Dr. Avi Weisfogel, owner of Dental Sleep Masters in New Jersey, has studied in depth the relationship between dentistry and sleep. Focused on helping patients get the treatment they need, Avi Weisfogel has run sleep-testing systems and supports dentists in securing patients with apnea.
A serious medical condition, sleep apnea disrupts breathing during sleep and severely disrupts a patient’s rest. It occurs when the airway becomes blocked, which in turn prompts the patient’s body to exit deep sleep in an effort to correct the problem. Because this occurs in contrast to the normal sleep cycle, the patient often wakes tired and remains sleepy throughout the day.
Patients with sleep apnea also could report cognitive and mood changes, such as forgetfulness and trouble concentrating. They might experience a headache or dry mouth in the morning, which are symptoms prompted by abrupt and brief returns to wakefulness that the patient cannot remember. It also is common for a patient to be unaware of the sleep apnea condition, but for his or her partner to notice chronic symptoms such as snoring or interrupted breathing during sleep. Because the condition can lead to serious cardiovascular issues if left untreated, people who notice any of these symptoms should consult with a professional.