Dr. Avi Weisfogel Uses Dentistry to Address Sleep Concerns

Science has shown that there really is such thing as “beauty sleep.” Though it is recommended that adults get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night, specialists say that getting less than 6 hours a night can negatively affect one’s appearance and health.
There are physical, visible signs that you’re not getting enough sleep. These signs include drooping eyelids and mouth corners, dark under eye circles, and red, swollen eyes.
Hair loss is another symptom of sleep deprivation. Because a lack of sleep slows the body’s blood flow, the hair follicles do not receive the nourishment necessary to grow and may be brittle. The stress of sleep deprivation may also trigger the release of cortisol, a hormone thought to cause hair loss.
Sleep deprivation can also cause visible effects to the eyes. When sleep is lacking, the tissue around the eyes begins to get swell. This can easily be corrected by ensuring proper hydration and elevating the head when sleeping. In addition to swelling around the eyes, dark circles may form below the eyes. This is caused by blood pooling below the eyes due to lack of blood flow. This lack of blood flow can also cause the skin to look dull and lifeless. Collagen, the protein that protects skin from wrinkles and sagging, is produced during sleep. Sleeping five hours or less can cause wrinkles to form at twice the rate than sleeping seven hours.
Sleep deprivation may not only be the result of people making the decision to stay up later than they should. Sleep deprivation can also be caused by serious health issues such as sleep apnea. Dr. Avi Weisfogel, the founder of Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient, has twenty years of experience in sleep issues. He has started Healthy Heart Sleep as a means of collaboration for physicians and a place for him to share his ideas regarding dentistry and sleep issues.
Dr. Weisfogel has also founded Dental Sleep Masters. This innovative service serves as a link between sleep disorders and dentistry. Dr. Weisfogel’s research has increased knowledge about the health problems caused by lack of sleep. He has developed a concept of using medical devices that support the jaw and open the upper airway to ensure uninterrupted sleep.
Dr. Weisfogel graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in psychology and biology and went on the earn his DDS from the College of Dentistry at New York University. He received the prestigious title of Best Dentist two years in a row for his work at his dental practice, Old Bridge Dental Care.