International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Analysis Study Research Paper | Public Health | India | Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023

Assessing Public Awareness and Understanding of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Survey Study Highlighting Knowledge and Perceptions

Dr. Y. Ravi Shankar [2] | Dr. Himabindu Vanipenta | Dr. T. Satyendrra Kumar | Dr. R. Himabindu | Dr. K. Srinivas [7] | Dr. B. Srinivas Rao

Abstract: Introduction/ Background: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common Sleep disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of narrowing or collapse of the pharyngeal airway during sleep despite ongoing breathing efforts. OSA shows link with hypertension, and higher cardiovascular risk which causes substantial morbidity and mortality in all countries. However, OSA is often under-diagnosed and its prevalence is increasing. It is a very common condition and there has been a dangerous rise in the prevalence of OSA. This is likely due to a combination of factors such as obesity, alcoholism, ageing population, systemic and anatomic conditions. This survey was conducted to access the knowledge of the general population regarding OSA. Aims and objectives: The purpose of this survey is to assess the level of awareness and knowledge of OSA among the general population and their knowledge on Prosthodontic approach to treat OSA. Methods: A cross-sectional survey study was carried out using a 12-item self-administered questionnaire (not validated) that assessed the knowledge of OSA among the general population. This questionnaire was designed for general population and was prepared in English and translated to Telugu for ease of understanding among local population. The questions were regarding knowledge about OSA, related risk factors, symptoms, complications and treatment of OSA. The survey was collected through paper. Responses were recorded, compiled and statistically analyzed to determine correlation of responses. Results: Among 400 respondents 232(58%) were aware of obstructive sleep apnea. 79(19.8%) of the participants were getting treated for sleep related issues. A total of 247(61.7%) were aware of at least one health consequence if OSA persists. 10% of the participants were using commercially available anti snoring devices. 7.8% of the total participants choose the oral appliance therapy can be advantageous though none among the 400 participants underwent any appliance therapy to treat OSA. Conclusion: Subjects showed a low level of awareness in all aspects of OSA. Their lack of knowledge indicates the need for medical and dental professionals to improve awareness and knowledge of OSA and considerable educational effort is needed to increase awareness.

Keywords: Obstructive sleep apnea, Sleep related issues, Anti snoring devices

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023,

Pages: 1553 - 1561

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