Dr. Avi Weisfogel was always an overachiever. After graduating from New York University’s dental school, he founded his own practice in 1999. But he wasn’t merely content with practicing dentistry. While he excelled at oral medicine, he continued to work slavish hours after closing time, dedicating his life to researching new ways to combat old diseases. Over time, he came upon the insight that many terrible diseases that were going undiagnosed were uniquely identifiable by dentists. These mostly consisted of diseases of the head, neck and mouth area. As was all-too-often the unfortunate case, patients who cared greatly about their smile were far less excited about going to see their physicians for yearly checkups. Thus, a patient who saw a dentist once per year may only have seen his physician once per decade.
This put dentists in a singularly favorable position to catch diseases early on, when they have the greatest chance of being cured. After exhaustive research, Dr. Weisfogel concluded that the disease that was being most improperly diagnosed was sleep apnea. This was an exciting finding because it turns out that the etiology of this disease often times lies with structural abnormalities of the mouth, creating a rich opportunity for dentists to identify and diagnose patients in its early throws.
Armed with his accumulated knowledge and insights, Weisfogel set off to revolutionize the treatment of sleep medicine. He founded Dental Sleep Masters, a company dedicated to educating dentists on and creating protocols for the treatment of sleep apnea patients in the context of dental practices. This ground-breaking work proved almost instantly successful, with some dentists having so much success in their treatment programs for sleep apnea that they abandoned dentistry altogether for the boundless lucre of sleep medicine. Avi Weisfogel had created a new paradigm.
Over the last five years, Dental Sleep Masters has continued the fight against the insidious killer that so often strikes without warning. Sleep apnea is a major cause of mortality and morbidity, being tightly associated with serious health conditions including heart attack, stroke, dilated cardiomyopathy, obesity and even motor vehicle accidents. Through his revolutionary work, Dr. Weisfogel has saved lives and improved outcomes the nation over.