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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2010 Jul;14(3):234-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2008.12.002. Epub 2009 Feb 5.

Behavior analysis of electromyographic activity of the masseter muscle in sleep bruxers.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering (FEG), São Paulo State University - UNESP, Guaratingueta - SP, Brazil.


The effects of occlusal splint on the electric activity of masseter were studied in 15 women who presented sleep bruxism using surface electromyography. Sleep bruxism was defined by its clinical characteristics. The signal acquisition was done during mandible occlusion without clenching and maximum voluntary contraction in two situations. The first was after a workday without using the occlusal splint; and the second, after a sleeping night using occlusal splints. Evaluating masseter muscles during mandible occlusion without clenching, it could be observed that lower values were noticed after splint wearing in both sides. The same results were verified in maximum voluntary contraction (MVC). These results confirmed that the use of occlusal splints reduced the electromyographic activity of the right and left masseters, showing its myorelaxing effect.

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