Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 31, 2013
Recently, CPAP has been the leading option for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) treatment. CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is a treatment that uses air pressure to keep the airways open. There are three main parts to CPAP: A mask or other device that is strapped to your face over your nose or your nose and mouth, a tube that connects the mask to the machine's motor and a motor that blows air into the tube. Unfortunately, this method of treatment can be uncomfortable and evasive while trying to sleep.
Many people who own CPAPs do not actually use them and as an alternative, Gergen's Orthodontic Lab has developed another option to being treated through the Herbst Appliance for OSA. What makes this different from CPAP is it aligns your jaw to keep your airway open and by creating a way for air to flow through instead of forcing it down, it provides a natural way to breathe. The Herbst Appliance for OSA made by Gergen's Orthodontic Lab is one of two in the country that are FDA approved. Although CPAP devices reduce overall apneic episodes, the oral appliances have shown to have higher adherence among patients. With over 150 NFL players currently using it, more and more individuals are turning to the Herbst Appliance for treatment.
Unfortunately, many sufferers of sleep apnea are unaware that an alternative treatment exists. It is for this reason that David Gergen, President Gergen's Orthodontic Lab, created a company that travels the country to promote awareness of the disorder, educate the public on treatments/effects of untreated sleep apnea and direct patients to the most qualified doctor in that community. The company, called Pro Player Health Alliance, uses NFL legends who have had personal struggles with sleep apnea to attract an audience whom they share their testimonies with. Mr. Gergen says, "Creating Pro Player Health Alliance has brought a new wave of awareness to the public by NFL greats sharing personal struggles, experiences and losses with sleep apnea."
About David Gergen
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 chair of the dental wing of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy a national interdisciplinary academy dedicated to sleep training and education with over 60,000 members. 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
About Pro Player Health Alliance
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.