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Updated: Sep 29, 2022

Episode 16 of the Airway First podcast is now out! You can catch it on SoundCloud, Podbean, Anchor, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

Airway First podcast episode with Dr. Meghna Dassani

Dr. Dassani has practiced dentistry for over two decades. She is passionate about the role of the dentist in whole body health. She frequently sees patients for whom the dentist is the only consistent medical provider. By screening patients, connecting them with appropriate specialists, and devising treatment plans, Dr. Dassani can change lives.

For the last 11 years, she has begun to identify and treat adult and pediatric sleep apnea in her practice. Her in-depth knowledge of orofacial anatomy allows her to help patients with underlying defects of the tongue, jaw, and palate. Some have reached adulthood without ever being educated about how the shape of their skull affects their breathing and sleep. Dr. Dassani works to educate fellow dental professionals about sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) so that these treatments can become more easily available to patients throughout North America.

A writer as well as a clinician, Dr. Dassani has published four books on sleep apnea and the dental practice: Airway Is Life, The Dentists Guide To Sleep Apnea Implementation, Healthy Sleep, Happy Kids, and Sleep. Breathe. Dream. All books are available through

You can find out more about Dr. Dassani at

Dentist fix more than just teeth. We are sometimes a quarterback for a child's health. ~ Meghna Dassani, DMD

Show Notes:

Signs and Symptoms of Airway Issues in Children

  • Mouth breathing

  • crowding of teeth/shark teeth

  • Deviated septum

  • Chronic chapped lips

  • V-shaped palette

  • Enlarged tonsils

  • A tongue that "looks too big" or has scalloped edges

  • Chronic teeth clenching or teeth grinding

  • Chronic snoring or audible breathing

  • Bed wetting at a later age

  • Restless sleep

  • Hard to wake

  • Dark circles under the eyes

These are just a few of the signs and symptoms of airway disorders and sleep issues in children that we discussed in our interview with Dr. Dassani. You find out more details on our website and blogs.

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