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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Dr. Moreau to Screen NFL Players for Sleep Apnea

Our very own Dr. Jim Moreau is participating with the NFL Players Association and the Pro Player Health Alliance during upcoming Superbowl events in New Orleans to screen NFL players and former players for sleep breathing disorders such as sleep apnea. This event marks Dr. Moreau's third opportunity to work with NFL players:
  • in 2009, the year the New Orleans Saints won the Superbowl, Dr. Moreau met with Saints players at the beginning of the season, took EMG scans to determine optimal jaw position for each one, and then fitted them with performance mouth guards based on open airways, jaw position and skeletal alignment to help them improve flexibility, balance and endurance. At least 22 of the players wore their mouth guards regularly through the remainder of that successful season.
  • in 2011, Dr. Moreau was one of 5 dentists from around the country, trained in neuromuscular jaw function, who participated in an event for NFL players during Superbowl weekend in Dallas.  The doctors met with about 35 players, celebrities and reporters to explain and demonstrate the concepts of neuromuscular performance mouth guards.
  • Dr. Moreau is a 1980 graduate of LSU Dental School and practices General Dentistry on New Orleans' Northshore, with a dental sleep medicine location on Amelia St. in New Orleans, near St. Charles Avenue.  He has focused on neuromuscular dentistry principals for the last 10 years in post-doctoral training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.  He is also affiliated with national dental sleep medicine organizations.
Sleep apnea, the "Silent Killer", is believed to be prevalent among athletes as well as the general population and has taken the life of at least one pro football player.  The first line of treatment for sleep apnea is usually a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), but a high percentage of patients are intolerant and non-compliant.  Dr. Moreau works with board certified sleep physicians to provide custom-fitted oral appliances as a CPAP alternative.

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