The nationally known lecturing dentist, Dr. Avi Weisfogel has generously donated $2,000 to the world-wide charity, “Operation Smile.” For those who don’t know about this special charity, it is founded in order to help underprivileged children who suffer from facial deformities, cleft lip and cleft palate to receive the life-changing plastic surgery they need to transform their appearances. The charity was started by a volunteering plastic surgeon and his registered nurse wife and has serviced thousands of children all around the globe. The charity still relies upon the volunteering of physicians and nurses, as well as generous donations from groups and individuals such as Avi Weisfogel. When asked about his motivations, Dr. Weisfogel responded, “My passions and background led me to select Operation Smile as the beneficiary of the campaign. Children deserve access to the very best care.”
While Dr. Avi Wesifogel may be just another one of many donators to Operation Smile, he is far from your ordinary dentist. Though his traditional beginnings started much the same as any neighborhood dentist; he graduated from Rutgers University in Biology, and graduated the New York University College of Dentistry, and began a suburban practice in New Jersey. Over the 15 years that Dr. Weisfogel was in practice, in addition to repeatedly being honored as “Best Dentist,” he started treating his patients for something beyond just cleanings and fillings. He found that a number of his patients were suffering from some form of sleep apnea, so began his education in the field. He began to effectively treat such sleep disorders with dental appliances that allowed not only a good nights rest for his suffering patients, but also for those with whom they sleep. Watch Avi’s educational YouTube video below!
It is estimated that well over 25,000,000 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder. Though excess weight gain and high blood pressure can account for a great many of these disorders, those born with a smaller than usual air pathway also contend with sleep problems. Though not all people with overweight issues, high blood pressure or a heart condition suffer from sleep disorders it is a fact that excess weight in the face and neck can restrict airways by putting excess pressure on the throat. Since not all people are just able to indiscriminately lose weight, a treatment for the condition is vital to a patient’s health and well-being. Most who seek treatment end up with the choice of surgery or a CPAP machine to be worn to bed to force oxygen into the airway. These options were not satisfactory to Dr. Weisfogel and a number of years ago he began his first of sleep disorder facilities called, “Healthy Heart Sleep.” Since that time he has begun traveling the country giving seminars and conferences to other dentists on how they too can aid their patients in such a serious health risk.
Today he sponsors a website filled with information about sleep apnea, its symptoms and how dentists can attend one of his conferences held throughout the year. He can be found on the web at Dental Sleep Masters.