Date Published: February 28, 2021
A national health crisis is stealing your family’s sleep away, one breath at a time. In Airway is Life, Dr. Meghna Dassani, DMD gives you the information you need to spot sleep-disordered breathing and other issues so that you can get the help that you and your family need. Why are all stages of sleep important? What diagnosis might show that sleep is an underlying issue? How can you convince your doctor to prescribe a sleep study? Dr. Dassani’s interesting, accessible work will give you the tools you need to protect your family’s sleep breathing and change their lives.
What was your main drive to write this book?
Raising awareness about sleep apnea and helping families connect the dots is my passion.
I've spent years introducing my dental patients to sleep medicine, and solving their problems through screenings, referrals, and treatments. I regularly work with multidisciplinary teams to get my patients' airways open, so that they can get good, high-quality rest. I see so many people struggling to get answers about their health or knowing what questions to ask their health care providers or even who to ask these questions.
Too many adults and kids are under diagnosed and over medicated. Clearing the air about sleep disordered breathing in adults and kids is the need of the day…hence the topic and the book, a resource for everyone who might be struggling with sleep or seeking better understanding and solutions for their families.
I am passionate about making sure that people know about the importance of sleep. I want to connect people to the care they need so that they can get those airways open.
What do you hope readers will learn by reading this book?
our sleep breathing isn't working right, nothing else will work either. I hope
they understand the importance of sleep and sleep breathing, and share it with
the people they love.
I hope I can help them connect the dots and understand whether their blood pressure, weight gain, blood sugar, or pain issues be related to how they're sleeping. I want them to understand whether there might be a way to address the underlying issues and possibly save their life.
If they have a child who is showing signs of ADHD or is a bed wetter or mouth breather, my goal is to encourage them to ask, “Could there be unresolved sleep issues?”
I truly hope they are able to ask better questions and help their families sleep better, breathe better.
Did you do much research when planning this book?
Yes, a lot of research was involved in making sure I was providing not just the right information but also the most updated and current statistics, data and details.
Did you have any main people who helped you in the process of this book or influenced you to write it?
Oh absolutely! So many! From my kids and husband to my patients to my team and my best friend, there is no way this would have ever gotten done without their support and inspiration.
How long did this book take you to write from initial thought to hitting publish?
About 18 months. With the amount of research and work needed, all while being a full time mom, wife and practicing dentist, I’d say it got done right on time.
Do you have
plans to write more about this topic or new topics?
Absolutely! But at a much later date. Currently my focus is going to be my family…we are going to make sure we get some much needed quality time and actually enjoy the fact that this book is done and out to people that will actually benefit from it.
About The Author
She has been practicing in Houston, Texas for the last 15 years. She has a passion for providing patients with the highest quality of care that will benefit their overall health. Screening and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in adults and children is an integral part of her practice. Her vision and goal for herself and her team is to help patients with sleep disordered breathing get the treatment they need to live healthier, happier lives.
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