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Sleep Med Clin. 2015 Sep;10(3):375-84, xvi. doi: 10.1016/j.jsmc.2015.05.005. Epub 2015 Jul 8.

Overview on Sleep Bruxism for Sleep Medicine Clinicians.

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Department of Periodontology, Service of Odontology, Rothschild Hospital, Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris, Université Paris 7 - Denis Diderot, Unité de formation et recherche of Odontology, Paris 75006, France. Electronic address:
Faculty of Dental Medicine, Université de Montréal, CP 6128 Succursale Centre-Ville, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7, Canada.
Sleep Medicine and Respiratory Function Unit, Saint Antoine Hospital, Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris, Paris 75012, France.


Sleep bruxism (SB) is a common sleep-related jaw motor disorder observed in 8% of the adult population. SB diagnosis is based on history of tooth grinding and clenching and is confirmed by the polysomnographic recording of the electromyographic activity of jaw muscles during sleep. SB may be associated with orofacial pain, headaches, and sleep-disordered breathing. Managing SB cannot be done without a comprehensive clinical and, when indicated, polysomnographic differential diagnosis of other comorbidities, which need to be taken into account to select the best treatment approach.


Management; Sleep arousal; Sleep bruxism; Sleep-disordered breathing; Tooth clenching; Tooth grinding

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