Dr. Avi Weisfogel, founder of Dental Sleep Masters, works to aid research and treatment of sleep apnea and other dental-related sleep disorders.
For those who aren’t aware, sleep apnea is a serious, often-undiagnosed condition correlated to other serious conditions, like diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. Most people – up to 90% – who have sleep apnea are unaware that they have the condition.
Dr. Weisfogel and his team at Dental Sleep Masters hope to change this, however, and shine a light on the disorder by raising awareness and changing treatment methods. Dr. Weisfogel has devised a more efficient model for treating sleep apnea patients.
Under Dr. Weisfogel’s model, primary and secondary care physicians work with certified sleep physicians and sleep labs to provide all-inclusive care and treatment. By working on the full picture, the doctor hopes to provide better and more efficient treatment for sleep apnea sufferers.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel’s interest in dental-related sleep disorders began while practicing at his first clinic, Old Bridge Dental Care, which was founded in 1999. Over the next fifteen years, the doctor would invest his time in research relating to sleep disorders and dental care as it related to them. He would also found several companies in the dental-related sleep disorder care industry before founding Dental Sleep Masters in 2014.
Treatment for sleep apnea has been evolving, and Dental Sleep Masters seeks to advance dentists in the field of sleep disorder care through the use of oral appliances.
Prior to recent advancements in the medical field, sleep apnea was treated with bulky and noisy machines and masks. For many patients, these treatments were uncomfortable and invasive; however, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved upper respiratory stimulation in 2014. The FDA also recently approved THN Sleep Therapy device by ImThera Medical.
The doctor hopes to continue to improve upon these advancements in the future.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel attained a BA in biology and psychology at Rutgers University and a DDS from New York University College of Dentistry.