Sleep apnea can remain undiagnosed for years. In fact, 90% of patients remain undiagnosed. The condition has been linked to other incredibly severe and even fatal conditions like diabetes. For this reason, there has been an emergence of dental sleep medicine which is a practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep disordered breathing like snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. A custom-fit oral appliance is prescribed to keep the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw. This treatment is effective, but some patients are unable to adhere to it. Thus, integration of medical and dental professions is of utmost importance in development of an efficient care model.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel started his dental practice, Old Bridge Dental Care, in 1999. He managed it for 15 years during which he was doing research and amassing a vast wealth of knowledge in dental sleep medicine. Though he was not very passionate about dentistry, Dr. Weisfogel won Best Dentist a few times during those 15 years. In 2010, the good doctor started his first dental sleep outfit, Healthy Heart Sleep. This clinic worked with physicians around the world and advised them on the establishment and management of sleep labs.
In 2012, he opened yet another clinic in the same field. Under Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient he lectured physicians on how to increase and treat sleep patients. As if the two were not enough, he started Dental Sleep Masters in 2014 to help other dentists break into the sleep medicine world. In 2 years and millions of dollars, Avi increased his sleep patients to between 250 and 300 a month. He had now become well versed in this previously little-known area.
Dr. Avi at Dental Sleep Master
Dental Sleep Master develops a model that represents a larger picture and results in better care for patients while also increasing opportunity in the medical community. It is a program for primary and secondary care physicians that also includes certified sleep professionals and sleep labs and more information click here.
In a Nutshell
Dr. Weisfogel champions for continuous improvement of treatment for sleep apnea and awareness of the condition. His involvement has been integral in the development of solutions that benefit the general population. He attributes his continued success to his ability to take constructive criticism and learn more about Avi.
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