Dentist Avi Weisfogel Strives to Help Patients with Sleep Disorders

The 21st century has seen significant strides and breakthroughs in the medical field. As knowledge and capability grows in the medical community, more cures, treatments, and feasible procedures are coming to light for a wide range of conditions. Although some of these advancements are the result of focused work, some have emerged through innovation. One such triumph is the combination of dentistry and sleep disorder treatment. Dr. Avi Weisfogel combined his experience in the field of dentistry with his knowledge and research surrounding sleep disorders to develop treatments for sleep apnea, a condition that had previously received only moderate attention from the medical community.

Dr. Weisfogel’s Medical Advancements

Many people suffer from sleep apnea. It is a potentially serious medical condition that goes undiagnosed in a majority of those who suffer from the disorder. While asleep, a person experiences several pauses in breathing that can last for seconds or minutes. This can result in the brain, as well as the rest of the body, receiving a limited supply of oxygen. The disorder often leads to disrupted sleep, resulting in sleep deprivation for those who suffer from the disorder. Some symptoms of sleep deprivation are dull skin, headaches, moodiness, inability to focus, hair loss, and dark circles under the eyes. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, and in the worst circumstances, can be a contributing factor to heart failure.

Dentist Avi Weisfogel has made it possible for people suffering from sleep apnea to seek help from a dentist rather than a physician. The doctor came up with some tools and treatments to aid patients with the sleep disorder.

An established sleep specialist, Dr. Avi has founded programs designed to provide patients with oral application therapy, the most recent being Dental Sleep Masters. With this new program, patients are given personalized devices to wear during sleep. These devices help clear the airway and prevent any obstructed breathing during sleep.

Another prescription involves an oral application to support a victim’s jaw, a procedure that will, in turn, open the upper airways. Dr. Weisfogel’s program has also aided people dealing with tongue flaps or tonsils. The two infections could also obstruct airflow during breathing.

The Journey to Dental Sleep Masters

Equipped with a mind for business, Dr. Weisfogel didn’t stop at his own dental practice when it came to treating sleep apnea. He opened the organization known as Healthy Heart Sleep in 2010. The organization comprised of sleep specialists, dentists, and other medical professionals, who joined forces to collaborate and build a successful dental sleep medicine business. The healthcare professionals associated with Healthy Heart Sleep keenly evaluated top research and share their medical practices and knowledge with one another. In 2012, Dr. Weisfogel established Owner Sleep Unlimited, with the purpose of lecturing other dentists on how to maximize their role in treating sleep patients. In 2014, Dental Sleep Masters was founded. The organization allowed dentists more opportunities to treat sleep disorders with the aforementioned oral sleep devices.

About Avi Weisfogel

Born on March 7, 1972, Dr. Avi Weisfogel is a medical professional whose primary aim is to improve the lives of patients. What makes him stand out from the rest is his innovative nature, and his will to push for breakthroughs and try out every  possibility that comes his way, not confined by the standard expectations of dentistry. Dr. Weisfogel started out at the Rutgers University,  where he earned himself a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Psychology. He later received his Doctor of Dental Surgery at New York University.

Dr. Weisfogel’s interest in sleep dentistry grew immediately he graduated from dental  school, when he encountered his first sleep apnea patient at his dental practice. Since then, he has founded various organizations with the intention of inventing new ways of helping out patients with sleep disorders. The doctor is also a philanthropist and a staunch sports fan. In his free time, he prioritizes spending time with his family.

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Dr. Avi Weisfogel is Revolutionizing Sleep Disorder Treatments

Sleep apnea is a problem that affects over 18 million adults in the U.S. alone. Not only does it inhibit sleep, but it can contribute to other chronic problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Despite the prevalence of this chronic condition, advancements in the field of sleep apnea have been few and far between. Many aspects of the condition remain a mystery to the medical science community, but a growing number of doctors are working toward critical advancements in the field of sleep disorders. One such doctor is Avi Weisfogel, a New Jersey-based dentist and sleep apnea researcher.

Dr. Weisfogel is the founder and owner of Dental Sleep Masters, an organization dedicated to educating other oral care professionals on how they can test for, identify, and treat sleep disorders in their own patients. The techniques are gleaned from Dr. Weisfogel’s own history of successfully working with sleep apnea patients. Dr. Weisfogel has been treating sleep disorders as part of his general practice for nearly two decades, and he has helped hundreds of patients to experience improvement and relief from their sleep disorder symptoms.

Dr. Weisfogel holds degrees from Rutgers University and the New York University College of Dentistry, and his success with treating sleep disorders can be attributed to his unique combination of disciplines, having studied medicine, dentistry and psychology. Though he still uses the skills he’s been employing as a dentist since 1999, Dr. Weisfogel now focuses his energies on sleep disorders, developing new techniques that are effective for sleep apnea sufferers.

Dr. Weisfogel is passionate about researching and remedying sleep disorders because he understands their prevalence and seriousness. He found sleep apnea to be a persistent problem among patients in his own New Jersey dental practice, and he witnessed firsthand the impact that the condition had on these patients’ quality of life. In addition to endangering the cardiovascular system, the condition can lead to persistent exhaustion and even severe depression. As a dentist, Dr. Weisfogel considered how his own skills could be used to help patients with sleep disorders, and so he developed a method of oral application therapy that has proven highly effective with many sleep apnea sufferers.

Rather than just relying on the traditional CPAP machines to provide temporary relief with no long-term solutions, Dr. Weisfogel’s oral application therapy uses innovative methods to correct certain anatomical irregularities. Since sleep apnea results from airway obstruction, the problem can often be remedied by treatments like adjusting the tonsils or tongue flaps. Each patient is different, and so Dr. Weisfogel has developed a series of tests to help medical professionals pinpoint effective treatments for each case.

Dr. Avi Weisfogel is active on the lecture circuit where he advises other dentistry professionals on the relationship between oral care and sleep apnea and shares his own successes and methods for helping people achieve relief. As the founder of Healthy Heart Sleep, Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient and Dental Sleep Masters, Dr. Weisfogel has established himself as an international authority on sleep disorders, and he continues to conduct ongoing research to develop new and more effective treatments for those struggling with sleep apnea.

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine’s 25th Anniversary

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Since 2014, Dr. Avi Weisfogel has served as the co-founder and owner of Dental Sleep Masters (DSM), a company dedicated to helping oral healthcare professionals improve the business model of their practices. In addition to managing DSM, Dr. Avi Weisfogel stays active in the industry through his position as a diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) has operated for 25 years with the objective of improving treatment methods for sleep apnea, snoring, and other sleep-related disorders. Between 2002 and 2013, the organization multiplied its membership by 10 and continues to grow today as the leading group of its kind.

On June 9, 2016, AADSM will hold its 25th-anniversary meeting at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with thousands of professionals in the field and to attend a series of presentations and educational courses. Registration information and a list of the daily programs is available at www.aadsm.org.

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliances

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A graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry, Avi Weisfogel, DDS, has nearly two decades of experience in dental care. Dr. Avi Weisfogel focuses on the intersection of dentistry and sleep medicine as the owner of Dental Sleep Masters, a New Jersey-based firm dedicated to helping dentists connect with and assist patients with sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common variety of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder involving repeatedly halted breathing during sleep. It occurs due to the relaxation of throat muscles while one is sleeping. Although its most common symptom is snoring, it can also cause issues such as daytime drowsiness, headaches upon waking, and insomnia.

One potential treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is the use of a custom-fit oral appliance. The appliance somewhat resembles an athletic mouth guard and supports the patient’s jaw during sleep to help keep the upper airway open. A patient will typically receive a referral from his or her sleep specialist to see a dentist, who will then fit the patient for oral appliance therapy. There are currently over 100 FDA-approved oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea available on the market to doctors and patients.

Sleep Apnea – An Inherited Condition Triggered by Lifestyle Factors

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A longtime dental practitioner, Avi Weisfogel leads Dental Sleep Masters in South Orange, New Jersey. Avi Weisfogel’s firm provides health care professionals with a risk-free system of oral appliances that addresses obstructive sleep apnea.

Involving partial or complete obstructions in the upper airway, sleep apnea is a common condition linked to diabetes and heart disease, among other conditions. An inherited disorder, sleep apnea is best conceptualized as a neuromuscular disease in which that part of the brain in charge of the upper airway fails to work properly. As a result, people with the condition are able to generate less power in the muscles of the upper airway. Sleep apnea typically does not manifest in those susceptible to the disease without a trigger, which can range from excessive drinking to weight gain.

Even when it does appear, an estimated 80 to 90 percent of those with sleep apnea are unaware that they have the condition. This is because the symptoms, which range from mood changes to daytime sleepiness, are also associated with stress and working too much. This points to an acute need for better sleep apnea awareness, outreach, and diagnosis programs throughout the United States.

Risk Factors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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As owner of Dental Sleep Masters, Dr. Avi Weisfogel draws on an in-depth knowledge of sleep apnea. Dr. Avi Weisfogel uses this information to help dentists identify potential patients and to help patients secure the treatment that they need.

Although obstructive sleep apnea can affect nearly anyone of any age, risk factors increase significantly with excess weight and age. Approximately 50 percent of patients with sleep apnea carry excess weight, a connection that may be due to the positioning of fat deposits and the risk of these deposits pressing on the airway. Fat deposits around the waist or neck may prove particularly problematic, but the disorder is by no means confined to overweight individuals.

A neck larger than 16 inches around in women or 17 inches around in men may also increase the risk of breath obstruction during sleep, as the weight of this flesh can constrict the airway. For similar reasons, risk can increase in patients with genetically narrow airways, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or chronic nasal congestion. Data further suggests that diabetes, high blood pressure, or a history of smoking can increase risk, and men over the age of 40 are particularly susceptible.

Finally, although children are less likely than adults to develop the condition, those with chronically enlarged tonsils and those who are overweight may be at a higher risk than their peers.

Study Links Erectile Dysfunction to Depression in Sleep Apnea Patients

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Dr. Avi Weisfogel, owner of Dental Sleep Masters, has been connecting patients with sleep apnea treatments since 2010. In that time, Dr. Avi Weisfogel has built on an integrated understanding of the disorder and how oral appliance treatments can provide relief.

In mid-November of 2015, researchers from Seoul National University announced a potential connection between erectile dysfunction and depression stemming from sleep apnea. Past studies have indicated a link between sleep apnea and sexual health, and have determined that treatment for apnea can improve symptoms for patients with comorbid erectile dysfunction. This new study has strengthened these connections by demonstrating that the link between apnea and difficulty maintaining erections is likely a result of co-occurring depression.

Researchers made this connection by studying a variety of factors that impact the lives of men with sleep apnea. Potential factors included severity of the disorder, reported breathing difficulty, and overall quality of life, though depression still emerged as the most influential sub-factor for sleep apnea patients with erectile dysfunction difficulties. Data also suggests that general apnea treatment is likely to still be effective in reducing erectile dysfunction, as positive impacts of treatment on sleep quality can improve parasympathetic responses and potentially increase testosterone levels.