Patents by Inventor David W. Kuhns

David W. Kuhns has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200214878
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are splints for a mandibular advancement device, each splint comprising one or more guided fins, wherein each guided fin is located at a distance D from back of the splint; a back post; at least one threaded rod connecting the back post to the guided fin, wherein the distance between the guided fin and the back post is changed when the threaded rod is turned either clockwise or counterclockwise; and a guiding mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: PROSOMNUS SLEEP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Sung KIM, David W. KUHNS, Leonard A. LIPTAK
  • Patent number: 10603207
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are splints for a mandibular advancement device, each splint comprising one or more guided fins, wherein each guided fin is located at a distance D from back of the splint; a back post; at least one threaded rod connecting the back post to the guided fin, wherein the distance between the guided fin and the back post is changed when the threaded rod is turned either clockwise or counterclockwise; and a guiding mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: PROSOMNUS SLEEP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Sung Kim, David W. Kuhns, Leonard A. Liptak
  • Publication number: 20190183615
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of manufacturing an oral appliance, the method comprising the steps of: a) importing into a computer aided design (CAD) computer program a digitized data set obtained from a three-dimensional scan of a patient's dentition; b) preparing a three-dimensional electronic model of the patient's dentition; c) subtracting the three-dimensional electronic model of the patient's dentition from an image of a solid block to obtain an appliance data set; and d) manufacturing a dental appliance in accordance with the appliance data set. Also disclosed are devices made by the above method, and methods of treating a condition, for example a sleep breathing disorder, by using a device made by the above method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: ProSomnus Sleep Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sung KIM, David W. KUHNS, Leonard A. LIPTAK
  • Publication number: 20190105191
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are sleeves for use with a fin of a mandibular advancement device (MAD), the sleeve comprising: a shell, having a wall defining a hollow interior, wherein the wall encloses the hollow interior on all sides except one, leaving an opening at one end of the body; the wall has a thickness in the range of from about 1 nm to about 5 mm; the hollow interior comprises approximately the same size and dimensions as the fin of the MAD. Also disclosed are MADs that use the sleeves. Also disclosed are methods of treating a patient using MADs that use the sleeves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: PROSOMNUS SLEEP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kim SUNG, David W. KUHNS, Leonard A. LIPTAK
  • Patent number: 10213280
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of manufacturing an oral appliance, the method comprising the steps of: a) importing into a computer aided design (CAD) computer program a digitized data set obtained from a three-dimensional scan of a patient's dentition; b) preparing a three-dimensional electronic model of the patient's dentition; c) subtracting the three-dimensional electronic model of the patient's dentition from an image of a solid block to obtain an appliance data set; and d) manufacturing a dental appliance in accordance with the appliance data set. Also disclosed are devices made by the above method, and methods of treating a condition, for example a sleep breathing disorder, by using a device made by the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ProSomnus Sleep Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Kim, David W. Kuhns, Leonard A. Liptak
  • Publication number: 20190033826
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of manufacturing a dental device, the method comprising: obtaining a set of clinical options for the dental device from a health care provider; creating a first data set from the set of clinical options; communicating the data set to a computer aided design (CAD) software; preparing a digital design for the dental device using the CAD software; communicating the digital design to an automated milling apparatus; and automatedly milling a block of polymer to obtain the dental device. Also disclosed are dental devices manufactured by the above method. Further disclosed are methods of treating or ameliorating apnea jaw-related disorder in a patient, the method comprising obtaining a dental device manufactured by the above method and positioning the dental device over the dentition prior to sleep, whereby the mandible is advanced forward relative to the maxilla, thereby ameliorating the symptoms of sleep apnea or the jaw-related disorder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: PROSOMNUS SLEEP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Sung KIM, David W. KUHNS, Leonard A. LIPTAK
  • Publication number: 20190015246
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are splints for a mandibular advancement device, each splint comprising one or more guided fins, wherein each guided fin is located at a distance D from back of the splint; a back post; at least one threaded rod connecting the back post to the guided fin, wherein the distance between the guided fin and the back post is changed when the threaded rod is turned either clockwise or counterclockwise; and a guiding mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Sung KIM, David W. KUHNS, Leonard A. LIPTAK
  • Publication number: 20180296386
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are mandibular advancement devices comprising an upper splint and a lower splint, where the upper splint comprises one or more upper fins, where each upper fin is located at a distance UD from back of the upper splint; the lower splints comprise one or more lower fins, where each lower fin is located at a distance LD from back of the lower splint; where the position of the upper and lower fins is unchangeable. Also disclosed are methods of reducing partial constriction of airway during sleep for a patient, the method comprising identifying a patient in need thereof; and administering to the patient the disclosed mandibular advancement device. Also disclosed are methods of manufacturing a mandibular advancement device, the method comprising obtaining measurements from a patient's dentition; digitally designing a mandibular advancement device; and milling the mandibular advancement device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: PROSOMNUS SLEEP TECHOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Sung KIM, David W. KUHNS, Leonard A. LIPTAK, Laura SHEPPARD
  • Publication number: 20180193183
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are mandibular advancement devices comprising an upper splint and a lower splint, where the upper splint comprises one or more upper fins, where each upper fin is located at a distance UD from back of the upper splint; the lower splints comprise one or more lower fins, where each lower fin is located at a distance LD from back of the lower splint; where the position of the upper and lower fins is unchangeable. Also disclosed are methods of reducing partial constriction of airway during sleep for a patient, the method comprising identifying a patient in need thereof; and administering to the patient the disclosed mandibular advancement device. Also disclosed are methods of manufacturing a mandibular advancement device, the method comprising obtaining measurements from a patient's dentition; digitally designing a mandibular advancement device; and milling the mandibular advancement device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: PROSOMNUS SLEEP TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Sung KIM, David W. KUHNS, Leonard A. LIPTAK, Laura SHEPPARD
  • Patent number: 9949868
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are mandibular advancement devices comprising an upper splint and a lower splint, where the upper splint comprises one or more upper fins, where each upper fin is located at a distance UD from back of the upper splint; the lower splints comprise one or more lower fins, where each lower fin is located at a distance LD from back of the lower splint; where the position of the upper and lower fins is unchangeable. Also disclosed are methods of reducing partial constriction of airway during sleep for a patient, the method comprising identifying a patient in need thereof; and administering to the patient the disclosed mandibular advancement device. Also disclosed are methods of manufacturing a mandibular advancement device, the method comprising obtaining measurements from a patient's dentition; digitally designing a mandibular advancement device; and milling the mandibular advancement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: PROSOMNUS SLEEP TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Sung Kim, David W. Kuhns, Leonard A. Liptak, Laura Sheppard
  • Publication number: 20180036104
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of manufacturing an oral appliance, the method comprising the steps of: a) importing into a computer aided design (CAD) computer program a digitized data set obtained from a three-dimensional scan of a patient's dentition; b) preparing a three-dimensional electronic model of the patient's dentition; c) subtracting the three-dimensional electronic model of the patient's dentition from an image of a solid block to obtain an appliance data set; and d) manufacturing a dental appliance in accordance with the appliance data set. Also disclosed are devices made by the above method, and methods of treating a condition, for example a sleep breathing disorder, by using a device made by the above method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: ProSomnus Sleep Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sung KIM, David W. KUHNS, Leonard A. LIPTAK
  • Publication number: 20180024530
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of manufacturing a dental device, the method comprising: obtaining a set of clinical options for the dental device from a health care provider; creating a first data set from the set of clinical options; communicating the data set to a computer aided design (CAD) software; preparing a digital design for the dental device using the CAD software; communicating the digital design to an automated milling apparatus; and automatedly milling a block of polymer to obtain the dental device. Also disclosed are dental devices manufactured by the above method. Further disclosed are methods of treating or ameliorating apnea jaw-related disorder in a patient, the method comprising obtaining a dental device manufactured by the above method and positioning the dental device over the dentition prior to sleep, whereby the mandible is advanced forward relative to the maxilla, thereby ameliorating the symptoms of sleep apnea or the jaw-related disorder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: PROSOMNUS SLEEP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Sung KIM, David W. KUHNS, Leonard A. LIPTAK
  • Patent number: 9820882
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are mandibular advancement devices comprising an upper splint and a lower splint, where the upper splint comprises one or more upper fins, where each upper fin is located at a distance UD from back of the upper splint; the lower splints comprise one or more lower fins, where each lower fin is located at a distance LD from back of the lower splint; where the position of the upper and lower fins is unchangeable. Also disclosed are methods of reducing partial constriction of airway during sleep for a patient, the method comprising identifying a patient in need thereof; and administering to the patient the disclosed mandibular advancement device. Also disclosed are methods of manufacturing a mandibular advancement device, the method comprising obtaining measurements from a patient's dentition; digitally designing a mandibular advancement device; and milling the mandibular advancement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PROSOMNUS SLEEP TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Leonard A. Liptak, David W. Kuhns, Sung Kim, Laura Sheppard
  • Patent number: 9808327
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of manufacturing an oral appliance, the method comprising the steps of: a) importing into a computer aided design (CAD) computer program a digitized data set obtained from a three-dimensional scan of a patient's dentition; b) preparing a three-dimensional electronic model of the patient's dentition; c) subtracting the three-dimensional electronic model of the patient's dentition from an image of a solid block to obtain an appliance data set; and d) manufacturing a dental appliance in accordance with the appliance data set. Also disclosed are devices made by the above method, and methods of treating a condition, for example a sleep breathing disorder, by using a device made by the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: PROSOMNUS SLEEP TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Sung Kim, David W. Kuhns, Leonard A. Liptak
  • Publication number: 20170143537
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are mandibular advancement devices comprising an upper splint and a lower splint, where the upper splint comprises one or more upper fins, where each upper fin is located at a distance UD from back of the upper splint; the lower splints comprise one or more lower fins, where each lower fin is located at a distance LD from back of the lower splint; where the position of the upper and lower fins is unchangeable. Also disclosed are methods of reducing partial constriction of airway during sleep for a patient, the method comprising identifying a patient in need thereof; and administering to the patient the disclosed mandibular advancement device. Also disclosed are methods of manufacturing a mandibular advancement device, the method comprising obtaining measurements from a patient's dentition; digitally designing a mandibular advancement device; and milling the mandibular advancement device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Sung KIM, David W. KUHNS, Leonard A. LIPTAK, Laura Sheppard
  • Patent number: 9503282
    Abstract: The positions of orthodontic appliances such as brackets and buccal tubes on a patient's teeth are determined using digital data that represents the shapes of the patient's teeth. Certain landmarks of the teeth such as the marginal ridges are determined using software, and the software adjusts positions of the virtual appliances on the teeth as needed in order to bring the marginal ridges into proper alignment at the conclusion of treatment. The resulting positions are optionally used to determine the location of the appliances in an indirect bonding apparatus such as a transfer tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Robert S. Kody, David W. Kuhns, Richard E. Raby
  • Publication number: 20160184129
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are mandibular advancement devices comprising an upper splint and a lower splint, where the upper splint comprises one or more upper fins, where each upper fin is located at a distance UD from back of the upper splint; the lower splints comprise one or more lower fins, where each lower fin is located at a distance LD from back of the lower splint; where the position of the upper and lower fins is unchangeable. Also disclosed are methods of reducing partial constriction of airway during sleep for a patient, the method comprising identifying a patient in need thereof; and administering to the patient the disclosed mandibular advancement device. Also disclosed are methods of manufacturing a mandibular advancement device, the method comprising obtaining measurements from a patient's dentition; digitally designing a mandibular advancement device; and milling the mandibular advancement device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2015
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Leonard A. LIPTAK, David W. KUHNS, Sung KIM, Laura SHEPPARD
  • Patent number: 8968629
    Abstract: An apparatus for casting a patterned surface on both sides of an opaque web. The apparatus includes a first patterned roll, a second pattered roll, and a means for rotating the first and second patterned rolls such that their patterns are transferred to opposite sides of the opaque web while it is in continuous motion. During this process, their patterns are maintained in continuous registration to within at least 100 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John S. Huizinga, John T. Strand, James N. Dobbs, Thomas B. Hunter, William V. Dower, Daniel H. Carlson, Serge Wetzels, Gregory F. King, Olester Benson, Jr., Jeremy K. Larsen, Michael Benton Free, David W. Kuhns
  • Patent number: 8740599
    Abstract: An apparatus for casting a patterned surface on both sides of an opaque web. The apparatus includes a first patterned roll, a second pattered roll, and a means for rotating the first and second patterned rolls such that their patterns are transferred to opposite sides of the opaque web while it is in continuous motion. During this process, their patterns are maintained in continuous registration to within at least 100 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John S. Huizinga, Vincent W. S. King, John T. Strand, James N. Dobbs, William V. Dower, Daniel H. Carlson, Serge Wetzels, Gregory F. King, Olester Benson, Jr., Brian W. Lueck, Haiyan Zhang, Jeremy K. Larsen, M. Benton Free, David W. Kuhns, Samual W. Hunter, Thelma E. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8738165
    Abstract: A virtual model of a dental patient's dentition is provided by obtaining a digital data file of the patient's teeth and orthodontic appliances connected to the teeth, and then combining data from the data file with other data that represents surfaces of the teeth underlying the appliances. The virtual model is useful in preparing a physical model of the patient's current dentition that can be used, for example, to make a dental retainer. Advantageously, the retainer can be fabricated before the orthodontic appliances are disconnected from the patient's teeth and ready for use as soon as the patient's teeth have reached their desired positions in the oral cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: David K. Cinader, Jr., David W. Kuhns, Oliver L. Puttler