Over the last few years, medical professionals have become increasingly aware of the devastating effects of sleep apnea. Serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke are now being linked to sleep apnea. Finding a direct correlation between sleep apnea and these devastating medical conditions has led to new research, driven by a sense of urgency, to find treatment for sleep apnea.
Realizing that 90% of the people suffering from sleep apnea are never diagnosed with the condition Dr. Avi Weisfogel, a leading expert in sleep disorders, has launched a new effort to arouse awareness 0f this serious condition. Dr. Weisfogel is the founder of Dental Sleep Masters, an organization that has been helping dentists treat patients with sleep disorders since 2014. Dental Sleep Masters has recently announced a new model designed to help primary and secondary care physicians, with the inclusion of certified sleep physicians and their research, that will result in better care for their patients.
Under this new model, dentists can offer physicians clinical support for their patients suffering from sleep apnea. As more is learned about this disorder, treatment will increase in the coming years. There are new devices being developed that will improve the treatment of this debilitating disorder. For example, recently the Food and Drug Administration approved THN Sleep Therapy a new device that will soon begin clinical trials.
There are several new alternative treatments coming soon such as small implantable devices that won’t rely on noisy machinery or an uncomfortable mask making it easier for people to cure their sleep apnea.
Opening his first dental office in Old Bridge, New Jersey in 1999 Dr. Avi Weisfogel received many accolades from the community. He was designated the communities Best Dentist for several years. Dr. Weisfogel holds a BA degree in biology from Rutgers University and received his DDS from the New York University College of Dentistry.
It was during these years Dr. Weisfogel began investigating sleep disorders and studying ways dentists and physicians might be able to help their patients who suffer from a sleep disorder. Dr. Avi Weisfogel uses his extensive knowledge of sleep apnea to help dentists and physicians identify patients who they suspect might have sleep apnea and then advising them to urge these patients to seek treatment.