But there is one condition that has a relatively benign-sounding name yet has continued to plague the public health of the United States for decades. Sleep apnea is one of the most serious illnesses that nobody takes seriously. Over the last 50 years, it has increasingly been recognized as one of the most serious airway obstruction disorders that exist. The disease is strongly correlated with almost every major cause of death in the United States today, including stroke, heart attack and even automobile accidents. What’s more, sleep apnea often causes its sufferers to become severely deprived of sleep, leading to drastically lower productivity, lower levels of alertness and difficulty thinking clearly. Even worse, the disease can directly lead to death itself, through asphyxiation or cerebal hypoxia.
One man, Avi Weisfogel, is currently taking the lead in the fight against this scourge on the public health. Dr. Weisfogel has founded an innovative seminar program called Dental Sleep Masters that is teaching dentists how to treat sleep apnea in its earliest stages, when it is most likely to be effectively cured. Through Dental Sleep Masters, Dr. Weisfogel has taught hundreds of dentists how to treat sleep apnea and has saved thousands of lives.