Antisnoring Device Patents (Class 128/848)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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 Désaulniers, Aaron Douglas Furman, Brandon J. Buckingham, Michael W. Steffler, Richard A. Derenne, Joshua Elmer Mix
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10213305
    Abstract: The invention is a method for reducing regurgitation through a mitral valve. The device and method is directed to an anchor portion for engagement with the heart wall and an expandable valve portion configured for deployment between the mitral valve leaflets. The valve portion is expandable for preventing regurgitation through the mitral valve while allowing blood to circulate through the heart. The expandable valve portion may include apertures for reducing the stagnation of blood. In a preferred configuration, the device is preferably configured to be delivered in two-stages wherein an anchor portion is first delivered and the valve structure is then coupled to the anchor portion. In yet another embodiment, the present invention provides a method of forming an anchor portion wherein a disposable jig is used to mold the anchor portion into a three-dimensional shape for conforming to a heart chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences AG
    Inventors: Jan Otto Solem, David Alon
  • Patent number: 10213277
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods, computing device readable medium, devices, and systems having a dental appliance binding structure. One method can include to create a treatment plan based on a virtual model of a jaw of a patient, wherein the treatment plan includes use of a dental appliance having a first surface that defines a plurality of cavities shaped to receive a plurality of teeth, modify the virtual model of the jaw in a first configuration to include a virtual binding structure on a second surface, the platform shaped to receive a specialized feature that provides one or more force characteristics, select a particular specialized feature as an attachment to the dental appliance, and adjust the virtual model of the jaw from a first configuration to a second configuration, based at least in part on a modeled force provided by the virtual binding structure and the particular specialized feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Webber, Jennifer C. Chen, Yan Chen, Bastien Pesenti, Crystal Tjhia
  • Patent number: 10206809
    Abstract: An embracing attachment member or sheath and a maxilla attachment subassembly for retaining at least one of a patient's tongue and lip in a desired position. A sheath interlock member extends upward from a dorsal side of a sheath. A tongue receiving cavity is formed within the sheath for insertion and attachment to the patient's tongue. An interlock member is integrated into an accessory for attachment to the sheath interlock member. The accessory can be used to treat sleep apnea, restrain a patient's tongue in a desired position, restrain a patient's upper or lower lip in a desired position, and the like. The interlock design includes a wedge and a retention member that engages with the wedge. The retention member and wedge compress friction surfaces against one another, retaining the sheath interlock and the accessory interlock in a fixed position respective to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Howell Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10206684
    Abstract: A device for treating nosebleeds includes a mouth insert having a horizontally extending elongated portion, a center portion extending downward from a bottom surface of the elongated portion and a bite tab extending backward from the center portion. The elongated portion is shaped and dimensioned to be inserted into a buccal cavity of a user's mouth and to fit behind the user's upper lip and in front of the user's upper gums. The center portion is shaped and dimensioned to be positioned in front of the user's upper front teeth and the bite tab is shaped and dimensioned to provide a biting surface for the user's front teeth. Biting down onto the bite tab pushes the elongated portion upward and applies pressure upward to the user's buccal cavity and towards an anterior portion of the user's nose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Matthew James Ibarra
  • Patent number: 10195427
    Abstract: An oral appliance is disclosed that provides electrical stimulation to a patient's tongue in a manner that prevents collapse of the tongue and/or soft palate during sleep. More specifically, the appliance may induce a reversible current or currents in a lateral direction across the tongue in a manner that shortens the patient's Palatoglossus muscle, which in turn pulls the patient's soft palate downward towards a base of the tongue and/or decreases a volume of the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: INVICTA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Thomas Kent, Laurence Wylie Harter, Harold Byron Kent, Karena Yadira Puldon
  • Patent number: 10195070
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for performing system validation and providing predictive criteria during remote titration of mandibular protrusion are disclosed herein. The effectiveness of oral appliance therapy can possibly be improved by screening obstructive sleep apnea subjects and prospectively identifying subjects suitable for oral appliance therapy. The methods and apparatus for performing system validation on an oral appliance therapy titration system are disclosed. In addition, methods and apparatus for providing predictive criteria during remote titration of mandibular protrusion are disclosed. Further, methods and apparatus for display results of remote titration of mandibular protrusion are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: ZST HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: John Remmers, Hugo Tam, Terry Macartney, Peter Santosham, Zbigniew Ludwik Topor, Joshua Grosse
  • Patent number: 10195010
    Abstract: Methods and devices to prevent and/or treat breathing disorders (e.g., upper airway disorders) in mammals related to impaired airflow are described. Methods and devices apply force to soft tissue that avoids obstruction of airflow in the mammel's airway. Breathing disorders that are avoided by the methods and/or devices include apnea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Linguaflex, Inc.
    Inventor: Ira Sanders
  • Patent number: 10149782
    Abstract: This invention provides an oral interface mainly including a connecting channel, a collapsible chamber and a non-collapsible structure disposed inside the collapsible chamber. The connecting channel communicates between the collapsible chamber and a negative source. When a negative pressure environment is generated inside the collapsible chamber via being pumped by the negative pressure source, the non-collapsible structure supports the collapsible chamber so that there are fluid channels formed inside the collapsible chamber. The air inside a user's oral cavity can be pumped out via the fluid channels and the connecting channel. A negative pressure environment is hence formed inside the user's oral cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Somnics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chung-Chu Chen, Yin-Ruei Chen
  • Patent number: 10143537
    Abstract: Method and system for managing multiple impressions of a patient's jaw for an orthodontic treatment is provided. The method includes scanning at least a first impression and a second impression of same jaw for the orthodontic treatment; determining if the first jaw impression and the second jaw impression have distortion in different areas; selecting the first jaw impression or the second jaw impression as a base impression; and replacing a distorted tooth data from the base impression with data for the same tooth from a non-base impression. The method also includes scanning at least a first jaw impression for the orthodontic treatment; scanning a bite impression for the orthodontic treatment; matching the scanned first jaw impression with the scanned bite impression; comparing bite information with a tooth occlusal surface; and determining if reconstruction is to be performed on the tooth occlusal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Srinivas Kaza, Bob Grove
  • Patent number: 10137030
    Abstract: The present technology provides a mandibular repositioning device (MRD) which may be self titratable. The MRD may be repositioned relative to the maxilla, e.g., the mandible may be brought, via the device, to a position forward of a neutral resting and/or bite position. The MRD allows for adjusting the maintained forward position by simply biting-down to preserve the desired degree of mandibular advancement. The present technology also allows for movement of the mandible in a lateral direction. The lateral movement is allowed for any forward longitudinal positioning of the mandible. The MRD may use a plurality of components that are coupled together and allow for lateral and longitudinal motion between each other. The present technology may be used in MRDs which may be self-fitted, typically by immersing the device in hot water and then biting into the device, making an impression of the teeth in the softened thermoplastic polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sleep Science Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Noel Lindsay, Glenn Clark, Heather Flick
  • Patent number: 10130445
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides method, systems, and devices for expanding arch of teeth. A device for expanding an arch of teeth of a patient can include a removable shell formed of a first material having a number of cavities formed therein. The number of cavities are shaped to receive teeth of a patient. A device for expanding an arch of teeth of a patient can include an arch element extending from the removable shell in a lingual direction and across an arch width of the removable shell. The arch element can be formed of the first material and a second material that is a different material than the first material, can be designed to expand an arch of the teeth of the patient, and can have a width specific to a stage of a treatment plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Avi Kopelman, Shiva Sambu, Rene M. Sterental, Eric Kuo, Mauricio de Alencar Casa
  • Patent number: 10123901
    Abstract: An appliance and methods are described that include embodiments of a mandibular advancement or positioning device which can use elastic bands to pull the jaw forward. The appliance has an upper plastic tray conforming to the patient's upper teeth and including a set of retention hooks coupled to the upper plastic tray via being encased in plastic, one on the right and one on the left anterior buccal portion of an upper plastic base. The appliance also has a lower plastic tray conforming to the patient's lower teeth and has a set of bite pads integrated with a second set of plastic retention hooks encased in plastic extending outwardly from the teeth. The appliance includes the upper and lower plastic trays and specially formed elastic bands of a plurality of lengths and strengths replaceably attached to the retention hooks on both sides of the trays to pull the mandible forward for treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Frantz Design Incorporated
    Inventors: Joseph Lee Frantz, Donald Frantz
  • Patent number: 10117773
    Abstract: An oral device for temporary placement in a patient's oral cavity includes a base and a tongue pocket. Partial vacuums are separately drawn through vertically oriented, tooth facing ports on the base and the tongue pocket in order to advance and 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: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SOMNICS, INC.
    Inventor: Jonathan L. Podmore
  • Patent number: 10098780
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sleep apnea prevention includes a clamp that has an upper clamp segment having a distal end and a hinge end, the distal end being is adapted to engage the patient's upper lip adjacent the nose and a lower clamp segment having a distal end and a hinge end, the distal end being adapted to engage the patient's lower jaw behind the mandibular symphysis. A hinge connects the upper and lower segments at the hinge ends. The upper and lower segments apply force to the patient's face and jaw such that the lower jaw is moved upwardly and forwardly. Adjustable force can be applied by elastic members connected to the upper and loser segments. Alternatively, the hinge can be held in a desired position by a hand-adjustable nut and bolt. The distal end of the upper clamp segment can include portions that project laterally and upwardly in order to apply compressive force to a patient's face on either side of the patient's nose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Anthony J. DeRiso, II, Albert N. Santilli
  • Patent number: 10085938
    Abstract: A method and system to prevent sore throat infections in humans includes the administration of an active ingredient to a site on the mucus membranes of the throat of a human that inhibits adherence and promotes desorption of S. pyogenes to soft tissue surfaces, such as the pharyngeal and oral mucosa of a human. A mucoadhesive strip having a surface topography that resists bioadhesion of undesired bacteria that are typically present in a human's mouth is preferably employed and that has one or more encapsulated agents selected from the group consisting of an antibiotic; lactic acid bacteria; S. pyogenes modified by a CRISPR-Cas system to reduce one or more virulence factors; and a breath mint solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph E. Kovarik, Katherine Rose Kovarik
  • Patent number: 10080680
    Abstract: A dental appliance for treating bruxism is disclosed. The appliance may include upper and lower portions. The upper portion may include a first base and a first feature. The first base may engage the upper teeth of a patient. The first feature may secure to an anterior area of the first base and include a concave surface forming a concavity. The lower portion may include a second base and a second feature. The second base may engage the lower teeth of the patient. The second feature may secure to an anterior area of the second base and include a protrusion. As the patient bites down, the protrusion may contact the concave surface at a point of contact that is a sole or initial contact between the upper and lower portions. Thus, the interaction of the protrusion and concave surface may control certain mandibular loadings and motions of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: R. Joseph Magness
  • Patent number: 10056784
    Abstract: The invention relates to inductive power transfer (IPT) systems, and has particular relevance to control of IPT systems, and to operation of IPT system primary power supplier. There is provided a method for controlling an IPT system primary power supply having a switched resonant circuit; the method comprising: determining the value of a parameter of the system; determining an energy injection switching pattern having a duration dependent on the parameter value; controlling the resonant circuit according to the determined energy injection switching pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Auckland UniServices Limited
    Inventors: David Mortimer Budgett, Aiguo Hu, Ho Yan (Alex) Leung, John Daniel McCormick
  • Patent number: 10022262
    Abstract: A medical appliance for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in a patient, the appliance comprising: a securing device configured to be removably affixed to the patient's jaw; and a biasing member which is insertable behind the soft palate and/or the base of the patient's tongue, thereby providing for the flow of air in the nasopharyngeal airway; wherein the securing device is connected to the biasing member to allow insertion and/or removal of the biasing member from the nasopharyngeal airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: LUMEN DEVICES LLC
    Inventors: John N. Irwin, Michael Friedman, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10004631
    Abstract: A bone anchor for a tongue manipulation device which has a tissue anchor for attachment to the tongue, the bone anchor, for example for attachment to the mandible and a tether line which fixes the tissue anchor to the bone anchor. The bone anchor has a spool arrangement with a indexing part and a spool part. In a first configuration the spool part is operable to spool the tether line without operation of the indexing part, and in a second configuration the spool part is operable to spool the tether line with operation of the indexing part. This means the spooling to take up slack in the tether line does not cause wear to the indexing springs, and it also means the user can feel when the slack has been taken up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Pippinus Maarten Robertus Wortelboer
  • Patent number: 9968798
    Abstract: A transcranial magnetic stimulation device has a capacitor for storing electrical energy. A wire coil delivers a magnetic pulse when the capacitor is actuated to cause current flow through the wire coil. A charging circuit charges the capacitor and there is a sensor which includes an unactivated state and an activated state. A control circuit connected to the body sensor initiates the delivery of a magnetic pulse when current from the capacitor flows through the wire coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Eneura, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Fischell, Robert E. Fischell, Victor Fei, Priyanka Venkatesh, Qi Rui, Rachel Hyder, Abirvab Deb
  • Patent number: 9956111
    Abstract: The invention is generally a dental appliance that, in exemplary embodiments, includes a mandibular advancement mouthpiece equipped with a tongue-securing mechanism. The dental appliance helps to keep a user's airway unobstructed by moving the mandible forward with respect to the maxilla, and securing a tip portion of the tongue slightly anterior to the mandible, so that the tongue is held from falling back into the throat. This invention helps alleviate problems including severe snoring and sleep apnea, which are typically caused by the tongue obstructing the airway at the throat, impeding respiration during sleep or when unconscious. In an exemplary embodiment, the dental appliance comprises of maxillary and mandibular components that make up a mouthpiece, which is configured to circumscribe a tongue retaining mechanism, or tongue sleeve that secures a user's tongue in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Dante Togliatti
  • Patent number: 9943686
    Abstract: A method for delivering energy as a function of degree coupling may utilize an external unit configured for location external to a body of a subject and at least one processor associated with the implant unit and configured for electrical communication with a power source. The method may determine a degree of coupling between the primary antenna and a secondary antenna associated with the implant unit, and regulate delivery of power to the implant unit based on the degree of coupling between the primary antenna and the secondary antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: NYXOAH SA
    Inventor: Adi Mashiach
  • Patent number: 9923409
    Abstract: A rectification and regulation circuit for a wireless power receiver includes a coil for magnetically coupling to a primary coil of a power transmitter, a full-wave rectifier circuit separate from the power transmitter and a control unit separate from the power transmitter. The full-wave rectifier has a first pair of controllable rectifiers including a first transistor connected to a first terminal of the coil and a second transistor connected to a second terminal of the coil. The control unit is operable to control switching of the transistors of the full-wave rectifier so that the full-wave rectifier (a) generates a rectified output for charging a battery of the wireless power receiver by rectifying current through the coil or voltage across the coil, and (b) regulates the rectified output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventor: Darryl Tschirhart
  • Patent number: 9867734
    Abstract: A device for reducing snoring includes a ventilation tube having an air passageway therein and a first opening and a second opening at opposite ends of the air passageway, wherein a diameter of the first end is greater than that of the second opening, and a holding member connected to the ventilation tube at an end having the first opening. Put the device of the present invention in mouth may hold a normal shape of the upper respiratory tract while the user is sleeping and ventilate the air without obstruction while the user is breathing, so the user would not snore in sleep to improve the quality of sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Chi-Fu Chang
  • Patent number: 9861513
    Abstract: A system and method for simultaneously (i) treating a patient's malocclusion by repositioning teeth from an initial tooth arrangement to a final tooth arrangement and (ii) treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (“OSA”) by forcing the mandible forward comprises a plurality of (e.g., 10-30) sets of individual appliances. The appliances are configured to be placed successively on the patient's upper and lower dental arches and to incrementally reposition the teeth and forcing the jaw forward, during sleep. The system of appliances is preferably configured at the outset of treatment so that the patient may progress through treatment without the need to have the treating professional perform each successive step in the procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Riaz Rayek, Jeffrey Tomcsik
  • Patent number: 9849260
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for inhibiting mouth breathing and/or improving nasal breathing, e.g., for PAP users or users with other sleeping problems. In an exemplary embodiment, an adhesive device is provided that includes an elongate membrane comprising first and second ends and side edges extending between the first and second ends, a first surface comprising an adhesive layer. The adhesive layer may be a low tack adhesive that is adherent to skin, yet is also easily removable without leaving significant residue. Optionally, the device may include one or more valves to provide one-way flow across the membrane, one or more weakened regions in the membrane, and/or one or more tabs to facilitate removal of the membrane from over a user's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Jed Eric Black, Stephen A. Leeflang, Christian S. Eversull
  • Patent number: 9833353
    Abstract: A glossoplasty implant tension relief system for treating an airway of a patient has a first portion configured to engage a mandible of the subject. The system also has a second portion configured to engage a tongue of the subject to retain at least a portion of the tongue. The system includes a connecting portion configured to connect the first portion and the second portion. The connecting portion is constructed and arranged to provide tension between the first portion and the second portion. The connecting portion includes an i) inelastic portion and ii) an elastic portion configured to provide elasticity between the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Erik Kurt Witt, Charles Thomas
  • Patent number: 9808371
    Abstract: Plural tongue gripping projections coupled to upper and lower supports grip and hold the tongue during sleep and minimize the risk of the tongue slipping back and blocking the throat. One or both of the upper and lower supports are biased together. A tongue depressor extends rearwardly and downwardly from a cross member portion of a jaw coupler. A soft palate engager extends rearwardly from the cross member. The tongue grasping device, tongue depressor and soft palate engager cooperatively resist closing of the user's pharyngeal airway. The tongue depressor and soft palate engager are desirably biased apart and supported by flexible supports to permit movement of the rear of the tongue to close the pharyngeal airway during swallowing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: John D. Summer
  • Patent number: 9808370
    Abstract: The invention is a pillow that positions the neck enabling the sleeper to keep his airways open and get a good night's rest without snoring. The invention is a rectangular block of foam with a center cavity for an individual's head. The pillow is contoured to allow the lordotic curve of the cervical spine to be maintained and ensures that the upper portion of the thoracic spine is properly supported. Over the neck a foam bridge is formed to hold the jaw firmly in place whether a person lays on his back or sides. The bridge keeps the mandible from opening during sleep prohibiting mouth-breathing and snoring. Both the pillow and the bridge are made of flexible foam that is flexible enough to allow the neck to pass through the opening in the bridge. The bridge is position to keep the mouth closed and the airway open ensuring no snoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Richard E. Reser, Todd Sarka
  • Patent number: 9795175
    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: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Somnifix International LLC
    Inventor: Andre Michalak
  • Patent number: 9775739
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for preventing sleep apnea employs an external clamp that has a first pad that engages the upper lip beneath the nose and a second pad that engages the lower jaw on its underside, behind the mandibular symphysis. The pads are connected to each other by a flexible member, or brace. Preferably the second pad is rounded on that portion that contacts the lower jaw. The clamp is held in place by one or more straps, braces or springs that pass about the patient's head. The first pad is held such that it presses against the upper lip while the second pad closes the lower jaw and pulls it forwardly and upwardly using relatively small forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Anthony J. DeRiso, Albert N. Santilli
  • Patent number: 9763767
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a device to alleviate sleep apnea comprises determining whether a user of the device is asleep by a microcontroller operatively connected to the device. Using a sensor operatively connected to the microcontroller, it is determined whether a breathing anomaly of the user is detected while the user is asleep. An electromagnet operatively connected to the device generates an electromagnetic field to widen an airway of the user in response to detecting the breathing anomaly while the user is asleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Michael T. Abramson
  • Patent number: 9744070
    Abstract: A snoring prevention device is provided to be mounted in the mouth to prevent snoring during sleep, to reduce a volume of the device, and to improve a wearing feeling. The snoring prevention device includes an upper jaw mounting frame having an upper tooth insertion groove into which the upper teeth are inserted, and configured to be mounted on the upper jaw, a lower jaw mounting frame having a lower tooth insertion groove into which the lower teeth are inserted, and configured to be mounted on the lower jaw, and a lower jaw advance unit including a push rod provided at the upper jaw mounting frame at a portion of a center of the upper jaw corresponding to the front tooth side such that the lower jaw is advanced by pushing the lower jaw mounting frame forward when the upper jaw and the lower jaw are closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Ji-Young Chung