Sleep disturbances, like sleep apnea have been a concern for decades, but according to expert, Dr. Avi Weisfogel, the condition has never been spotlighted like today. New clinical findings have put more attention on sleep apnea because the condition encumbers the level of oxygen in the blood. And as Avi Weisfogel points out, reduced oxgenated blood affects the entire body.
Inhaled oxygen is transported throughout the body via the blood. During exhalation, pollutants are also transported from the body. If this process is disturbed, the carbon dioxide content in the blood rises, and this has consequences for the vital functions and organs such as the heart and brain. Dr. Weisfogel has been studying sleep disturbances for nearly a decade, and founded several businesses that focus on sleep apnea. “The consequences of sleep apnea can be very dramatic. These range from hypertension to stroke, just to name a few,” says Weisfogel. Imagine if a small stroke or myocardial infarction occurs during sleep, and you’re alone.
Warning Signs Of Sleep Apnea
Approx. 10 – 30% of adults snore in their sleep. In most cases, however, there’s no concern. Loud and irregular snoring is usually a first indication of obstructive sleep apnea. If this occurs, the patient should be evaluated and if necessary, attend a sleep lab for a detailed examination of sleep.
Weisfogel is also a prominent lecturer and peer-reviewed author, delving into topics such as insomnia, snoring, oral devices and how to treat sleep apnea. “Nearly 18 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, and that number will steadily increase because many individuals do not know they have the condition,” says Weisfogel.
Starting his career in dentistry, Dr. Weisfogel became increasingly interested in medical science. He began bridging the two disciplines, and after years of research he founded Health Heart Sleep. In 2014, he established Dental Sleep Masters, a national instruction program for dentists wanting to learn about sleep apnea, and how to diagnose and treat patients.
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