Sleep bruxism, an autonomic self-regulating response by triggering the trigeminal cardiac reflex.

@article{Schames2012SleepBA,
  title={Sleep bruxism, an autonomic self-regulating response by triggering the trigeminal cardiac reflex.},
  author={Scott E Schames and Joseph Schames and Mayer Schames and Susan S Chagall-Gungur},
  journal={Journal of the California Dental Association},
  year={2012},
  volume={40 8},
  pages={670-1, 674-6}
}
Sleep bruxism, an intensified manifestation of rhythmic masticatory muscle activity, characterized by tooth grinding or clenching during sleep, lacks a definitive physiological purpose. This paper posits that physiologically, sleep bruxism is an autonomic self-regulatory response to nighttime occurrences of tachycardia stemming from the brain experiencing microarousals during sleep. Sleep bruxism by triggering the trigeminal cardiac reflex leads to bradycardia. Rhythmic masticatory muscle… CONTINUE READING
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