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Avi Weisfogel’s Quest To Help Sleep Apnea Sufferers

Dr. Avi Weisfogel owned a sole dental practice, Old Bridge Dental Care, that he opened in 1999. Early in his career, he came across the issue of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that causes people to not breathe for what can be long periods of time while asleep. The condition results in not enough oxygen getting to the body, and even more importantly the brain. Sleep Apnea can cause strokes, high blood pressure, circulation issues, depression, and heart failure. It is also a cause of accidents such as people falling asleep behind the wheel due to a lack of restful sleep. Dr. Weisfogel researched how dentists could help patients suffering from sleep apnea through dental appliances and sleep research.

In 2010 Dr. Avi Weisfogel decided to make sleep apnea and other sleep disorders his full-time career. The first company he founded to do so was Healthy Heart Sleep which worked with doctors and established sleep labs inside their practices. Dr. Avi Weisfogel also founded Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient in 2012 in which he toured around the country giving lectures to dentists on how to help patients with sleeping disorders. He established his current company, Dental Sleep Masters, in 2014. In this business he shows dentists how to use oral appliances that treat sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.

In an interview with ideamensch, Dr. Weisfogel said that the idea for Dental Sleep Masters came to him as it addressed a need in a niche market that hadn’t been addressed. He also said that he is much happier doing what he does not as he is passionate about it. After spending time in dentistry he had lost his passion for that occupation.

In September 2016 decided to start a GoFundMe page in order to help support Operation Smile. Operation Smile provides dental and doctor services around the world to disadvantaged youth, especially those who are cleft lips and palates. As the father of six children himself, Dr. Avi Weisfogel felt compelled to help other children that are in need. To date, Operation Smile has performed over 200,000 surgical procedures.

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