Study Links Erectile Dysfunction to Depression in Sleep Apnea Patients

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Sleep Apnea

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.

Sleep Apnea Signs and Symptoms

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Sleep Apnea

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.

New York Rangers Host Hockey Fights Cancer Night

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New York Rangers

A graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Avi Weisfogel has served as co-owner and business instructor at Dental Sleep Masters for the last year. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Dr. Avi Weisfogel is an avid sports fan who holds season tickets for the New York Rangers NHL team.

Throughout the year, the New York Rangers partner with the Garden of Dreams Foundation to hold fundraising and awareness events that benefit children facing challenges or illness. On October 22, 2015, the team participated in the NHL’s annual Hockey Fights Cancer initiative by holding an awareness event during its game against the Arizona Coyotes.

With the support of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the Rangers hosted several families from Hassenfield Children’s Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Before the game, the children participated in a number of stadium experiences, including riding the Zamboni, throwing t-shirts to the crowd, and eating a catered dinner in the stadium lounge. They then joined nearly 20,000 Rangers fans who had gathered to watch the game.

During the awareness night, the Rangers wore special lavender warm-up jerseys and hockey stick tape, which they later auctioned to raise money for the Garden of Dreams Foundation. After the event, the team offered unique merchandise to benefit the entire Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.

Dental Sleep Masters Hosts Introduction to Sleep Medicine Course

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Dental Sleep Masters

Dr. Avi Weisfogel has worked for more than 15 years building a successful career as a dental practitioner and sleep dentistry specialist. For the last year, Dr. Avi Weisfogel has maintained administrative oversight in his role as co-founder of Dental Sleep Masters (DSM) in South Orange, New Jersey.

Throughout the year, DSM offers a wide range of educational seminars to dental practitioners seeking to incorporate sleep medicine into their practices. On October 22 and 23, 2015, the firm hosted an Introduction to Sleep Medicine course at the Renaissance Allentown in Pennsylvania. The seminar aimed to provide basic knowledge of sleep medicine practices and help dental practitioners assume a role on their firm’s sleep medicine team.

Hosted by Drs. Weisfogel and Glassman of DSM, the course offered sections that covered several aspects of sleep medicine, including oral appliance therapy, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), and sleep apnea. In addition, the seminar featured an entire portion devoted to the treatment of bruxism (teeth grinding) and occlusion. Those in attendance had the opportunity to earn 16 hours of continuing education credit through the Academy of General Dentistry.

Identifying Sleep Bruxism

Avi Weisfogel, DDS, co-founded South Orange, New Jersey’s Dental Sleep Masters in 2014. Since that time, Dr. Avi Weisfogel and his partners have treated patients for a variety of oral issues that cause sleep disorders.

Sleep bruxism is an oral condition characterized by the grinding of teeth and clenching of jaw muscles during sleep. Undiagnosed or improperly treated sleep bruxism can lead to a number of related sleep disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea. The severity of sleep bruxism can range greatly. In some individuals, the condition may be so minor that treatment is not necessary, while other patients may develop serious jaw pain, chronic headaches, and damaged teeth.

The classic symptoms of sleep bruxism are jaw and facial pain, particularly after waking up; people may even find it difficult to fully open their mouths. The pain might be comparable to an earache or headache, but can be distinguished through worn tooth enamel and increased sensitivity throughout the mouth. If pain and oral damage continue unabated, a person should contact a dental professional for further analysis.

Championship History of the Cleveland Browns

Avi Weisfogel, DDS, is the co-founder and owner of Dental Sleep Masters in South Orange, New Jersey. Beyond his activities as a business leader and dentist, Dr. Avi Weisfogel roots for the Cleveland Browns.

Despite having never won a Super Bowl under the National Football League’s (NFL) two-conference system, the Cleveland Browns stand as one of the most successful football franchises in American history. The team got its start during the 1946 All-America Football Conference (AAFC) season and went on to win the inaugural AAFC championship over the New York Yankees. In fact, the Browns won all four AAFC championships before the AAFC was absorbed by the NFL.

In 1950, Cleveland won its fifth consecutive championship, this time with a two-point, come-from-behind victory against the Los Angeles Rams. Between 1951 and 1953, the team would lose three consecutive NFL championships before winning again in 1954 and 1955. The Browns made additional championship appearances in 1957, 1964, and 1965, with the franchise’s eighth and final victory coming in 1964 with a 27-0 win over the Baltimore Colts.

An Overview of the Los Angeles Lakers-Boston Celtics Rivalry

Dr. Avi Weisfogel, owner of Dental Sleep Masters in South Orange, New Jersey, is an avid sports fan. Dr. Avi Weisfogel is particularly supportive of Los Angeles-based teams such as the Dodgers and Lakers.

Since the start of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the league has been defined by two teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. The Lakers have earned 16 championship banners, second only to Boston’s 17. With the teams residing in opposite conferences, their postseason matchups have all occurred during the NBA Finals. Despite this limitation, the two franchises have done battle on 12 occasions. The teams first met in the final series of the 1959 NBA Playoffs, with the Celtics earning a 4-0 sweep over the Lakers.

The Celtics continued to get the better of their West Coast rivals during the 1960s. The teams met in the finals six times between 1962 and 1969, with Boston winning on each occasion. The Lakers, however, started to close the gap and pushed three of the series to seven games. The Celtics again edged the Lakers in a seven-game series in 1984 before the Lakers finally bested Boston with a 4-2 series win the following season. The Lakers again scored a 4-2 victory in the 1987 NBA Finals. The teams would not face off again for more than two decades, when Boston reclaimed its edge in the rivalry with a 4-2 win in 2008. Most recently, the Lakers scored their third NBA Finals victory over Boston in a seven-game series to close out the 2010 season.