Washington, D. C (PRWEB) July 19, 2013
In response to regulations under consideration by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Medical Advisory Board for truckers with sleep apnea to be treated with either the CPAP machine or surgery—which are both time-prohibitive, invasive and expensive, The American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP), led by Dr. Elliot Alpher, a director and diplomate, assembled these groups to discuss the viability of a simpler, high-tech alternative of compliance chips in oral appliances and home sleep tests. AACP presented an up-to-date scenario of oral appliances as a viable alternative to the CPAP and reintroduced the concept of home testing.
The meeting which was held at The Department of Transportation on July 11, 2013, was attended by Marty Russo, lobbyist and former Illinois Congressman; Dr. Richard Klein, president of The Michigan Head and Neck Institute; Dr. Richard Bonatto, president of Braebon Corporation and one of the developers of the compliance chip for oral appliances; Mitch Livingston, vice president of Braebon; David Gergen, president of Gergen Orthodontic Laboratories; Elaine Papp, assistant director of FMCSA; Larry Minor, associate administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development under the direction of Ann Farrow at FMCSA; and, Susan Chandler, executive director ATASMC.
Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep—often due to weight issues—and can lead to serious health concerns. Due to the trucker lifestyle many truckers suffer from sleep apnea. Oral appliances help keep the tongue in place to keep the airways open for easier breathing, better sleeping and are considered an equal alternative to the CPAP for those unable or unwilling to use it.
The group agreed that oral appliances with the new technology of compliance chips—a device that actually indicates that the truckers are wearing their sleep device coupled with home sleep testing—would be a superior and much easier alternative to the CPAP or major surgery. The home sleep test would allow the truckers and their doctors to monitor their sleep right from the cabs of their trucks or hotels. The group came to a simple solution for a complex and medically debilitating sleep condition experienced by truckers all over the nation.
Dr. Elliott Alpher, one of Washington D.C.’s most experienced specialists for sleep and jaw disorders, on staff at George Washington University Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital, has been known as a leader in the treatment of sleep disorders and jaw pain for 25 years. Dr. Alpher has pioneered a conservative, non-invasive approach utilizing computerized and verifiable diagnostic methods to treat TMJ, snoring and sleep apnea. This method of treatment has proven to be greatly successful and is highly regarded as the first method of choice by physicians and patients. For more information on Dr. Alpher and the Alpher Center for Sleep Disorders and Jaw Pain, visit http://www.thealphercenter.com.
For more information about Dr. Richard Klein, please visit http://www.sleepapneamichigan.com
Braebon is a single-source provider of PSG sensors, accessories, snoring & apnea screeners, full PSG diagnostic systems, core management outcomes software, and therapeutic intraoral appliances. For more information, visit http://www.braebon.com.
Gergen Orthodontic Laboratories provides leading-edge fixed and removable orthodontic appliances and a vast array of approved sleep appliances compatible with the new chip technology.