Dr. Avi Weisfogel, the founder of Dental Sleep Masters, has been instrumental in the treatment of sleep apnea. This insidious and poorly understood disease has long plagued populations across the globe. Today, thanks to Dr. Weisfogel, medicine is many steps closer to the complete eradication of this scourge from the face of the Earth.
The Great Killer Chameleon
Many diseases have been given the name The Great Imitator. These diseases share signs and symptoms with other, usually less malignant diseases. This makes them particularly difficult to diagnose and very dangerous, as in the case with diseases like pancreatic cancer, because any delay in treatment leads to almost certain death.
Similarly, sleep apnea might be termed the Great Killer Chameleon. Rather than merely taking on the signs and symptoms of various lethal diseases, it actually takes their form. People with long-standing sleep apnea are all but guaranteed to actually develop disease states like heart attack, stroke, diabetes and kidney failure. Once these diseases set in, it’s generally too late to treat the underlying sleep apnea.
Making things even worse, until Dr. Avi Weisfogel’s program began changing the way that this terrible ailment is diagnosed, over 90 percent of sufferers didn’t even know they had the disease. Since untreated sleep apnea is tantamount to a death sentence, these patients could benefit enormously from early diagnosis and intervention through aggressive oral appliance therapy.
Dr. Weisfogel realized that there was a potentially huge market that was being virtually ignored by the medical establishment. Through his innovative seminars and courses, Dr. Weisfogel has taught dentists the early warning signs, symptoms and risk factors for sleep apnea. These include such seemingly benign complaints as excessive fatigue, advanced age and excess adiposity of the neck area. Certain abnormalities of mouth structures such as the larynx and trachea can also predispose patients to this fatal disorder.
Having enlightened hundreds of dentists, Dental Sleep Masters has also led to millions of dollars in new oral appliance sales. Some dentists have had such success with the sleep dentistry model that they’ve actually been able to quit their dental practices to focus on sleep medicine.