Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) June 20, 2012
Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab will be hosting a seminar and launching a nation-wide sleep apnea awareness campaign titled “Tackling Sleep Apnea.” Former NFL Players Carl Eller, Mike Haynes, Chuck Foreman, Greg Coleman, Derek Kennard, Bob Lurtsema, and Stu Voight are joining Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab on June 24-25, 2012 to launch the campaign. This is the second event in the series taking place across the United States in an effort to raise sleep apnea awareness.
The Minneapolis event will be held at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington, MN, beginning at 5:00p.m. on June 24. This event is free to the public. Before the event there will be a question and answer session open to the press that will begin promptly at 4:00p.m.
Former Dallas Cowboy Player, Derek Kennard and Carl Eller will both share personal experiences in regards to sleep apnea fatalities. The awareness discussion will be led by Dr. Rod Willey, DDS, D’ACSDD, who is trained in sleep medicine. Dr. Willey, who is trained in sleep medicine, will share information on the dangers of sleep apnea and effective sleep apnea treatments. Minneapolis residents will have an opportunity to participate in free home sleep tests, given to the first 50 registrants.
“Knowing today’s economic situation and tougher times, this assessment may not be a priority to most individuals. The reality is, sleep apnea takes lives and that merits national awareness. With these events, we plan to spread the awareness and tackle sleep apnea throughout the country,” stated David Gergen, President of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab.
Sleep Apnea goes far beyond the nuisance of snoring. In fact, it is now linked to cancer. Research also proves that untreated sleep apnea can raise the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and even death. “Sleep apnea is found as the root cause of most heart attack deaths during sleep. It is essential that the public is aware of this life-taking condition that can affect every aspect of their lives,” stated Dr. Rod Willey.
It is estimated that 80 to 90 percent of people suffering with sleep apnea still remain undiagnosed. This is one of the reasons the group assembled this national awareness campaign. “Minneapolis has a great opportunity here to learn about sleep apnea and treat this potentially deadly condition,” stated Elias Kalantzis, President of SLEEPTEST.com.
After the event, several former NFL Minnesota Vikings players and Former Dallas Cowboy Player, Derek Kennard, will be available to sign autographs.
About Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab
Family owned and operated, Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab has been in business since 1984 and it has grown into one of the most respected labs in the country employing over 50 people. David Gergen, President, 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
America’s 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. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004.
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