Review: Gergen Orthodontic
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#1 Jul 1, 2011
Just started using them , the work is out of sight. Great group of people , David Gergen is fantastic an I don't think you will find a better tech as far as I am concerned . Don't hesitate to send them your work.
#2 Jul 8, 2011
I have used Gergen's for almost 30 years , they are the best .
#3 Jul 20, 2011
I have used themfor years and Gergen's Orthodontic lab is the best.
#4 Sep 24, 2011
Gergen's is the best and that is the truth , great guys and David Gergen is nothing short of genius ! I have been with them for five years. Dr. Adams
#5 Jan 10, 2012
Gergen’s Orthodonic Lab announced today that it has been awarded accreditation by Respire Medical to fabricate the Respire dental appliance for snoring and sleep apnea. David Gergen C.D.T. and recipient of Arizona small businessman of the year in 2004 declared that “Gergen’s Orthorontic lab is ready and willing to position the Respire as the premier oral appliance for snoring and sleep apnea.”.
Over the past two years Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab has become the leading manufacture in the world of the Sleep Herbst appliance, The sleep Herbst has the highest success rate of all Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). David Gergen adds that the Respire will give his Doctors an other very good appliance for snoring and sleep apnea.
Gergen’s Orthodontic lab has extensive experience with sleep apnea appliances. They are the nations largest fabricator of the Herbst sleep appliance, which is widely regarded as the most durable and effective oral appliance for sleep on the market. Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab is FDA registered and is approved by CMS for the fabrication of dental solutions for sleep problems.
David Gergen C.D.T. and President of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab has taken it upon him self to assemble advance courses in sleep dentistry that will give the dentist the tools to understand the requirements of dental sleep medicine outside of the standard dental issues of occlusion, impression technique and appliance selection. Gergen focuses his courses on all the next steps after the Dr. has begun the practice of dental sleep medicine. David Gergen has often told me that,“ the biggest mistake a dentist can make is to assume that sleep medicine is just like tooth whitening or Invisilign”. The relationship between the dentist and the lab is taken very seriously at Gergen’s Orthodontic lab “If the dentist is not successful we will never be successful”.
David Gergen is considered one of the worlds best orthodontic tech’s since he received the award for The Finest Orthodontic Technician in the United States by Columbus Dental in 1986, he has worked for pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. He was the personal technician for Dr. Robert Ricketts, Dr. Ronald Roth, Dr. A. Paul Serrano, Dr. Clark Jones, Dr. Joseph R. Cohen, Dr Harold Gelb, Dr. Edward Spiegel and Thien Pham.
See the appliances for yourself on the company webpage they are a class act team.
#6 Jan 12, 2012
My name is Dr. Alan Gerbholz and I am looking forward to the upcoming seminars by Gergens Orthodontic Lab. My journey into Sleep medicine has been very ‘troubling” at first. Sleep Medicine was something that I really wanted to get into and had a passion for. There were those out there who promised “quick and easy” and I bit into it. What I got was “slow and hard”. The transition from Dentistry to Sleep was not hard from a technical standpoint but it was from a practice management and practice marketing standpoint.
I have always known and believed that I can’t know everything and that success comes when you surround yourself with really great people who know the things that you don’t. I didn’t follow that principle the first time around and it went “slow and hard”. It was frustrating and it didn’t seem worth it.
Fortunately, David Gergen convinced me to stay with it and I did. As a result I am now surrounded by a lot of great people who collectively know a lot. I am reaping the rewards. I am now one of the top producing Sleep Dentists in the Denver area. I have gone from a few appliances/case each month to over 30 cases a month working 2 days and still growing. But…not on my own. I have all the right people around me and it all finally coming together. Here are some of the people that I have to thank and who have been around me to encourage, teach, dream and push. Dave Gergen and his Orthodontic and Sleep appliance lab and staff, Randy Clare, Dr. Rod Willey ,Beam readers, Peter Chase, Practice Partners, area sleep labs, AASDM and ACSDD. I am sure there are others that I haven’t mentioned.
The Courses given by Gergens Orthodontic Lab ring these and many more together to bring the “working” knowledge of all these people together. One leaves with most of what you need to just “do it”. The support people fill in all the other gaps and make it flow..
I still have a lot to learn but I know where and how to learn it. I look forward to every day. ALAN H GERBHOLZ: Denver Sleep Dentist at Castle Pines Sleep Solutions.
#7 Mar 13, 2012
When nationally renowned dental technician David Gergen, CDT, turned his attention to sleep medicine, he soon found opportunity in sleep seminars–and even football.
More than two decades ago, David Gergen, CDT, was recognized as the best dental technician in America. In 2012, Gergen is still at it, and he’s only gotten better. In 2012 Gergen was given a lifetime achievement award by the Gelb Academy as Americas greatest Orthodontic technician of all time.
Since he focused part of the business on sleep medicine a few years ago, dental sleep professionals have turned to Gergen’s Phoenix-based lab in search of the one-on-one business ties that orthodontists have long cherished.
In addition to fabricating the finest custom dental sleep appliances, Gergen crisscrosses the country to share his knowledge via comprehensive 2-day sleep seminars.“When he puts together a course, his focus is to help dentists prepare themselves and their staff to see more sleep apnea patients,” says Randy Clare, former vice president of Sales for the SleepNet Corp, now managing editor of SleepScholar ( www.sleepscholar.com ).“Gergen seeks to help Drs with issues like Medical reimbursement, and Medical diagnosis by putting the various stake holders together for open discussion and cooperative learning.”
In addition to honing in on crucial (and occasionally overlooked) business tactics, Gergen focuses on doctors who have already started to treat sleep patients, but who still may need a bit more knowledge and inspiration to build a successful practice.
Dentists see patients on a regular 3- to 6-month recall with consistent follow-up.“Our message is not about getting patients to not use CPAP, it’s about being a part of the medical team,” says Clare.“Make sure patients are compliant with their CPAP. Encourage the use of fresh tubing and filters. Monitor CPAP pressures, changes in BMI and overall health. If, after best efforts, patients simply cannot comply with CPAP, work with their physician to provide other therapies or combinations of therapies, ones they can tolerate on a nightly basis. Other therapies include weight loss, body position, and oral appliances.”
Big Patients, Big Opportunity
David Gergen’s first course took place in Sonoma, Calif, with 20 participating offices. In Phoenix, the number grew to 50. The next meeting in Minneapolis could top 150, and spots are still available for prospective attendees who can make the trip from June 24-25.
“We had Dr. Harold Gelb at the Las Vegas seminar,” says Clare.“Dr. Gelb is the originator of the Gelb 4/7 appliance, and for 40 years he has been increasing athletic performance though optimal jaw position. At this course, we realized that the body mass required to be a football player puts a person in the highest risk factor for OSA. The athletic performance and sleep opportunity, could be a huge niche market.”
Along those lines, Minneapolis figures to be a sports-focused event, featuring people who have worked with retired NFL players. Since sleep problems are unequivocally attached to cardiac problems, Archie Roberts, MD, a cardiologist, former NFL quarterback, and founder of the Living Heart Foundation, will detail the connection in a talk about sports excellence, overall health, and battling chronic disease. The Living Heart Foundation is the official charity of Gergen’s Academy.
Written By Alan Hickey
#8 Apr 8, 2012
NFL linemen Derek Kennard and Nate Newton have teamed up with Dallas Sleep Apnea Dentist Dr Harry Sugg DDS to provide information about Obstructive Sleep Apnea at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel on April 26 at 2:00 and 5:30 PM. They will be discussing Sleep Apnea and its affect on all aspects of life. Athletic, Academic and Professional performance require a good night’s sleep. Over 60% of NFL linemen suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is a medical condition that is often associated with Diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
These meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in sleeping better and performing your best on the field, in school or at work is invited to participate.
One of the speakers, Derek Kennard, is a retired NFL player who has first hand experience with OSA. He was unable to tolerate his CPAP, and is currently treating his OSA with an oral sleep appliance. While attending a football camp with David Gergen, a nationally respected orthodontic lab tech/owner, Kennard heard about the devices made by Gergen’s Orthodontics Lab, and has effectively used them to manage his OSA ever since.
Kennard knows all to well the tragic implications of untreated OSA. His brother Donald passed away in his sleep on November 15, 2009 at the age of 46 from complications associated with Sleep Apnea. Donald Kennard was a diagnosed sleep apnea sufferer who just could not tolerate wearing his CPAP. Derek was diagnosed with the same untreated condition when he met David Gergen.
A recent study from the Mayo Clinic showed that 60 percent of retired NFL linemen, average age of 54, had sleep disordered breathing (SDB), as defined by having at least 10 sleep related breathing disorder episodes, such as pauses in breathing, per hour. Linemen had an average of 18.1 episodes per hour. The monitoring of breathing at night was conducted while the retired players slept at home. In addition, researchers discovered that age and obesity (measured by the body mass index, which corrects the weight for a person's height) were significantly associated with sleep disordered breathing. Linemen had an average BMI of 34.2; a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.
A Mayo Clinic cardiologist who helped guide the study, noted that the prevalence of sleep apnea and obesity was higher than expected, and serves as a warning that athletes need to monitor their weight and health carefully when they retire, a time when physical activity levels may begin to decline abruptly. While more research is needed to uncover the link between sleep disorders and heart disease, there is evidence that sleep apnea may be a cause of high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease.
The second featured speaker is Nate Newton, one of the finest linemen ever to play the game. He will be traveling to Dallas for this event to lend his name to the plight of retired athletes who need treatment for their Sleep Apnea. Newton will describe his experience as a diagnosed sleep apnea sufferer.
The final guest for this event, Dr Sugg, has several years of education on Sleep Apnea and Wellness. As the dentist for the US Army All American bowl, Dr Sugg understands the challenges football players experience in dealing with CPAP as their only option for the sleep therapy they so desperately require. He contributes his experience to his working relationship with David Gergen, and together they provide alternative options to CPAP for the large number of retired professional and college players struggling to manage their sleep disorders and the health problems that go with them.
David Gergen, the owner of Gergens Orthodontics Lab, gives back to his Arizona community by coaching football at both the Pop Warner and high school levels, holding state championship titles as a player and a coach. Father to nine children ranging in age from 3 to 27 years, some of whom are following in his footsteps both in his athleticism and his career in dentistry.
#9 Jul 2, 2012
Former Minneapolis Vikings players are coming together to tackle sleep apnea.
Former Minneapolis Vikings players Matt Blair, Greg Coleman, Carl Eller, Chuck Foreman, Bob Lurtsema, Stu Voigt, along with other NFL greats—Mike Haynes, Derrick Kennard, and Lee Nystrom, President of NFL Alumni Minneapolis chapter are coming together to tackle sleep apnea at an upcoming awareness event on June 24-25, 2012 hosted by Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab.
The Minneapolis sleep apnea awareness event is part of a series of a nation-wide campaign titled “Tackling Sleep Apnea.” The event will take place at the Hilton Double Tree in Minneapolis, MN and will begin at 5PM Former NFL players will share their stories and experiences with sleep apnea. As part of the event, Minneapolis residents will have the opportunity to register for free in-home sleep testing and free sleep apnea treatments. In addition to the free sleep testing offerings at the event, David Gergen, President of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab, will be offering 20 free oral sleep appliances after testing has been completed.
David Gergen is helping to save lives. He is on a campaign with the NFL greats to help save lives in each community that they hit. Gergen continues to refer patients to dentists nationally. One local dentist, Dr. Michael Roscher, DDS, Newport, MN, treated former NFL Viking Stu Voigt for sleep apnea. Gergen who referred Voigt to Dr. Roscher also instructed Roscher to impress for a sleep herbst and overnight it to his lab in Phoenix even before Roscher did the sleep test. Gergen had been talking with Stu Voigt’s wife and seeing Voigt’s neck size he knew Voigt was apneic and must get an appliance immediately.“Voigt fell asleep in the dental chair while the oral appliance was being administered,” said Roscher.
Stu Voigt said,“My oral appliance is awesome. After the third night, I didn’t even realize I was wearing it. I wish oral appliance therapy was offered to me when I was originally diagnosed with sleep apnea because I feel so much better and I’m no longer tired anymore.”
Stu had a sleep study several years ago and had been treated with CPAP therapy, but was unable to tolerate the CPAP mask. Over the years, his apnea worsened. At that time, Stu’s sleep study showed an oxygen de-saturation as low as 70% while sleeping. Board certified sleep physician, Dr. Rodolfo Martinez Ferrate, MD, said, "Stu Voigt was a dead man walking before he was successfully treated for sleep apnea. It is a good thing David Gergen made that call. It could have been the difference between life and death. This NFL awareness campaign is really helping people."
Gergen has also referred Carl Eller, Chuck Foreman, and Bob Lurtsema to another local dentist, Patti Froeber, DDS, Minneapolis, MN, to be treated for sleep apnea as well. The public is welcome to come to the event to learn more about sleep apnea and the treatment that Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab and the dentists he works with can help patients on a national level.
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.
Lyndsay Marie Johnson
#10 Jul 16, 2012
David Gergen and NFL Greats
Over the course of your life you get to look back on times of change and innovation. Most of the time, these moments seem fairly normal, and the paradigm shift is often not readily apparent until you have had time to reflect on how things have changed.
David Gergen’s gift is one of managing to push his personal self-interest into the background and concentrate on assembling winning teams. When David Gergen decided to change the world of sleep medicine, it seemed like something outside the realms of possibility. I know this because I was there. How would a certified dental lab tech from Arizona manifestly change the sleep industry? David Gergen is arguably one of the best dental technicians in the country, however he is not an academician or industry politician and Gergen’s
Orthodontic Lab is by no means the largest lab in the country. Gergen presented his first training program in sleep in August 2011 in Sonoma; In August 2011, Gergen’s first training program in sleep was presented to a group of 25 doctors in Sonoma. In a market where there are companies running dental sleep medicine programs every week, each successive Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab program has gotten better in one really significant way: the team.
Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab’s team is achieving a seasoned balance that makes these meetings better. Each educator has his specialty. Each topic is covered thoroughly without overreach that comes from trying to extrapolate data points to gloss over the unknown or unknowable. When David Gergen was Arizona’s most successful POP Warner football coach, he learned that individual efforts often do not make the grade, and it is teams that win. The team that Gergen assembled for Minnesota 2012 was composed of giants in their field.
A standout speaker was the legendary Harold Gelb DDS. He talked about optimal jaw position and the Gelb 4/7 position, as discussed in his seminal text on the subject: Clinical Management of Head, Neck and TMJ Pain and Dysfunction. Wayne Halstrom DDS discussed bruxism, his approach to treatment using splint therapy and his new titanium attachment designed to withstand the most extreme mouth forces. I found Dr. Steve Carstensen’s nocturnal bruxism review was a comprehensive and an essential primer on the dental sleep disorder. Dr Francisco Eraso took the time to review the Baby Blue arch expansion appliance, which came from the mind of David Gergen. He used his 30 years of orthodontic experience to come up with the first pediatric sleep appliance, which I expect to hear a lot about this year after such a well received and thought provoking presentation. A presentation was also made by Dr Rod Willey, who reviewed his successful practice-building program with all the detail contained in his Skip It program.
This meeting will be remembered as the first time that retired NFL players used their celebrity to introduce the urgent need for sleep diagnosis and therapy to the general public. Pro Player Health Alliance was created to treat the sleep health needs of retired NFL players while at the same time raising awareness of sleep apnea as a silent killer. Only a team player like David Gergen could have come up with a team of retired players that could pull this off. Dr. Archie Roberts, cardiologist and retired NFL player, was the keynote speaker and established the much higher incidence of OSA and heart disease in the general population. The key, as in most medical issues, is early detection and asking the right questions.
Carl Eller, Stu Voight, Mike Haynes, Matt Blair, Chuck Foreman and Derrek Kennard were all excellent football players and some have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
I was there when the Pro Player Health Alliance was launched. I heard the excitement in the room and look forward to the successful rollout in all of the NFL cities. David Gergen will remain at the center of this program.
Written by Randy Clare
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