Antisnoring Device Patents (Class 128/848)
  • Patent number: 11051973
    Abstract: A device (10) having a body (12) formed from as a one-piece single unit having a first tray portion (16) for receiving the upper dental arch of the oral cavity of the wearer and a second tray portion (14) for receiving the lower dental arch of the oral cavity of the wearer. Integrally formed therewith and connecting the two tray portions are two connecting portions (18), (20) which are flexible and the two tray sections are of a design or material or combination of design and material selected to achieve retention of the trays on the teeth of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: Richard Wiffen
  • Patent number: 11039831
    Abstract: Suture passer systems for tissue suspension and tissue compression are described. The system can include a shaft and a needle, wherein the needle is freely rotatable with respect to the shaft. The suture may include an overmolded segment. Methods of placing one or more implants, sutures, fastener, bone anchors and other devices are also described. The methods include moving tissue, including the superior pharyngeal constrictor muscle, palatopharyngeal arch, and palatoglossal arch. The methods include hyoid bone suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Siesta Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Feezor, Erik van der Burg, Peter Martin, Jason van Tassel
  • Patent number: 11033421
    Abstract: The present invention is a two part device to prevent a person from snoring consisting of a mouth guard with an attached tongue suppressor. The tongue suppressor attaches to the mouth guard in a manner so that it is adjustable in length and creates a downward pressure on the base of the tongue. The underside of the tongue suppressor has ridges that angle forward to engage papillae on the tongue and thereby prevent the tongue from moving rearward in the mouth during sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Paul M. Davis
  • Patent number: 11033738
    Abstract: A portable, battery powered apparatus (10) generates an electrical signal between electrodes (15a, 15b) to be applied to the skin of a patient for reduction or prevention of snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea. The signal comprises electrical stimulation at a frequency of 1-100 Hz and the signal comprises a stimulation free period of at least 0.5 seconds every 20 seconds, avoiding muscle fatigue when used for long periods, e.g. overnight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignees: KING'S COLLEGE LONDON, GUY'S AND ST. THOMAS' NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
    Inventor: Joerg Sebastien Steier
  • Patent number: 11000405
    Abstract: An oral appliance for the treatment of sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, in a user is presented. The oral appliance may include a mouthpiece configured to receive a user's dentition. The mouthpiece may include an oxygen sensor, a pressure sensor, an airflow sensor, an actigraphy sensor, a noise detector, and at least one stimulator for providing stimulation to a user's tongue in the event of decreased oxygen saturation levels, increased pressure applied to occlusal surfaces of the user's dentition, decreased actual airflow levels and/or increased noise levels. The mouthpiece may be provided with pharmaceutical compound reservoirs that deliver pharmaceutical compounds to the oral mucosa of the user, which compounds treat symptoms of sleep apnea. The mouthpiece may further include a microprocessor that receives data from the oxygen sensor, pressure sensor, airflow sensor, actigraphy sensor and noise detector, and activates the at least one stimulator and/or pharmaceutical compound reservoirs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Achaemenid, LLC
    Inventor: Reza Radmand
  • Patent number: 11000403
    Abstract: An implanted tongue pulling device including a pull plate, a pull line, a retractor and a method thereof are provided. The tongue pulling device is implanted in the mandible and tongue of a human body, respectively, for tightening the tongue dorsum and/or the tongue base for treating obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS). At least three pull lines are used for positioning the pull plate, which is a flat object implanted beneath the tongue dorsum and/or the mucous membrane of the tongue base and includes through holes for the growth of tissues and pull line fixing mechanisms. The pull line includes a draw line and a sleeve. The retractor includes a casing, a control switch and a pull line fixing device mounted on the casing. A patient after surgery can adjust the tightening extent of the implanted tongue pulling device by pressing the skin outside the control switch, thereby preventing OSAHS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU T.K MEDICAL INSTRUMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xing Zhou, Xiangmin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11000404
    Abstract: An oral appliance comprises interacting upper and lower dental encasing components formable to overlay portion of the patient's upper and lower teeth. The dental encasings each comprise sheets of a heat softenable and moldable over-mold material on substrates comprising one or more pieces of a stiffening material. The over-mold material is heated to a moderately elevated temperature which will not cause tissue damage when placed in the patient's mouth. While still warm the material can be shaped to conform the patient's teeth but is non-deformable once cooled to body temperature. The stiffening material is non-deformable when heated to the same elevated temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Richard D. Hamburg
  • Patent number: 10987133
    Abstract: A nasal valve implant delivery system includes a delivery tool having a handle and a needle extending distally therefrom and configured to hold an implant therein. When loaded in the needle, the implant proximally abuts or is disposed adjacent to a pusher member disposed partially within the needle. A light source disposed within the delivery tool is coupled to an optical fiber carried within a lumen of the pusher member. The delivery tool includes a moveable needle shuttle disposed in the handle that is coupled to the needle. An actuator disposed in the handle is configured to releaseably engage with the moveable needle shuttle, wherein the needle shuttle is coupled to one or more springs configured to apply a proximal tensioning force on the needle shuttle, wherein actuation of the actuator retracts the needle proximally into the handle and releases the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Entellus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew T. Forsberg, Anthony A. Duda
  • Patent number: 10966710
    Abstract: Suture passer systems for tissue suspension and tissue compression, and more particularly for tongue suspension, are described. The system can include at least a first elongate tubular body or shaft, a needle having a lateral bias carried by the elongate body, and a retrieval element operably connected to the elongate tubular body. The needle can have a substantially straight configuration when located within the elongate tubular body, and be configured to exit an opening at or near a distal end of the elongate tubular body and assume a laterally biased or curved shape to form a path through tissue. The needle is configured to carry a suture. The retrieval element can be configured to retrieve the suture carried by the needle after the needle has formed a curved or otherwise angled path through tissue. The system can also include one or more bone anchors to secure the suture loops. Methods of placing one or more suture loops into tissue, such as the base of the tongue, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Siesta Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik van der Burg, Peter Martin, Chris Feezor, Mark Hirotsuka, Jasper Jackson, Christopher T. Cheng, Michael Kolber, Adam H. Liston
  • Patent number: 10959874
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the amelioration of sleep apnea and other obstructive breathing disorders in a patient includes a collar configured to encircle the patient's neck, and a jaw-engagement mechanism carried by the collar. The jaw-engagement mechanism includes a pad configured to contact the underside of the patient's lower jaw in the area of the anterior triangle behind the mandibular symphysis and to be received in a small hollow of the patient's jaw. In use, the pad can apply force against a surface of the patient's lower jaw in order to push it forwardly and upwardly. The pad preferably is secured to a movable post that can be positioned such that a desired amount of force is applied to the patient's lower jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Anthony J. DeRiso, II, Albert N. Santilli
  • Patent number: 10952821
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are disclosed for concurrently treating temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) and orthodontically moving teeth. The devices can have an orthodontic aligner and a TMD treatment device. The devices can be configured to concurrently reposition a mandible and orthodontically move one or more teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: uLab Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael I. Falkel
  • Patent number: 10945875
    Abstract: A device for treatment of sleep apnea or snoring of a user which has an upper oral splint adapted for an upper jaw of the user, and a lower oral splint adapted for a lower jaw of the user. At least one of the oral splints has adjustment devices on them, with a fixation device for adjustable and detachable fixation of an abutment element. Since the abutment elements are adjustable and detachable, a flexible device is provided where the setting can be adjusted and parts can be replaced when needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DENTAL DEVICE SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Ulf Stenberg, Anders Karlsson, Antoine Elkhoury
  • Patent number: 10905582
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mandibular advancement device including a first frame, a second frame, a first rib on the first frame, the first rib extending generally from a front side of the first frame to a back side of the first frame, a first upstanding sidewall facing the first rib, a first channel on the second frame, the first channel in relative position to interface with the first rib, and an opening of the first channel, the opening of the first channel having a width that is narrower than a width of the first rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Koncept Innovators LLC
    Inventors: Sylvan Newby, Bryan Devereux
  • Patent number: 10905579
    Abstract: Herein disclosed are methods of using nasal inserts for various different ailments. Easy modification of the insert allows for treatment of various ailments that can readily be treated via the nose, such as ailments triggered by smell. Specifically, the insert can direct air into or out of the nasal cavity and/or delivers medicinal substances to the appropriate regions, thereby providing the appropriate therapeutic effect, depending on the ailment being treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Adva Beck
  • Patent number: 10898369
    Abstract: A method of treating sleep disorder breathing in a patient, the method comprising in a first step providing a set of oral appliances comprising a first and at least a second oral appliance (30). Each of the first and at least second oral appliances comprises a generally U shaped appliance body including an inner wall (34), an outer wall (36), and a web (38) interconnecting the inner wall and the outer wall. The web has a front section and two arms with trailing ends. The web comprises at least one breathing hole (80) so as to define a total cross sectional area for breathing and the total cross sectional area for breathing of the first oral appliance is larger than the total cross sectional area for breathing of the second oral appliance. In a second step, a patient wears the first oral appliance in a first treatment stage whilst sleeping for a first period of time and in a third step the patient wears the second oral appliance in a second treatment stage whilst sleeping for a second period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Christopher John Farrell
  • Patent number: 10893735
    Abstract: A hands-free grooming device configured to align with a center point on a user's chin and secure to the user's face via tension created between the user's face when a plurality of tabs are secured to form head and neck straps. Once secured, the grooming device enables the user to perform grooming operations without holding the grooming device in place, resulting in a consistently shaped beard with defined edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Beard Stencil
    Inventor: Michael J. Krost
  • Patent number: 10888451
    Abstract: An oral device for preventing sleep apnea is provided. The oral device maintains an opening between the anterior teeth, resulting in a wider upper airway, while allowing the mouth to also open for yawning and normal talking. The oral device provides an upper plate and lower plate, each adapted to retain the biting surface of the respective set of maxilla and mandible teeth, wherein curved rods pivotally interconnecting both plates are adapted for maintaining an operable spaced apart relationship therebetween. The oral device is a unitary construction made from FDA-approved elastomers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Jordan University of Science and Technology
    Inventor: Noor Abdullah Al Mortadi
  • Patent number: 10849783
    Abstract: Disclosed is a full movement jaw advancement oral appliance that is worn in the mouth of a user to reduce the effects of snoring and/or sleep apnea. The oral appliance includes an upper arch tray assembly against which the user's upper teeth carried are received, a lower arch tray assembly against which the user's lower teeth are received, and an intermediate guide post support tray that is connected at the bottom thereof to the lower arch tray assembly and at the top thereof to the upper arch tray assembly by an upper arch tray retaining post that extends therebetween. The upper arch tray assembly is movable in both horizontal and vertical directions relative to the lower arch tray assembly so that the positions of the user's upper and lower jaws can be adjusted relative to one another and the upper arch tray assembly will remain in receipt of the user's upper teeth when he opens his mouth during sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: James S Fallon, Richard Jung
  • Patent number: 10813394
    Abstract: A sleep apnea prevention sleep-aid mask is described. The sleep-aid mask is configured to secure the lips of a user together in a natural state, in order to encourage the respiratory system of the user to employ the nasal passages rather than the mouth for respiration. A pad equipped with a perforated mesh or channel is positioned over the lips and mouth of the user, and secured in position on the user via an adhesive, which temporarily affixes the pad to the face of the user. The sleep-aid mask is preferably shaped and sized according to the specific size of the user's face, and is configured to limit the effective diameter of the mouth of the user, in order to cause continued use of respiration via the nasal passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SOMNIFIX INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Andre Michalak
  • Patent number: 10818198
    Abstract: An oral device (2) is designed to be worn in the mouth by a person and to stress the trigeminal nerve during swallowing. A method of learning the performance of an action, which includes the wearing of an oral device (2) by a person in order to stress the trigeminal nerve during swallowing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Patrick Andre Fellus
  • Patent number: 10806475
    Abstract: A tongue manipulation device (10) has a tissue anchor (20) for attachment to the tongue, a bone anchor (22) typically for attachment to the mandible and a tether line (24) which fixes the tissue anchor to the bone anchor. The bone anchor comprises a tether line spool arrangement which comprises a spool (46) rotatable about a spooling axis and a spooling locking arrangement (54). The spooling locking arrangement is controlled by rotation about the spooling axis between spooling locking and permitting configurations. In this way, the physician implanting and setting the device can perform titration and subsequent locking as two independent operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Pippinus Maarten Robertus Wortelboer, Joachim Kahlert, Andrew East, Bernd Engelbrecht
  • Patent number: 10799387
    Abstract: A mandible support device comprising a structural member comprising a support component and an adhesive component. The support component is configured to extend from the head or face above the mandible to the region of the gonial angle. The adhesive component is configured such that the structural member can be temporarily attached to the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: BLR Sleepwell, LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Brinker, Jeffrey C. London, Barry W. Raborn
  • Patent number: 10791986
    Abstract: A method or apparatus comprising monitoring a user's sleep, and turning on a microphone to record sounds, ensuring that the recording occurs in all sleep phases. The method in one embodiment further comprising making the sounds available to the user for later review.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: DP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Kahn, Arthur Kinsolving
  • Patent number: 10772757
    Abstract: An anti-snoring mouth guard for insertion into a mouth of a user for decreasing snoring and the effects of sleep apnea includes a mouthpiece portion having a bottom wall and a pair of upstanding side walls displaced and opposite one another and extending upwardly from the bottom wall, said mouthpiece having a hemispherical configuration that is complementary to a shape of the user's teeth. Collectively, the bottom wall and pair of side walls define a channel operable to receive teeth of a user's upper pallet. The anti-snoring mouth guard includes tongue depressor portion having a proximal end coupled to the mouthpiece and having a body extending rearwardly at a generally downward angle. A brace may extend between rear ends of the mouthpiece portion and define levels by which the tongue depressor may be inserted such that the tongue depressor may be adjusted vertically and front-to-back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Chad Harris
  • Patent number: 10772756
    Abstract: An oral device for temporary placement in a patient's oral cavity includes upper and lower jaw braces and a tongue-engaging member. The upper and lower jaw braces are connected so that the lower jaw brace is advanced in an anterior direction relative to the upper jaw brace when the upper and lower jaw braces are closed together. A partial vacuum is drawn in the oral cavity and the vacuum and lower jaw displacement together control the position of the tongue in order to clear the patient's airway to reduce sleep apnea or treat other conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SOMNICS, INC.
    Inventors: Matthias Vaska, Jonathan L. Podmore, John Edwards Crowe, Sean Christopher Daniel
  • Patent number: 10709598
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and mandibular protruders and positioning devices, comprising, for example: an upper mounting bracket having an upper dental appliance; a lower mounting bracket having a lower dental appliance; and a rail system configured to couple the upper mounting bracket to the lower mounting bracket. Some embodiments comprise a drive motor and/or an initial position adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: ZST Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Remmers, Hugo Tam, Terry Macartney, Peter Santosham
  • Patent number: 10653552
    Abstract: A device and a method for creating and/or maintaining an obstruction free upper respiratory passages. The device is configured to fit under the chin of a subject adjacent to the subject's neck at an external location corresponding approximately with the subject's internal soft tissue associated with the neck's anterior triangle. The device is capable of exerting negative pressure on the surface of a subject's neck, displacing the soft tissue forward and enlarging the airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SOMMETRICS, INC.
    Inventors: Jerome K. Aarestad, Richard Rose, John Nelson, Donna Palmer, Paulo Rangel
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10588776
    Abstract: Improved systems, methods, and devices for treating sleep apnea are provided herein. In one aspect, an intraoral appliance for treating sleep apnea in a patient comprises an appliance shell comprising a plurality of cavities shaped to receive teeth of a jaw of the patient. The appliance shell can comprise an advancement structure arranged to interact with an opposing jaw of the patient so as to displace the lower jaw anteriorly relative to the upper jaw. The plurality of cavities can comprise cavity geometries shaped to reduce repositioning of one or more received teeth elicited by displacement of the lower jaw anteriorly relative to the upper jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Cam, Crystal Tjhia, Chunhua Li, Vadim Matov, John Morton
  • Patent number: 10588715
    Abstract: A computationally implemented method includes, but is not limited to: determining an incrementally progressive series of adjustment appliances, each of the series of adjustment appliances having geometries selected to progressively reposition teeth; and determining for each of the series of adjustment appliances, a vertical displacement and a forward mandibular position for treating sleep apnea. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Frantz Design Inc.
    Inventors: Margaret M. Anderson, Donald Frantz, Joseph Frantz
  • Patent number: 10583032
    Abstract: A method of forming oral orthotic systems includes providing an upper dental member adapted to be placed in connection with upper dentition of the patient, providing a lower dental member adapted to be placed in connection with lower dentition of the patient and providing a plurality of posterior mounting structures. Each of the posterior mounting structure is configured to be attached to one of the upper dental member or the lower dental member at a posterior, buccal position thereon. Force may be applied to the mandible of the patient via at least one of a plurality of different types mechanisms via attachment of a component of a selected type mechanism to at least one of the posterior mounting structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: AMERICAN DENTAL SLEEP MEDICINE, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Rogers
  • Patent number: 10524661
    Abstract: Sleep monitoring and stimulation comprises collecting actigraphy data from a user. The user's sleep phase is determined using the actigraphy data. At least one stimulation, determined at least in part on the sleep phase, is directed towards the user. Subsequent actigraphy data is collected from the user. The actigraphy data and subsequent actigraphy data is used to determine the user's subsequent sleep phase. The stimulation is modified, based at least in part upon the subsequent sleep phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Proactive Live, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Gartenberg, Dmitry Gerashchenko
  • Patent number: 10500085
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bed set for inhibition of obstructive sleep apnea, which includes: a sound receiving module, is used to receive a respiratory sound signal obtained from a user during a time period; a sound analyzing processor, which is connected with the sound receiving module, is used to obtain a snoring sound characteristic from the spectrum of respiratory sound signal; a database, which has a plurality of snoring image characteristics corresponding to a plurality of basic snoring sound characteristics for different respiratory actions; a control processor, which is connected with the sound analyzing processor and the database, is used to compare the snoring sound characteristic with the basic snoring sound characteristics to select one of the snoring image characteristics in the same waveform, and provides the first angle control order and the second angle control order corresponding to the selecting snoring image characteristic; a first pillow, which is connected to the control processor,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Men-Tzung Lo, Leh-Kiong Huon, Van-Truong Pham, Yunn-Jy Chen, Ting-Fang Shih, Thi-Thao Tran, Chen Lin, Pa-Chun Wang
  • Patent number: 10470921
    Abstract: An oral appliance for the treatment of sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, in a user is presented. The oral appliance may include a mouthpiece configured to receive a user's dentition. The mouthpiece may include an oxygen sensor, a pressure sensor, an airflow sensor, an actigraphy sensor, a noise detector, and at least one stimulator for providing stimulation to a user's tongue in the event of decreased oxygen saturation levels, increased pressure applied to occlusal surfaces of the user's dentition, decreased actual airflow levels and/or increased noise levels. The mouthpiece may further include a microprocessor that receives data from the oxygen sensor, pressure sensor, airflow sensor, actigraphy sensor and noise detector, and activates the at least one stimulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Achaemenid, LLC
    Inventor: Reza Radmand
  • Patent number: 10441457
    Abstract: A medical appliance for the treatment of one or more sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea in a patient, the appliance comprising: a biasing member for inserting behind and exerting a force upon the patient's soft palate or tongue, wherein the biasing member is inserted in a reduced or minimized form and then expanded or firms once in place to exert the force. The appliance may be nasally inserted or be placed through the mouth. In a particular configuration, both the soft palate and tongue are biased to prevent obstruction of the flow of air in the nasopharyngeal airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Lumen Devices LLC
    Inventors: Michael Friedman, John N. Irwin, III, William J. Gorman, John T. Garibotto, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10426905
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for improving airway patency are provided. A medial surface of the patient's tongue is constrained with a tongue constraint of an oral device placed in the oral cavity to generate a clear region between the medial surface and the hard palate. The clear region is in fluid communication with the soft palate. The tongue constraint has superior surface and inferior surfaces configured to generate the clear region. Negative pressure is applied within the oral cavity to hold the soft palate in a position in which the airway is at least partially open. The negative pressure is applied through one or more ports of the oral device. The one or more ports remain unobstructed by the tongue when the negative pressure is applied. The applied negative pressure causes the soft palate and tongue form a seal whereby the patient's airway is substantially fluidly isolated from the clear region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SOMNICS, INC.
    Inventors: Matthias Vaska, Jonathan Podmore, John Edward Crowe, Sean Christopher Daniel
  • Patent number: 10383759
    Abstract: A retainer with a block extending downwards from an otherwise generally flat surface is disclosed. The block corresponds to a region of one or more of the cuspids or pre-molars. A side block or other device on the upper retainer also abuts a wing or other abutment device of a lower retainer, causing the lower jaw to be pushed forward relative to the upper jaw and resting position (regular organic closing position) of the upper and lower jaw together. Thus, the upper teeth are pushed forward and a space is created between the teeth behind the (lower) block preventing an apnea during sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Kenneth Luco
  • Patent number: 10383761
    Abstract: A jaw advancement oral appliance is disclosed to be inserted in the mouth of a user to maintain an airway to the user's throat during sleep. The appliance includes an upper tray assembly against which the user's teeth carried by his upper jaw are seated and a lower tray assembly against which the user's teeth carried by his lower jaw are seated. Each tray assembly includes a bite impression tray having a plurality of holes formed therein and arranged in a honeycomb pattern. The bite impression trays are manufactured from a soft material so that a custom impression of the user's teeth is created when the appliance is heated and the user bites into the bite impression trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: James S Fallon
  • Patent number: 10376411
    Abstract: In an adjuster for an airway securing device, a base member fixed to one of an upper jaw side attachment body and a lower jaw side attachment body is provided with a base member side half tube part and a slide member fixed to the other of the upper jaw side attachment body and the lower jaw side attachment body is provided with a slide member side half tube part. The base member side half tube part and the slide member side half tube part form a tube part in which an adjusting bolt is disposed on its inner peripheral side. A base member side flange part is formed at a base end of the base member side half tube part and a slide member side flange part shape is formed at a base end of the slide member side half tube part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: Takashima Sangyo Co. Ltd., Kurume University
    Inventors: Junji Oowa, Jingo Kusukawa, Ryuichiro Tanoue, Kinuko Ogata
  • Patent number: 10376202
    Abstract: A sleep apnea treatment/anti-snoring device optionally having controlled positive air-flow using a micro-blower to maintain an individual's upper airway unobstructed (pharynx area). Optionally the device includes a lower jaw mandibular advancement component. The device has built-in sensors, microprocessor and other items required for data acquisition and transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Real 3D Polymers Group LLC
    Inventors: Nidhi Shah, Sureshkumar Shah, Dinesh Shah, Shail Chokhavatia
  • Patent number: 10376408
    Abstract: An oral appliance includes an upper arch, a lower arch, and an electronic device. The upper arch is configured to be positioned within a user's mouth proximate the user's maxillary dentition when the upper arch is positioned in the user's mouth. The lower arch is configured to be positioned proximate the user's mandibular dentition when the lower arch is positioned in the user's mouth. The electronic device is coupled to one or more of the upper arch and the lower arch, the electronic device configured to monitor a feature of the environment proximate one or more of the upper arch and the lower arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Airway Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: W. Keith Thornton, Alastair Edwin McAuley
  • Patent number: 10376214
    Abstract: A person support apparatus includes sensors for monitoring aspects of a person positioned thereon. The outputs from the sensors are used to distinguish between new and prior occupants of the support apparatus, automatically zero an integrated scale system, distinguish between objects and humans on the support apparatus, determine if a person is sleeping or awake, monitor and characterize movement levels of the person, record a log of likely events regarding a support surface of the apparatus, propose identifications of objects added to or removed from the support surface, record force outputs, and/or other purposes. A person's sleep state may also be obtained and forwarded to a remote location. The sleep state data may be used to mute and/or control alerts or indicators, and/or to predict when a person is going to wake up and likely exit the support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Hayes, David Terrance Becker, Annie D├ęsaulniers, Aaron Douglas Furman, Brandon J. Buckingham, Michael W. Steffler, Richard A. Derenne, Joshua Elmer Mix
  • Patent number: 10369040
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a layered soft palate support and an implantation method for treating sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome or snoring. The layered soft palate support is a layered structure formed by two or more supporting plates. The layered soft palate support has a hard palate connecting end and a soft palate insertion end, where the soft palate insertion end is configured for insertion into a soft palate, and the hard palate connecting end is configured to be fixed to a hard palate. At least two of the two or more supporting plates have distinct lengths with respect to a longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Xiangmin Zhang, Xing Zhou
  • Patent number: 10328225
    Abstract: A dental appliance apparatus is disclosed herein. In various aspects, the dental appliance may include a body removably attachable to one or more teeth selected from premolars and molars, and a flange extending forth from lingual portions of the body to contact a tongue at one or more locations proximate the premolars and the molars in order to cause a contraction of the genioglossus that positions the tongue anteriorly and downward toward the mandible by stimulation of the hypoglossal nerve. The dental appliance may include a connector connected to the body, and the connector may pass about buccal-labial sides of the anterior teeth. A bumper may be included on a labial side of the connector, and the bumper may contact the lips to promote pursed lips breathing. An anterior flange may extend lingually from the connector to stimulate the hypoglossal nerve proximate a tip of the tongue in order to cause contraction of the genioglossus to position the tongue anteriorly and downward toward the mandible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GARNER GENIOTHRUST LLC
    Inventor: Dena P. Garner
  • Patent number: 10271924
    Abstract: A magnetic tooth alignment device includes a first magnetizable element configured to be adhered to a tooth. The magnetizable element may be a magnet, a metal, or another magnetizable material. An aligner tray is configured to partially encase a plurality of teeth and the first magnetizable element. A secondary magnet holder is configured to partially encase the aligner tray. The secondary magnet holder includes a secondary magnet configured to magnetically interact with the first magnetizable element when the secondary magnet holder is partially encasing the aligner tray. An inner wall of the aligner tray includes a cavity and the inner wall is configured to stop movement of the tooth when the first magnetizable element enters the cavity and contacts the inner wall of the aligner tray. The aligner tray in implementations couples with the plurality of teeth using only a friction fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Christian Hoybjerg
  • Patent number: 10265212
    Abstract: A set of occlusal splints includes a maxillary splint engageable over a maxillary superior dental arch of a mouth; and a mandibular splint engageable over a mandibular dental arch of the mouth. Each one of the maxillary splint and the mandibular splint is substantially U-shaped with an anterior section and two posterior sections extending from opposite ends of the anterior section. Each one of the maxillary splint and the mandibular splint has an inner wall surface defining a cavity shaped and configured to encase teeth of the corresponding one of the dental arches and an opposed outer wall surface, the outer wall surface having a contact surface at the anterior section. The maxillary and mandibular splints are operable in a contact configuration, wherein the contact surfaces of the maxillary and mandibular splints are abutted one against the other, and wherein an occlusal face of the posterior sections are spaced apart from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: PANTHERA DENTAL INC.
    Inventors: Diane Robichaud, Jacques Houde
  • Patent number: 10251774
    Abstract: A sleep apnea treatment/anti-snoring device optionally having controlled positive air-flow using a micro-blower to maintain an individual's upper airway unobstructed (pharynx area). Optionally the device includes a lower jaw mandibular advancement component. The device has built-in sensors, microprocessor and other items required for data acquisition and transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Real 3D Polymers Group LLC
    Inventors: Sureshkumar Shah, Dinesh Shah, Shail Chokhavatia, Nidhi Shah
  • Patent number: 10231806
    Abstract: A tray appliance system is usable for obtaining a bite registration and includes a maxillary tray appliance and optionally a mandibular tray appliance. The maxillary tray appliance includes a first contacting portion that extends downwardly from a first base portion. The first contacting portion includes a first contacting surface, a first ridge line, and a first ridge line midpoint. The optional mandibular tray appliance includes a second contacting portion that includes a second contacting surface, a second ridge line, and a second ridge line midpoint. The first contacting portion and second contacting portion contact each other when a patient bites down with the maxillary tray appliance and the mandibular tray appliance situated in the patient's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jang-Ching Chou
  • Patent number: 10226374
    Abstract: A neck support apparatus (10) has a base portion (21) for positioning on the torso (18) of the user (11) and a support portion (23) extending from the base portion and having a rest (25) upon which the mandible (17)) of the user (11) can rest when the head (13) of the user is at the forwardmost tilted position. The rest (25) has two rest members (27) configured to receive the mandible (17), typically adjacent the underside of the posterior mandibles (17a) of the user (11). The support portion (23) further comprises two struts (31) which are mounted on the base portion (21) and on which the rest members (27) are mounted. The two struts (31) are adapted to be disposed angularly with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CERVICAL CHINUP PTY LTD
    Inventors: Philip Hobson Hardcastle, Matthew Peter Oldakowski, Intan Camellia Watono Oldakowska, Brandon Jin Siew Liew
  • Patent number: 10219935
    Abstract: A device reduces breathing obstructions of a user. A base member removably couples to the upper or lower jaw of the user. An elastic support member couples to the base member and includes at least one contact surface for contacting at least one region of tissue. The elastic support member moves between a retracted state and a deployed state. In the retracted state, the at least one contact surface spatially separates from the at least one region of tissue. In the deployed state, at least a portion of the elastic support member extends such that the at least one contact surface contacts the at least one region of tissue preventing at least partial collapse of at least a section of the upper airway. A control unit actuates an electro-mechanical drive arrangement to move the elastic support member between the retracted and deployed states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: THOMAS MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventor: Noam Hadas