Former NFL Linemen Derek Kennard and Nate Newton Raise Awareness of Sleep Apnea Through Public Speaking Engagements

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Sleep Group Solutions and Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab partner to make this event free to the public on April 26 at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas.

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April 26, 2012 at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas Texas, a free event will be held to raise awareness of the dangers of sleep apnea and snoring. Former NFL Lineman Derek Kennard is among the contributors sharing personal experiences and struggles with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) to the audience of potential sufferers. Showing support and contributing in the event are Dental Sleep Medicine Experts from Sleep Group Solutions, Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab and LoneStar Dental Sleep Medicine.

Why NFL members and athletes to raise awareness of sleep apnea? Over 60% of NFL linemen suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. A Scripps Howard News Service study stated heavy athletes are more than twice as likely to die before their 50th birthday than their slimmer teammates. Reggie White’s passing, Percy Harvins' treatment, and the death of Derek Kennards' brother Donald in 2009 has inspired many athletes to step up and speak about the severity of sleep apnea. “A Good nights sleep can change your life! I wake up refreshed, well rested, my eyes aren't red anymore. I don't look or feel tired anymore. If I'd met Mr. Gergen sooner, we could have saved my Brother Donald Kennards'’ life.” says Derek Kennard former NFL superstar. His brother, Don Kennard died in his sleep in 2009 from sleep apnea. “...this could have been prevented. RIP Don, I Love You Man!”

Event supporter, David Gergen is a well known name in the dental field, and first introduced Derek Kennard to oral appliances to treat sleep apnea and snoring. “Derek, and Nate Newton both have been very generous with their time. Focusing their energy on letting the public know about alternatives to CPAP, and the dangers of sleep apnea has already increased awareness. Gergens' Orthodontic Lab is proud to fabricate sleep devices that are saving lives as we speak!” says David Gergen of Gergens' Orthodontic Lab. Other industry pioneers, Sleep Group Solutions provide top notch dental sleep medicine education and screening technology to dentists around the world. “We will support any opportunity to raise awareness of sleep apnea. This is just the beginning, we have a lot more events in the future to promote awareness, and are fortunate enough to have great NFL partners.” Rani Ben-David, Sleep Group Solutions President.

Event Specifics:

Date:  April 26, 2012 
Time:  2:00pm (open to public and press)  and 5:30pm (open to public)
Location:  The Renaissance Hotel.  2222 N Stemmons Fwy  Dallas, TX 75207
Special Attendees:  Unannounced NFL Players, NBC anchor Jineane Ford who is filming a documentary on sleep apnea, Dr. Harry Sugg, Mr. John Nadeau
Event Questions?: Brittany De Frank  214-763-3973 LoneStar Dental Sleep Medicine
*MEDIA INQUIRIES:  Holly(at)SleepGS(dot)com

 About Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab

Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab specialize in fabricating orthodontic appliances such as TMJ Splints, Flippers, and Retainers, as well as all types of functional appliances such as the Respire, Herbst, Bionators, and Twin Blocks. Most successful businesses and their customers will readily agree that such long-term dedication invariably results in a highly trained and fully competent team that produces work of consistently exceptional quality. The Gergen’s staff does just that as we provide complete service in every phase of design and fabrication of our appliances for the orthodontist and general dentist.
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 in 2012 a lifetime achievement award by the Gelb Academy as Americas greatest Orthodontic technician of all time. 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 and Dr. Thiem Pham. He started his lab in 1984 and has grown it into one of the most respected labs in the country employing over 50 people. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004.

*Gergen's Orthodontic Lab is opening a new office in Peoria Illinois 11825 State Route 40 Dunlap, IL. 61525, 309-696-6023. This lab will be headed by David Gergen II , David has worked in the dental field for seven years and continues excel in this industry.

About Sleep Group Solution

Sleep Group Solutions is an airway diagnostic technology company serving the needs of physicians and dentists interested in screening, diagnosing and treating sleep apnea and other upper airway disorders.  Sleep Group Solutions offers the latest screening and diagnostic equipment solutions for patients with allergy, sinus congestion, rhinitis, deviated septum, nasal polyps, snoring and sleep apnea.  Sleep Group Solutions offers the most comprehensive dental continuing education dental sleep medicine CE seminars in the industry focused on teaching dentists the protocols needed to make the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea part of their practice.  Sleep Group Solutions offers sleep study interpretation, oral appliances (Norad Boil & Bite, Respire), online directory and CPAP Alternatives. SGS is the exclusive dental distributor for Natus/Embla and is the manufacturer of the Eccovision Systems Rhinometer and Pharyngometer.

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