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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 57-60

Association of obstructive sleep apnea with edentulism: A retrospective analysis

1 Department of Chest and TB, GMC Rajouri, Rajouri, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, IGGDC, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
3 Private practitioner, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
4 Department of Prosthodontics, Kalka Dental College and Hospital , Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
5 Department of Prosthodontics, Government Dental College, Dibrugarh, Assam, India
6 Department of Prosthodontics, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Rimsha Ahmed
Department of Prosthodontics, IGGDC, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir 181152
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INJO.INJO_15_22

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Aim of the Study: There have been very limited studies in the recent past regarding the correlation between the complete loss of teeth and the severity of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). The assessment of the association between the status of the dentition (completely edentulous vs dentulous) and the severity of OSAS was the aim of this study. Materials and Methods: A retrospective, cohort study of completely edentulous and dentulous subjects suffering from OSAS was planned with the primary predictor variable being the status of the dentition (dentulous vs edentulous). Apnea–hypopnea index (AHI) was used to measure the severity of OSAS, which was used as the primary outcome variable. Unpaired T test and chi-square test were used to assess the data. Results: The total number of subjects incorporated in this study was 56. More severe OSAS was seen in completely edentulous subjects as compared to subjects with natural dentition, with a statistically significant difference for AHI between these groups. Conclusion: When compared, more severe OSAS was seen in completely edentulous subjects, within the limits of the study.

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