- Time-variant nature of sleep bruxism outcome variables using ambulatory polysomnography: implications for recognition and therapy evaluation
- Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
- Volume | Issue number
- 35 | 8
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA)
The aim of this study was to quantify the time-variant nature of sleep bruxism (SB) and to discuss its consequences. Six clinically diagnosed bruxers and six non-bruxers participated. Four ambulatory polysomnographic (PSG) recordings were obtained for every participant. As SB outcome variables, the number of episodes per hour of sleep (Epi h−1), the number of bursts per hour (Bur h−1) and the bruxism time index (BTI: the percentage of total sleep time spent bruxing) were established. To quantify the time-variant nature of SB, standard errors of measurement (SEMs) were calculated. For the non-bruxers, the SEMs for Epi h−1, Bur h−1 and BTI were 1·0, 5·7 and 0·1. For the bruxers, the respective values were 2·1, 14·9 and 0·4. In the discussion, arguments are given that because of the time-variant nature of the PSG recordings, cut-off bands around cut-off points might be useful for the recognition of SB.
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