Dr. Avi Weisfogel has spent decades in the dental field. During that time, he’s built his private practice into one of the leading dental offices in Central New Jersey. He’s also undertaken a number of other business and charitable pursuits. Yet his most enduring accomplishment is certainly having founded Dental Sleep Masters.
A new paradigm in the treatment of sleep apnea
Dental Sleep Masters is a company dedicated to training dentists in the treatment and diagnosis of sleep apnea. The innovative, scientific approach that’s taught through its courses and seminars is slowly changing the way that both dentistry and sleep medicine are practiced within the United States.
The idea behind Dental Sleep Masters came to Weisfogel while he was working on an unrelated research project. He became aware of data indicating that many patients were more likely, over a given period of time, to see their dentists than they were to see their primary care physicians. Weisfogel attributed this to the unavoidable nature of dental problems. While it may be possible to indefinitely delay that yearly physical, delaying an abscessed third molar, even for a single day, is wildly beyond the pain threshold of most people. Thus, many patients come to see their dentists due to the urgent nature and elevated frequency of most dental problems.
Avi Weisfogel began focusing on sleep apnea. The disease is strongly correlated with almost every major killer in the U.S. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even some types of cancer have been shown to be related to sleep apnea. What’s worse, over 90 percent of those who suffer from the disease don’t even know they have it.
Through a novel program of seminars, Dental Sleep Masters has been training dentists to overcome the stark realities surrounding this deadly disease. Through the courses of Dental Sleep Masters, dentists from across the country have been able to integrate sleep medicine into their dental practices. Indeed, many have been so successful with implementing sleep medicine that they have stopped practicing traditional dentistry completely.
Through these efforts, Dr. Weisfogel has transformed the way that both dentistry and sleep medicine are practiced in the United States.