But Dr. Weisfogel always retained his intense interest in medical research and the ways in which new technologies and innovations could potentially lead to the cure of old diseases that had plagued humanity since time immemorial. One of these terrible diseases, Dr. Weisfogel learned, was sleep apnea. Although many people do not take sleep apnea as seriously as it should be taken, even physicians, Dr. Weisfogel quickly learned that this is one of the most undertreated and under-diagnosed serious illnesses in the country today. Sleep apnea kills thousands of people each year. It is capable of directly killing people suffering from it through means of asphyxiation and cerebral hypoxia. But it is also capable of killing indirectly in those who have the condition over long periods of time. Sleep apnea is strongly associated with almost every major cause of death in the United States today. These include diabetes, heart attack, stroke and even workplace accidents. Dr. Weisfogel decided to concentrate on sleep apnea as a means to significantly improve the public health in an area that had not seen significant headway made in over 50 years.
Dr. Weisfogel had the epiphany that dentists could play a crucial role in the treatment of this horrible disease, forming a vanguard of medical professionals who would be able to recognize and treat sleep apnea in its earliest stages, when it was most likely to positively respond to medical interventions.
Dr. Weisfogel founded Dental Sleep Masters, a company dedicated to training dentists in the treatment and diagnosis of sleep apnea. This innovative seminar program relies on a treatment model centered around the use of oral appliances, a treatment modality that has been proven most effective and relatively inexpensive.