Tony Dorsett Joins the "Tackle Sleep Apnea" National Campaign to Spread Sleep Apnea Awareness in Dallas on November 1, 2012

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Event Sponsored by the Pro-Player Health Alliance, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of sleep apnea

Tony Dorsett and Dr. Sugg

Not many people are aware that dentists can help those who are suffering and/or can't tolerate any other form of treatment.

Tony Dorsett holds an NFL record that can only be tied, the 99 yard touchdown run from scrimmage against the Vikings in 1982. He is considered to be one of the greatest Cowboys to have ever played. Dorsett recently joined the national "Tackle Sleep Apnea Campaign," in efforts to spread awareness to his community on the symptoms, dangers and alternative treatment options available for sleep apnea. The event is sponsored by Dental Sleep Medicine experts, Sleep Group Solutions and Gergen’s Orthodontic Laboratory, happening November 1 in Dallas at the North Texas Automotive Museum.

The event begins promptly at 7pm, at the North Texas Automotive Museum, located at 677 W. Campbell Rd. Pre-registration is recommended, as the event is free to the public. Dorsett will be in attendance and will be speaking on his experience with sleep apnea. In addition, he will be available for in-studio interviews tomorrow and Thursday. Dorsett and everyone involved with the campaign will be available for one on one interviews with the press, following the event. "I want to let people know how important it is to get treatment and how getting treatment can not only effect your health, but it can save your life," Dorsett said.

Dorsett joined the campaign through contacting David Gergen, President of Gergen’s Orthodontic Labratory and The Pro Player Health Alliance. Gergen then put Dorsett in contact with Dr. Harry L. Sugg, D.D.S. and Dr. Fred Massey M.D., due to his concern of having sleep apnea. After testing he was diagnosed with sleep apnea and is currently receiving treatment, through the use of an oral appliance. He currently is using a Herbst device, the only FDA Medicare approved sleep appliance. This device is currently used by a select number of dentists to treat moderate to severe sleep apnea and it is also used for those who are CPAP intolerant. The Herbst device is one of the treatment alternatives that will be discussed during the event on Thursday. “I want to spread awareness about this treatment option," Dorsett said. “Not many people are aware that dentists can help those who are suffering and/or can't tolerate any other form of treatment."

In addition to Dorsett, other former NFL legends, The Dallas Chapter NFL Players Association, the Living Heart Foundation, The American Legion and local fire and police stations will be taking part in the event. As part of each event, there are experts and a local dentist on hand that will be discussing the symptoms, health dangers and alternative treatment options for sleep apnea. In addition, several former NFL legends share their experience with sleep apnea. Dr. Harry L Sugg, D.D.S. will be touching on how dentists are now part of the treatment process for sleep apnea. Dr. Sugg created the Hearst appliance that Dorsett currently uses to treat his apnea.

The campaign had its official launch in Dallas and has made stops in Minneapolis, Seattle and Tacoma.“We are back in Dallas because the first event was very successful and had a tremendous impact on a lot of people,”Gergen said. “The American Legion has also teamed up to be part of the campaign, helping to make each event, more successful than ever.” Other upcoming events will be taking place in Phoenix and Boston.

To pre-register for the event, click here, or call 1-855-5ProPlayers. To find out if you may be at risk for having sleep apnea visit 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. The PPHA is also dedicated to testing and getting people treated who suffer from sleep apnea.

ABOUT SLEEP GROUP SOLUTIONS: Sleep Group Solutions offers a complete sleep solutions program including; dental sleep medicine continuing education, screening technology, home sleep testing, oral appliances, insurance billing, marketing, in office training and more.

ABOUT RANI BEN-DAVID: Rani Ben-David, President of Sleep Group Solutions, a leading dental continuing education and dental sleep medicine company. Mr. Ben-David is also the co-founder of the Pro Player Health Alliance, an organization which spreads awareness of sleep apnea through public events titled 'Tackle Sleep Apnea' with former NFL superstars.

ABOUT GERGEN’S ORTHODONTIC LAB: Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab specialize in fabricating orthodontic appliances such as TMJ Splints, Sleep Apnea Appliances, and Retainers, as well as all types of functional appliances such as the Respire, Herbst Sleep , Bionators, and Twin Blocks. The Gergen’s staff provides complete service in every phase of design and fabrication of appliances for the orthodontist and general dentist.

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’s latest duties are the Dental Director of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and he taken a spot at Tufts University doing seminars for the Continuing-Ed program on Dental sleep medicine. Mr. Gergen is also the Dental Sports Medicine Director of the Sleep Academy.

ABOUT SLEEPTEST.COM: is an online awareness resource, dedicated to providing information to those who feel that they may be at risk or suffering from sleep apnea.

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 in the V.A. hospital at 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 Implantoligists, 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

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