Valued Friends and Clients:
This is David Gergen, Executive Director of The American Sleep and Breathing Academy. President and CEO of Pro Player Health Alliance. President and CEO of Gergen's Orthodontic Lab.
Friends I have not put my name on a Dorsal Fin appliance for more than 40 years because I was simply not in love with the design, and I've been well are aware of cases where the appliance has broken and the fin has been asipirated into the lungs. There have been, to my knowledge, 16 lawsuits settled beacause of this occurance. Dr. Wayne Holstrom has the most amazing slide. It shows the fin in the lung, and I just would not put my name on an inferior appliance. Even though Respire Medical asked me to take the Respire Appliance to Market and I worked very hard with Wally Raad CDT to improve the design and fuctionality of the Respire Appliance. There was no room for slop, and every appliance needs slop. Without the slop, there will be no lateral movement, and without lateral movement, no sinodial fluid will flow. After a great deal of effort, I had to disassociate myself from the Respire Appliance.
Friends, I am now pleased to inform the industry of Gergen's Orthodontic Lab's first Dorsal Fin Appliance. Just like the Gergen Herbst Appliance that has only a 1% breakage rate (The Industry's highest rated appliance)
I have, with the help of Cory Carmen of Leone, designed a Dorsal Fin that will have the same success as the Herbst Appliance. A nearly indestructable Dorsal. I'm calling it Dave's Dorsal, or Double D.
In January 2012 there were over 80 labs making sleep apnea appliances with PDAC. After a six year study, they threw out all of the other labs except for Gergen's Orthodontic Lab, the highest rated lab, and the runner-up lab. They also threw out all of the other appliances except for the Herbst appliance because of the high success rate and extremely low breakage.
The industry sorely needed this appliance because of patients who could not tolerate the hinges of the herbst.
This is, hands down, the best dorsal appliance to ever hit the market.