Dental Sleep Masters, founded by Dr. Avi Weisfogel, seeks to advance research and awareness of the sleep disorder sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that often goes without diagnosis. Up to 90% of sleep apnea sufferers are unaware that they have the condition, which has been linked to more serious conditions, such as: stroke, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
However, Dr.Avi Weisfogel and his team hope to change how sleep apnea is treated and raise awareness for the disorder. By combining the efforts of primary and secondary care physicians with certified sleep physicians and sleep labs, they hope to create an inclusive, full-picture type of treatment model.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel began his career at his first dental practice, Old Bridge Dental Care, which was founded in 1999. He would work there for fifteen years and earn several accolades from the community. It was also during this time that he developed an interest in the world of sleep disorders and how dentists can aid in the treatment of sleep disorder patients.
He would found several companies in the field of dental-related sleep disorders. In 2014, he founded Dental Sleep Masters to further the cause of getting dentists into the sleep care world through the usage of oral appliances to treat sleep disorders.
Recent advancements in treatments for sleep apnea are making it easier to treat the disease. The Food and Drug Administration approved upper respiratory stimulation in 2014, and the THN Sleep Therapy device by ImThera Medical was also recently approved by the FDA.
Because the new treatments are smaller and less noisy than the bulky machines and masks used to treat sleep apnea, it is hoped that patients will seek treatment for their disorder. It is also hoped that Dr. Weisfogel’s model for patient care will help create an inclusive effort that is essential to proper patient care.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel earned a BA in biology and psychology from Rutgers University. He also earned a DDS from New York University College of Dentistry.
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