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.