Airway First

by Children's Airway First Foundation

Welcome to Airway First - A Parent's Guide to Sleep and Airway Health for Children

Each episode explores the topic of children's sleep and airway health with medical professionals and clinicians. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Sleep Health Practices for Children
  • Mouth Breathing / Nasal Breathing / Proper Breathing
  • Signs and Symptoms of Airway Dysfunction in Children
  • Treatment O ... 
 ...  Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 8

  • S8:E71 - Dr. Claire Stagg: Everything Starts with the Mouth

    S8:E71 - Dr. Claire Stagg: Everything Starts with the Mouth

    My guest today is Dr. Claire Stagg. Dr. Stagg's academic journey began at the University of Bordeaux, France, where she earned her Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1982. With a relentless thirst for knowledge, she has amassed over 2,700 hours of additional training, with an emphasis in TMJ / Sleep Disorders, Orthopedics, and Dental Rehabilitation. Her quest for excellence led her to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she attained a Master’s of Science focusing on Craniofacial Pain in 2011. Renowned for her pioneering work, Dr. Stagg has been a trailblazer since her early days, being the first to pass the Trinidad Dental Board Examinations post-graduation and facilitating significant advancements in dental care delivery in Grenada. Her credentials are further highlighted by her Fellowship in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and her innovative contributions to Craniofacial Epigenetics and nonsurgical airway remodeling. Dr. Stagg's practice is not just about treating teeth but nurturing the person behind the smile. She believes in the intrinsic connection of the mouth to the body's overall health and strives for a balance that enhances vital functions — breathing, swallowing, eating, and smiling. Her integrative approach promotes not just survival but thriving, ensuring a quality of life that resonates with wellness and joy. With a professional interest that spans Biological, Wholistic, and Cosmetic Dentistry, coupled with a strong emphasis on proper Nutrition, Dr. Stagg is at the forefront of a dental revolution. She is dedicated to providing her patients with healthy, beautiful, and pain-free smiles, demonstrating the deep interrelation between the body and the bite. You can find out more about Dr. Stagg at Show Notes: Smile: It's All Connected, by Dr. Claire Stagg Resources from Dr. Stagg Dr. Brendan Stack's Treatment for Complex TMJ Disorders: Watch Video

  • S8:E70 - Kelley Rubio: Sleep, Breathing, and Mental Health in Children

    S8:E70 - Kelley Rubio: Sleep, Breathing, and Mental Health in Children

    My guest today is Kelley Rubio, an Arizona native and US Army veteran with a heartfelt commitment to pediatric care since 1996. Her practice has two locations in the Phoenix Valley and she works with patients in person and via Telehealth. As a licensed dental hygienist, she specializes in myofunctional therapy and is a Certified Buteyko Breathing Practitioner. Kelley stays at the forefront of her field through ongoing training, holding a Qualification in Orofacial Myology. What sets Kelley apart is not just her expertise but also the genuine connections she forms with each patient. Her passion for orofacial myology is driven by the meaningful relationships she builds. You can find out more about Kelley at Show Notes: Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity, by Dr. Peter Attia Airway MamaBears - CAFF Store Buteyko Breathing Techniques Oral Health in America - Surgeon General's Report 2021 Protecting Youth Mental Health - Surgeon General's Statement 2021 National Alliance of Mental Illness Website: Airway Palooza 2024 SEC Sleep Conference 2024 Collaboration Cures 2024

  • Season 7

  • S7:E69 - Dr. Mark Levi: Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine

    S7:E69 - Dr. Mark Levi: Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine

    My guest today is Dr. Mark Levi. Dr. Levi has over 30 years experience as a Dentist, and over 20 years in Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. He is a member of the Australasian Sleep Association, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and European Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. As a former sufferer of Sleep Apnea, Dr. Levi understands the problem from all perspectives, and has the technical expertise to provide the best customizes and appropriate solution to suit his patient's individual needs. He has trained in the US with many of the world's leading Sleep Experts and can often be seen on national television and lecturing around the world! You can find out more about Dr. Mark Levi at Show Notes: Dr. Mark Levi website Finding Connor Video Foundation for Airway Health Breathe, Sleep, Thrive: Discover How Airway Health Can Unlock Your Child's Greater Health, Learning, and Potential by Dr. Shereen Lim

  • S7:E68: Special SEC Guest Panel - Sleep and Airway Education for Parents

    S7:E68: Special SEC Guest Panel - Sleep and Airway Education for Parents

    Today's episode is a bit different in that I have invited a panel of luminaries and medical professionals who are passionate about airway and sleep health. Each of today's guests participated, in some form or fashion, in the SEC Sleep Conference that was held in Houston, Texas earlier this month. Our special guest panel includes: Dr. Jerald H. Simmons - Founding Director at Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associations, PA and the Sleep Education Consortium Dr. Bill Harrell - President and Orthodontist at Harrell Orthodontics, TMJ, Dental Sleep Medicine Dr. David McCarty, FAASM - Author, Speaker, Cartoonist, and Podcast Host of the Empowered Sleep Apnea Series Jatin Tekchandani, MSBEME, R.EEG T., RPSGT - Vice President of the Texas Society of Sleep Professionals Dr. Rob Veis - CEO at SML Global Show Notes: SEC Sleep Conference CSMA CSMA Sleep Questionnaire Airway Circle Airway Health Solutions AAPMD ADA AASM Facebook Airway Huddle - Parent Support Group Facebook Tooth Pillow Parent Group The Breathing-Smile Connection by Dr. William Harrell: Article

  • S7:E67 - Dr. Julia Sadove-Lopez: Helping Parents Find Support

    S7:E67 - Dr. Julia Sadove-Lopez: Helping Parents Find Support

    My guest today is Dr. Julia Sadove-Lopez. She is a biological dentist, accredited by the IAOMT. She attended dental school in Indiana and went on to practice dentistry at a holistic dental practice in Chicago. She was able to work closely in collaboration with Dr. Kevin Boyd, even serving as a research assistant for his anthropology research with the Penn Museum. She was practicing general dentistry, but her passion for identifying and referring young patients to seek early interceptive solutions became one of her favorite parts of her profession. She created her own consulting business to offer customized support for parents surrounding airway dentistry. She relocated with her family to Portugal where she enjoys learning about how the perspectives and services that are offered in Europe vary from the training she received in the US. Show Notes: Breathe, Sleep, Thrive: Discover How Airway Health Can Unlock Your Child's Greater Health, by Dr. Shereen Lim Brave Parent: Raising Healthy, Happy Kids Against All Odds, by Dr. Susan Maples Sleep Wrecked Kids: Helping Parents Raise Happy, Healthy Kids, by Sharon Moore Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor Wrigleyville Dental (Chicago, IL)