November 2015 Newsletter




News at The Alpher Center

Dr. Alpher's article in November's Sleep Review Magazine

"Many are unaware of the complexity and significance of how the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), cervical spine, and the autonomic nervous system are interrelated. The TMJ moves about 2,000 times in 24 hours (estimated to be the body’s most active joint). The major function of the spine is to support the head. The autonomic nervous system is responsible the body’s automatic functions, for example, breathing, heart rate, blood flow, digestion, etc."  Read more

Happy Thanksgiving from The Alpher Center!

"The real reason Thanksgiving Dinner makes you sleepy...It's not  just the turkey"

The Alpher Center is happy to welcome our newest team member: Susan

With many years in patient care and dentistry, Susan takes great pride in providing excellent service and looks forward to serving you.

Use or lose your flexible spending account

For many people, if you don't use the money by the end of your benefits year, which for most people is Dec. 31, you'll lose it.

Call us to schedule your appointment 202.223.4564

Ask for Roxanne to scan your digital impressions. 

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October 2015 Newsletter



The Alpher Center

Sleep Apnea Associated with Higher Mortality from Cancer

Studies in recent years have identified a relationship between lack of sleep and some of the top cancers in the United States: breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.

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The Alpher Center Brings Attention to Underdiagnosed Sleep Apnea and Snoring

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.  Read More



Here at The Alpher Center, we offer the latest technology in treatment like the award winning Lythos Digital Impression System. With Lythos we are able to capture 3D images of your teeth without relying on impression trays that can be messy and uncomfortable.

You get a more pleasant experience and we get precise digital images enabling us to create a treatment plan and Oral Appliance that is customized just for you.

Ask us about Lythos today!

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September 2015 Newsletter





Sleep Well

Fall Asleep

and Stay Asleep

Snoring often progresses to sleep apnea, but snoring itself can lead to health consequences to the snoring individual and family members.

15% of sufferers remain undiagnosed, largely because many health professionals have not had the opportunity to learn about sleep disorders and sleep deprivation. If you or your family regularly experience tiredness or sleepiness, it is important to investigate the condition. If left untreated, it can lead to diabetes, depression, fatal car crashes, and heart disease. 

Snoring children may suffer from sleep Apnea and signal a lifelong problem, "the presence of snoring should not be viewed as a normal feature of sleeping children, since it indicates the presence of increased upper airway resistance.” 

Signs your child isn't getting enough sleep.

Brain Damage & Sleep Disorders

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

"The brain damage seen in patients with OSA is partly caused by a reduction of oxygen to the body as a consequence of the repeated breathing interruptions."  UCLA research has linked brain damage to sleep apnea.           Read more...

Smokeless Tobacco Kills More Than 250,000 Yearly Worldwide 

"Researchers estimated that in 2010 alone, smokeless tobacco caused more than 62,000 deaths due to cancers of the mouth, pharynx and esophagus, and more than 200,000 deaths from heart disease." Read more...

Study: High school athletes use smokeless tobacco at a higher rate than non-athlethes

Women over 50 misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed for OSA.

"Past research suggests that women may understate some symptoms when reporting poor sleep, leading to misdiagnoses of depression or insomnia." Read more

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