Medical professionals around the country have seen numerous cases of sleep apnea in their offices, but it often translates into a patient being sent to a doctor that specializes in sleep. This is great, but research shows that there can be numerous causes of sleep apnea including dental problems. Sleep labs are a must, and they are critical to finding the long-term solution to sleep problems.
Expensive medical devices are not the answer and they don’t translate into long-term goals. Oftentimes, patients may rely on machines rather than looking at underlying causes like diabetes, weight gain, and other health issues that must be corrected with actions taken by the patient. Dr. Avi Weisfogel has been working to raise awareness to this health issue as well as to help shed light on how dentists can play an active role in helping patients overcome sleep apnea.
As a result of Dr. Weisfogel’s research and dedication to this health problem, he has discovered that dentists can both diagnose and treat sleep apnea. The plan includes a better overall assessment of the patient and what happens with them from start to finish. Although in times past, mechanical type devices have been given as treatment for this condition, they don’t work well.
This is why dental research plays such a big role in the success of what Dr. Weisfogel has created. His research showed that stimulating the muscles of the airway to keep them open was essential to faster recovery. Oral devices that were trialed, starting in 2014 have shown more promise and tolerance by patients than mechanical devices.
As the Founder of Dental Sleep Masters, Dr. Avi Weisfogel has been researching sleep disorders with lengthy treatment. His practice, Old Bridge Dental Care was where his first initial conversations took place regarding sleep apnea, and it was there that he began his research. Dr. Weisfogel later determined that many sleep disorders were linked to dental problems.