How one dentist changed the way sleep disorders are tretaed

Avi Weisfogel always had a keen interest in how medicine could make people’s lives better. He decided to attend New York University’s School of Dentistry. Upon graduation, in 1999, he founded his first dental practice, Old Bridge Dental. Over the next 15 years, Dr. Weisfogel built his practice into one of the foremost dental offices in central New Jersey. Despite working long hours, he continued to read medical journals avidly. He eventually had the insight that dentists were uniquely positioned to detect and diagnose many diseases of the head and neck area that may have been missed by patients who don’t regularly see their physicians. Armed with this insight, Dr. Weisfogel began intensive research to find out which diseases would give dentists the opportunity to benefit public health the most through early diagnosis.

It was during this period that Dr. Weisfogel became aware of the scourge of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a severe condition that goes undiagnosed an overwhelming majority of the time. What’s more, it’s also associated with some of the most deadly conditions known to medicine. These include heart attack, stroke, diabetes, cardiomyopathy and even fatal car crashes. Dr. Weisfogel saw an opportunity for dentists to intervene in this terrible disease’s course and save lives through early recognition and treatment. He set out to change the world of dentistry forever.

In 2010, Dr. Weisfogel founded Dental Sleep Masters, a program dedicated to bringing a new paradigm of treating sleep apnea to dentists across the country. The success of this program was immediate, resulting in a permanent, tectonic shift in the way that sleep apnea and other sleep disorders are treated.

Today, Dr. Weisfogel is credited with founding the highly innovative field of sleep dentistry. Over the past few years, his Dental Sleep Masters seminar program has proven so wildly successful that many dentists who have attended have abandoned their traditional dental practices in favor of becoming full-time, certified sleep dentists. Dr. Weisfogel’s students have sold tens of millions of dollars in oral appliances, life-saving devices that stop the progression of sleep apnea cold in its tracks.

Dr. Weisfogel continues to pursue medical research and runs his seminar program.