You wake up several times during the night. You notice that you are frequently coughing and have a sore throat in the mornings. You feel groggy, even after a full nights sleep. According to Dr. Avi Weisfogel, who is a dentist, this could be caused by sleep apnea.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel has always wanted to help people live a fuller, richer life. One of the ways he has done that is to try to figure out causes and treatments for sleep apnea and to see if the practice of dentistry could help him do that. He noticed that dentistry and its treatments can have a big effect on the outcome.
What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is when a person is sleeping and they have a pause in breathing. It could last for a few seconds to a minute. People who suffer from this usually wake up coughing in the middle of the night. By waking up many times through the night, a pattern of irregular sleeping occurs. This makes the person feel like they have not had any sleep. It also puts fear into the patient that they may stop breathing for good. This is a great concern and Dr. Avi Weisfogel wanted to try to pursue other avenues of treatment to see if his field of study could have a positive effect.
There are some treatments such as dental sleepwear and oral medicines that are normally used by dentists that are very helpful. The intersection of dentistry and polysomnography (the study of sleep disorders) provides a more in-depth treatment system and a plethora of options.