Dr. Avi Weisfogel was always a high achiever. After graduating high school, he knew that he wanted to do something that would both help the world and leave his mark on it. He applied to and was accepted at the New York University School of Dentistry. Upon graduating in 1998, he founded his first dental practice, Old Bridge Dental.Over the next 10 years, Dr. Avi Weisfogel built his practice into one of the most formidable dental offices in Central New Jersey. But all the while, he spent his off hours continuing to study medicine. He was particularly interested in under diagnosed diseases which could be detected and, perhaps, even treated by dentists. He knew that many diseases with etiologies in the head and neck area, such as esophageal cancer, gave the patient a vastly higher chance of survival when they were detected in the earliest stages, when treatment was far more likely to be effective.
He set out intensively researching all diseases which would benefit from early detection and against which dentists could serve as a treatment vanguard, catching them early and often. It was during this period that Dr. Weisfogel became aware of the deadly disease called sleep apnea.Sleep apnea, while sounding fairly innocuous, is one of the most under diagnosed of all the killer diseases in the United States. Contrary to what its name implies, it’s much more than merely a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is strongly correlated with just about every major cause of mortality, including heart attack, stroke, diabetes and even some types of cancers. What’s worse, in over 95% of cases, the disease goes undiagnosed. Dr. Weisfogel thought he could do something about that.
In 2011, he founded Dental Sleep Masters, an organization dedicated to seminars and training sessions to teach dentists how to recognize and treat the insidious killer sleep apnea. Over the last few years, Dental Sleep Masters has proven wildly successful. So great has been its success that many of the dentists who have completed the training program have abandoned their traditional practices in favor of the more lucrative sleep dentistry.With this achievement, Dr. Weisfogel has forever transformed the way that both sleep medicine and dentistry are practiced.