Hair loss, memory problems, depression, falls and more frequent accidents may also be caused by a lack of sleep. Cuts and scrapes may take longer to heal and people’s immune system becomes less effective in protecting them from colds, flues and other illnesses when they are not sleeping enough at night. This can be particularly severe for people with breathing related sleep disorders like sleep apnea. Often sufferers have puffiness around their eyes, poor blood flow, a dull complexion, wrinkles and dry, sagging skin because they do not get enough rest for the body to heal and replenish itself.
For over 20 years, Dr. Avi Weisfogel has been using dentistry to help people get longer, better quality sleep. After earning a degree in biology and psychology from Rutgers University and a DDS from NYU College of Dentistry, Dr. Weisfogel founded Old Bridge Dental Care. While his dental services were leading to him being awarded the ‘Best Dentist’ title numerous times, he was also successfully treating patients with sleep problems. He created the Healthy Heart Sleep program to teach other medical professionals what he had learned.
In 2012, Dr. Weisfogel founded Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient. Through it he collaborates with dental professionals and other experts and teaches effective ways to care for sleep patients. Dr. Weisfogel’s latest endeavor is the organization Dental Sleep Masters. Through this vehicle he brings together dentistry and sleep disorders and shares oral appliances he has discovered can be helpful in treating sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.