Dr. Avi Weisfogel is a trained dentist in New Jersey who operated his dental practice, Old Bridge Dental Care for 15 years. He was cited by the community as a whole as being the “Best Dentist” in the area for several years in a row.In the process of his professional duties, he not only did an excellent job in the dental field, but he began to notice that many of his patients had sleep problems and that this issue was a possible cause of other health concerns that needed to be addressed. In 2010, Dr. Weisfogel founded Healthy Heart Sleep, which worked with doctors on a worldwide basis with the intent of starting and maintaining sleep labs to study this issue.
In 2012, Dr. Weisfogel started Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient and began working with other dentists on a project of working with their patients regarding their sleep issues, such as sleep apnea. Then in 2014, Dr. Weisfogel established Dental Sleep Masters which was designed to go a step farther than before and attempt to help dental patients resolve their sleeping issues with the recommendation of oral appliances used to treat disorders in the sleep and sleep apnea realm.
Sleep apnea and its possibilities increase with age and excess weight, as the throat muscles can lose their tone and collapse during sleep and cause of momentary lapses in breathing. As a trained dentist, Dr. Weisfogel could see this in individual patients, and when interviewed many admitted that they were having problems.
The fact that dentists see the neck and interior of the throat of patients on a daily basis, they are in a position to address the potential for sleep disorders which can be beneficial to patients. Since many patients might have some idea that they have a sleep disorder problem, they don’t know the extent; of the problem in many cases.
Oral devices have been proven to be effective in keeping the breathing airway open during sleep, and a dentist knows how or can learn how to design and implement these devices. Dr. Weisfogel has been a pioneer in the field of getting dentists more involved in this process.