Obstructive sleep apnea in dentistry: A knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) study
Introduction: To investigate the knowledge, attitudes, and clinical practice regarding obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among general dentists and dental specialists.
Material and methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out during the period from December 2020 to April 2021. Self-administered questionnaires, including a cover letter, were distributed to 170 dentists and specialists at teaching hospitals and private practices in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Results: 153 participants (90%) completed and returned the questionnaire. Increased years of clinical experience were not significantly associated with lesser knowledge about OSA. However, there was a statistically significant difference between general practitioners and specialists (p<0.001). Most respondents indicated positive attitudes regarding OSA. The majority didn’t have any clinical experience regarding the management of OSA patients.
Conclusions: Limited knowledge and clinical practice regarding OSA management among dentists and dental specialists. Development of additional continuing educational courses and practical implementation strategies should be considered in order to overcome these barriers.