April 27, 2019
Sleep apnea/Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by a pause/pauses in breathing during sleep. The muscles at the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open leading to a fragmented sleep and low level of blood oxygen. Sleep apnea has to be treated as it could possibly lead to a variety of health conditions such as hypertension, mood swing, memory-related problems, and cardiovascular-related diseases.

Research showed that more than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea. People who are most likely to have sleep apnea are those overweight/obese, small jaw, recessed chin, small upper airway, large overbite, large neck, older population, smokers and alcohol drinkers. The prevalence is high in Hispanics, African-Americans, and Pacific-Islanders. Those suffering from sleep apnea have trouble sleeping at night. They feel restless, depress, and easily gets irritated. Chronic sleep apnea can be life-threatening. Which is why it is important to treat sleep apnea in a timely and efficient manner.

Fortunately, there are various treatment options for sleep apnea. They are the following:
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device – It is a mask fit over the nose and/or mouth, which blows air into the airway to keep the airway open while the patient is asleep.
  • Nasal expiratory positive airway pressure – A disposable valve covers the nostrils.
  • Surgery – An upper airway surgery is performed to remove the tissue in the airway so as to prevent blockage in the throat during sleep.
  • Dental appliance – A special dental appliance is used to reposition the lower jaw and tongue.
The power of dentistry in the treatment of sleep apnea

Dentistry is not just all about fixing and beautifying teeth. It goes beyond oral health. One of the dentists who pioneered dentistry approach in the treatment of sleep apnea is Dr. Avi Weisfogel. He has been helping sleep patients since he became a general dentist. In fact, he does not only concentrate on sleep apnea but as well on other sleeping disorders.
He created the Dental Sleep MBA to help dental professionals succeed in dental sleep medicine. Those who are going to take up the course will receive everything they need to build a successful sleep medicine practice such as the systems and strategies, payment processes, action steps, and the likes. Most importantly, members will be able to receive all the help and support they need to start and successfully run a dental sleep practice.

Should you wish to take up Dental Sleep MBA or just curious as to what it is all about, you can check out preview events happening at locations across the country. It is where you will get a detailed introduction as to how the business works. From there, you will gauge if it is something that might be beneficial for you. The preview event is a 3-day training in the business of dental sleep medicine. After the preview event, you get to decide whether you are going to take up the course or not. Dr. Avi Weisfogel created Dental Sleep MBA with one goal in mind and that is to help the growing number of sleep apnea patients and at the same time help dental professionals in expanding their scope of practice.
 More information about dental sleep practice can be found on Dr. Avi Weisfogel's social media accounts.