Dr. Avi Weisfogel is the owner and founder of Dental Sleep Masters. This New Jersey company is based on Dr. Weisfogel’s background in sleep disorders and the appropriate treatments. His dental practice was called Old Bridge Dental and was established in 1999. The business ran for well over fifteen years. Dr. Avi Weisfogel has a BA in psychology and biology earned while he attended Rutgers University. His DDS was earned at the New York Dental University.
During the period of time he practiced dentistry Dr. Weisfogel started exploring the connection between dentists and sleep disorders. Healthy Heart Sleep was founded in 2010 for the purpose of working with physicians worldwide regarding establishing sleep labs.
Dr. Weisfogel founded Unlimited Sleep Patient in 2012 and started giving lectures as to how dentists can help patients with sleep disorders. Dental Sleep Masters was founded in 2014 to give even more assistance to dentists interested in helping sleep patients with a type of oral appliance. Dr. Weisfogel uses his information about sleep apnea to aid dentists in being able to identify which of their patients have been affected. He also assists them in finding the correct treatment.
Sleep apnea affects individuals of all different ages although the odds increase with age and extra weight. About half of all the people suffering from sleep apnea are overweight. This connection was established by looking at the position of fat deposits and how they can put pressure on the airway. The fat deposits located on the neck or waist have been found to cause the most problems.
The risk of obstruction while sleeping increases in men whose neck is more than seventeen inches and women’s necks larger than sixteen. The weight does increase the chances of an airway constriction. Narrow airways, chronic nasal congestion, adenoids or tonsils that are enlarged also increase the risk. Certain conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking also put individuals at risk. Men above age forty ate highly susceptible.
Children are less likely to suffer from sleep apnea although enlarged tonsils and a lot of excess weight will put them at a higher risk factor than other children.