Oral Cavity Protectors Patents (Class 128/859)
  • Patent number: 10582995
    Abstract: Described herein are intra-oral prostheses that can help replace or augment the function of the native tongue, such as to assist with swallowing. Disclosed prostheses can provide mechanical force, based on the power of mastication, to propel a food bolus into the pharyngeal phase of swallowing. Disclosed prostheses can be used to enhance swallowing rehabilitation as a temporary aid and/or can be used to permanently replace lost tongue functionality. Also disclosed are other anatomical prostheses, such as to provide power for the articulation of dysfunctional extremities, by transforming mechanical force from another nearby functioning muscle group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Neil Gildener-Leapman, Youngjae Chun
  • Patent number: 10500083
    Abstract: A method to enhance migraine prevention and treatment of temporomandibular disorders with use of an intraoral discluder device includes providing the intraoral discluder device. The intraoral discluder device has a trough with a front wall and a rear wall designed to accommodate at least one maxillary incisor or mandibular incisor of the user, and a protrusion coupled to the trough. The method further includes maneuvering the intraoral discluder device in the user to accommodate the at least one maxillary incisor to permit the protrusion to contact at least one mandibular incisor of the lower jaw during a bite of the user, determining the spacing between the maxillary molars and mandibular molars, and ensuring the spacing between the maxillary molars and mandibular molars is no greater than approximately 2 millimeters during the bite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: James Palmer Boyd
  • Patent number: 10376409
    Abstract: Left and right base components each have upper and lower surfaces in a generally horizontal orientation, an exterior edge, a forward point, a rearward point, and an interior edge. Each base component has a generally oval central extent, a forward extent, and a semicircular rearward extent. A support component in an arcuate configuration is positionable in a generally vertical orientation. The support component has inner and outer faces and upper and lower edges. The upper edge is perpendicular to and integrally formed with the base components at the exterior edge. The support component has terminal ends located adjacent to the base components. The support component has an arcuate forward section between the base components. The lower surface of the base components is spaced from the upper surface of the forward section by an elevational space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Sherry Zhao
  • Patent number: 10322027
    Abstract: A bite plate configured for use on upper teeth only that is configured to envelope central incisors, lateral incisors, and optionally one of a portion of upper cuspid pairs or entire upper cuspid pairs with lateral extensions that enhances whole body wellness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Dana Colson
  • Patent number: 10285782
    Abstract: A dental appliance includes an attachment mechanism suited to attach the appliance on the teeth of a patient's upper jaw. The appliance includes a constraining mechanism linked to the attachment mechanism, where the constraining mechanism is suited to limit the movement of a central zone of the tongue and allow the anterior and lateral edges of the patient's tongue to perform movements necessary for speech and swallowing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TONGUE LABORATORY LIMITED
    Inventor: Claude Mauclaire
  • Patent number: 10105256
    Abstract: An intraoral device (1) includes upper cooperating elements (2) adapted to cooperate with the upper jaw (4) and lower cooperating elements (3) adapted to cooperate with the lower jaw (5); a bracket (19) fixed in the cooperating elements (2,3), the bracket (19) supports a target (18) aiming at inducing mandibular advancement and attracting the tip of the tongue; the target (18) being centered, in a transverse plane, with regard to the cooperating elements (2,3). The device (1) further includes stimulating elements (17) for stimulation of the tongue muscles, preferably the genioglossus, involving reflex exploration of the stimulating elements (17) by the tongue. The device (1) may be used for relieving obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, snoring and/or other airway disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Michele Hervy
  • Patent number: 10092814
    Abstract: A dual layer mouthguard with a U-shape polycarbonate/EVA skeletal base includes channels and ramps to ensure a uniform thickness on the occlusal, buccal and lingual surfaces of the teeth for proper alignment of the jaw and positioning for protection during the placement of the mouthguard. The liner is softer than the base when introduced to heat and remains softer as it is cooled. The base may also include metal/magnetic insertion to serve as a tethering device for temporary storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: THE WRIGHTGUARD, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Duane Wright
  • Patent number: 10076700
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a dental form comprising at least one first composition and at least one second composition, wherein the at least one first composition and the at least one second composition react when mixed to form a third composition. Also disclosed herein are mouthguards and kits comprising dental forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher W. Circo, Tony Schrager
  • Patent number: 9937405
    Abstract: A mouth-guard to be worn by a user includes a main body including a channel, one or more gum protrusions, and a slot; and an insert configured to be inserted into the slot. The insert for the mouth-guard includes one or more liquid chambers and one or more initial orifices on the surface of the insert where each initial orifice is configured to transport liquid from the one or more liquid chambers to an orifice of the main body such that the liquid passes through the orifice of the main body into a user's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: THNK, INC.
    Inventors: Trafton Rodgers, Kurt Niederer
  • Patent number: 9827138
    Abstract: A technique for fabricating a surgical splint for use in correcting a dental condition of a patient. The technique involves obtaining a three-dimensional digital model of lower and upper arch dentitions of the patient having the dental condition. Relative positions of the lower and upper arch dentitions are adjusted with respect to each other in the three-dimensional digital model using a computing device. An electronic model of a splint is generated based on the adjusted relative positions of the lower and upper arch dentitions. A splint is then generated in a physical form from the electronic model of the splint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Bruce W. Hultgren
  • Patent number: 9770644
    Abstract: A mouthguard able to be shaped in the mouth, has an adaptable structure consisting of an adaptable material, and a skeleton, at least partially covered by the adaptable structure, consisting of a non-adaptable material. The mouthguard also has a removable pallet consisting of a non-adaptable material and comprising a first region intended to butt against the skeleton, the region of the pallet being dimensioned such that, during the adaptation phase of the mouthguard, the combined presence of the pallet and of the skeleton ensures both ventilation space and the presence of sufficient material at the incisor-canine area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignees: UNIVERSITE VICTOR SEGALEN-BORDEAUX 2
    Inventors: Philippe Poisson, Herve Ohrensstein
  • Patent number: 9770643
    Abstract: The supplement dispensing mouthguards disclosed herein include one or more supplement cavities that store a supplement and one or more openings connected to the supplement cavities. The openings receive the supplement into a mouthguard and discharge the supplement from the mouthguard into a user's mouth. The supplement dispensing mouthguards may be worn during physical activity for protection and/or jaw alignment. Once a desired supplement has filled, been inserted, or placed within the mouthguard, the mouthguard is inserted into the user's mouth and the supplement is gradually and safely dispersed into the user's mouth through openings in the mouthguard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: VJ Designs, LLC
    Inventor: Gretta Hawkins
  • Patent number: 9717975
    Abstract: A mouth guard includes a pair of spaced-apart molar receiving members with an inner wall extending therebetween. The inner wall is configured for insertion between a user's lips and teeth. An outer wall is configured to confront an exterior surface of the user's lips. A conduit extends between the inner and outer walls and includes a passage formed therethrough. The passage extends through the inner wall between the molar receiving members and extends through the outer wall whereby a user may breathe or drink through the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: ACTIVE BRANDS COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Evans, Christopher W. Circo, Jeffrey M. Evans
  • Patent number: 9693847
    Abstract: A teeth whitening appliance (10) such as a tray includes a seal member (18) which is attached to an interior surface (19) of the tray. The seal member comprises a fabric strip or a gecko adhesive strip which extends around the periphery of the interior surface of the tray adjacent the peripheral or boundary edge thereof. The seal member adheres to the teeth, so as to prevent gel from escaping from the tray when the tray is in place, as well as preventing water/saliva in the mouth from entering the tray, while also being convenient to remove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Tyler G. Kloster
  • Patent number: 9675494
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an elastic tongue-dorsum refraction device for treating obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS), clamping pliers, installation pliers, a line guide, and an implantation method. The elastic tongue-dorsum refraction device of the present invention includes a tongue dorsum connection mechanism, an elastic retractor and a tooth-side fastener. The tongue dorsum connection mechanism is disposed at the tongue dorsum portion, the tooth-side fastener is fixed to teeth or the alveolar bone or outside the maxilla and mandible lips, one end of the elastic retractor is connected to the tooth-side fastener, and the other end of the elastic retractor is connected to the tongue dorsum connection mechanism. In this way, an elastic retraction device using the tooth-side fastener as a fulcrum is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU T.K. MEDICAL INSTRUMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiangmin Zhang, Xing Zhou
  • Patent number: 9483792
    Abstract: An oral appliance is sized by obtaining a scaled image of a patient's dental arch. Dimensions of the arch are marked on a screen image, and the processor chooses an oral appliance having a best fit for a particular patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Apnicure, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Podmore, Kenneth Mejia
  • Patent number: 9278274
    Abstract: An improved mouth guard for use in contact sports comprises a substantially curved portion for protecting the teeth of a user, the curved portion including an inner wall and an outer wall, the inner wall including a palate member extending therefrom defining a cutaway portion adapted to engage a structural member of a face mask, face shield or article of clothing for convenient storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: James M. O'Donoghue
  • Patent number: 9199120
    Abstract: A mouth piece assembly (20) for relaxing muscles associated with a jaw of a person having teeth (22). The assembly includes a mouth piece body (24) having a cross-section presenting a pocket (38). The mouth piece body (24) is engaged to the teeth (22) of the person and the person's vertical dimension of occlusion is measured and compared to a predetermined range of 19±2 mm. At least one calibrating member (44) is inserted into the pocket (38) of the mouth piece body (24) to increase the height of the mouth piece body (24) so that the person's vertical dimension of occlusion is increased into the range of 19±2 mm. While wearing the resulting mouth piece assembly (20), the person experiences increased strength, stamina, and balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Michael C. Hutchison
  • Patent number: 9180034
    Abstract: Devices and methods for assisting weight control where the device is inserted into the mouth of a patient between opposing rear molar teeth. The inserted devices cause an increase in resistance to chewing, which then slows eating by the person. The devices can include elastic bands, magnets, shock absorbers, combinations, thereof and sensors for detecting strength and frequency of chewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Sanjiv Kapil
  • Patent number: 9138375
    Abstract: An intraoral acupressure apparatus and method of treating a user are disclosed. The apparatus may include a base shaped to conform to a palate of a user, the base configured to be removably held adjacent to the palate in a predetermined position relative to acupressure points located on the user's palate. The apparatus may additionally include one or more projections extending out from the base and configured to contact one or more acupressure points of the user's palate when the apparatus is removably held in the predetermined position. The base may be configured to be removably held in the predetermined position without wire hooks or clasps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: James Peter Allen
  • Patent number: 9138376
    Abstract: An intraoral acupressure apparatus and method of treating a user are disclosed. The apparatus may include a base shaped to conform to a palate of a user, the base configured to be removably held adjacent to the palate in a predetermined position relative to acupressure points located on the user's palate. The apparatus may additionally include one or more projections extending out from the base and configured to contact one or more acupressure points of the user's palate when the apparatus is removably held in the predetermined position. The base may be configured to be removably held in the predetermined position without wire hooks or clasps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: James Peter Allen
  • Patent number: 9010334
    Abstract: The cheek pouch anchor, formed of a resilient filament, fits within a user's cheek pouch. The anchor dynamically spans a user's inter-occlusal space and lip opening as a user's jaws open and close. The anchor can be formed of inter-connected, conversely-adjustable loops to enable user adjustment of its span. It can stabilize a work piece, such as an airway, in a user's mouth. The cheek path airway fits a path between a user's lips and through the user's cheek pouch and rear-jaw gap, avoiding the user's bite. It provides supplemental air to a user's rear-mouth cavity independently of a user's nasal airways while a user's lips remain closed. It can be used in combination with mandibular jaw-control and tongue-control devices whereby the combination mitigates breathing restrictions in a user's nasal and throat airways. It can be manufactured in-line and folded by a user to fit the user's cheek pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Lowell R Wedemeyer
  • Patent number: 8978659
    Abstract: A dental device has a U-shaped carrier with at least one channel for embracing an arch of teeth. There are recessed insets in the channel. Discrete inserts carrying a beneficial agent can fit into the insets and release the agent gradually. The device may be used in a therapeutic application and as an athletic mouthguard. Temporary blanks may be initially fitted in the insets, while a portion of the mouthguard is softened before an arch of teeth is pressed into the channel to make a custom impression. The inserts possess different physical properties than the carrier and may be positioned and shaped to mechanically buffer teeth of the arch from mechanical shocks as well as release beneficial agents. The inserts may be replaced or refreshed to maintain the beneficial agent. A dental device having a core carrying a beneficial agent inside a liquid-permeable shell functions as an infant's teething device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Dynamic Mouth Devices, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Laura Bardach, James Geduldig, Salvatore Napoli
  • Publication number: 20150034097
    Abstract: An intra-oral device and a method of using the device to assist overweight persons in treating obesity by reducing and/or limiting the mouth opening and/or slowing down the rate of chewing. Such a device is handled by the user with or without the need for professional help, by increasing the awareness of the user about the need to reduce the amount of food intake in order to lose weight. The intra-oral device is intended to train the user to reduce the mouth opening. The intra-oral device is a restraining device which is anchored in the upper and lower jaws. The restraining device is an elastic element which is inserted between two respective inter-proximal spaces (IPSs) of the upper and the lower jaws of the user. The device reduces and/or limits the mouth opening and/or slows down the rate of chewing. The device is disposable, intended for a single use, and is removable after use. The device can be disengaged in case of a need to open the mouth above the limits of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Erella Pines, Jacob Dagan, Yoram Pony
  • Patent number: 8936026
    Abstract: A protective shield is removably mounted over an orthodontic appliance in a user's mouth and includes an outer resilient compressible material layer joined to an inner adhesive layer. The shield is flexible for easy installation over all exposed surfaces of the orthodontic appliance; but is removable after a period of use. The outer resilient material layer of the shield can be formed of closed cell foam or a gelatinous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Orvance Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric D. Hannapel, David Gerard Jablonski
  • Patent number: 8931488
    Abstract: A mouth guard includes a pair of spaced-apart molar receiving members with an inner wall extending therebetween. The inner wall is configured for insertion between a user's lips and teeth. An outer wall is configured to confront an exterior surface of the user's lips. A conduit extends between the inner and outer walls and includes a passage formed therethrough. The passage extends through the inner wall between the molar receiving members and extends through the outer wall whereby a user may breathe or drink through the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Battle Sports Science, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Evans, Christopher W. Circo, Jeffrey M. Evans
  • Patent number: 8931486
    Abstract: An intra-oral dental appliance for treatment of sleep disorders including snoring, sleep apnea and nocturnal bruxism. The appliance includes an upper member conforming to the patient's maxillary dentition; a lower member conforming to the patient's mandibular dentition; and a connecting assembly for adjustably coupling the upper and lower members together. The connecting assembly includes a first element mounted on the upper member, the first element having a cavity therein; a second element mounted on the lower member; and a connector having a first end captured within the cavity and a second end adjustably connectable to the second element. The connecting assembly maintains the lower member in a protruded position relative to the upper member to maintain the patency of the user's pharnygeal airway while permitting anterior and lateral movement of the lower member relative to the upper member in the protruded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Leonard Wayne Halstrom
  • Patent number: 8925554
    Abstract: A comfortable mouth guard for upper teeth of a wearer which does not interfere with ability to speak or breath is described wherein at least 70% of the lingual side of the anterior teeth are uncovered. In some embodiments soft inserts increase the thickness of the posterior portions, and in some embodiments a hard insert provides increased protection of the anterior teeth. The hard insert can be used in mouth guards whether or not they include the comfort feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: John A. Hackman, Bobbie Quinn, Travis Armideo
  • Publication number: 20140366891
    Abstract: “Easy Steady Oral Protection” is designed to aid in the protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and sexually transmitted infections (STI), which can be contracted during oral intercourse, both vaginal and anal. Furthermore, as cases of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) are increasing with this virus linked to causing cervical cancer in women, it may also be contracted during the act of oral intercourse in heterosexual men, the transgendered, lesbian and /or gay women and linked to throat cancer among non-smoking individuals associated with these groups. This prophylactic device is comprised of latex or polyurethane or polyisoprene or similarly natural rubber material designed and intended to aid in the protection against these infections and viruses when “properly used”.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Zaid Umar Bettis
  • Patent number: 8869800
    Abstract: An adjustable tongue-positioning device for an oral gag device has a shaft portion with a vertical shaft adapted for slideably engaging with an oral gag device, an engagement bead attached to a support, the support attached to the vertical shaft, an engagement ring attached to the vertical shaft. The tongue positioning device also has an adjustable tongue portion with at least one tongue depressor portion having a slot adapted for engaging with the engagement bead of the shaft portion, and a flexible ratchet adapted for engaging with the engagement ring of the shaft portion. In operation the adjustable tongue portion is engaged with the engagement ring and bead of the shaft portion, and the shaft portion with an adjustment mechanism of an oral gag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Mercy Medical Resesarch Institute
    Inventors: Allan Allphin, Martin Reuter, Rahul Eapen
  • Patent number: 8839795
    Abstract: The invention relates to a face and mouth muscle stimulator formed by an approximately oblong, oval body (1) to be placed in the mouth, having an open central part and side ends (2) that are wider than the upper and lower mid-zones (3) which are provided with V-shaped recesses (4) at the position of the frenulum. Optionally, the invention can include fixed or removable projections (5) positioned on the stimulator or on attachments (8). The invention can also include a sheet (6) provided with holes (7) for the connection of elements such as bottles or pacifiers or provided with a horizontal groove (11) for the incorporation of a bite splint (12) coupled at the front (2b) thereof using T-shaped flanges (13). Alternatively, the body (1?) can have a V-shaped configuration formed by vertical walls (20 and 30) in order to be positioned in the inner space of the lower jaw, including perpendicular projections (40 and 50) by way of horizontal bite planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Jose Duran Von Arx
  • Patent number: 8833374
    Abstract: An intra-oral mandibular advancement appliance to be inserted in the mouth of a patient so as to maintain an open airway to the patient's throat and thereby improve breathing during sleep. The mandibular advancement appliance has particular application for use by those wishing to reduce the effects of snoring and/or sleep apnea. The appliance includes an upper tray assembly against which is seated the patient's teeth carried by his upper jaw and a lower tray assembly against which the patient's teeth carried by his lower jaw are seated. The lower tray assembly is mated to and slidably adjustable by the patient relative to the upper tray assembly. By virtue of the foregoing, the position of the patient's lower jaw can be selectively and continuously moved forward with respect to the position of the upper jaw to prevent an occlusion of the airway as the patient's condition changes over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: James C. Fallon, Richard Jung, James S. Fallon
  • Patent number: 8783263
    Abstract: An intraoral airway having opposing trays with a soft lining or cushion to grip the maxillary and mandibular dental arches of a patient with a fixed relationship in such a manner as to gently open the mouth and thrust the mandibular component slightly forward thereby opening the oral cavity and hypopharynx for air/gas passage that is easily tolerated by fully awake patients/users as well as by sedated, anesthetized or obtunded patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Charles C. Baldwin
  • Patent number: 8783259
    Abstract: An oral appliance includes a one-piece tray system that fits over the posterior teeth of the user and is custom-made or customized using lining material that conforms to the dentition of the wearer. The device may position the lower jaw in a slightly protruded position with respect to the upper jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cadwell Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jamison Ross Spencer
  • Patent number: 8752555
    Abstract: A mouth guard including a top mouth piece for engaging the top teeth and a bottom mouth piece for engaging the bottom teeth. The mouth guard also includes a central section having one or more ports for receiving an endotracheal tube, oral gastric tube, and/or oral suction tube. In a first preferred embodiment, a top portion of the central section is attached to the top mouth piece, and a bottom portion of the central section is attached to the bottom mouth piece. In a second preferred embodiment, the entire central section is attached to the bottom mouth piece. The top and bottom mouth pieces are capable of interlocking via male engaging members and female recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas
    Inventor: Ricky M. Goldsby
  • Patent number: 8752554
    Abstract: A mouth guard that may be used to treat temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is configured to eliminate pressure on an individual's back teeth. Such a mouth guard may also be configured to prevent a subject's lower jaw from moving in a posterior direction, or from “distalization.” Methods for treating TMD include spacing the top teeth at the back of a subject's mouth from the bottom teeth at the back of the subject's mouth without applying pressure to either the top teeth or the bottom teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: David L. Spainhower
  • Patent number: 8689794
    Abstract: A dental shield for use during intubation to protect teeth, including a plurality of tooth segments, each segment having a male connector and a female connector located on opposite sides for the purpose of attaching each segment to an adjacent segment, and each segment formed from a rigid material defining a tooth-shaped channel containing a deformable material bound to the tooth surface such that a number of tooth segments are assemblable into the dental shield device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Zeljko Veselinovic
  • Patent number: 8684006
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for optimizing the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) using an oral appliance. The oral appliance can be configured by non-dental staff to safely conform to the dentition of a patient. The appliance includes configurable trays that include retention material that conforms to the dentition of the patient. The position of the upper and lower trays relative to one another can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically. The position of the upper and lower trays can be locked into place to maintain the position of the trays at a preferred treatment position. Methods for creating an appliance customized for a patient are also provided. Methods for using the customized appliance in combination with sleep study data is also provide. Methods for using the customized appliance to with pre-operative assessments and sleep study data to predict and reduce the risk of perioperative complications are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Levendowski, Todd Morgan, Victoria Melzer
  • Patent number: 8678010
    Abstract: A dual layer mouthguard with a U-shape polycarbonate/EVA or elastomeric material skeletal base includes channels and ramps to ensure a uniform thickness on the occlusal, buccal and lingual surfaces of the teeth for proper alignment of the jaw and positioning for protection during the placement of the mouthguard. The liner is softer than the base when introduced to heat and remains softer as it is cooled. The base may also include metal/magnetic insertion to serve as a tethering device for temporary storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Wright Guard
    Inventor: Michael Duane Wright
  • Patent number: 8662084
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a universal oral appliance is provided. The universal oral appliance comprises an arched frame configured to be positioned proximate to the occlusal surface of a user's dental arch such that the arched frame extends beyond the cuspids of the user's dental arch when the arched frame is inserted in the user's mouth. The arched frame comprises a universal coupler configured to removably engage a dental attachment. The universal coupler comprises a substantially planar surface proximate to and extending across the midline of the arched frame. The universal coupler further comprises a first rail coupled to a first end of the substantially planar surface, and a second rail coupled to a second end of the substantially planar surface. The first rail, second rail, and substantially planar surface form a slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Airway Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: W. Keith Thornton
  • Patent number: 8656923
    Abstract: An oral orthosis includes a holder in the shape of a mouthpiece, including a curved arcuate trough-like upper section which receives a formable material. The formable material does not occupy the entire trough but rather includes voids between the formable material and the inner surfaces of trough of the holder to allow expansion of the formable material into the voids during the molding process when tooth pressure is placed on the formable material. This design results in elimination of the excess formable material which otherwise would require removal by trimming. Additionally, the formable material is placed in the trough in a configuration which includes indexing indentations along the centerline of the material, such that, during the molding process, the mouthpiece containing the formable material is easily centered along the edges of the user's teeth to provide a precise fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ranir, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Joe Fisher, Scott Salmon, Josh Hartl
  • Patent number: 8656926
    Abstract: A device and method for relieving head, neck, facial, joint and tooth pain. An intra-oral device, worn over the upper or lower incisors, allows at least one opposite tooth to contact the rear wall of the device, only within the user's freeway space, and prevents upper and lower posterior teeth from contacting. The device facilitates deprogramming and releasing of the upper and lower jaw muscles. The device includes an extruded or molded shell made of a hard polycarbonate or similar hard plastic material. The internal surface of the shell may be secured in place for the user or lined with a low molding temperature thermoplastic resin, allowing the user to mold the internal aspect of the device onto and over the teeth to produce a fitted device. This relieves the stresses, strains, pains and damage that can be caused by parafunctioning of the dental neural-muscular system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Marc Doctors, Randy Widen
  • Patent number: 8656921
    Abstract: The current invention provides an adjustable soft palate support and an implantation method. The adjustable soft palate support is a flat implant including a hard palate connecting end and a support. The support is a flat implant connected to the hard palate connecting end and is inserted into the soft palate. The hard palate connecting end is connected to the hard palate and includes a connecting structure and an adjustment mechanism. The connecting structure is configured to affix the support to the hard palate, and the adjustment mechanism is configured to control the movement or the curvature of the support or the lifting degree of the soft palate. The adjustment mechanism may be set to be in an on state to reduce interference with swallowing or to an off state to enlarge an airway during breathing, thereby treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Xiangmin Zhang, Xing Zhou
  • Publication number: 20140048079
    Abstract: The mouth guard includes first and second side walls, first and second curved walls, and a central wall having a top and a bottom surface. The curved walls are connected to the sidewalls, such that they define a periphery of the mouth guard. The central wall extends between the first and second sidewalls, and the first and second curved walls. The mouth guard includes top and bottom channels for receiving a patient's upper and lower teeth, respectively. First and second protrusions extend from the top surface of the central wall, and a first tube channel is formed between the first and second protrusions. A second tube channel is formed in the central wall and is connected with the first tube channel. An opening is formed in the curved walls and is in communication with the second tube channel. The first and second channels, and the opening receive an intubation tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Excelsior Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher E. Gardner, William Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140041670
    Abstract: Medical device for combating overweight or obesity in humans by achieving a more rapid feeling of satiety, comprising a bite raiser which can be connected to the human maxilla and/or mandible (10, 11) and which covers at least some of the occlusal surface of the masticatory teeth (13), wherein a splint (12) adapted to tooth crowns is provided for the bite raiser, which splint (12) equips at least some of the masticatory teeth (13) with an occlusal elevation (14) for reducing the size of the masticatory surface (15), which occlusal elevation (14) overlies the cusp tips (17) of a masticatory tooth (13) in order to link the bite elevation (20) to a spanning of the masticatory relief of the covered masticatory tooth (13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Peter von Seck
  • Patent number: 8646632
    Abstract: A mouthpiece has a bite-off-prevention feature. The mouthpiece has been manufactured from an elastomeric parent material with at least one first component, where a reinforcing component embedded within the parent material forms the bite-off-prevention feature and derives from the same group of substances or group of materials as the first component. The reinforcing component is preferably composed of fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Peter Vischer, Beda Weber, Erich Pfenniger, Stefan Baumann
  • Patent number: 8646454
    Abstract: Oral appliances, methods of making oral appliances, and bite registration devices for use in making oral appliances are provided. An oral appliance includes a lower segment, and upper segments. The upper segments are operably connected to the lower segment using threaded elements. Rotational manipulation of the threaded elements causes the upper segments to be displaced horizontally relative to the lower segment about the lengths of the threaded elements, and the lengths of the threaded elements are substantially parallel to each other. A bite registration device for use in making an oral appliance includes a top surface including a protrusion and a bottom surface including a receptacle configured to receive the protrusion. The device is configured to be maintained in stacked relation to a like configured second bite registration device by mating the protrusion of the bite registration device with a receptacle of the second bite registration device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: Allen J. Moses, Gloria L. Pacini
  • Patent number: 8646455
    Abstract: The invention is an oral appliance for prevention of sleeping problems including snoring, sleep apnea and bruxism, and may also be used to protect the teeth and gums from surgical instruments during surgery. Specifically, the appliance alters the position of the user's mandible, which is known as a method for reducing the restriction of the flow of air through the pharyngeal passageway. The appliance is a one-piece device molded from a flexible polymer. It includes an upper maxillary tray and a lower mandibulary tray. Both upper and lower trays include inner and outer walls which increase contact area with the teeth. The hinge mechanism of the device includes a positive positioning system comprised of opposed interlocking ridges. The ridges serve to create offset between the position of the upper tray and lower tray relative to each other, therefore advancing the user's mandible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sleeping Well LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Webster, Larry Carlberg, Avery Lieberman, John Herald
  • Patent number: 8646453
    Abstract: An extendable airflow restriction system is described herein which may be used to treat various disorders by creating expiratory positive airway pressure while providing for patient comfort regardless of the patient's anatomical variances. Such a device may be removably secured within the patient's mouth and may include an extendable member which may project to urge the patient's upper lip towards the nostrils to restrict airflow. Moreover, the restriction device may include one or more sensors to detect the patient's respiration activity such that the device may be actuated to correspond to the patient's exhalation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Kasey Kai-Chi Li
  • Patent number: 8640705
    Abstract: An intraoral anti-snoring device, for shifting the lower jaw forward in relation to the upper jaw, with an upper jaw bar and a lower jaw bar that are both U-shaped and are connected to each other in a hinge joint at their outer flanks facing away from each other via protrusion ties by means of fixing buttons. At each of the two end sections of the protrusion tie, a round hole is provided for accepting the fixing button. The invention proposes a curved design for the protrusion tie, specifically an S-shaped design, with the center section having a cross-sectional contour—at least in part—that permits a temporary change of the distance of the round holes relative to each other by means of an elastic deformation of the protrusion tie in the longitudinal and in transverse direction. Preferably, the center section has an elongated hole that extends from one round hole to the other round hole and has a width that is smaller than or equal to the diameter of the round hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Erkodent Erich Kopp GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Kopp