Nearly 20 million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea, according to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Sleep apnea hinders the flow of air while you sleep. It causes an interruption in breathing making the person gasp for air. The person is awakened from sleep in the middle of the night feeling restless and suffocated.
Sleep apnea needs to be addressed as not being able to receive the necessary treatment could lead to some serious consequences such as diabetes, inability to concentrate, high blood pressure, cardiovascular-related diseases, and stroke.
What Dr. Avi Weisfogel can do about it?
Sleep apnea patients usually see their primary care physician to have their condition addressed. A CPAP machine is used to help the patient breathe easily while asleep. With further research and study, it has been found out that dentists can actually play a vital role in helping patients with sleep apnea. Dentists can treat and manage sleep apnea using dental devices and appliance. Dental appliances are custom-fit to the patient to keep the airways open and prevent the possibility of sleep apnea episodes.
There is various dental appliance used by the dentist to address sleep apnea. These include the following:
- Tongue retaining devices – This type of dental appliance holds the tongue to prevent it from blocking the airway.
- Oral pressure appliance – It lifts the soft palate and holds the tongue in place to keep the airway open.
- Mandibular advancement splines/mandibular advancement devices – This type of dental appliance holds the lower jaw in a forward position enabling the flow of air to the lungs and prevents the lower jaw from displacing while asleep.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel’s Approach
Dr. Avi Weisfogel is one of the dentists who strived hard to find a solution to sleep apnea and other sleep-related conditions. In fact, he pioneered the dentistry approach to treating sleep apnea. He has been in the dental practice for over 15 years and during his time in the dental practice, he encountered a lot of people complaining about the quality of their sleep.
His interaction with his patients opened doors to the possibility of addressing sleep-related issues using dentistry approach. From being the best dentist for two consecutive years, Dr. Avi Weisfogel transitioned into the world of sleep. He dedicated himself to finding solutions to common sleep issues like sleep apnea.
He took courses in Dental Sleep Medicine. He founded Owner Unlimited Sleep Patients; which provides an opportunity for dentists and sleep experts to share their expertise and point of views in addressing sleep disorders. Using this platform, Dr. Avi Weisfogel started to give talks and lectures about sleep medicine, dentistry, and the opportunities that await dentists from a business standpoint.
He also opened the Dental Sleep Masters Program which promotes products specially designed for patients with sleep disorders like sleep apnea. He incorporated dentistry with sleep technology to provide the best treatment and management options for people with sleep apnea and at the same time helps the dentist to broaden their scope of practice.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in biology and psychology. He went to College of Dentistry at New York University and took up dentistry. Right after being a licensed dentist, he opened his dental office in New Jersey.