Dr. Avi Weisfogel has crafted a notable career in dentistry which is characterized by his innovation and ability to see farther ahead than most who practice in the field. He was able to see the incredible role that dentistry could play in developing unique and effective treatments for sleep apnea and its potentially serious effects. He has studied sleep disorders extensively throughout his career and ways that dentistry could be used to combat them successfully.
Sleep apnea is a very common disorder that affects millions of Americans and carries with it a host of adverse effects, some of which could be life-threatening. A basic lack of sleep can impact work and life performance as well as bring about negative changes in one’s appearance. A puffy, tired appearance is common when this happens and could also lead to premature wrinkling.
Dr. Weisfogel has been a pioneer in the use of custom-fitted dental devices that can vastly improve the chronic condition of sleep apnea. These devices enable patients to sleep securely with the knowledge that their airway will remain open. This can help prevent the pauses that sufferers experience and cut out snoring as well. When sleep apnea is successfully treated with dental devices, patients can experience the rejuvenating effects of sleep more fully and enjoy a greater state of health.
Collaboration is another area where Dr. Avi Weisfogel shows an innovative bent. He has created a group called Healthy Heart Sleep which allows dentists who treat sleep disorders to work with doctors in a partnership to increase the benefits to patients. Often times, dental devices are much less invasive than typical devices used by physicians to treat sleep apnea. With dentists and physicians working together, both disciplines are able to participate in treating sleep disorders in the least invasive way possible.
Dental Sleep Masters is another organization that was founded by Dr. Weisfogel and they provide training, consulting, and practice management for dentists who wish to enter the field of treating sleep disorders. It is a business model for aspiring dentists to follow and a coaching program that ensures the successful implementation of the system. Dr. Avi Weisfogel has certainly earned his reputation as an innovator with his pioneering work.