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The ASBA Feeds 40 New Patients To Its Members in Under a Month!

This year at a dental sleep meeting in Colorado, there was a noticeably different buzz going on amongst its attendees. The topic of conversation within groups of doctors was not the speakers or lecture content but the ever growing American Sleep and Breathing Academy “ASBA”. Why? The answer to that question is quite simple. The ASBA is the only Academy that works tirelessly for its members, both individually and collectively. With a full week still left in June, this month alone, the ASBA has placed 40 new patients with Academy Doctors. In addition to feeding patients directly to our members, the backing of former and current NFL and NBA stars such as  Marcus Allen Eric Dickerson, Chuck Foreman and Roy Green, is a marketing gold mine that is exclusive to the American Sleep and Breathing Academy membership.

ASBA Member Sleep Apnea
Eric Dickerson and David Gergen

In addition, the ASBA promotes non vendor education as another way to advance the profession and push for oral appliance therapy as the benchmark treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). ASBA membership affords you the ability, through online and in person course options, to receive the newest information in treatment, billing and case studies from the most successful dentists treating OSA in the nation. In addition, the moment you become a member you will receive constant updates regarding state/federal guidelines and reimbursement information. This is just one more way that the ASBA is giving our doctors a leg up on non-members.

If you thought that wasn’t enough, congressmen/congresswomen and special committees formed by the ASBA are fighting politically for dentists as a whole. In an industry where CPAP is vastly over prescribed and reimbursement for it is plummeting, one of the most important goals of the Academy is to catapult oral appliance therapy into the go to treatment for OSA. On September 27th, key members of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, along with NFL icons Roy Green, Eric Dickerson, Marcus Allen, Congressmen Marty Russo, Congressmen Jim McGovern, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, and Senator Chris Dodd will be in front of a special congressional committee to discuss just that.

Aside from aggressively fighting for your rights as a dentist in the sleep medicine space, from a marketing standpoint, the ASBA is unrivaled. The Academy magazine, Sleep and Wellness, features articles on ASBA members every issue and distribution in over 100,000 medical and non-medical offices gives our members a reach that they could not obtain on their own.

Now is your time. Do not be left behind while the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and its members continue to revolutionize dental sleep medicine. Join us and let us fight for you!


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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First Amendment Action Time!

Marty Russo, a retired Congressman, addressed the American Sleep and Breathing Association annual meeting last weekend with a strong call to action.

The commissions that oversee Railroad Operators and the Trucking industry have opened a public comment time for critical  rule making associated with treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Marty talked about searching the current public comments and finding only one mentioning dentists at all, so he put together  an action sheet.  If we want the regulators to hear about oral appliances, it’s completely up to us to ‘petition our government,’ a right enshrined in our Constitution just for this very purpose.
Here’s what he advises us to do:
Dental Sleep Medicine Has A Big Opportunity
Speak Up To Federal Policy Makers – Let’s Be Heard In Washington
The Opportunity: 
The U.S. Department of Transportation has requested public comments on proposed rulemaking about screening, diagnosing, treating and tracking compliance for OSA in individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation.  These agencies need input from experts on the science of dental sleep medicine.
 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Federal Railway Administration (FRA)
 How You Can Prepare:
Read the announcement outlining the proposed rulemaking. There are twenty specific questions about OSA that cover the areas of most interest to federal policy makers.  Address the questions that most closely align with your expertise.  The announcement can be located by going to your Internet browser and searching for these two docket numbers:
 What You Can Do:
Online:  Go to  Search separately for each docket number listed above. Follow instructions to make comments on each docket number.
  • Present your credentials and relevant experience.
  • Be concise and support your claims.
  • Use scientific evidence from dental sleep medicine. Include scientific studies on oral appliance therapy and your own experience as an expert.  There is the ability to upload documents that support your position.
  • Address trade-offs and opposing views.
  • Include the costs and benefits to patients of your approach. It is especially important for oral appliance therapy to address costs and compliance.
  • Do not attempt any perceived commercialization for your product of services
  • Comments are not votes, but one well supported comment is more influential than a thousand form letters.
DO NOT let this opportunity pass us by.  If we don’t impress our views on the rule-makers, years will  pass before we can have this chance again.
David Gergen CDT

David Gergen CDT

David Gergen, CDT and President of Pro Player Health Alliance, 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 has been appointed Executive Director of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy Dental Division, a national interdisciplinary academy dedicated to sleep training and education with over 60,000 members. David rolled out of bed on December 4, 1982 and had his career “ah ha” moment. He knew he was going to be an orthodontic technician and he knew he was going to help people all over the country to help treat their sleep disorders in partnership with their dentists. He has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. He was the personal technician for the likes of Dr. Robert Ricketts, Dr. Ronald Roth, Dr. A. Paul Serrano, Dr. Clark Jones, Dr. Harold Gelb, Dr. Joseph R. Cohen, Dr. Rodney Willey, Dr. Allan Bernstein, and Dr. Thien Pham. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004.

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Commonwealth Fund Ranks US Health Care #11 Out of 11


A Washington, DC-based private foundation compared the health systems of 11 developed nations, concluding that the United States system is the “most expensive” but underperforms relative to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.


“The U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror,” according to an executive summary. “Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last or near last on dimensions of access, efficiency, and equity. In this edition of Mirror, Mirror, the United Kingdom ranks first, followed closely by Switzerland (Exhibit ES-1).”


Expanding from the seven countries included in 2010, the 2014 edition includes data from 11 countries. It incorporates patients’ and physicians’ survey results on care experiences and ratings on various dimensions of care. “The most recent list includes information from the most recent three Commonwealth Fund international surveys of patients and primary care physicians about medical practices and views of their countries’ health systems (2011–2013),” according to summary findings. “It also includes information on health care outcomes featured in The Commonwealth Fund’s most recent (2011) national health system scorecard, and from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).”


The full list (in order):






The Netherlands

New Zealand






The Commonwealth Fund is described (on their Web site) as “a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.”


Source: Commonwealth Fund

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