Sleep specialist, Dr. Avi Weisfogel ask, what happens if you stop breathing normally at night? The typical person doesn’t give much thought to that question. Breathing and sleep are two automatic activities that a healthy person usually takes for granted, without thinking too much about it. Normal sleep is characterized by regular breathing, which helps maintain normal gas exchange. But what happens if you stop breathing and your body doesn’t receive adequate oxygen? We now know that it is not only the quantity of sleep that is important, but also its quality; It influences our cognizance, our intellectual capacities and, in general, the functioning of our organs.
Disturbances in nighttime breathing result in poor sleep quality, but it also plays a significant role in our health. One such syndrome is referred to as sleep apnea. Obstructive apnea results from obstruction (partial or complete closure) of the airways. The body makes an effort to breathe, but the air does not pass. A large number of individuals suffer from this syndrome, but don’t know it. Repeated efforts to breathe often end in sudden awakening, yet the person really isn’t cognizant of what happened. One of the byproducts is snoring. “This is an increasingly common problem in modern society,” says Dr. Avi Weisfogel. It’s mainly due to the growing problem of overweight and obesity. Dr. Avi Weisfogel has been studying this syndrome for nearly 15 years, since establishing his dental practice in Old Bridge New Jersey. He blended a practice that was devoted to finding solutions.
Why Dentist Became The Go-To Specialists For Sleeping Habits
Sleep Apnea largely goes unnoticed because people don’t connect the dots. However, dentists are able to look for signs, like bruxism for example. Bruxism is a disorder where individuals grind their teeth during sleep. It may not be a tell-all that says you suffer from sleep apnea, but it’s a starting point that signals the dentist you have a potential bad sleep habit. That leads to further evaluation that a physician wouldn’t pick up on. Thus dentists have become a backdrop for evaluating sleep apnea.
Avi Weisfogel began evaluating and treating patients with oral devices that improved air flow, and then went on to establish Dental Sleep Masters, which trained the dental professional nationwide on replicating his success.Over the last decade, a better understanding of the symptoms and clinical consequences of sleep apnea has led to more appropriate clinical screening.