Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) July 09, 2013
After getting over 160 NFL players treated, Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) has now been joined by many of them to help spread awareness on the deadly disorder, sleep apnea. Joined with David Gergen, President of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab and PPHA, they have been on a mission to “Tackle Sleep Apnea” nationally. The "Tackle Sleep Apnea" campaign led by David Gergen and Arizona Cardinals greats Roy Green, Mark Walczak and Derek Kennard is a quest to travel to as many cities across the country as possible to spread awareness to the public.
While the majority of individuals know a loved one that has sleep apnea or have it themselves, they are unaware of the serious harmful effects caused by letting it go untreated. According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, about 38,000 deaths occur in the US on an annual basis that are related to sleep apnea making it the “Silent Killer.”
Sleep disorders act no differently towards superstar athletes as they do with any other human being. Roy Green has experienced two strokes and two heart attacks due largely in part to sleep apnea. Roy said, "If I had met David Gergen years ago, I wouldn't have had to experience having a heart attack, let alone two heart attacks and strokes. I am extremely grateful for what he's done for me and my former teammates and I'm glad to be a part of spreading awareness on sleep apnea so others don't have to to go through what I did".
Roy chooses to wear an oral appliance manufactured by Gergen's Orthodontic Lab as his solution to sleep apnea, but that isn't the only option. Some prefer to use CPAP over the appliance. While both are effective, the treatment of the deadly disorder is diverse and are dependent upon the patient. To learn more about sleep apnea, treatments available and a way to order a home sleep test, visit http://www.proplayersleep.com.
About Pro Player Health Alliance
The Pro Player 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. In addition to the campaign, the PPHA is dedicated to testing and getting people treated who suffer from sleep apnea. The PPHA was created by David Gergen, President of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab and Former NFL legends.
About David Gergen
David Gergen, 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. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004.