Dr. Avi Weisfogel is a dentist renowned for helping patients diagnosed with sleep apnea, a condition affecting not only overweight people, but countless others. Dr. Weisfogel is the first dentist ever to have made significant strides in treating sleep apnea using dental techniques. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from Rutgers University, and the Doctor of Dental Surgery credential at New York University. He specifically pursued the study of dental sleep medicine, and from that point generated his business model utilizing dental techniques for treatment of sleep disorders.
His practice, known as Old Bridge Dental Care, became an award winning one. He faced many obstacles in his goal to help his sleep-disordered patients, often because of the lack of sleep tests conducted on them by prior physicians. There were also problems with the sleep tests physicians were conducting on patients at that time. Dr. Weisfogel’s goal was to provide a solution for sleep apnea patients worldwide.
He started his project in 2012, upon his establishment of the Owner Unlimited Sleep Patients. This served as a think tank for other experienced dentists and sleep experts to discuss their experience with treating patients with sleep apnea. Weisfogel utilized the platform as well to attract stakeholders, using a series of lectures on medical models and dental methods used for sleep apnea.
He then founded the Dental Sleep Masters Program, the main purpose of which was to customize sleep appliances to alleviate the problems experienced by people with sleep disorders. The innovative methods used by his program were to provide special sleep wear which did not hinder the individual’s breathing while asleep. Dr. Weisfogel’s business acumen and expert marketing techniques helped him to make this innovative new type of treatment a success.
Another treatment involved use of a prescription for oral application of jaw support. This method helps to expand the upper airways, making it unlikely that the patient would pause in his breathing while asleep. He set up his program to treat the specific problems. Dr. Weisfogel insists on using oral appliances to treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea.