Botulinum toxin therapy for managing sleep bruxism: A randomized and placebo—controlled trial

Young Joo Shim, Hee Jin Lee, Keun Jeong Park, Hyung Tack Kim, Il Hee Hong, Seong Taek Kim

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The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of botulinum toxin type A (BoNT‐A) for managing sleep bruxism (SB) in a randomized, placebo‐controlled trial. Thirty SB subjects were randomly assigned into two groups evenly. The placebo group received saline injections into each masseter muscle, and the treatment group received BoNT‐A injections into each masseter muscle. Audio–video–polysomnographic recordings in the sleep laboratory were made before, at four weeks after, and at 12 weeks after injection. Sleep and SB parameters were scored according to the diagnostic and coding manual of American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The change of sleep and SB parameters were investigated using repeated measures analysis of variance (RM‐ANOVA). Twenty‐three subjects completed the study (placebo group 10, treatment group 13). None of the SB episode variables showed a significant time and group interaction (p > 0.05) except for electromyography (EMG) variables. The peak amplitude of EMG bursts during SB showed a significant time and group interaction (p = 0.001). The injection decreased the peak amplitude of EMG bursts during SB only in the treatment group for 12 weeks (p < 0.0001). A single BoNT‐A injection cannot reduce the genesis of SB. However, it can be an effective management option for SB by reducing the intensity of the masseter muscle.

Original languageEnglish
Article number168
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments: This trial was an investigator‐initiated study fully supported by Daewoong Pharmaceutical, Seoul, Korea. They provided botulinum toxin (NABOTA; prabotulinumtoxin A) and supported a research grant. All authors performed all data collection, statistical analyses, and manuscript writing independent of Daewoong Pharmaceutical and have indicated no financial conflicts of interest. The authors thank the patients who participated in this study and all the sleep technicians and medical staff at the Seoul Sleep Clinic for their help.

Funding Information:
Funding: This research was funded by Daewoong Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd, grant number 2‐2016‐0016.

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© 2020 by the authors.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Toxicology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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