Sleep is one of the most important things a person can do for their overall health. However, over a third of Americans do not get the recommended 7 hours of sleep per night, the amount of time needed for the normal adult to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, mental distress, coronary heart disease and early death. Almost 12% of this third actually get less than 5 hours of sleep per night, causing them to have an even higher chance of getting negative consequences.
One of the causes of sleep deprivation is sleep apnea. Affecting an estimated 22 million Americans, a startling 80 percent of those with moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea go undiagnosed. Obstructive sleep apnea is when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapse, cutting off the airway preventing the sufferer to stop breathing temporarily. Those with untreated slap apnea often suffer a higher chance of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, depression, and headaches. In addition, they have a higher chance of poorer performance in everyday activities at work and school, higher risk of car crashes, and academic underachievement in children and teens.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel is a dentist who has been researching treatment options for sleep apnea using dental appliances. With years of research into sleep disorders and degrees in dentistry, psychology, and biology, Dr. Weisfogel uses this experience to develop previously unused treatment programs. Each patient is custom fitted with an oral device that support’s their upper jaw and opens up their upper airway. He believes that adding an intersection with sleep disorder treatment and dentistry can help patients live with a high quality of life.
Currently, Dr. Avi Weisfogel runs Old Bridge Dental Care practice, where his work has earned him the prestigious Dentist of the Year award two years in a row.