More than 25 million people in the United States suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. This medical condition causes a person’s airway to become blocked resulting in uneven or stopped breathing. Breaks between breathing can last from a few seconds to more than a minute. The body responds by constantly and abruptly waking from deep sleep. This causes fatigue and other health issues like obesity, high blood pressure and heart conditions. Most people generally consult their primary doctor for a remedy to this ailment. However, there are sleep apnea doctors in the dental field who are also qualified. One of these dental specialists is Avi Weisfogel.
Dr. Weisfogel graduated in the top half of his dental school class from New York University College of Dentistry in 1998. He dreamed of becoming a specialist in his field but wanted to stand out from other dentists by offering something different. During his residency, he and a fellow student had a discussion about the effects of sleep apnea.
In 1999 after much time and research, he started Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient located in Old Bridge, New Jersey. His students were other dentists wanting to learn about sleep programs. In 2010 he opened his own dental practice Old Bridge Dental Care in the same city. Healthy Heart Sleep is another business that he helped establish the same year. Dr. Weisfogel works with physicians all over the United States to operate their own sleep labs.
In 2014 Drs. Weisfogel, Barry Glassman and Jonathan Greenburg established Dental Sleep Masters in South Orange, New Jersey. They assist hundreds of patients each month who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. They offer customized oral appliances as an alternative to the CPAP machine.
Approximately 100 types of oral appliances have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There are various types available depending on the needs of the patient. Some resemble sports mouth guards and others, like those implanted by Dr. Weisfogel, are metal appliances that attach to the upper and lower teeth. These customized devices hold the jaw in position and prevents the tongue from falling back in the throat and obstructing the airway.
Patients suspecting they have sleep apnea need a sleep study and diagnosis from a sleep apnea doctor at a sleep lab. Dr. Avi Weisfogel can assist them with this and implant a personal oral appliance that is more comfortable and easier to handle than a CPAP machine.