The medical world is vast, varied, and fast-paced. Many people take for granted the immense amount of work, time, and dedication that goes into medical advancements and treatment. However, even with the consistent dedication from medical professionals across the field, some ailments can go under the radar, either because they are not seen as serious concerns, or because they are easy to misdiagnose.
One such ailment is sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes patients to experience pauses in breathing as they sleep. The breaks normally last between seconds to minutes. Not only does this condition leave people sleep-deprived, but it can lead to other, more serious conditions. Despite the potential severity of the disorder, a vast majority of sleep apnea cases go undiagnosed.
That may be about to change. One doctor is using his experience and knowledge in dentistry to treat sleep apnea. Dr. Avi Weisfogel is pioneering the field of sleep dentistry to treat sleep disorder patients and create a space for medical professionals from various disciplines to collaborate.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel’s Professional Journey
Dr. Avi Weisfogel was born March 7th, 1972 in New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University, where he earned a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology. Following that, he received his DDS from New York University. Following his education, Dr. Weisfogel founded his own dental clinic, Old Bridge Dental Care. The practice was successful, and Dr. Weisfogel won Best Dentist two consecutive years while there.
While at his practice, Dr. Weisfogel began to develop a natural interest in sleep apnea. He began researching the sleep disorder on his own, and began developing tools and ideas for how dentistry could be applied to treatment. Sleep apnea is a condition that rarely gets tested by many doctors, and that negligence presented itself as a major setback to Dr. Weisfogel. As he gained more insight into the disorder, he made it his mission to reach as many patients that suffer from sleep disorders as he could. Dr. Weisfogel developed his research over a span of nearly 20 years.
In 2010, Dr. Weisfogel founded the Healthy Heart Sleep Clinic, which provided physical therapy and treatment for sleep disorders. He invited sleep experts and other dentists to collaborate with him to make strides in sleep disorder treatment. The collaboration encouraged the medical professionals from different fields to exchange their knowledge and experience in their respective fields.
As Dr. Weisfogel’s knowledge, reach, and resources for treating sleep disorders grew, so did his capabilities. In 2014, Dr. Weisfogel established the Dental Sleep Masters program. By this point, he had developed oral devices to help patients with obstructed breathing by lifting the jaw while opening the upper airways, and he needed an avenue to provide this innovative treatment to the patients. The program helps sleep apnea patients get the right diagnosis and treatment for their disorder. Dental Sleep Masters is Dr. Weisfogel’s primary practice today.
Due to his own experiences, Dr. Weisfogel understands the importance of effective marketing in getting new treatments and ideas to be taken seriously by the medical community. Over the course of his career, he established himself as a sort of medical entrepreneur, which gave the practices he established added credibility.
Dr. Weisfogel’s attention to his patients has afforded him substantial respect from everyone who interacts with him. He maintains positive relationships with his coworkers and clients alike, and treats his employees with the utmost respect. He is not only influenced by those in the field of medicine when he furthers his research, but welcomes perspectives from a wide variety of fields and contexts. Along with practicing medicine, Dr. Weisfogel writes blog posts and lectures on sleep conditions and the opportunities to treat them with dentistry.
A Peek into Dr. Avi Weisfogel’s Personal Life
When he isn’t working–which isn’t often–Dr. Weisfogel spends his time with his family and keeping up with sports. Yes, you read it right: Dr. Weisfogel is an avid sports fan. His favorite basketball team is the New York Knicks, though he also follows tennis. He has often said that family comes first, and thus his family is a major priority for him, despite all the work he does.
Dr. Weisfogel also maintains his mantra of consistent improvement in his personal life. His favorite book is The Power of Now, and he is very conscious of mindfulness. He is a humble man, despite his achievements, as he know he did not accomplish what he has on his own, but with the help and support of those around him. Dr. Weisfogel’s passion to help his patients is at the forefront of his success, and it’s no wonder he’s been able to do so much.