end of day two, saying, “It was refreshing seeing many of the vendors remain in their booths until the end of the conference. The topics were so valuable I felt the importance of being in the lecture hall while the speakers were presenting, but it was disappointing seeing some of the booths pack up early. I had questions for a specific vendor, but they were gone. I noticed the companies who had their owners present stayed through the entire event and were more successful because of it.”

The ASBA annual conference is the only meeting for dental and medical professionals alike where NFL legends, congressmen and some of the most successful sleep experts in the country come to share their experiences and knowledge with members who attend. This unique combination offers an outlook on all aspects of sleep medicine from the patient’s point of view to working with local government to promote awareness and recognition of sleep disordered breathing in the local community. Dr. Clint Blackwood mentioned, “The ASBA sets themselves apart from other organizations in many ways, but what really sticks out to me is how they are able to bring an extensive variety of meaningful topics to their meetings. Other meetings have the same doctors presenting the same topics and I’m able to pick out about 5% of the meeting as new information. I can tell the ASBA prides themselves in being on the forefront of the industry, consistently staying on top of and bringing the newest content to their members.”

Click here to see photos of the ASBA Sleep and Wellness Conference 2017

Alan Hickey

Alan Hickey

Publisher of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal the Official publication of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, the Journal is a clinical and technical publication for dental and medical professionals.

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Pro Player Health Alliance Formerly Invited to Speak at the Greater Good Fund Board Meeting

On March 27, 2017 David Gergen, CEO of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA) and Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA), NFL legend Roy Jet Stream Green and Dr. Anthony Scianni, DMD, D’ASBA arrived at the Camby Hotel in Phoenix, AZ to present to a Pro Football Retired Players Association (PFRPA) Board. The presentation was intended to provide information about the benefits available to the retired players regarding treatment for their sleep apnea, which was well received and later applauded, but soon turned focus to the new dental program being offered through the “Greater Good Fund”.

For the first time, there will be a plan including consistent coverage for preventative, basic and major dental services for the former players. Due to Gergen’s extensive dental background, the board was interested in hearing how he could assist in improving the value of the program for the players while providing a boost for the Greater Good Fund. Gergen delivered perhaps the most powerful speech of his career. Fueled by his passion to help the former players, David created a plan that would not only save the fund money, but actually put money back in the fund that can be used to contribute to additional benefits for the players.

He also laid out a detailed dental schedule fee that he had helped develop over two years ago with the former Smile Brands CEO, Stan Andrakowicz for the very purpose of providing dentistry at affordable pricing to the players. At that time Gergen did not forsee a fund paying for these procedures, but oh how the times have changed. After Gergen turned the presentation over to Dr. Scianni, Dr. Scianni began by stating, “We all know CPAP is considered the gold standard, but what you probably don’t know is about combination therapy.” Gergen quickly interrupted and proclaimed, “I’m so sick of hearing CPAP is the gold standard. I’m sorry Dr. Scianni but that makes me want to puke. It’s such bull crap. That’s just a sales guy’s slogan to sell CPAPs. That’s like saying breathing on a ventilator is the gold standard of breathing. What you also don’t know is that many people on CPAP don’t reach level four sleep, like my buddy Roy Green across the room. Multiple in lab studies showed he never reached level four sleep, although he did wearing his oral appliance. Let’s talk about the achilles heal of CPAP as well, compliance.”

The presentation was so impressive, the Chairman of the Board, Bob Schmidt, asked David to step out of the room. Gergen came back into the room and said, “I look forward to working with this board in the future – what a great group of guys.” Roy Green came over to Gergen to put his arms around him and said, “The words flowed out of your mouth like magic. Gergen, you pinned me to my chair. I’m extremely impressed and I don’t throw out compliments lightly. Thank you my friend, you were on your “A” game today. We are really going to do some good for these former players and help the dental industry grow.”

If you want to learn about this revolutionary new dental program funded by the Greater Good Fund, come to the American Sleep and Breathing Academy Sleep and Wellness Conference April 21-22 where Gergen will unveil the details of the program. He will also unveil what he has done with hospital chains across the country for dental sleep medicine. I’m going to quote Dr. Neal Seltzer; “David Gergen has done more for dental sleep medicine in the past two years than the entire industry has done in the past 30.”

Register at sleep-conference.com or call David Gergen at 602-478-9713.

Alan Hickey

Alan Hickey

Publisher of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal the Official publication of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, the Journal is a clinical and technical publication for dental and medical professionals.

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Sleep Dentists: A Big Hit at NFLPA Annual Convention

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Dr. Anthony Scianni, NFL Great Brenden Stai and Dr. Archie Roberts, Founder of Living Heart Foundation

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) recently chose Scottsdale, Arizona, to host its annual meeting for player representatives. Along with usual discussions of player wages, benefits, and positional elections, the Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA), Living Heart Foundation, and Redirect Health offered free health screenings for former players.

More than 100 retired players took advantage of the screenings where they were assessed for body composition, blood pressure, pulmonary function, hearing, sleep apnea, and more. American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA) Diplomates, Dr. Mark Castle, Dr. Dian Olah, Dr. Anthony Scianni and Dr. Kevin Mueller, were chosen to oversee the sleep apnea screenings. They later became known as the “Dream Team” by the end of the event, because they were able to help every player to get tested and referred to an ASBA dental sleep specialist for oral appliance therapy.

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Dr. Rodolfo Ferrate speaking with a retired NFL player about sleep apnea

Dr. Rodolfo Ferrate, M.D., who flew from Utah to assist with the screenings at the NFLPA meeting, explained sleep apnea and its harmful effects. Dr. Ferrate mentioned, “A lot of these players know they have issues with sleep disordered breathing during the night, but many of them simply haven’t been properly educated on how detrimental it can be to their health. These screenings are necessary to not only examine overall health, but to put the former players on the right path to a better quality of life by letting them know what’s happening to their body and showing them treatment options.”

 

For more information about overall health screenings for former NFL players, more information about the ASBA, or how to become a Diplomate of the ASBA, call David Gergen at 602-478-9713 or visit americansleepandbreathingacademy.com.

Alan Hickey

Alan Hickey

Publisher of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal the Official publication of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, the Journal is a clinical and technical publication for dental and medical professionals.

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