One area of medicine that has gotten attention in recent years but still remains relatively largely untouched is sleep medicine. That’s the area that Dr. Avi Weisfogel has been studying at Dental Sleep Masters, a practice he started in 2014 after deciding to leave the regular dental practice at Old Bridge Dental Care. DSM employs research into sleep assisting tools such as oral appliances and offering guidelines in weight management and exercise. Weisfogel has been excited about the connections DSM has made, and Ideamensch wanted to find out from him how he turned his dental career into sleep research.
Weisfogel told Ideamensch that he quit dentistry because he didn’t have the excitement for it that he initially thought he would. But he saw a field that intrigued him and allowed him to put his profession to work in a way that could let him explore it and help people. Weisfogel is a spiritual person who prays before he begins work and also has sessions with a life coach. Once his day gets going he jots things down on a notepad and even said one idea entrepreneurs should consider is an app for note organization. The book he says everyone should read is “The Power Of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.
Avi Weisfogel isn’t the only member of his family in the medical profession. Growing up in a suburb of Newark, NJ his father was a cardiologist. Weisfogel hasn’t just been interested in life sciences; he’s also been fascinated by the human mind. He got his bachelor’s in both biology and psychology when he attended Rutgers University, and then decided to enter dentistry in 1996 when he enrolled in the NYU College of Dentistry and got his DDS.
Weisfogel opened a small dental office in Edison, NJ after getting his license, and then opened the clinic everyone came to know as Old Bridge Dental Care. Patients gave this clinic high reviews in the local paper and Weisfogel was even titled “Best Dentist” twice in his 15 years of practice. His sleep medicine interest began at Healthy Heart Sleep in 2010, and four years later he began sleep research fulltime at DSM.