Sleep apnea is a waking nightmare. Imagine coughing yourself half-awake thirty times a night without knowing that you did not get a good night’s sleep. At one level, the saddest aspect is that you lose your dreams, because every time your airway gets blocked, your sleep is ruined. At another level, as you drag yourself half-consciously through a day at work or school, you know that something is wrong, but you cannot say what it is. Why? Because you were half-asleep when the apnea took over.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel founded Dental Sleep Masters in 2014. Dr. Weisfogel, a graduate of Rutgers University and the New York University College of Dentistry, began his dental practice in 1999. He saw a connection between dental problems and breathing disorders. Dental Sleep Masters offers devices that fit in the mouth and help to keep the airways open so the apnea victim can breathe easily all night long.
Dr. Weisfogel works with physicians and sleep laboratories in the development of new sleep technology. The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of upper airway stimulation devices in 2014. As the devices became smaller and less intrusive, people tolerated them better, and their sleep improved.
Most people certainly don’t know that their dentists can help diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Since we see our dentists at least twice a year, it makes perfect sense that part of oral care becomes an examination of the upper airway. This is cutting edge medical technology that can make a difference in your life. The waking nightmare of sleep apnea will come to an end.