According to leading sleep specialist and dentist, Dr. Avi Weisfogel, sleep apnea syndrome is a pathology often unrecognized, and yet a common problem. Because of the cardio-respiratory danger to the patient and its neurology impact, it is a health issue that must be evaluated and treated in time.
Obstructive apnea is the most frequent, resulting in a cessation of air flow, due to the obstruction of the upper airways, Night sleep, fragmented by many micro-awakenings, usually are not felt, and is followed by difficult morning awakenings. Thus, there is typically a feeling of fatigue throughout the day. Dr. Avi Weisfogel is a specialist in sleep medicine, who diagnoses and treats patients with sleep related disorders. “Sleep apnea causes a chronic deprivation of sleep, which results in daytime sleepiness, irritability and many times anxiety,” says Weisfogel. These changes in character are often the reasoning behind poor performance and absenteeism at work. There are several therapeutic methods, however, treatment depends on both the severity of the syndrome and its causes, when they are identifiable.
There are also a number of causes for sleep apnea and a number of experts suggest starting with weight reduction and diminishing use of alcoholic beverages as a therapeutic approach. Finally, its also advisable to sleep on the side, as opposed to the back to keep the airway open.
Dr. Weisfogel established Healthy Heart Sleep lab in 2010, to help evaluate and treat patients with sleep disorders. These type of labs can diagnose abnormal sleeping conditions, like obstructive sleep apnea, an develop a treatment plan to improve sleep. With a B.A. in psychology and biology from Rutgers University, and a DDS from NYU College of Dentistry, Weisfogel started up his own dental practice, Old Bridge Dental, treating patients for nearly 15 years. Simultaneously, Avi Weisfogel began researching sleep disorders and the role of the dental industry. He founded Dental Sleep Masters, a training and consulting firm that educated dentists on evaluating and treating sleep apnea patients.
Today, the well-known dentist and sleep disorder advocate takes part in raising funds for Operation Smile, and helping to treat and improve sleep for patients.
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