A sleep bruxism detection system based on sensors in a splint - pilot clinical data

P. Mcauliffe, J. H. Kim, D. Diamond, K. T. Lau, B. C. O'Connell*

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Summary: It is difficult in a dental setting to accurately diagnose sleep bruxism and to objectively assess the severity, frequency or natural history of the condition in an individual patient. Yet this information is essential for the management of sleep bruxism and to plan appropriate dental treatment. The objective of this study was to clinically test a device that could be used to record bruxism events in a home environment. Pressure sensors were developed for use under the surface of an occlusal splint, and circuitry was designed to facilitate the recording and wireless transmission of the pressure sensor signal to a computer. Controlled mandibular movements were carried out in vivo to simulate bruxism and non-bruxism patterns. These patterns of force application were graphically presented to two examiners who were asked to identify the type of activity represented by the force curves. Examiners were largely able to distinguish bruxism from non-bruxism activity; the sensitivity ranged from 80% to 100% and the specificity from 75% to 100%. Using sensors in an occlusal splint, it is possible to recognise the typical tooth contact patterns seen in sleep bruxism. Such a device may be useful for monitoring sleep bruxism over an extended period at home.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-39
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Oral Rehabilitation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Bite force
  • Occlusal splints
  • Remote sensing technologies
  • Sleep bruxism
  • Stomatognathic diseases
  • Tooth wear


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