COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC:

Get the latest research information from NIH:
Working… Menu

TMJ NextGen Pilot Study to Treat Subjects With Bruxism

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02446288
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified May 2015 by Cardiox Corporation.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
First Posted : May 18, 2015
Last Update Posted : May 18, 2015
TMJ Health
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Cardiox Corporation

Brief Summary:
The study is an open-label, prospective, multicenter, randomized, two treatment parallel, comparison study of the TMJ NextGeneration and DSG Relaxer in the reduction of nocturnal bruxism episodes in subjects diagnosed with sleep bruxism.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Bruxism Device: TMJ Next Generation Device: DSG Relaxer Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The study will be conducted at multiple study centers in the U.S. Subjects will be enrolled in the trial for a period of 44 days. The study will consist of a screening period lasting up to 30 days, a device fitting period of 14 days, and a treatment period lasting 30 days. Subjects will visit the clinic three times during the screening period, followed by visits at Day 1, Day 14, and Day 44 of the study. Subjects will visit the sleep center once during the screening period (Day -1) and once during the treatment period (Day 43).

Layout table for study information
Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study of the TMJ NextGeneration Compared to the DSG Relaxer for Reduction in Nocturnal Bruxism Episodes in Subjects Diagnosed With Sleep Bruxism
Study Start Date : June 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date : October 2015
Estimated Study Completion Date : November 2015

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: TMJ Next Generation
The TMJ NextGeneration device consists of a pair of small, hollow ear inserts. These ear inserts are custom-fit to each subject's ear canals. They are constructed from methacrylate polymers - the same material as has been used in hearing aids. The devices rest in the outer third of the ear canal and have a small retraction post that allows for removal of the device from the ear. The devices conform to the shape of the individuals' ear canals when the jaw is in the open position and permit full passage of sound into each ear. The proposed mechanisms of action of the inserts are to support the TMJ and associated secondary musculature to reduce strain in the TMJ area and to provide cognitive awareness to the wearer regarding para-functional habits, i.e., jaw clenching.
Device: TMJ Next Generation
Active Comparator: DSG Relaxer
The occlusal splint to be used in this study will be the DSG Relaxer™. The DSG Relaxer™ is a device that has been FDA cleared for the treatment of medically diagnosed migraine pain as well as migraine associated tension-type headaches and relieving bruxism and TMJ syndrome through the reduction of trigeminally innervated muscular therapy.
Device: DSG Relaxer

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. The primary objective of this study is to determine the effectiveness of the TMJ NextGeneration to reduce nocturnal bruxism episodes in subjects experiencing sleep bruxism as determined by polysomnography. [ Time Frame: 30 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. The secondary objective of this study is to further establish the safety of the TMJ NextGeneration device as determined by adverse events. [ Time Frame: 30 days ]

Information from the National Library of Medicine

Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contacts provided below. For general information, Learn About Clinical Studies.

Layout table for eligibility information
Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Subjects at least 18 years of age;
  2. Subject has had a diagnosis of sleep bruxism confirmed within the past 30 days;
  3. Subject has an average of ≥ 1.25 bruxism episodes per hour of sleep based on two nights of screening Bruxoff™ evaluations;
  4. Subject is able to read and understand the ICF and has voluntarily provided written informed consent;
  5. Subject has a minimum of 26 remaining teeth;
  6. Subject has an average of ≥ 1.25 bruxism episodes per hour of sleep based on the single-night screening sleep PSG evaluations.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Subjects with any physical or behavioral disorder, which, in the opinion of the Principal Investigator, may interfere with the use of the device or compliance with the study protocol;
  2. Subject has a significant respiratory disease that actively requires treatment;
  3. Subject is taking antidepressant medication;
  4. Subject has a significant sleep disorder that actively requires treatment, in addition to bruxism;
  5. Subject is undergoing treatment for sleep apnea;
  6. Subjects diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoarthrosis, or another connective tissue disorder of the head/neck region;
  7. Subjects who have had direct trauma to the jaw;
  8. Subjects who have used an occlusal appliance to treat a TMD within the previous six months;
  9. Subjects who have had prior TMJ or ear surgery;
  10. Subjects who have a narrow ear canal or impression of the ear canal, which is prolapsed due to an anatomical shift or failure of the ear canal wall structure, or a canal that does not allow for the ear canal second turn to be identified;
  11. Subjects with visible or congenital ear deformity as observed on targeted physical exam that does not allow for fitting of the study device;
  12. Subjects who have taken a narcotic pain medication in the last seven days prior to Day 1 of the study;
  13. Subjects who have a history of chronic ear pain unrelated to TMJ;
  14. Subjects who have a history of ear drainage in the past six months;
  15. Subjects who have active ear drainage, swelling, or redness as observed on targeted physical exam;
  16. Subjects whom the investigator believes may not be an appropriate candidate for an intra-oral splint due to missing or poor quality dentition or untreated pain of dental origin (pulpal pain, pericoronitis of wisdom teeth, or similar conditions).

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02446288

Layout table for location contacts
Contact: Simon Blackburn, CCRA 614.323.7034

Sponsors and Collaborators
Cardiox Corporation
TMJ Health
Layout table for investigator information
Study Director: Simon Blackburn, CCRA Cardiox Corporation
Layout table for additonal information
Responsible Party: Cardiox Corporation Identifier: NCT02446288    
Other Study ID Numbers: TMJ-1003
First Posted: May 18, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 18, 2015
Last Verified: May 2015
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Layout table for MeSH terms
Tooth Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases