New Jersey dentist Avi Weisfogel has been a major innovator since he first opened his dental practice. After graduating from the New York University School of Dentistry in 1999, he immediately opened his own practice, Old Bridge Dental.
Always a curious mind and voracious reader, Dr. Weisfogel compulsively researched many medical ailments that, being a dentist, he may be able to detect in their earliest stages. He knew that the treatments for many types of potentially lethal cancers, such as malignant melanoma, were orders of magnitude more effective in the earliest disease stages than when they had progressed to more advanced states. He knew the dismal statistics on the frequency with which U.S. patients saw their general practitioners for checkups. He reasoned that, since so many people who see their dentists on a regular basis may not see their physicians for years, dentists were in a unique position to diagnose many of the worst diseases at a stage when they were almost always curable.
After considerable personal research, Dr. Weisfogel was made aware of the potentially deadly condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disease that causes the interruption of normal breathing during certain phases of deep sleep. This often results in the patient waking up frequently, sometimes as many as 100 or more times per night. This results in poor sleep and constant tiredness throughout the day.
But what is far worse than this is the gradual deleterious effects of oxygen deprivation during sleep. Dr. Weisfogel learned that sleep apnea is strongly correlated with everything from heart attacks, strokes and diabetes to fatal auto accidents. What’s even worse, over 95% of patients who suffer from sleep apnea in the United States don’t even know that they have the condition.
Dr. Weisfogel knew that the root causes of many sleep apnea cases are structural abnormalities of the head and neck area, in particular, the mouth and throat. He set out to create a new treatment modality for sleep apnea that would allow dentists to recognize the signs, symptoms and risk factors for the deadly disease.
The result is Dental Sleep Master. Today, Dr. Weisfogel trains dentists in the art of fighting this deadly disease.