Ever since Avi Weisfogel founded Dental Sleep Masters, an organization dedicated to training dentists in the art of diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, the organization has been phenomenally successful. Many of the students have gone on to found their own sleep dentistry practices. Some of these students have even abandoned their traditional dentistry practice altogether, opting instead for a full-time sleep dentistry model.
Dental Sleep Masters is a highly innovative program that teaches dentists a proven paradigm in the treatment of sleep apnea, one of the nation’s most deadly diseases. Prior to the advent of this Dental Sleep Masters treatment protocol, sleep apnea was under-diagnosed by such severe amounts that as many as 95 percent of those who suffer from it did not realize that they had a potentially deadly disease. The consequences for patients who went without treating their sleep apnea were often severe. The disease is strongly correlated with most major causes of death in the United States. Unlike other diseases, sleep apnea is also strongly correlated with non-medical causes of death, two of them major. The first is workplace accidents. Many sufferers of sleep apnea are so exhausted throughout the day that the disease effectively acts as the equivalent of sleep deprivation. It is speculated that many industrial accidents, including those in factories, those involving forklifts and other heavy machinery and construction accidents are the result of people who have suffered sleep deprivation due to sleep apnea.
But the disease is also highly correlated with medical causes of death. These include heart attack, stroke, diabetes, arrhythmias and many other potentially lethal conditions. The disease itself is also directly responsible for a non-negligible number of deaths in it sufferers. The result of even temporary interruption of respiration during sleep can immediately result in a dramatic reduction of circulating blood oxygen levels. This can cause hypoxia or anoxia in the brain, leading to sudden death.
With Dental Sleep Masters, Dr. Avi Weisfogel is making major strides in fighting this insidious killer. He has produced armies of trained dentists, who are now able to go out and fight this disease hand-to-hand, turning their dental practices into safe havens for those patients suffering from this terrible ailment.