No one enjoys being tired. We may get used to it and be able to reasonably function while being tired, but no one thrives while or enjoys being tired. Not only is being tired from sleep deprivation unpleasant, research is showing more and more that a lack of sleep has devastating health effects and can literally take years off of your life. Some people deprive themselves of sleep on purpose, for example: college students. Others wake up tired even though they’ve devoted a good amount of time to sleep. While there are many possibilities of what might be causing this, an increasingly common cause is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is unique in that, unlike most sickness, sleep apnea’s treatment is as unpleasant as the sickness itself. That was, until Dr. Avi Weisfogel came up with groundbreaking new treatments for sleep apnea using dental procedures.
Dr. Weisfogel got his start at Rutgers University, earning degrees in psychology and biology. He then earned his DDS from the College of Dentistry at New York University. After further training, he started his own dental practice called Old Bridge Dental Care. Although his practice was successful, he saw a need many of his patients were experiencing because of their struggle with sleep apnea. Seeing the need and the opportunity
, he devoted his time, talent, and resources to pursue viable dental treatments for sleep apnea sufferers. He didn’t find much success at first, as this was a new field in a space that was dominated by a few, well-established treatments.
Over time, though, he gained the knowledge he needed through starting platforms such as the Owner Unlimited Sleep Patients, which served as a “think tank” where experts with something new to contribute to the field could share their knowledge freely. He also got sound business advice from mentors who showed him how to turn his passion into a viable career. Combined together with Dr. Weisfogel’s dedication and experience, what was a fledgling field became a highly successful business, and, most importantly, a source of relief for thousands.
Cameron Clokie is a dental surgeon in Toronto, Canada. He is currently a professor and the head of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Toronto. In 1985, Dr. Clokie earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery, and a Ph.D. in bone regeneration from Mcgill University had soon followed.
Clokie’s goal is to replace bone graft with bioimplants. In 1993, Cameron Clokie established a research group at McGill University that moved to the University of Toronto in 1998. His specialty is focusing on facial reconstruction and bone regeneration.
Peter Russel was diagnosed with a benign tumor back in 2003. The tumor has caused Mr. Russel to lose up to seven centimeters of the jaw bone. Russel chose to be one of eight patients to grow new jaw bone in Toronto General Hospital’s trial.
According to Bloomberg, Cameron Clokie used a protein called bone morphogenetic protein or BMP, on Peter Russel that can coax adult stem cells into regenerating the bones that were lost, therefore making the skeletal jawbone regrow as it originally had in Rusell’s mother’s womb more than a half a century ago. Peter Russel is a silver-haired retired bank executive who now has fully grown back his jowl.
Unlike, Peter Russell, 20-year-old Janine McFarlane was not a candidate for this the jaw bone regeneration procedure. Because her large tumor also included a joint on her jaw, she had to have traditional surgery to restore the 12 centimeters of bone in her jaw. Ms. McFarlane said that the bone was used from the shinbone in her leg that caused her to be unable to walk for two months. Read more: Dr. Cameron Clokie – Bizcommunity
Bone regrowth has been used to add bone length to limbs. In fact, singer Dionne Warwick underwent a bone growth procedure to replace some receding bones in her dental gum area. There is no telling how far bone regeneration can go in the future.