In an effort to spread awareness regarding the prevalence of sleep apnea and alternative forms of treatment, the Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) was organized, utilizing the talents and testimonials of former NFL players who suffer from OSA. Football greats, including Tony Dorsett, Derek Kennard, Mark Walczak and Roy Green all have contributed time and effort to the PPHA.
The organization and the former NFL players travel the country to promote awareness of sleep apnea, educating the public on treatment options and the effects of living with the disorder if untreated. The next free event will be hosted by Dr. Rein and Dr. Seltzer of the Long Island Smile in New York on December 5, 2013.
“Mike Haynes, Derek Kennard and former Cardinal Charger Mark Walczak have been a driving force in our momentum as this company is used to putting together seminars and events on sleep apnea awareness,” David Gergen, founder of the PPHA told digitaljournal.com. “Together with the former NFL players, we are able to draw a captive audience and offer some free home sleep testing to all attendees to ensure everyone will get tested and seek treatment.”
Gergen also is the president of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab, maker of the Herbst Appliance for OSA. Unlike CPAP, the Herbst Appliance aligns the jaw to keep the airway open. By creating a way for air to flow through instead of forcing it down, the Herbst Appliance provides a natural way to breathe.
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Date: December 5, 2013
Location: Long Island Mariott
101 James Doolittle Blvd.,
Uniondale, NY 11553