Before he treated his first patient, Dr. Avi Weisfogel was seemingly no different than anyone else fresh out of dentistry school. He spent the first 15 years of his professional life dedicated to dentistry, but it wasn’t all Dr. Weisfogel hoped to do in his medical career–dentistry was a means to an end. As an entrepreneur, he was always seeking a way to stand out, for a way to make his own place in the medical field.
Dr. Weisfogel always had conversations with those around him. He talked to each patient and he really cared about them. It wasn’t long before, through these little conversations, that Dr. Weisfogel would find something that would make him truly different. His very first patient who came to him with sleep problems piqued his interest. This led to a passion that grew in his heart to help people who suffer from sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Essentially, sleep apnea is a relatively common disorder where a person will stop breathing multiple times during sleep. Many times this leads to the person gasping for air, choking, or loudly snoring during the night. If they sleep alone, the disorder may never be diagnosed, until it causes a number of other potential health problems. The issue with sleep apnea is that it robs you of a good night’s sleep, causing your immune system to suffer. It opens the door for a number of health issues including general fatigue and body aches.
Sleep apnea can be treated. The biggest problem today with the disease is that it is horribly under-diagnosed. Many patients are seen by a medical professional only to be told that sleep apnea is very unlikely or uncommon, when in fact it is not. Many doctors do not even run a sleep test on their patients nor do they prescribe sleep apnea treatments to those who suffer with it.
How Did Dr. Avi Weisfogel Start His Journey?
Dr. Avi Weisfogel investigated and found that an unbiased sleep test and subsequent treatment was almost nonexistent when it came to your everyday physician’s patients. He may have studied dentistry for 15 years, but when he saw the dire need of these sleep patients he decided to do something about it. He researched extensively and reached out to various medical practitioners.
Dr. Weisfogel developed a treatment method called “oral application therapy.” This process sets out to fix any irregularities that may be already present in the oral cavity. The procedure may adjust the position of the tongue or tonsils to help a patient breath easier while they are asleep.
Unfortunately, Dr. Weisfogel struggled to start a company centered around treating sleep disorders. Yet, being the entrepreneur and businessman that he is, he found a way to make his sleep treatment business a success. He went from less than five patients a month to manufacturing treatment for over 250 patients a month!
The World of Sleep Disorders Forever Changed
What Dr. Weisfogel has does goes beyond just treating patients; he also teaches other
medical professionals to create businesses based on the practice as well. Where he struggled, he is assisting others to succeed. This will lead to a more widespread adoption as well as awareness of sleep apnea. Now, hopefully, more people will be diagnosed as well as successfully treated thanks to Dr. Avi Weisfogel.