Busy schedules often take precedence over sleep. Many people believe that it’s sustainable to work long hours with coffee only getting an hour or two of sleep in between. However, this trend is misguided at best, as sleep deprivation can have many adverse consequences on the human body. Lack of sleep does not only affect your general appearance, but also your health.
Sleep deprivation causes one’s eyes to puff, and blood collects below them, which results in dark circles. Though wrinkles are brought about by old age, sleep deprivation can also lead to wrinkles. A good night’s sleep, usually between seven to nine hours, can help your body recover from the stresses of the day and be active the next.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes the patient to have pauses in breathing while they are asleep, which can last from a few seconds to minutes. The person can choke as they wake up after resuming breathing, which, in some cases, is not noticeable but can be.
Sleep apnea deprives one of rejuvenating sleep, and often they wake up feeling tired, and in most cases, they have mood swings leading to an unproductive day. Sleep apnea can harm people at any age group, but in most cases, overweight people are mostly diagnosed since fat, and other unusual biological characteristics may obstruct the airways.
It is advisable for overweight people to first work on their weight which can help clear sleep apnea and other lifestyle diseases. Although this is not a verified solution, seeking help from a doctor will help to fully diagnose what the problem could be and prescribe the appropriate treatment.
About Dr. Weisfogel
It is not every day that we come across dentistry and sleep disorders on the same page, as these two areas seem unrelated. Dentistry in many people’s minds deals with teeth, root canals, or when one has a toothache. Sleep apnea patients tend to go to a general physician to have their problem checked rather than to a dentist.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel, a certified dentist, saw the possibilities of dentistry beyond the standard root canal and teeth procedures every other dentist was doing. His passion was geared towards patients who had sleep apnea.
From his very first patient who had difficulties sleeping, Dr. Weisfogel knew right from then that he would love to treat patients suffering from sleep disorders.
Dr. Weisfogel’s Medical Career
Dr. Weisfogel’s medical career started with a Bachelor’s Degree in biology and psychology, which he acquired from the Rutgers University. After receiving his degree, he moved on to New York University and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). After his education, Dr. Weisfogel founded his own practice, Old Bridge Dental Care, and won the Best Dentist award two years in a row.
Although Dr. Weisfogel wanted to help patients suffering from sleep apnea, it was not an easy path. This trend was due to the uncooperative physicians who did not perform sleep tests on their patients or were biased when doing it. Dr. Weisfogel’s goal was to reach all patients all over the world and needed a strategy to do this more efficiently.
As a result, Dr. Weisfogel, founded Owner Unlimited Sleep Patients in 2012 which was a platform intended for sleep experts and dentists to freely share whatever knowledge they had about sleep apnea with each other freely. Dr. Weisfogel also uses this platform to engage with various stakeholders in the form of lectures about the different business models in medicine and sleep dentistry methods.
The Dental Sleep Masters Program
In his quest to help sleep apnea patients, Dr. Weisfogel founded the Dental Sleep Master’s program with the intention of tailor making sleep appliances that could help people with sleeping disorders. The practice mainly specializes in providing its patients with oral application therapy. These are devices that the patients can wear when they go to sleep, and they would pave the way for unobstructed breathing during sleep.
For some patients, Dr. Weisfogel would prescribe an oral application that would support the patient’s jaw and in turn open the upper airways. The patients in the case would sleep well without having troubles breathing which would give them an active day when they woke up.
The program also caters to different patients’ needs as every patient is given specialized treatment according to their problem or needs. For example, a patient whose tonsils and tongue flaps obstruct the air flow during breathing will be given an oral application to adjust their positions.
Dr. Weisfogel is never satisfied at being where he is and, as a result, is keen to take in every opportunity as a learning platform to better himself and expand his business. He attributes much of his business’ growth and reach to regional marketing.
It has not been easy for Dr. Weisfogel, as setting up the Dental Sleep Master’s program has seen him spend a significant amount of money and over two years of hard work to ensure the practice stays afloat. Every day, Dr. Weisfogel spends his time with his coworkers and clients in meetings, social media and business calls to provide feedback and engage them in areas they find hard to tackle.
Dr. Weisfogel Outside the Office
When not in the office or working, Dr. Weisfogel is an active philanthropist who donates a significant amount of his earnings to an array of charitable organizations. Dr. Weisfogel also enjoys spending time with his family when not in the office. Often one would see Dr. Weisfogel with a book, his favorite being The Power of Now, or watching sports.
Dr. Weisfogel, with all his experience and expertise, does not accomplish it all on his own. He is known to take inspiration when he finds it, and he will continue to work as long as there is more to be done.