Foot Operated Patents (Class 433/101)
  • Patent number: 10729513
    Abstract: A dental treatment or examination system having a plurality of dental instruments and a supply unit coupled to the dental instruments. The system includes means to identify the contact of a selected dental instrument from the plurality of dental instruments by a human hand and initializes, based upon an identified contact of the selected dental instrument, the supply unit for an operation of the instrument. When the selected instrument is contacted by a human hand, the supply unit may automatically make available activation or parameterization options for the selected instrument and/or suitable cleaning media available to an operator of the selected instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: KALTENBACH & VOIGT GMBH
    Inventors: Richard Buerk, Johannes Sauter
  • Patent number: 10639223
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dental instrument bridge for holding a plurality of dental instruments. The dental instrument bridge comprises: a instrument holder configured to hold at least a first dental instrument; and a display for displaying information related to a dental treatment. The display has a first covered portion. The first covered portion being at least partly covered for a user when the first instrument is arranged in the instrument holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: XO CARE A/S
    Inventors: Leif K. Sorensen, Peter V. Sorensen, Torben Hansen, Michael G. Nielsen, Tom Kristensen, Rasmus Bunkenborg
  • Patent number: 10335340
    Abstract: The Mobile Dental Intelligence Center (MobiDIC) will roll up alongside the patient's Bedside or Chairside where Oral Hygiene can be performed by the patient's Caregiver, with no need to have a sink or basin in the area. Using the MobiDIC the Caregiver will be able to brush the patient's teeth, rinse and suction the patient's mouth at the Bedside or Chairside; also the Caregiver will monitor the patients Vital Signs. The unit's unique cylindrical design makes it easy for the Caregiver to wipe clean and disinfect the unit. The air, water, suction and power supply hoses are internal to the unit reducing cord entanglement and trip hazards. The MobiDIC allows the Caregiver the ability to easily connect various medical monitoring devices including Intra and Extra Oral Cameras capturing images of the patient's mouth inside and the patient's general appearance. All MobiDIC innovations will facilitate assessing the patient's current general health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Kevin T. Prince
    Inventor: KevinTyrone Prince
  • Patent number: 10258429
    Abstract: A system for driving an electric handpiece in response to a pneumatic control signal may provide for fast interchange of handpieces, self-calibration and wide dynamic range of operation with precise speed control. The system may be incorporated into virtually any dental treatment center using traditional pneumatic drive handpieces, and a conversion kit may facilitate such conversion. The system may provide not only for controlling the speed and torque of a tool coupled to an electric drive handpiece responsive to a pneumatic control signal, it may also provide for coupling cooling air and treatment media, such as air and/or water to the handpiece. Coupling of a handpiece to an operating base of the system, including coupling of media lines and electrical connections may be made with a simple press and twist action using quick connection structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KALTENBACH & VOIGT GMBH
    Inventors: Johannes Sauter, Richard Buerk
  • Patent number: 10137213
    Abstract: A disinfecting system including a delivery unit having a dental instrument holder, a dental instrument engagable with the dental instrument holder, a fluid supply line fluidly coupled to the dental instrument to provide fluid to the dental instrument, and a disinfecting device in fluid communication with at least one of the supply lines and the dental instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: KAVO DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Thomas St. Louis, Nabil F. Dagher, Harold Thomas Lockamy, Douglas Gordon Knight
  • Patent number: 9788915
    Abstract: A dental laser system for treatment of hard and/or soft tissue includes a main chamber housing optical and primary fluid supply subsystems, for directing a laser beam and fluid to a treatment area. A hand piece affixable to the main chamber, includes mating optical and secondary fluid supply subsystems. The hand piece can be rotatable or re-orientable about an optical axis within the hand piece. A lock can maintain a selectable angular orientation of the hand piece relative to the main chamber. A coupling can maintain a fluidic communication between the primary and secondary fluid supply subsystems even when the hand piece is rotated or re-oriented. A sensor and controller can sense a selected angular orientation of the hand piece and adjust the main optical subsystem according to the sensed angular orientation, to align the two optical subsystems. The laser may be controlled using a variable speed foot pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Convergent Dental, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan P. Monty, Charles H. Dresser, William H. Groves, Jr., Leonid A. Bafitos, Jon R. Quillard
  • Publication number: 20140342310
    Abstract: A system and method for providing variable power is disclosed. The system includes a power supply which provides power to at least one instrument. A pedal comprises a variable resistor that is configured to produce a resistance value within a predetermined range based on an amount of pressure which is being applied to the pedal. The voltage being supplied to the instrument is varied in accordance with the resistance value produced at the pedal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Gagliano
  • Patent number: 8882503
    Abstract: A method for controlling a dental instrument includes a foot pedal responsive to commands from a user. An operating mode is selectable between normal and boost cycle. A conventional mode is selectable by pressing and holding the foot pedal to a first level to operate in normal mode. The foot pedal operates in a boost mode when the pedal advances to a second level. Maintained mode is selectable by tapping the foot pedal to change modes between idle, normal and boost mode. Each mode is switched by tapping the foot pedal. The pedal switches between the second process and the first process by pressing and holding the foot pedal at the desired level corresponding to normal or boost mode. The pedal switches from the first process to the second process by tapping the foot pedal at the level corresponding to normal or boost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Dentsply International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Guaragno
  • Patent number: 8723668
    Abstract: A system and a method for remotely controlling at least one device based on operation of a foot pedal apparatus are provided. The system includes a device selection module (DSM) configured to transmit a first modulated RF signal at a first RF frequency having a communication linking command and a first RF frequency identifier. The first RF frequency identifier indicates a second RF frequency different than the first RF frequency. The system further includes a device control module (DCM) configured to receive the first modulated RF signal at the first RF frequency and to compare the communication linking command to a predetermined communication linking command. If the communication linking command corresponds to the predetermined communication linking command then the DCM selects the second RF frequency based on the first RF frequency identifier for subsequent RF signal reception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Gene Michael Strohallen, Thomas P. Warner
  • Patent number: 8692657
    Abstract: A wireless control device for controlling, with a human foot, an apparatus for multiple surgical functions. The device includes a base having small dimensions, at least two modules mounted on the base for generating specific control signals for each of the surgical functions, a transmitter for transmitting the control signals, a receiver receiving the control signals, a source of electricity for supplying the transmitter with electrical current, and two actuators, actuated by the human foot and pivotally mounted to act simultaneously on the corresponding module, the transmitter, and the source of electricity. The actuators are pivotally mounted around respective axes that are perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: SARL Dentalhitec
    Inventors: Olivier Villette, Vincent Guist'hau
  • Patent number: 8670858
    Abstract: A tip-based computer controlled system for a dental delivery device is disclosed. The system automatically controls an operating characteristic such as power control or fluid flow based on tip identification and history. The operating characteristic may also be controlled in response to particular conditions throughout the dental procedure, such as (but not limited to) temperature, dental hygiene material, fluid type, etc. The system may provide an alert or shut off if unsafe conditions occur and/or error circumstances are detected. An operator interface is provided to configure the system and augment/override an executing control algorithm during a procedure. A method and a computer-readable storage medium are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventors: James Feine, Mohammad Ali Jamnia, William L. Bollig
  • Publication number: 20140038129
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus including a printed circuit board with electronic circuit components mounted thereon and configured for wireless communication between the various components and devices used in a wireless dental device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: DENTSPLY International Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Kenneth LINT, Joseph Robert REAGAN
  • Publication number: 20140017628
    Abstract: A wireless, remote foot controller and a wireless instrument in direct communication with one another and method of operation. The remote foot controller can determine the wireless instrument in the hand of the dental professional and can determine whether the instrument is operational in an continuously variable mode or whether the instrument is operational at discrete speeds. The remote foot controller can then respond to activation by a user to provide a predetermined signal that drives the handheld unit with the appropriate signal. The remote foot controller is activated by application of pressure to the foot controller that provides tactile, sensory feedback to the user. The foot controller includes a circuit board, antenna and battery so that it is wireless. The circuit board includes communications protocol to permit the foot controller to communicate with several dental instruments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: DENTSPLY International Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Kenneth LINT, Jared WITMER, Joseph Robert REAGAN
  • Publication number: 20140017629
    Abstract: A hard-wired and wireless system for operating a dental or medical treatment apparatus is provided. The system includes a footswitch device and a dental/medical base unit, each having a communication element for transmitting and receiving signals. The footswitch and base unit are each programmed to have an initial identification address Then, the footswitch and base unit are reprogrammed to know the identification address of the other. The footswitch and base unit can be reprogrammed in the field by the end user. Subsequent communications between the footswitch and base unit include both identification addresses. The footswitch includes two switches that are activated by depressing the upper cover of the footswitch to a first position and second position respectively. The footswitch is particularly suitable for operating an ultrasonic dental scaler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: DENTSPLY International Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Lint, Jeremy Kile, Kenneth R. Guaragno, Joseph R. Reagan
  • Publication number: 20120329007
    Abstract: A device for operation of a surgical or dental drive unit includes a control valve attached to a drive unit to control a flow rate of a compressed fluid flowing from a compressed fluid source to the drive unit. The control valve includes (a) a first control arrangement controlling a rate of flow of the compressed fluid through the control valve; (b) a control switch; and (c) a control sleeve controlled by the control switch to axially move along a longitudinal axis of the drive unit between a first configuration in which the control valve is locked and closed to fluid flow and a second configuration in which the control valve is unlocked and the first control arrangement controls the rate of flow therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Peter Tanner, Arthur Meili
  • Publication number: 20120301844
    Abstract: A method for controlling a dental instrument includes a foot pedal responsive to commands from a user. An operating mode is selectable between normal and boost cycle. A conventional mode is selectable by pressing and holding the foot pedal to a first level to operate in normal mode. The foot pedal operates in a boost mode when the pedal advances to a second level. Maintained mode is selectable by tapping the foot pedal to change modes between idle, normal and boost mode. Each mode is switched by tapping the foot pedal. The pedal switches between the second process and the first process by pressing and holding the foot pedal at the desired level corresponding to normal or boost mode. The pedal switches from the first process to the second process by tapping the foot pedal at the level corresponding to normal or boost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: DENTSPLY INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Kenneth R. GUARAGNO
  • Patent number: 8219239
    Abstract: Dental unit, which comprises at least one connection for at least one ancillary device, a drive-power and feed system for providing drive power or feed to said at least one ancillary device, and a control system for controlling the drive-power and feed system as well as the at least one ancillary device. For its part, the control system comprises at least one programmed function, which includes at least one predefined control operation directed to at least one ancillary device. In addition, at least one trigger is defined for each programmed function within the control system, in response to which said programmed function is performed. According to the invention, the dental unit comprises configuration means, which are arranged to receive control commands from the user in order to configure at least one programmed function and to configure said at least one programmed function according to control commands received from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Planmeca Oy
    Inventors: Henri Andell, Tero Pihlajamäki
  • Patent number: 8204612
    Abstract: A tip-based computer controlled system for a dental delivery device is disclosed. The system automatically controls an operating characteristic such as power control or fluid flow based on tip identification and history. The operating characteristic may also be controlled in response to particular conditions throughout the dental procedure, such as (but not limited to) temperature, dental hygiene material, fluid type, etc. The system may provide an alert or shut off if unsafe conditions occur and/or error circumstances are detected. An operator interface is provided to configure the system and augment/override an executing control algorithm during a procedure. A method and a computer-readable storage medium are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventors: James Feine, Mohammad A. Jamnia, William L. Bollig
  • Publication number: 20120064483
    Abstract: A hard-wired and wireless system for operating a dental or medical treatment apparatus is provided. The system includes a footswitch device and a dental/medical base unit, each having a communication element for transmitting and receiving signals. The footswitch and base unit are each programmed to have an initial identification address Then, the footswitch and base unit are reprogrammed to know the identification address of the other. The footswitch and base unit can be reprogrammed in the field by the end user. Subsequent communications between the footswitch and base unit include both identification addresses. The footswitch includes two switches that are activated by depressing the upper cover of the footswitch to a first position and second position respectively. The footswitch is particularly suitable for operating an ultrasonic dental scaler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: KEVIN LINT, Jeremy Kile, Kenneth R. Guaragno, Joseph R. Reagan
  • Publication number: 20120028218
    Abstract: A wireless control device for controlling, with a human foot, an apparatus for multiple surgical functions. The device includes a base having small dimensions, at least two modules mounted on the base for generating specific control signals for each of the surgical, a transmitter for transmitting the control signals, a receiver receiving the control signals, a source of electricity for supplying the transmitter with electrical current, and two actuators, actuated by the human foot and pivotally mounted to act simultaneously on the corresponding module, the transmitter, and the source of electricity. The actuators are pivotally mounted around respective axes that are perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: SARL DENTALHITEC
    Inventors: Olivier Villette, Vincent Guist'hau
  • Publication number: 20110311943
    Abstract: A system and method for providing variable power is disclosed. The system includes a power supply which provides power to at least one instrument. A pedal comprises a variable resistor that is configured to produce a resistance value within a predetermined range based on an amount of pressure which is being applied to the pedal. The voltage being supplied to the instrument is varied in accordance with the resistance value produced at the pedal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: Steven Gagliano
  • Publication number: 20110275025
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus including a printed circuit board with electronic circuit components mounted thereon and configured for wireless communication between the various components and devices used in a wireless dental device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: DENTSPLY International Inc.
    Inventors: KEVIN KENNETH LINT, Joseph Robert Reagan
  • Publication number: 20110275027
    Abstract: A wireless, remote foot controller and a wireless instrument in direct communication with one another and method of operation. The remote foot controller can determine the wireless instrument in the hand of the dental professional and can determine whether the instrument is operational in an continuously variable mode or whether the instrument is operational at discrete speeds. The remote foot controller can then respond to activation by a user to provide a predetermined signal that drives the handheld unit with the appropriate signal. The remote foot controller is activated by application of pressure to the foot controller that provides tactile, sensory feedback to the user. The foot controller includes a circuit board, antenna and battery so that it is wireless. The circuit board includes communications protocol to permit the foot controller to communicate with several dental instruments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: DENTSPLY International Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Kenneth Lint, Jared Witmer
  • Patent number: 8003905
    Abstract: An actuating device for an electromedical apparatus and in particular a foot switch. The foot switch includes a floor part, at least one pedal part that is tiltably connected to the floor part, and at least one switch element that is actuated by the pedal part. Further, at least the floor part is manufactured by one of an extrusion-coating method or a casting method such that at least a portion of the floor part is fully coated by a coating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: ERBE Elektromedizin GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Kuehner, Roland Hundt
  • Publication number: 20100199203
    Abstract: For an apparatus for displaying and managing system parameters and data from a dental treatment station having connecting means for connecting the apparatus to a display for displaying the system parameters or data and having communication means for data interchange with the dental treatment station, provision is made for the communication means to check data relating to the current operating state of the treatment station at regular intervals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: Kaltenbach & Voigt GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Bauer, Ralph Munzer
  • Publication number: 20100092914
    Abstract: The present invention provides a foot control unit having a plurality of switches for use by a dentist, surgeon, or other professional that is ergonomically designed to minimize body movement during activation and to prevent interruptions of the procedure being performed that may be caused by the same. In one exemplary embodiment, the design provides for the operator's, e.g., the dentist's, foot to be continuously and comfortably supported in a neutral muscular-skeletal position by a portion of the foot control unit both at rest and during activation. By providing the foot with a neutral muscular-skeletal position at rest, the position of each of the switches may be kept at a substantially minimal and substantially equal distance from a corresponding activating part of the foot. This allows for the foot control unit of the present invention to minimize muscular activities and movement during activation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Assad F. Mora
  • Publication number: 20100092913
    Abstract: Dental unit, which comprises at least one connection for at least one ancillary device, a drive-power and feed system for providing drive power or feed to said at least one ancillary device, and a control system for controlling the drive-power and feed system as well as the at least one ancillary device. For its part, the control system comprises at least one programmed function, which includes at least one predefined control operation directed to at least one ancillary device. In addition, at least one trigger is defined for each programmed function within the control system, in response to which said programmed function is performed. According to the invention, the dental unit comprises configuration means, which are arranged to receive control commands from the user in order to configure at least one programmed function and to configure said at least one programmed function according to control commands received from the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Henri Andell, Tero Pihlajamäki
  • Patent number: 7675219
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling an ultrasonic unit f an ultrasonic cleaning system with at least one control unit, one generator unit and one hand-held unit containing the ultrasonic unit and one switching module provided for starting the ultrasonic unit, wherein mechanical oscillations can be generated via the ultrasonic unit and transmitted to an instrument that is mechanically connected to the ultrasonic unit. In a preferred embodiment, the resonant frequency required for operation of the ultrasonic unit in resonance is determined by a control routine executed in the control unit, and a control signal (ss) based on the determined resonant frequency is generated in the generator unit and is sent to the ultrasonic unit for operation of the ultrasonic unit in resonance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Medtronic GmbH
    Inventors: Armin Tanzer, Bernhard Jung
  • Patent number: 7659833
    Abstract: A system and a method for remotely controlling at least a first device based on operation of a foot pedal apparatus are provided. The foot pedal apparatus has a movable member. The system includes a first module configured to transmit a first RF signal in response to at least partial displacement of the moveable member of the foot pedal apparatus from a first operational position. The first signal has a first identifier. The system further includes a second module configured to receive the first RF signal and to transmit a second RF signal having the first identifier and a second identifier in response to the first RF signal. The system further includes a third module configured to receive the second RF signal and to control operation of the first device in response to the second RF signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas P. Warner, Timothy DeZorzi, Howard Haselhuhn
  • Patent number: 7625208
    Abstract: A universal-control mechanism for automated selection and control of operation of components within an operatory includes at least one implement, wherein the implement has been assigned a signal address. The mechanism also includes a control device adapted to be activated by a user of the mechanism and to control the operation of the implement. The mechanism also includes a selector switch used to designate the implement selected and a signal generator adapted to receive a signal from the control device when the control device is activated and to generate a command signal directed to the signal address for the implement selected by the selector switch. The mechanism also includes at least one receiver unit operatively connected to the selected implement such that activation of the control device acts to control the implement via the signal generator and the receiver unit to control the operation of the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas P. Warner
  • Patent number: 7455520
    Abstract: A novel dental practice operation system affords computer controlled activation and control of a multitude of instrument operation and auxiliary functions by providing a plurality of distinct functionalities of at least one activation device for activation and control signals for a dental unit and a patient's rest. Increased efficiency for the dentist or dental team with increased integration of instrument control and auxiliary functions as well as operation of facilities provided by external sources is provided by simultaneous computer displayed guidance to the dentist of a first configuration of individually selectable symbols representing a number of distinct functionalities of the activation device and a second configuration of individually selectable symbols representing functions executable by a distinct functionality of the activation device made available by activation of a selected symbol in said first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: XO Care A/S
    Inventors: Kim Sorensen, Peter Bojsen Sorensen
  • Patent number: 7439463
    Abstract: A foot switch device for activating a dental or medical treatment apparatus is provided. The foot switch device is particularly suitable for controlling an ultrasonic dental scaler. The foot switch device includes a base plate; a central housing attached to the base plate; an upper, moveable cover mounted on the housing; and a connecting collar attached to the upper cover for retaining the cover on the housing while allowing the cover to move upwardly and downwardly relative to the housing. The central housing contains a first electrical switch for transmitting a first signal to the apparatus, and a second electrical switch for transmitting a second signal to the apparatus. An operator depresses the upper cover with his or her foot to activate the switching mechanism and control the operation of the dental or medical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: DENTSPLY International Inc.
    Inventors: Tod Brenner, Kevin Lint
  • Publication number: 20080220391
    Abstract: The actuator incorporates a foot subassembly for selectively controlling either any movement of the chair or a use of a handpiece, comprises a main board subassembly for a) controlling the movements and positions of the chair and for supplying power to a foot subassembly for selectively controlling; and/or b) converting for further transmitting a linear voltage existing in the foot subassembly for selectively controlling, from analog to digital values; a control subassembly for a) activating the handpiece; b) controlling, via a touchpad, the movements and other functional features of the chair; and c) monitoring for displaying all activities of the chair; air valve subassembly for regulating a quantity of air that passes through it and, hence, a pressure supplied to the handpiece via a solenoid valve; and a display unit for viewing the status and activities of the chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Donald W. Temple, Thomas J. Lydynuik, Anton Simor, Avner I. Bachar, Stefan Steiger
  • Patent number: 7422432
    Abstract: A system and a method for remotely controlling devices are provided. The system includes a foot pedal unit having a moveable member. The system further includes a transmitter operatively associated with the moveable member. The transmitter transmits a first signal in response to at least partial displacement of the moveable member when a first device is selected. The transmitter transmits a second signal in response to at least partial displacement of the moveable member when a second device is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Warner Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas P. Warner
  • Publication number: 20080166685
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless remote control for dental equipment, such as dental scaler tools, dental drills, prophy angles and other rotary instruments. The wireless control switch can control the on and off state of the dental tool, or it can also be programmed to control the speed of the tool by a switch on the tool. The wireless control switch can be in the form of, for example, a foot switch, and replaces manual and foot operated controls formerly connected by cables to the dental tools. This removes a potential safety hazard in the dentist's office and makes the equipment control more versatile and easier to adapt to various office conditions. The wireless control can be battery powered, further eliminating the need for cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: Discus Dental, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Rosenblood, Haim Levy, Ben Atkin, Nancy N. Quan
  • Publication number: 20070166662
    Abstract: A hard-wired and wireless system for operating a dental or medical treatment apparatus is provided. The system includes a footswitch device and a dental/medical base unit, each having a communication element for transmitting and receiving signals. The footswitch and base unit are each programmed to have an initial identification address. Then, the footswitch and base unit are reprogrammed to know the identification address of the other. The footswitch and base unit can be reprogrammed in the field by the end user. Subsequent communications between the footswitch and base unit include both identification addresses. The footswitch includes two switches that are activated by depressing the upper cover of the footswitch to a first position and second position respectively. The footswitch is particularly suitable for operating an ultrasonic dental scaler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Publication date: July 19, 2007
    Inventors: Kevin Lint, Jeremy Kile, Kenneth R. Guaragno, Joseph R. Reagan
  • Publication number: 20070166661
    Abstract: A foot switch device for activating a dental or medical treatment apparatus is provided. The foot switch device is particularly suitable for controlling an ultrasonic dental scaler. The foot switch device includes a base plate; a central housing attached to the base plate; an upper, moveable cover mounted on the housing; and a connecting collar attached to the upper cover for retaining the cover on the housing while allowing the cover to move upwardly and downwardly relative to the housing. The central housing contains a first electrical switch for transmitting a first signal to the apparatus, and a second electrical switch for transmitting a second signal to the apparatus. An operator depresses the upper cover with his or her foot to activate the switching mechanism and control the operation of the dental or medical apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Publication date: July 19, 2007
    Inventors: Tod Brenner, Kevin Lint
  • Patent number: 7012203
    Abstract: A foot operable controller for a surgical instrument having a main foot pedal assembly providing either proportional or linear control signals when moved laterally and in a vertical direction. Friction between an operator's foot and the foot pedal is minimized by a foot pad having a rotating heel plate. A neutral zone between left and right control positions of the foot pedal enables the operator to move his foot freely without changing control settings. Vertical displacement of the foot pedal is indicated by a plurality of mechanical detents during both upward and downward travel. Changing detent resistance alerts the operator to the vertical position of the foot pedal, indicating that further vertical displacement will change an instrument control signal corresponding to the new foot pedal position, thus providing sensory feedback to the operator indicating a change in the functional mode when the foot pedal is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Surgical GmbH
    Inventors: Michael R. Hanson, Richard G. Thorlakson, B. J. Barwick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6976843
    Abstract: An ultrasonic dental scaler automatically supplies a frequency to match a handpiece connecting thereto. A handpiece connector includes one or more passive elements, which affect the resonant frequency produced by the generator. Multiple handpieces, each operating at a different resonant frequency, may thus be used with the same ultrasonic generator. The ultrasonic dental scaler also supports two footswitches. One footswitch includes a foot-controlled power level adjuster. When connected, the footswitch automatically disables the manual power adjuster. Another on-off footswitch includes no power adjustment mechanism. When connected, the manual power adjustment feature of the generator is maintained. Orders for different handpiece frequencies and footswitch types can thus be filled with an inventory of one generator model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Inventor: James Feine
  • Patent number: 6969254
    Abstract: A dental apparatus for hardening dental restoration components is provided that includes a control device controllable via a wireless communications unit and operable to exchange data with a communications unit. The control device is programmable to configure the control device to control a polymerization cycle and is connected with the communications unit with which the control unit exchanges data for changing the programming of the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Plank, Thomas Stahl
  • Patent number: 6893261
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a footswitch which contains all operating elements of an ultrasonic dental scaling system. The footswitch incorporates the circuitry for controlling the frequency of the dental scaling tip and can also provide water and light which is fed to a remote head located either on the dentist or hygienist or on the dental chair adjacent the patient, thereby eliminating the need for a control unit on the counter top in the treatment room. The consolidation of the entirety of the control circuitry in the footswitch eliminates messy cable tangles and because it services a remote head located adjacent the patient allows the handpiece control cable to be shortened, thus lightening the strain on the technician and permitting easier and more efficient dental scaling to be accomplished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: James Feine
  • Patent number: 6866507
    Abstract: A foot switch for operation of at least two different functional members of a dental apparatus which is operatively connected with the foot switch has at least two press switches which are each formed as a diaphragm switch comprising a printed circuitry with an arrangement between two carrier foils which as a package are supported on a base plate of the foot switch within a hollow formed by an overlaid cover plate and connected by a signalling line with at least two different functional members of the dental apparatus for transmitting functional control signals upon depression of the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Ferton Holding S.A.
    Inventor: Lutz Beerstecher
  • Patent number: 6722881
    Abstract: A dental device having at least one pneumatically operable handpiece, the rotational speed of which can be influenced by a control element designed as a foot-operated switch, and a further handpiece, which can be driven by means of an electric drive, and the compressed air present at the pneumatic handpiece influences the control of the electric drive. A graduated filter is mounted on a pneumatically actuated hollow body and the graduated filter has regions thereon which can be sensed by a light barrier generating an electric signal in dependence on the properties of the regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Sirona Dental Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Walter Altendorf, Karl-Heinz Lehmann
  • Publication number: 20040063064
    Abstract: An ultrasonic dental scaler automatically supplies a frequency to match a handpiece connecting thereto. A handpiece connector includes one or more passive elements, which affect the resonant frequency produced by the generator. Multiple handpieces, each operating at a different resonant frequency, may thus be used with the same ultrasonic generator. The ultrasonic dental scaler also supports two footswitches. One footswitch includes a foot-controlled power level adjuster. When connected, the footswitch automatically disables the manual power adjuster. Another on-off footswitch includes no power adjustment mechanism. When connected, the manual power adjustment feature of the generator is maintained. Orders for different handpiece frequencies and footswitch types can thus be filled with an inventory of one generator model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventor: James Feine
  • Patent number: 6608267
    Abstract: A foot switch for use in the control of medical apparatus comprises a pedal that is connected to and movably seated on a floor plate of a joint connection, a sensor linked to a switch element, and a repositioning device disposed between the floor plate and the pedal. The repositioning device ensures that an operating force must be applied to the upper surface of the pedal to produce a tilting movement of the pedal out of an initial position into an operating position in which a smaller angle is defined between the floor plate and the pedal than in the initial position and in which the sensor is activated to trigger the output of a switch pulse from the switch element. The improvement of the present invention consists of the combination of the repositioning device and the joint into an elastic joint device. The simplified foot switch is easily disinfected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Erbe Elektomedizin GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Fischer, Ralf Kühner
  • Publication number: 20020137007
    Abstract: A foot switch for operation of at least two different functional members of a dental apparatus which is operatively connected with the foot switch has at least two press switches which are each formed as a diaphragm switch comprising a printed circuitry with an arrangement between two carrier foils which as a package are supported on a base plate of the foot switch within a hollow formed by an overlaid cover plate and connected by a signalling line with at least two different functional members of the dental apparatus for transmitting functional control signals upon depression of the cover plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Applicant: Ferton Holding S.A.
    Inventor: Lutz Beerstecher
  • Patent number: 6086368
    Abstract: A portable dental apparatus for treating patients or animals in remote locations comprises a dental drill driven by an air turbine; a pressurized air supply for driving the turbine and for pressurizing a water supply; and connections and valving for operating the drill and cooling it with a stream of water from the water supply and for squirting air or water from the air and water supplies with a squirt nozzle. Tile pressurized air supply derives its air from manual pumping, preferably with a double-action pump and a check valve to minimize fluctuations in the air flow rate. Such a pump either forms part of the air supply or is used to fill an inflatable container. The air supply may consist of the inflatable container alone, or of one or two double-action pumps, or of the container and one pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: Robert G. Randolph
  • Patent number: 5975898
    Abstract: A pneumatically operated, simplified valve actuating device for dental equipment, the valve being capable of avoiding an undesirable dripping of dental instruments at the end of the work. The device includes a valve actuating element identified in a four-way valve, whose body includes a housing for a piston connected to a bobbin, wherein said casing is on one side connected to a selector unit and on the other side to a one-way retention valve, capable of receiving pressurized air from a reducer unit and passing it from said selector unit to a constantly pressurized air line coming directly from said reducer unit and to at least one dental instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Faro Fabbrica Apparecchiature Razionali Odontoiatriche S.p.A.
    Inventor: Angelo Favonio
  • Patent number: 5908297
    Abstract: A dental vacuum system having a foot-actuated valve for controlling the flow of vacuum through the system. The foot-actuated valve is located away from the field of operation such that the valve is not exposed to the typical sources of pathogenic contaminants in a dental office.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: David Fill, D.D.S.
    Inventors: David Fill, Robert J. Krupinski
  • Patent number: 5873717
    Abstract: A system for activating a dental handpiece connected to a supply hose after removal of the handpiece from a holder is provided. The handpiece includes a circuit with a switch element that acquires a change of an electrical or magnetic field or that can be influenced by such a field when the handpiece is taken from a holder or, respectively, is returned into a holder. The switch element is allocated to the end part of the supply hose facing toward the handpiece; the part that changes or, respectively, influences the field is disposed at the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: Sirona Dental Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Behringer