Sleep apnea has been an issue that’s gone largely unmentioned even in the medical community, but it’s become of high importance as many people who’ve struggled with sleep struggle with weight and dieting issues. That’s why Dr. Avi Weisfogel, the founder of Dental Sleep Masters is doing his part to assist physicians, dentists and their patients to get a comfortable night’s rest. Weisfogel became interested in the sleep phenomena about 14 years ago and decided he could do more to research oral appliances and find treatments that work. He’s been so enthusiastic about his work that he sat down to tell Ideamensch about it and learn more about Avi.
Weisfogel told Ideamensch that he started Dental Sleep Masters because it was a field that had a market that was largely untapped. He also said that his day often consists of moments of prayer, a meeting with his life coach and various conferences with clients throughout the day. Avi Weisfogel even admitted that while he’d always loved helping patients smile and helping them feel at ease during dental treatments, he just couldn’t get excited about being a regular dentist. The book he has mentioned as being most inspiring to him is Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” and his facebook.
Even though during his interview Weisfogel claimed not to be passionate about dentistry, for many years he was highly regarded as one of New Jersey’s best dentists. He came from a medical background with his father being a cardiologist at a local hospital. Weisfogel wanted to go beyond simply medicine to understanding the way different people think, so he studied both biology and psychology while attending Rutgers University. He went to dental school at New York University and earned his DSM. He had several offices during his dentistry career, but his most notable one was Old Bridge Dental Care in a suburb of New Brunswick, NJ. In addition to his dental and sleep research career, Weisfogel has started medical philanthropies including a GoFundMe page for the international doctors at Operation Smile.
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