AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT PROSTHODONTIC TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA AMONG UNDER GRADUATES AND POST GRADUATE STUDENTS OF DIFFERENT DENTAL COLLEGES IN ANDHRA PRADESH: AN ONLINE SURVEY
Sathvika A.*, Rao B. L., Sudheer K., Padmini D., Sai Kumar C. D. and Harika A.
Aim: This study was aimed to assess the awareness and knowledge among under graduates and post graduate students on prosthodontic treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire-based online study was conducted among undergraduates and post graduate students by conducting an online survey in the google sheets. A total of 17 questions were made, which were divided into three parts in which the first section contained questions regarding demographic data, the second section contained information regarding awareness about obstructive sleep apnea, and the third section included questions regarding knowledge about obstructive sleep apnea. The survey was conducted for 2 months of duration from 24-09-2022 to 24-10-2022. The google sheets were sent to about 150 email IDs and what’s app groups waited for 2 months for the responses. The results were obtained in the form of quantitative data, which was represented in the form of a pie chart for each and every question determining the frequency of answers according to the percentage obtained and were represented systematically by using Docs Editors software in google forms. Results: At the end of 2 months, among 150 mail ID’s and what’s app groups 116 of the people responded. About 75% percent of the students could answer all the questions regarding awareness and knowledge towards prosthodontic treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea. Based on the assessment there is a significant difference between the undergraduates and post graduates regarding Problems of OSA i.e.,78% & symptoms of OSA which is 62%, Risk factors 50.9%, Treatment options 58%, Prosthodontist role to treat OSA 70%, Prosthodontic appliances 68%. Conclusion: Post graduate’s students had better awareness and knowledge towards prosthodontic treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea.
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