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Associations between obstructive sleep apnea and dental pain and chewing discomfort in Korean adults: a nationwide cross-sectional study

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Lee, Jae-Hyun; Han, Kyungdo; Lee, Su Young

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Nature Publishing Group
Scientific Reports, Vol.13 No.1, p. 12768
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be linked with oral health issues. This study evaluated the associations between OSA, dental pain, and chewing discomfort. Big data from a nationwide survey involving 6984 participants aged ≥ 40 years were analyzed. The STOP-Bang questionnaire was used to assess the OSA risk, categorizing the participants into low-, intermediate-, and high-risk groups. The associations of OSA risk with dental pain and chewing discomfort were evaluated using multivariate logistic regression analyses (α = 0.05). Results revealed that 50.33%, 37.50%, and 12.17% of the population belonged to the low-, intermediate-, and high-risk groups, respectively. After adjusting for covariates, a significant association emerged between OSA risk and dental pain, with adjusted odds ratios (95% confidence intervals) of 1 (reference), 1.208 (1.003–1.455), and 1.472 (1.131–1.916) for the low-, intermediate-, and high-risk groups, respectively (p = 0.0156). The adjusted odds ratio for chewing discomfort in the high-risk OSA group was 1.307 (0.977–1.748), although not significantly different from that of the low-risk group (p > 0.05). A high risk of OSA was associated with 1.472-fold increased risk of dental pain compared to those at low risk, implicating OSA as a potential risk indicator of poor oral health.
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