Sleep apnea has long been one of the most underdiagnosed conditions in the United States. It has also not been taking anywhere near as seriously as it should be. Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition, threatening the lives of anyone who is unlucky enough to fall into its clutch. It is associated with many of the main causes of death in the United States. These include heart attack, stroke, diabetes, workplace accidents and even traffic fatalities. It is an incredible fact that sleep apnea has not gained more attention than it has. Its complete elimination would be a major victory for public health.
One man recognized this truth. Avi Weisfogel, one of Central New Jersey’s most prominent dentists had long been interested in studying ways in which dentists could potentially add to the value of the patient experience, through the diagnosis of other conditions unrelated to dentistry. Dr. Weisfogel believed that dentists were in a prime position to diagnose and even potentially treat diseases that may have been missed by the patient’s general physician or, in many cases, was missed because the patient simply never went to the doctor. Dr. Weisfogel looked for conditions that had seen little to no mortality improvement over the last decades and that were under diagnosed. He found one disease, sleep apnea, that met both these criteria. He began to research ways in which dentists could be trained in the diagnosis and treatment of this terrible scourge.
In the year 2010, Dr. Weisfogel founded the first organization dedicated to the treatment and diagnosis of sleep apnea. Dental Sleep Masters is an organization with a unique treatment protocol that specializes in training dentists how to both recognize and treat sleep apnea. The treatment modalities that Dental Sleep Masters focuses on involve the use of oral appliances. This is a proven form of treatment, most effective in those who are still in the early stages of the disease. But paradoxically, those people who are most likely to benefit from this form of treatment, which often results in a complete cure of the underlying condition, are also those who are least likely to recognize it they suffer from it.
But with Dental Sleep Masters, these people are now made aware of the potentially dangerous condition.
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