The Sandman aka Avi Weisfogel
Apnea is a sleeping disorder whereby breathing irrepressibly stops and starts while asleep. It occurs as a result of the closure of the back of the throat while sleeping, blocking air intake. The symptoms can include gasping, snoring and choking during sleep. The sudden pauses in breathing are referred to as apneas. Each apnea can last for several minutes or seconds. During an apnea, carbon dioxide levels peak up in the blood signaling the person to wake up and breathe. This sudden bursts of breathlessness result in overall poor sleep, fatigue, daytime sleep, reduced alertness, vision problems and even slow reaction times.
There are three core types of sleep apnea; OSA(obstructive sleep apnea) CSA(central sleep apnea) and mixed sleep apnea. The most commended form of treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. A recent article on the HuffPost highlighted how modern improvements in medicine are leading to companies manufacturing different designs for apnea patients. As the treatment methods advance, so do doctors in the field, Dr. Avi Weisfogel is the modern interpretation of the Sandman.
Dr. Weisfogel has earned a DDS from the New York University College of Dentistry as well as a BA in Psychology and Biology from the Rutgers University.In 1999, he instituted the Old Bridge Dental care that has been in operation for well over 15 years. It has aided earn him the distinction of Best Dentist for several years. During this period, while perfecting his craft, he began delving into the world of sleep disarrays trying to find an opening with which physicians and dentists can work together to help patients with sleep disorders
The breakthrough came about through Healthy heart sleep. A company he founded in 2010 that worked alongside physicians to advise other practicians on how to establish and manage sleep labs. This soon flagged the way for the formation of Owner Unlimited Sleep patient in 2012. The company was formed to teach dentists on how to treat sleep patients. In 2014, Dr. Weisfogel instituted Dental sleep masters for the purpose of aiding dentists globally to join efforts in the treatment of sleep disorders and to standardize the provision of the services.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel has an in-depth understanding of the relationship between sleep and dentistry and has been at the frontline of sleep treatment since 2010. He has helped support dentists in the provision and research of apnea treatment. Dr. Weisfogel has also made a number of publications with regards to sleep Apnea.
His efforts towards the betterment of sleep for patients with apnea and other sleep disorders have earned him the title “the Sandman”. Check out Avi Weisfogel’s GoFundMe Campaign benefitting Operation Smile by following him on Twitter and Facebook.