University of Nevada: Dr Tanya Al-Talib advocates for dentists becoming the first line of defense against sleep apnea and other sleep breathing issues.

Al-Talib began her first sleep breathing issue research during her orthodontic residency program. Her inspiration arose close to home when a toddler in her family began to snore lightly and complain of slight headaches after a night’s rest. In that first study, she evaluated the non-nutritive sucking habits and feeding habits of pediatric patients, seeking a correlation to breathing problems during sleep. The initial findings uncovered a connection to feeding habits.