The 5th District American Legion Teams Up With Dental Sleep Medicine Company SGS and Former NFL Legends to Tackle Sleep Apnea

DALLAS, TX-The fifth district of the American Legion and Commander Jeffrey Perkins are teaming up to spread sleep apnea awareness, during an upcoming event.  The event is part of the national campaign, “Tackle Sleep Apnea.” “We are very excited to have the American Legion involved in this event,” President of the Pro-Players Health Alliance (PPHA), David Gergen said.  “The legion joined us in Tacoma and the event was the most successful to date.  I feel we will have the same amount of success for this event.”

The event will take place at the North Texas Automotive Museum on Nov. 1, at 7p.m.  The event is free to the public.  The museum is located at 677 W. Campbell Rd.  As part of the event Former NFL Legends, Erik Dickerson, Isiah Robertson, Dave Krieg, Derek Kennard and Roy Green will speak on their need to spread awareness, in efforts to save lives.  “I want to spread awareness about how serious sleep apnea can be,” Krieg said.  “

This event is the fifth stop, for the campaign.  The goal of the campaign is to successfully tackle every region. As part of the event, a discussion will be held with Dr. Harry L. Sugg, D.D.S., on the symptoms, health dangers and how dentists are now part of the treatment plan, for those who suffer from this potentially deadly condition.

There are currently a select number of dentists who offer oral appliance therapy (OAT) in efforts to treat those who suffer from moderate to severe sleep apnea.  In addition dentists can treat patients’ that are also resistant to the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Mask.  Dentists offer OAT through the creation of a custom made mouth piece.  “The mouth piece is like a retainer and works by pushing the jaw back in order to open up the airways, so that you can breathe,” Krieg said.

The upcoming event currently has 125 members from the Fifth District of the American Legion that will be in attendance.  In addition, Gergen will be meeting with the district during in upcoming meeting in efforts to spread awareness to those who will not be able to attend the upcoming event.  “I am excited that we are able to take part in such a great event,” Perkins said.  “This event will not only help members of the fifth district, but can help those in the Dallas community that feel that they could be at risk for having sleep apnea or are resistant to the CPAP mask.”

To pre-register for the event, visit .  To find out more about the campaign, visit .  To find out if you may be at risk for having sleep apnea visit to take an online questionnaire.


ABOUT PPHA: The Pro-Players Health Alliance (PPHA) is an organization dedicated to helping former NFL players, through providing testing and treatment options for those who suffer from sleep apnea. In addition, the PPHA is dedicated to integrating education and raising sleep apnea awareness, in a fun and memorable way.   In addition to the campaign, the PPHA is dedicated to testing and getting people treated who suffer from sleep apnea. The PPHA will be at Temple University in Philadelphia on Oct. 12 with The Living Heart Foundation in efforts to spread awareness. The PPHA was created by Rani Ben-David, President of Sleep Group Solutions, David Gergen, President of Gergen Orthodontic Laboratories and Former NFL legends.

ABOUT SLEEP GROUP SOLUTIONS: Sleep Group Solutions offers a complete sleep solutions program including; dental sleep medicine continuing education, screening technology, home sleep testing, oral appliances, insurance billing, marketing, in office training and more.

 ABOUT DAVID GERGEN: David Gergen 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 a lifetime achievement award by the Gelb Academy as America’s greatest Orthodontic technician of all time, in 2012. He has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. Gergen and his father John Gergen began Gergen Orthodontic labs in 1984 and has grown it into one of the most respected labs in the country. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004. David is the Dental Director of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and he has also taken a spot at Tufts University teaching seminars for the Continuing-Ed program on Dental sleep medicine. Mr. Gergen is also the Dental Sports Medicine Director of the Sleep Academy.

ABOUT SLEEPTEST.COM: is an online awareness resource, dedicated to providing information to those who feel that they may be at risk or suffering from sleep apnea.

ABOUT HARRY L. SUGG, D.D.S:  Dr. Sugg, A.G.D., A.D.A., T.D.A., A.C.O.I., D.C.D.S, I.C.O.I., A.S.O., is one of the highly and most respected dentists in the Dallas area. He has been practicing people oriented dentistry for the past 30 years.  He graduated with his Undergraduate Degree from Memphis State University.  In 1969, Dr. Sugg graduated with his degree in Dentistry from Tennessee University.  He spent his residency at the V.A. hospital in Tennessee.  In addition, he is a graduate of the Advanced Program from the Misch Implant Institute.  His memberships include: The American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, The American College of General Implantology, the International Congress of Oral Implantoligists, the American Society of Osseonitegration, the Texas Dental Association, the Dallas County Dental Association, the International Academy of Laser Dentistry and the Texas Academy of Laser Dentistry.