Dental Sleep Professionals Call on Senators

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two members of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy took
their concerns about public safety and the health of transportation workers to several U.S. 
Senators. Drs. Elliott Alpher and Neal Seltzer spoke in support a bill that would bring
regulatory certainty to the diagnosis and treatment of deadly obstructive sleep apnea among
transportation workers. OSA has been a factor in several recent rail and bus and truck accidents. 
 
However, the bill is stalled in a committee and needs help from constituents to move it forward before Congress adjourns in December.  
 
On October 26, 2017, Drs. Elliott J. Alpher and Neal Seltzer met with representatives of Senator Cory Booker (D- NJ), Senator Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D- MI).   
  
Fellow ASBA member Dr. Richard Klein worked behind the scenes to arrange the meeting with
Stabenow who is a member of the influential budget and finance committees. 
 
“We need to reach each member of the Senate,” Dr. Neal Seltzer said.” We have met with four
so far. With the help of the membership, we can contact all the senators.” 
 
During their Senate meetings, Drs. Alpher and Seltzer explained the need to have a dental sleep expert appointed to the Medical Review Board. This body sets health guidelines, including the diagnosis and treatment of OSA for transportation workers. Currently there are no sleep medical experts among the five members. 
 
The staffers were especially interested in a letter Dr. Alpher received from the FMCSA in
response to his letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.  FMCSA
Associate Administrator for Policy, Larry Minor, responded that the agency had decided the
current methods of diagnosing and treating OSA among transportation workers are “adequate.” 

Drs. Alpher and Seltzer also volunteered to provide medical and scientific expertise to the
Senators as the legislation works its way through the process. 
 
“In all three offices, we were well received,” said Dr. Alpher. “They were genuinely interested
in willing to follow-through on our offers to help them gain some certainty for transportation
workers.”

Dr. Alpher Meets with Senator Van Hollen on Regulations of Highway and Railways

In a continuing quest to achieve regulatory consistency for diagnosing and treating obstructive
sleep apnea in transportation workers, several sleep dentists took their concerns to Capitol Hill. 
 
Drs. Elliott Alpher, Neal Seltzer and Michael Baylin met with a legislative aide for Senator Chris
Van Hollen. (D - MD). Dr. Alpher and Dr. Baylin are Maryland residents. The three expressed
concerns over the recent federal decision to halt work on a rule that would have regulated the
diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in truck drivers and railway workers.

Two weeks ago, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) discontinued the plan to establish a federal regulation. Instead the two agencies said that companies could develop their own standards. 
 
The goal of the meeting with Senator Van Hollen’s legislative aide for health issues was to ask
the Senator to seek renewal of the formal regulatory rule-making. In addition, the doctors
requested that a dental sleep medical practitioner be appointed to the FMCSA Medical Review Board, which establishes medical standards for transportation workers and sets training policy for certified medical examiners.   
 
During the 45-minute session, the doctors explained that transportation workers endure long
hours and irregular sleep patterns making them at higher risk of suffering from obstructive sleep disorders. They added that an estimated 18 million people suffer but are undiagnosed or treated. 
 
“The health and well-being of truck drivers is critical to everyone on the highway,” said Dr. Neal Seltzer of Long Island Smile. 
 
“The lack of sleep and obstructive breathing are epidemics that will affect at least the next few generations,” said Dr. Elliott Alpher.  
 
“This lack affects your entire health and well-being,” said Dr. Michael Baylin. 
 
In a separate action, several senators called for Trump Administration to explain why it cancelled the rule-making. In a letter to the Department of Transportation on Monday, August 21, several senators asked for an explanation and all the documents that were used to cancel the rule-making process. The senators called on the Administration to reverse its decision.

“We strongly believe that DOT should immediately reconsider the decision to help avoid future fatigue-related tragedies.” 
 
The letter details several deadly railway crashes that were linked to undiagnosed sleep disorders. These included a 2013 Metro-North train derailment in New York and a New Jersey Transit crash last year. The letter is signed by Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Bob Menendez (N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.). 
 
For several years, The American Sleep and Breathing Academy has advocated for science-based diagnostic and treatment guidelines for the commercial trucking industry. In 2016, ASBA Members submitted more than 1,000 pages of expert comments to a proposed federal rulemaking that would have established incomplete, confusing and inconsistent regulations for the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. 
 
A Call for Federal Regulation of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Transportation Workers
 
Establishing consistent, science-based guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea will improve the health of the workers and make the roads safer. 
 Current FMSCA Medical Review Board guidelines base a diagnosis upon three criteria, while
the ASBA standard includes 14 scientific and medical points, including intraoral exams and
measurements and allows for a home sleep study.  
 
Further, the FMCSA guidelines require the driver to stop working, go to a sleep lab and return to work only conditionally until there is a diagnosis and treatment. This is costly, time-consuming and by the estimates of one trucking association, can cost the driver $5,000 to $7,000 each time. FMCSA guidelines dictate that the continuous airway device, CPAP, is the preferred method of treatment. Patients are required to wear the CPAP for only four hours during their sleep periods. Dental sleep appliances are allowed only after the failure of CPAP therapy to improve the patient’s breathing.  
 
Pilot Sleep Program Needs Dental Sleep Expertise
 
In addition to the obstructive sleep apnea rule-making, the trio asked that a dental sleep medicine practitioner be allowed to help establish the proper protocol and data analysis methods for a proposed FMCSA pilot program called “Split Berth.”  It will examine whether allowing drivers to divide their current 14-hour work schedule and 10-hour consecutive sleep requirements into periods they manage would be beneficial. Currently the pilot program is under consideration.  
 
While the split berth idea is favored by truck drivers, Drs. Alpher, Baylin and Seltzer expressed
concerns that the pilot program is being established without the expertise of dental sleep
medicine specialists. 
 

What Pajamas Should You Wear for a Good Night’s Sleep?

Sleep therapists weigh in on the best fabrics.

BY KATIE MARTIN  AUG 10, 2017, 11:02AM EDT 

Sleep is hot right now. Arianna Huffington recently wrapped up a nationwide tour that aimed to teach college students how to get more rest, and The Atlantic published an entire guide to sleeping better earlier this year. And in the last two years alone, studies have shown that getting more sleep could improve your patiencestrengthen your immune system, and boost your sex life, and that sleeping too little can make you gain weight and raises your chance of contracting pretty much any infectious disease.

The general consensus is that most adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep per night — and if you think you can get by on less, you’re probably fooling yourself. A 2003 study restricted groups of people to four, six, or eight hours of sleep per night for 14 days. By day 10, the group that got six hours a night was performing as poorly on cognitive tests as people who had been sleep-deprived for 3 days straight — but they told the researchers they were barely sleepier than they had been at the beginning of the experiment.

Since you can’t take shortcuts, how do you make the most of those crucial eight(ish) hours? Sure, you could cut down on screen time, start working out, and quit napping, smoking, and drinking coffee. All that stuff is great for you, plus you’ll get better sleep. But changing your entire lifestyle is hard, and also boring, so I consulted some sleep therapists in search of an easier option. And guess what, it turns out there is one other thing you can do to improve your sleep: You can buy new pajamas.

Dr. Joseph Krainin, the founder of Singular Sleep, told me that the key to high-quality sleep is to keep your bedroom cool (ideally no warmer than 70 degrees Fahrenheit) and stay cozy with warmer bedding and PJs. Once winter finally comes, avoid cranking up the heat in your bedroom and snuggle into something like this retro-cute flannel set to stay warm from cold-temperature experts L.L.Bean.

If you can’t afford to blast the AC in the meantime, Dr. Krainin recommends cotton, because it “helps disperse body heat and moisture to keep you cool and non-clammy.” Everlane has some very well-reviewed 100 percent cotton options, or try this paper-thin Hanro chemise if you’re looking to maximize both breathability and nipple visibility.

To get deep and restorative sleep, Dr. Elliott Alpher of The Alpher Center agrees that temperature is key — but his No. 1 tip is to sleep nude, since clothing can provide enough insulation to cause overheating. If you’re a never-nude (or just a never-sleep-nude), he recommends you opt for “silk and organic loose, flowing materials.” For maximum luxury, try this silk charmeuse pajama set from Christine Lingerie, or this 100 percent silk duo from Julianna Rae. Dr. Alpher describes silk as a “magical thermoregulator that can keep you warm when you’re cold and cool when you’re hot.”

If you’re not willing or able to shell out for silk, try bamboo, which is both moisture-wicking and hypoallergenic. Yala has some great minimalist options, or check out surfer-chic Australian brand Chalmers.

But the real key to picking the perfect pajamas is to make sure they’re comfortable for you. According to Matt Bianchi, the director of the Sleep Division at Massachusetts General Hospital, there’s been very little rigorous scientific investigation into what you should be wearing to bed, so the best sleepwear (or pillow, or bedding, or mattress) for you is “dominated by individual preference” — aka totally subjective. So if polyester makes you dozy or you can only sleep in lingerie, go right ahead and buy the PJs of your dreams. It’s definitely easier than giving up TV and taking up kickboxing.

Link to original article https://www.racked.com/2017/8/10/16110132/best-pajamas-good-sleep

 

TMJ Injuries After A Car Accident

TMJ injuries can occur after an accident. TMJ Disorder is a potentially incapacitating condition that may be caused by variable things including automobile accidents. The condition may result in chronic pain in the face, jaw, neck and shoulders. People who suffer from it may also have chronic headaches and earaches, and even hearing loss.

One of the most common causes of TMJ is a motor vehicle accident. TMJ often results from whiplash injuries in rear-end collisions. When a vehicle is rear-ended, an occupant’s head is caused to fling forward and then violently backward, which may have forced the jaw open and caused added pressure to the joints on either side of the jaw. This extra pressure may cause TMJ in addition to whiplash injuries, which may also be caused if their jaws hit the dashboard or steering wheel, and airbag deploys.

When people suffer injuries to the TMJ joints, it can impact their whole faces because the joints are connected to the muscles and ligaments. There are numerous symptoms of TMJ that people should be aware of. TMJ may cause any of the following:

- Inability to open the mouth widely or pain when doing so

- Pain in the shoulders, neck or face when speaking, chewing or opening the mouth

- Difficulty with chewing or biting

- Popping or grating noises in the jaw

- Hearing loss, earaches or dizziness

- Facial swelling along the side of the face

- Jaw that locks

While the pain may be temporary in some people, it can last for years in others. Some people may not experience any symptoms of TMJ after an accident, so people can be unaware that they even suffered TMJ injuries until after their whiplash injuries diminish. If an individual is diagnosed with whiplash, they should ask their doctors to also check to see if they suffered from TMJ.

Other types of impact or trauma to the head and neck can cause TMJ symptoms, for example impact to the lower jaw can misalign, dislocate or break. If the side of the head receives impact, it can cause the temporalis muscle to contract. If it contracts, the tightening will lift the lower jaw and cause misalignment. The symptoms from this usually includes jaw pain and headaches.

Whenever an individual has to hold their mouth open for extended periods of time, it has the potential for stretching and straining the temporomandibular joint. This often occurs after extensive dental procedure or other surgery requiring general anesthesia when a breathing tube is inserted into the windpipe to maintain proper breathing during surgery.

Many people have other health problems that present with TMJ disorders, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep disorders like sleep apnea or fibromyalgia, a painful condition that affects muscles and other soft tissues throughout the body.

If people are diagnosed with whiplash, they should ask their doctors to also check to see if they suffered from TMJ in their accidents. It is important for people to find out if they have TMJ when they experience the symptoms of it. Failing to properly treat the disorder may lead to additional long-term problems.

 

Co-authored with Lily Mai.

The information provided is for general knowledge and discussion about medicine, health and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this article and any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice.

Lack of Oxygen and the Health Consequences

It is a known fact that oxygen is a basic human need for physical survival and while suffocation is the result when an individual completely lacks air, dangerous conditions occur as a result of low oxygen over an extended amount of time. Normal blood oxygenlevels are approximately 85mm Hg.

Hypoxemia is a condition of deficient oxygen levels in the blood (oxygen desaturation as low as 60mm Hg) , which can cause hypoxia - a low amount of oxygen that is able to reach the cells and tissues. Some symptoms of hypoxia are:

· shortness of breath while resting

· waking up out of breath

· severe shortness of breath after physical activity

· feelings of choking

· wheezing

· frequent cough

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that obstructs airflow from the lungs, and those who suffer from COPD have difficulty breathing and have increased chances of developing heart disease and lung cancer. 30% of people with COPD die of cardiovascular disease. COPD sufferers may also experience symptoms such as:

· depression and other mood disorders

· fatigue

· headache

· confusion

· high blood pressure, or hypertension

· pulmonary hypertension

· increased heart rate

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and sleep apnea is associated with high blood pressure, arrhythmia, stroke and heart failure. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; stroke is the fourth and a leading cause of disability.

Over 80 percent of adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) remain undiagnosed so they have an increased likelihood of health problems, which includes obesity, heart, kidney, and liver disease. OSA and COPD are two diseases that often coexist within an individual and known as an overlap syndrome. There has not yet been a direct link of the two diseases but the overlap presents “sleep-disordered breathing associated to upper and lower airway obstruction and a reduction in respiratory drive.”

The severity of OSA is measured by how many hypopneas occur per hour - the Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) through a sleep study or polysomnography (PSG) that also monitors breathing, brain waves, muscle tension, eye movement, and oxygen levels in the blood. The test is painless and home sleep tests are available and highly accurate.

Getting screened, diagnosed and treated is of utmost importance for a better life and CPAP is commonly prescribed for the treatment of OSA, but patients do not regularly adhere to wearing the mask so do not receive the maximum benefits of treatment. A full study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that CPAP did not reduce heart risks. A factor is due to patient use only about three hours a night and that is insufficient to provide true heart health benefits.

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is the best alternative to CPAP intolerance and patients use the appliance nightly because of its comfort, convenience, and mobility for the patient. Patients can be fitted with special oral appliances that look like orthodontic retainers or sports mouth guards. They are usually made from clear acrylics and all have adjustment features. These appliances dilate or open the airways by repositioning the soft palate and stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue with respect to the soft palate, uvula, and the back of throat, thus increasing the volume of the airway.

Co-authored with Lily Mai

The information provided is for general knowledge and discussion about medicine, health and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this article and any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice.

Dr. Alpher Continues Efforts to Help Transportation Industry with Sleep and Highway Safety

 

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Lily Mai 202-795-7111 - tmai@maisolutions.net

Dr. Elliott Alpher, DDS, D’ASBA and the American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA) are excited to update you on our tremendous progress with the transportation industry. We have come a long way since we started on this journey four years ago, tirelessly continuing to bring awareness by educating policymakers and leaders on the effectiveness of Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Former Congressman Marty Russo, who was successfully treated for OSA and experienced the revolutionary benefits of OAT heard about our obstacles and believed that more people should be aware of the benefits of OAT and joined our efforts.

During the summer 2013, in response to regulations for commercial truck drivers with sleep apnea to be treated with either CPAP or surgery that were under consideration by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Medical Advisory Board (MAB), Dr. Elliott Alpher along with experts that included David GergenDr. Richard KleinDr. Rick Bonato and NFL great Derek Kennard presented an OAT solution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and cabinet.  At the conclusion of that meeting, the group agreed that oral appliances along with new micro-recorder compliance —a device that indicates that the truckers are wearing their sleep device coupled with home sleep testing—would be a superior and much easier alternative to CPAP or major surgery.

The American Sleep and Breathing Academy has been actively involved in championing sleep and airway awareness.  In May 2016, ASBA members advocated on behalf of OAT by inundating  the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) and Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA’s) Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in proposed rule-making to screen, diagnose, treat, and track compliance of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in individuals occupying sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation with scientific research to support OAT.  That same month, Dr. Alpher met with and received Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s support to co-host and to enlighten Members of Congress on the dangers of undiagnosed sleep and airway problems. “Our goal is to work together with the transportation industry leaders, regulators, and transportation personnel to diagnose and treat OSA while maintaining highway safety with as little operational disruption as possible,” says Dr. Alpher. 

Dr. Alpher and the ASBA’s most recent achievement to date is collaboration with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) with 158,000 members in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets. The OOIDA mission is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers, and work to maintain a fair and efficient business climate for all truck operators, promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users. OOIDA Director of Operations, Tom Weakley will be a guest speaker at this year’s annual Sleep and Wellness conference hosted by the ASBA on April 21-22 in Phoenix, AZ. He will be presenting the OOIDA’s position and concerns on the present recommendations for the limited treatment options  and how the Medical Review Board has used and, to some extent, tried to limit any other treatment modality other than CPAP. 

 

 

It’s World Sleep Day – Gasping for Air is Potentially Dangerous

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Friday, March 17 is the 10th Annual World Sleep Day, as proclaimed by the World Sleep Society. It's time to focus on getting as much quality sleep as we need to properly function. Many sacrifice sleep, whether that means burning the midnight oil on the job or struggling to quiet the mind, research shows that most people are sleeping an average of seven hours a night. That’s a full 90 minutes less than we did just a century ago. The result is a running sleep deficit – one that costs businesses world-wide more than four billion dollars according to a recent study and threatens overall health in ways that sometimes people do not connect.

Pioneering sleep expert Dr. Elliott J. Alpher, who treats sleep disorders, jaw and face pain in his Washington, D.C. practice, and consults with organizations such as the U.S. State Department and the NFL Players Association, says often the problem is an undiagnosed sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). According to the Sleep Apnea Association, an estimated 80 percent of the 22 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea go untreated.

“OSA leaves the person literally gasping for air,” Dr. Alpher says. “Every part of the body suffers because oxygen does not get to the vital organs and they are jeopardized. Further, the person with OSA wakes up as many as 300 times a night, struggling to breathe.”

For more than 25 years, Dr. Alpher has been a leader in the treatment of sleep disorders and jaw pain. He is on staff at both George Washington University and Georgetown University hospitals, a contributor to The Huffington Post for Health and Wellness, and a writer for Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, changing the way we work and live.

He cautions that snoring, which many may consider just an annoyance, is the body’s signal that something is wrong with their breathing.

“Every part of the body is compromised. In fact, obstructive sleep apnea is a killer,” Dr. Alpher says. “High blood pressure, weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, depression, memory problems, impaired brain activity, moodiness, anxiety, and ADHD in children all have been linked to OSA.”

Dr. Alpher says the first step is to get tested by a qualified sleep disorder expert. This can be accomplished through a home testing kit or undergoing a sleep study at a hospital or sleep lab. Dr. Alpher says home testing is growing in popularity and very effective.

Treatment for severe obstructive sleep apnea may require surgery or the use of a nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). However, for mild to moderate OSA and craniofacial pain, Dr. Alpher pioneered a conservative, non-invasive approach using computerized and verifiable diagnostic methods. The patient wears a custom oral appliance that opens the airways, allowing the person to breathe and sleep without interruption. In addition, this method is the first choice for many physicians and most patients. So, on World Sleep Day 2017, make a resolution to getting a good night's sleep to achieve a happy, healthy life.

Dr. Elliott J. Alpher Holds Special Briefing for the United States Congress to Educate Members on Sleep Apnea

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April 25, 2016

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Lily Mai 202.795.7111 – tmai@maisolutions.net

Washington, DC(PRWEB) September 23, 2016

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will be an Honorary Co-Host with Dr. Elliott J. Alpher for a briefing on Tuesday, September 27th on a national health crisis: Undiagnosed Sleep and Airway Problems.

Dr. Alpher and The Sleep and Breathing Academy have a team of clinical and academic experts to educate Members of Congress on the sleep and breathing disorders as well as airway health. He will also introduce micro recorder compliance in oral appliances, the evolution of oral devices including the government-chosen mechanism for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

“We want to bring about a broader awareness on sleep and breathing disorders and this is a unified effort to educate the public and legislators. Only 15% of airway and sleep disorders are diagnosed,” says Dr. Alpher.

NFL greats Eric Dickerson, Marcus Allen, Roy Green, and others will share personal experiences of being treated for sleep apnea.

Congresswoman Eshoo supports proposed rulemaking for screening, diagnosing, treating and tracking compliance of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in individuals occupying sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have requested data and information concerning the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation, and its potential consequences for the safety of rail and highway transportation.

Many mental functions are reduced when an individual experiences fatigue and sleepiness. It is estimated that 20% of accidents are caused by drivers’ inattention and sleepiness, and the occurrence of drowsiness when driving being a major risk factor for dangerous accidents. Chronic excessive sleepiness and sleep-disordered breathing are common in commercial vehicles drivers.

“Our message is to emphasize to pediatricians, orthodontists, primary care professionals, psychologists, ENTs, and other healthcare professionals, as well as the general public of the emergency situations that exist, and how simple it is to diagnose and treat,” commented Dr. Alpher.

Dr. Alpher, one of the District’s most experienced specialists in 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. He has pioneered a conservative, non-invasive approach utilizing computerized and verifiable diagnostic methods to treat TMD, 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.

Dr. Alpher led a delegation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Medical Advisory Board (MAB) to introduce the new technology of compliance chips in oral appliances to treat and monitor sleep apnea and snoring of truckers and other transportation personnel. He also earned the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine in October 2013 and is an immediate past board member.

Dr. Alpher is a life member of the American Dental Association and the District of Columbia Dental Society. He is also a board member and Diplomate to the Board of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy since March of 2014 and was initiated into The Hall of Fame in 2016. He is also a Contributor to The Huffington Post.

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Dr. Elliott Alpher Recognized and Initiated into the American Sleep and Breathing Academy’s Hall of Fame

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April 25, 2016

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Lily Mai 202.795.7111 – tmai@maisolutions.net

WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) APRIL 25, 2016

Dr. Elliott J. Alpher has dedicated more than 30 years of his career to improving the lives of his patients suffering with Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Disorders in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. His extensive training and commitment to comprehensive treatment continues to earn him commendable recognition. Dr. Alpher has made remarkable efforts to advance the treatment of Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Disorders.

Upon attending the American Sleep and Breathing Academy’s (ASBA) Sleep and Wellness conference in Scottsdale, Arizona Dr. Alpher was honored and initiated into the American Sleep and Breathing Academy’s Hall of Fame for his contributions and achievements in Dental Sleep Medicine. NFL legends, including Eric Dickerson, Roy Green, Mike Haynes, Super Bowl Champion Derek Kennard, Mark Walczak, Former Congressman Marty Russo, and ASBA’s Executive Director, David Gergen were among the esteemed presenters. “This has only renewed my vigor, sense of purpose, and I will work even harder to accomplish ASBA’s great cause by taking it to the forefront of America,” commented Dr. Alpher.

As his impressive list of accolades grows, Dr. Alpher remains humbly dedicated to his successful practice and his patients. He continues to commit his time and energy to assisting those with Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Disorders as well as bringing awareness to sleep disorders, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects about 25 million adults, and more than 80% are undiagnosed. Obstructive Sleep Apna (OSA) is a potentially life-threatening condition, including an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, impaired concentration, mood changes, impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance.

Dr. Elliott Alpher, one of the District’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 TMD, 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.

Dr. Alpher was also recently responsible for heading a delegation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Medical Advisory Board (MAB) to introduce the new technology of compliance chips in oral appliances to treat and monitor sleep apnea and snoring of truckers and other transportation personnel. In addition, he earned the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine in October 2013 and serves as a Board member. Dr. Alpher is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, Life Member of both the American Dental Association and the District of Columbia Dental Society. Dr. Alpher is also a Board member and Diplomate to the Board of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy since March of 2014.

 

Dr. Elliott J. Alpher Receives Support from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo on Screening and Tracking Compliance for OSA in Highway and Rail Personnel

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May 21, 2016

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Lily Mai 202.795.7111 – tmai@maisolutions.net

Dr. Elliott J. Alpher, Diplomate to and representing the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology for the 114th Congress met today to ask her support on proposed rulemaking for screening, diagnosing, treating and tracking compliance of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in individuals occupying sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have requested data and information concerning the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation, and on its potential consequences for the safety of rail and highway transportation.

Many mental functions are reduced when an individual experiences fatigue and sleepiness. It is estimated that 20% of accidents are caused by drivers’ inattention and sleepiness, and the occurrence of drowsiness when driving is a major risk factor for dangerous accidents. Chronic excessive sleepiness and sleep-disordered breathing are common in commercial vehicles drivers.

“OSA is a prevalent disorder among workers, which increases the risk of occupational accidents and has a significant impact on public safety. Fortunately, many of these accidents could be prevented by screening and treating sleep-disordered breathing with the resources and technology available…we are grateful to have Congresswoman Eshoo’s support on this matter,” says Dr. Alpher.

Dr. Alpher, one of the District’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 TMD, 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.

Dr. Alpher was also responsible for heading a delegation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Medical Advisory Board (MAB) to introduce the new technology of compliance chips in oral appliances to treat and monitor sleep apnea and snoring of truckers and other transportation personnel. In addition, he earned the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine in October 2013 and serves as a board member. Dr. Alpher is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, Life Member of both the American Dental Association and the District of Columbia Dental Society. Dr. Alpher is also a board member and Diplomate to the Board of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy since March of 2014.

Dr. Elliott Alpher Recognized and Initiated into the American Sleep and Breathing Academy’s Hall of Fame

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April 25, 2016

Media Contact:

Lily Mai 202.795.7111 – tmai@maisolutions.net

Dr. Elliott J. Alpher has dedicated more than 30 years of his career to improving the lives of his patients suffering with Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Disorders in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. His extensive training and commitment to comprehensive treatment continues to earn him commendable recognition. Dr. Alpher has made remarkable efforts to advance the treatment of Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Disorders.

Upon attending the American Sleep and Breathing Academy’s (ASBA) Sleep and Wellness conference in Scottsdale, Arizona Dr. Alpher was honored and initiated into the American Sleep and Breathing Academy’s Hall of Fame for his contributions and achievements in Dental Sleep Medicine. NFL legends, including Eric Dickerson, Roy Green, Mike Haynes, Super Bowl Champion Derek Kennard, Mark Walczak, Former Congressman Marty Russo, and ASBA’s Executive Director, David Gergen were among the esteemed presenters. “This has only renewed my vigor, sense of purpose, and I will work even harder to accomplish ASBA’s great cause by taking it to the forefront of America,” commented Dr. Alpher.

As his impressive list of accolades grows, Dr. Alpher remains humbly dedicated to his successful practice and his patients. He continues to commit his time and energy to assisting those with Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Disorders as well as bringing awareness to sleep disorders, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects about 25 million adults, and more than 80% are undiagnosed. Obstructive Sleep Apna (OSA) is a potentially life-threatening condition, including an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, impaired concentration, mood changes, impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance.

Dr. Elliott Alpher, one of the District’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 TMD, 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.

Dr. Alpher was also recently responsible for heading a delegation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Medical Advisory Board (MAB) to introduce the new technology of compliance chips in oral appliances to treat and monitor sleep apnea and snoring of truckers and other transportation personnel. In addition, he earned the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine in October 2013 and serves as a Board member. Dr. Alpher is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, Life Member of both the American Dental Association and the District of Columbia Dental Society. Dr. Alpher is also a Board member and Diplomate to the Board of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy since March of 2014.

The Alpher Center Brings Attention to Underdiagnosed Sleep Apnea and Snoring

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September 21, 2015

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Lily Mai 202.795.7111 – tmai@maisolutions.net

Washington, D.C. On September 21, Dr. Elliott J. Alpher of The Alpher Center invited senior leaders of distinguished organizations to tackle Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) during a one-day gathering.

The significance of this exploratory collaboration between The Alpher Center, The National Heart Foundation, The NFL Players Association, KaVo Kerr Group, Kosmo Technologies, and FOCUS Investment Banking is in full alignment to bring greater awareness and involvement for identifying and diagnosing Sleep Apnea. “There is an immediate need for health professionals to start watching for the signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and get their patients tested. We all need to work together to develop a clear path,” says Dr. Alpher.

There is a void of awareness in diagnosing this condition. Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects about 25 million adults, and more than 80% are undiagnosed. Obstructive Sleep Apna (OSA) is a potentially life-threatening condition, including an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, impaired concentration, mood changes, impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance.

Dr. Elliott Alpher, one of the District’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 TMD, 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.

Dr. Alpher was also recently responsible for heading a delegation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Medical Advisory Board (MAB) to introduce the new technology of compliance chips in oral appliances to treat and monitor sleep apnea and snoring of truckers and other transportation personnel. In addition, he earned the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine in October 2013 and serves as a Board member. Dr. Alpher is also a Board member and Diplomate to the Board of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy since March of 2014.

About Living Heart Foundation The Living Heart Foundation (LHF) is a nonprofit organization under IRS 501 (c) (3) code. The LHF was initially funded by a grant from the Edison Foundation. Subsequently, Funding sources and donations have been obtained from companies like Covidien, Pfizer, Meridian Health System, Siemens, Professional Athletes Foundation, and from individual sources. The LHF was established by Arthur J. Roberts, MD in April 2001 to combat sudden cardiac death and to provide cardiovascular risk stratification with early preventive intervention for cardiac, pulmonary, and metabolic conditions through on-site screening and integrated follow-up health programs. The LHF has published 10 peer review papers related to CV risk in college students & athletes, as well as former NFL athletes.

About The NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union that protects the best interests and welfare of all NFL players. Established in 1956, the NFLPA is governed by a Board of Player Representatives, acting in accordance with the NFLPA Constitution and federal labor laws. The NFLPA’s responsibilities include: Representing all players in matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions and protecting their rights as professional football players; ensuring that the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are met; negotiating and monitoring retirement and insurance benefits; providing other member services and activities; providing assistance to charitable and community organizations; enhancing and defending the image of players and their profession, on and off the field.

About KaVo Kerr Group KaVo Kerr Group is a global portfolio of leading dental brands that share common values of Trust, Experience, Choices, Quality and Smart Innovation. Brands include KaVo, Kerr, i-CAT, Gendex, NOMAD, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, DEXIS, Pelton & Crane, Marus, Pentron, Orascoptic, Ormco and Implant Direct. With over 500 years of combined experience and proven solutions, KaVo Kerr Group uniquely serves 99% if all dental practices.

About Kosmo Technologies Kosmo Technologies is a research and product development company for doctors in the field of Dental Sleep, Functional Orthodontics, Orthodontics, TMD, neuromuscular Dentistry and Sleep Medicine. Debut product is the Andra Gauge, designed to allow the practitioner to have control over the patient’s mandible in relationship to the maxilla in all three axes (anterior-posterior, vertical and sagittal).

About Focus Investment Banking FOCUS Investment Banking LLC provides middle market investment banking services to entrepreneurs, corporate owners, and investors across a broad range of industries both domestically and worldwide. With offices in major cities across the US, FOCUS specializes in providing mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and corporate finance services to business units with transactions or revenues in the $5-300 million range.

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Dr. Elliott Alpher Speaks About The Rapidly Evolving Field of Dental Sleep Medicine

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August 21, 2015

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Lily Mai 202.795.7111 – tmai@maisolutions.net

Washington, D.C. - On July 27, at the Continuing Dental Education Summer Symposium hosted by the University of Delaware’s Division of Professional & Continuing Studies in Ocean City, MD, Dr. Elliott Alpher, Dr. Oliver C. Roberson, Mr. David Gergen, and Former Congressman Marty Russo, lectured on how dentists can be part of the solution for successful treatment of sleep disorders within the rapidly evolving field of dental sleep medicine. This included the protocols for examination, diagnosis, fabrication of the appropriate appliance, and delivering the appliance.

Dr. Alpher thoroughly illustrated the evolution of airway problems from birth to adulthood and how patients develop their presenting symptoms and signs of sleep and jaw pain disorders. He explained the significant relationship between the temporomandibular joint, the cervical spine and the autonomic nervous system from a dental sleep medicine perspective.

Dr. Roberson provided insight into the relationship between the temporomandibular joint, and how cervical spine disorders and misalignment are treated with Atlas Orthogony. Mr. Gergen, owner of Gergen's Orthodontic Lab spoke on laboratory techniques as well as oral appliances, and Mr. Russo explained the necessity for lobbyists to represent the oral appliance profession by bringing awareness to Congress, and take CPAP alternative therapy to the next level.

The audience included approximately 300 dentists and auxiliary personnel. The four-hour lecture was well received and was followed by a lively Q& A panel discussion. “This symposium gave dental practitioners, especially those just starting out, an opportunity to really learn about therapies available and provide insight on resources they have to explore in order to be successful,” commented Dr. Alpher.

Dr. Elliott Alpher, one of the District’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 TMD, 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.

Dr. Alpher was also recently responsible for heading a delegation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Medical Advisory Board (MAB) to introduce the new technology of compliance chips in oral appliances to treat and monitor sleep apnea and snoring of truckers and other transportation personnel. In addition, he earned the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine in October 2013 and serves as a Board member. Dr. Alpher is also a Board member and Diplomate to the Board of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy since March of 2014.

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Dr. Elliott Alpher Conducts Sleep Apnea Screening at NFL Hope Project

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April 27, 2014

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Robin Jones 202-223-4564 - robin@robinannjones.com

Washington, D. C. - The National Football Leagues Player’s Association (NFLPA), Heart, Obesity, Pulmonary & Education (HOPE), The Living Heart Foundation and Dr. Elliott Alpher of the Alpher Center, specialist in sleep disorders and jaw pain, screened NFL players for sleep apnea at the George Washington University Hospital on April 26, 2014.

Due to their size and neck girth, 89% of NFL players suffer from some sort of sleep disorder. To bring attention to this critically high statistic, these organizations are teaming together to test former players for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep—often due to weight issues—and can lead to serious health concerns.

“We selected Dr. Alpher to conduct the NFL HOPE Project. The NFLPA, The Living Heart Foundation, Gergen’s Orthodontic Labs and Pro Players Heart Alliance (PPHA) conduct a very thorough screening to make sure that the players are given the finest care,” said David Gergen, president PPHA, president, Dental Division, American Sleep & Breathing Academy.

“The Alpher Center has all the diagnostic instruments to screen players quickly and easily,” comments Alpher. “It’s what we do every day. Plus, we’re one of the first groups in the metropolitan area to utilize an intra-oral digital impression system that has just come on the market. This next generation solution will increase the accuracy and speed with which we fabricate oral appliances for our patients and therefore put them on the fast track to relief and recovery from snoring and sleep disorders.”

Dr. Elliott Alpher, one of the District’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.

Alpher was also recently responsible for heading a delegation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Medical Advisory Board (MAB) to introduce the new technology of compliance chips in oral appliances to treat and monitor sleep apnea and snoring of truckers and other transportation personnel. In addition, he earned the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine in October 2013 and Board member and Diplomate to the Board of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy in March of 2014.

The Living Heart Foundation, with support from the National Football League Players Association and Covidien (COV), launched HOPE, a program for former NFL players in October of 2012. The HOPE Program is a comprehensive obesity research initiative designed to promote healthy lifestyles and weight-management among former professional football players. These former players, when compared to smaller-sized men, are more likely to have cardiovascular problems and other health issues associated with being overweight.

Downloadable File: Dr. Elliott Alpher Conducts Sleep Apnea Screening at NFL Hope Project

Dr. Elliott Alpher Participates in Otolaryngology Panel

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April 14, 2014

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Robin Jones 202-223-4564 - robin@robinannjones.com

Washington, D. C. - Dr. Elliott Alpher, one of the District’s most experienced specialists for sleep and jaw disorders, recently participated on a panel of specialists for the 5th Annual Cherry Blossom Conference Otolaryngology Update. The program was designed to meet the educational needs of general otolaryngologists (ENT’s), residents, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, medical assistants and students.

Following the completion of this weekend course, the participants should have a better understanding of the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis and allergy, treatment methods and advances in pediatric otolaryngology, management of dizziness and facial nerve paralysis, treatment of sleep apnea and advances in the management of advanced cutaneous malignances.

Dr. Alpher is 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.

Alpher was also recently responsible for heading a delegation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Medical Advisory Board (MAB) to introduce the new technology of compliance chips in oral appliances to treat and monitor sleep apnea and snoring of truckers and other transportation personnel. In addition, he earned the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine in October 2013.

Downloadable File: Dr. Elliott Alpher Participates in Otolaryngology Panel