Mouth, Tongue, Or Jaw Patents (Class 600/590)
  • Patent number: 10401968
    Abstract: For indirect determination of digit movement, apparatus, methods, and computer program products are disclosed. The apparatus for indirect determination of finger movement includes a processor and a memory that stores code executable by the processor. The processor obtains frequency data corresponding to movement of a user's limb, extracts frequency data having a predetermined feature value from the measured frequency data; and determines from the extracted frequency data whether the movement of the limb corresponds to a predetermined digit motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Susumu Shimotono, Yasushi Tsukamoto, Jun Luo, Hiroshi Itoh, Ryohta Nomura
  • Patent number: 10376153
    Abstract: A head mounted system (HMS) configured to collect facial expressions of the user wearing the HMS. The HMS includes a frame and at least four cameras coupled to the frame. First and second cameras capture the user's right and left eyebrows, and third and fourth cameras capture the right and left sides of the user's upper lip. An optional computer utilizes the images captured by the cameras to detect facial expressions, microexpressions, and/or to improve the user's emotional awareness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Facense Ltd.
    Inventors: Arie Tzvieli, Gil Thieberger, Ari M Frank
  • Patent number: 10342451
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for monitoring a patient for seizure activity and for verifying the contact integrity of electrodes included among an EMG sensor may include generating a test signal of known periodicity and applying the signal to at least one electrode in a sensor system. The test signal may be monitored to verify contact integrity of the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Brain Sentinel, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Girouard, Michael E. Halleck, Michael D. Halleck
  • Patent number: 10299718
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system device and method for monitoring infant oral motor kinetics (OMK), which can be used to assess the functional significance of the different sucking components, i.e., the plasticity of infant sucking skills in relation to their oral feeding performance, at a particular time, during the developmental period and/or during preventive or therapeutic intervention programs. It is a unique system and apparatus that provides a means to study the nonnutritive and/or nutritive sucking skills, i.e., the Suction and/or Expression components of sucking, of infants in the natural setting, i.e., during a normal feeding session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Chantal Lau
  • Patent number: 10292638
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for preventing, diagnosing, monitoring, and/or treating bruxism as well as related diseases of an individual. In a first aspect the invention relates to an apparatus for preventing bruxism of an individual, comprising: means for applying a plurality of stimulation signals for providing relaxation of at least one of the masticatory and/or facial muscles of said individual, means for applying said stimulations signals with a predefined setting, and means for applying said stimulations signals independent of activity of said muscle(s). The invention may be suitable for both nocturnal and awake bruxism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Sunstar Suisse SA
    Inventors: Troels Bierman Mortensen, Claus Steen, Erling Rasmussen, Morten Haugland
  • Patent number: 10159411
    Abstract: A system that detects an irregular physiological response while being exposed to sensitive data includes: a head-mounted display (HMD), an inward-facing head-mounted thermal camera (CAM), and a computer. The HMD exposes sensitive data to the user who wears the HMD. The CAM takes thermal measurements of a region of interest (THROI) on the user's face while the user is exposed to the sensitive data. And the computer detects, based on certain THROI taken while the user was exposed to certain sensitive data, whether the user experienced the irregular physiological response while being exposed to the certain sensitive data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Facense Ltd.
    Inventors: Arie Tzvieli, Gil Thieberger, Ari M Frank
  • Patent number: 10123724
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring the tidal volume of an individual to diagnose a condition is disclosed. The system includes an electrically-conductive, elastomeric band; and a microprocessor having memory. The microprocessor is in electrical communication with said band and has functionality to monitor the respiratory activity of the individual during a period of time, collect raw data from 30 times to 34 times per second, average the data over 9-34 readings, blur from 0.3 seconds to 1.0 seconds of said averaged data to filter out artifacts; determine the beginning of a breath and the end of a breath based on said blurred data; and record an adverse event if a pre-determined period of time has elapsed without a new breath commencing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: David T. Kuller
  • Patent number: 9974476
    Abstract: A handheld device detects and measures orofacial activity, including oral cavity pressure and one or more compressions, deformations, displacements, or deflections of a pacifier engaged to the device. The compressions, deformations, displacements, or deflections of the pacifier refer to changes in the shape of the pacifier, caused by patient, relative to an initial state of the pacifier. The device translates the oral cavity pressure and compressions into an electrical signal, digitizes the electrical signal, and performs analytical processing of the digitized signal to extract physiological artifacts salient to the patient's ability to orally feed using a software application executing on a processor within the device. The device automates and simplifies the assessment of a patient's readiness to orally feed by presenting graphical and numeric scores for organization and effort of non-nutritive suck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Innara Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Aron, David L. Stalling, John Kean, Allen Ingling
  • Patent number: 9965026
    Abstract: A method, a device, and a system for interactive video display, relate to the field of multimedia technologies, and can resolve a problem in the prior art that browsing experience of a user is not real because a visible region is simply changed only according to a panning change of a location of the user. A specific solution is acquiring posture information of a user, where the posture information includes viewing angle information of the user and location information of the user, and adjusting, according to the posture information, an unadjusted visible region, in a video, for being displayed on a client in order to obtain an adjusted visible region currently for being displayed on the client. The embodiments of the present invention are used for performing interactive video display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kai Wang, Shiguo Lian, Zhaoxiang Liu
  • Patent number: 9918650
    Abstract: A wearable EEG monitor for continuously monitoring the EEG of a user through capacitive coupling to an ear canal of a user comprises an ear insert (1) for positioning within the human ear canal, comprising at least two capacitive electrodes (16) for recording a signal. The electrodes are coated with a dielectricum for electrical insulation. The electrodes are connected to an amplifier (17). The amplifier has an input impedance matched to the impedance of the electrodes. The invention further provides a method of monitoring brain waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: WIDEX A/S
    Inventors: Soren Kilsgaard, Mike Lind Rank, Michael Ungstrup, Morten Holm Jensen, Preben Kidmose
  • Patent number: 9662266
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a therapeutic system and methods of using the therapeutic system. In particular, the present disclosure relates to a system for improving an oral feeding ability of a patient including an assessment device to contact a patient and collect data related to an oral feeding ability of the patient, a computing device containing a processor to execute an assessment and therapy application, and the assessment and therapy application to receive the data related to the oral feeding ability, predict one or more areas of neurological muscle activity that need further development, and develop a neurological therapy treatment for improving the one or more areas of neurological muscle activity that need further development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Innara Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Aron, David L. Stalling, John Kean, Allen Ingling
  • Patent number: 9554722
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and a method for measuring muscular activity, in particular in relation to bruxism, and providing an electrical stimulation in response to the measured muscular activity through electrodes applied to the skin of an individual, wherein the quality of the connectivity of the electrodes to the skin is monitored and the electrical stimulation signal is changed based on said quality measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Sunstar Suisse SA
    Inventors: Faramarz Jadidi, Claus Steen
  • Patent number: 9509373
    Abstract: A system can be used for contactless communication of information between a first device and a second device, each having an antenna intended to be coupled via a near magnetic field. The first device includes a transmit chain having first circuitry configured to generate a digital data stream corresponding to the information to be transmitted, and second circuitry configured to generate a first amplitude-modulated and dithered signal in the antenna of the first device from this stream and from an application of a first dithering. The second device includes a receive chain having third circuitry configured to carry out a frequency transposition of a second amplitude-modulated and dithered signal originating from the first signal, with application of a second dithering synchronous with the first dithering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS INTERNATIONAL N.V.
    Inventor: Achraf Dhayni
  • Patent number: 9445720
    Abstract: A system (800) for processing accelerometer data is disclosed. The system (800) includes an accelerometer (806), a first processor (810), a power supply (816), and a second processor (804). The accelerometer (806) measures a physiological acceleration parameter. The first processor (810) is operatively connected to the accelerometer (806). The first processor (810) is configured to receive the acceleration parameter from the accelerometer (806) and configured to output machine readable acceleration data. The machine readable acceleration data includes time domain accelerometer data. The power supply (816) is electrically connected to the first processor (810). The second processor (804) is configured to receive the machine readable acceleration data and transform the time domain accelerometer data into frequency domain accelerometer data. The frequency domain accelerometer data may be used to estimate patient healing status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Sied W. Janna, Darren James Wilson, Peter A. Brady
  • Patent number: 9378734
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the recognition results produced by a speech processing system (which may include two or more recognition results, including a top recognition result and one or more alternative recognition results) based on an analysis of a speech input, are evaluated for indications of potential significant errors. In some embodiments, the recognition results may be evaluated to determine whether a meaning of any of the alternative recognition results differs from a meaning of the top recognition result in a manner that is significant for a domain, such as the medical domain. In some embodiments, words and/or phrases that may be confused by an ASR system may be determined and associated in sets of words and/or phrases. Words and/or phrases that may be determined include those that change a meaning of a phrase or sentence when included in the phrase/sentence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Ganong, III, Raghu Vemula, Robert Fleming
  • Patent number: 9220654
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a therapeutic system and methods of using the therapeutic system. In particular, the present invention relates to systems having hardware, software, and appliance components for assessing and entraining a neuromuscular pattern or behavior in a patient. The methods include configuring the hardware and software systems to receive data from an orofacial stimulation appliance and to generate a precise therapeutic pulse profile that is actuated as a tactile stimulus. In one embodiment, the system and methods also include collecting data using the orofacial stimulation appliance and delivering the tactile stimulus via the orofacial stimulation appliance to entrain an organized neuromuscular pattern or behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Innara Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Barlow, David L. Stalling, Kenneth Aron
  • Patent number: 9192335
    Abstract: A glove for recording and displaying the critical set of electromyography (EMG) signals representing consecutive hand movements. The glove is for measuring EMG signals in a hand, and includes a glove body, and/or a plurality of EMG electrodes disposed at predetermined locations on an inner surface of the glove body, configured to sense a magnitude of a plurality of EMG signals over a period of time, a data acquisition circuit coupled to the plurality of EMG electrodes, configured to receive at least one of the plurality of EMG signals and to generate an output proportional to the magnitude of the at least one of the plurality of EMG signals sensed by at least one of the plurality of EMG electrodes, and a user feedback module located on an external surface of the glove body for providing a representation of the output of the data acquisition circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Linderman
  • Patent number: 9158889
    Abstract: Systems, methods, electronic devices and computer-readable media for charting dental information are described. The method includes generating or retrieving a dental data set including separately-modifiable parameters defining dental information relative to a base parametric model, the parameters providing information for generating signals for displaying a three-dimensional (3D) representation of at least a portion of a dentition represented by the dental data set; receiving an input via the 3D representation; and based on the received input, adjusting at least one of the parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: ORAL4D SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Hisham M. A. Badawi
  • Patent number: 9149226
    Abstract: Apparatus for monitoring muscle activity, said apparatus comprising means for providing signals indicative of muscle activity, for example EMG-signals, means for processing of said signals in order to detect a particular activity and means for providing a feedback signal, wherein said device is designed in order to be individually adaptable in a set-up mode. The apparatus can be used for detecting and prevention of undesired activities such as bruxism, movements that are damaging or unwanted etc. The detection can be performed with great certainty since the individual parameters of the user are utilized for laying down reference values, threshold values, criteria for triggering of feedback signals, etc., which may take place at a set-up procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Sunstar Suisse SA
    Inventor: Faramarz Jadidi
  • Patent number: 9037266
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for using the system. In particular, the present invention relates to an application, executable by a processing device to assess the organization of a non-nutritive suck (NNS) pattern of a patient and to entrain an organized NNS pattern in the patient. The software system receives data from an orofacial stimulation appliance to assess the patient's natural NNS pattern and generates a precise therapeutic pulse profile that is actuated as a tactile stimulus via the orofacial stimulation appliance to entrain an organized NNS pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Innara Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Barlow, David L. Stalling, Kenneth Aron
  • Publication number: 20150133750
    Abstract: The present invention includes a device and method for measuring skin elasticity that comprises: a probe, wherein the probe comprises one or more holes, a vacuum source, a pressure sensor, and one or more proximity sensors aligned about the one or more holes; and a processor for recording the deformation of the skin using a control unit comprising a microcontroller connected to the proximity and the pressure sensors, wherein the proximity sensor and the processor is adapted to automatically initiate a test when the sensor is positioned at a pre-determined distance from the skin, wherein a vacuum in the probe is capable of pulling skin into the one or more holes and the proximity sensor is capable of measuring an amount of skin drawn into the one or more holes to determine an elasticity of the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Carter B. White, Philippe Zimmern, Robert Eberhart
  • Patent number: 9004917
    Abstract: Apparatus for detecting motions of a lower jaw relative to the upper jaw of a vertebrate, comprising a first holder (30) to be fixed to the head of a vertebrate with a fixed assignment relative to the upper jaw for accommodating transmitter or receiver units of a position determining system (1) for the detection of motion, a second holder (40A) to be fixed to the lower jaw on the left side for accommodating corresponding left-sided receiver and transmitter units of the position determining system, a third holder (40B) to be fixed to the lower jaw on the right side for accommodating corresponding right-sided receiver and transmitter units of the position determining system, and a first evaluation unit (13) for processing signals from the receiver units so as to generate a differentiated dynamic image of the motions of the left and right sides of the lower jaw from relative positional changes of the transmitter units (11) which are associated with the motions of the lower jaw and are detected by the receiver un
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Zebris Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Brunner, Bernd Kordass
  • Patent number: 8986229
    Abstract: An apparatus for evaluating the tongue strength of a subject during a sucking event includes an insert positioned within a nipple element to provide an output in response to deformation of the nipple element during a sucking event. The output is at least one of resistive force exerted against the subject's tongue and movement measurement of deformation force exerted on the nipple element during the sucking event. The apparatus is configurable to evaluate nutritive sucking (NS) or non-nutritive sucking (NNS) capabilities of the subject. The insert may be a sensing device, a compliance element, an intermediate device or a combination of these. A coupling device is configured to position the insert relative to the nipple element and/or to receive output from the insert. A method includes evaluating tongue strength of a subject during NS or NNS and using inserts providing increasing levels of resistive force to exercise the subject's tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: CCB Research Group, LLC.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Cunningham, Gilson J. Capilouto, Timothy A. Butterfield
  • Patent number: 8961437
    Abstract: An intra-oral pressure monitoring system is provided. The system is beneficial for measuring or monitoring teeth clinching or grinding during sleep. The system includes a generally horseshoe-shaped, elastomeric mouth piece. The mouth piece is dimensioned to reside between the upper and lower teeth of a patient. The mouth piece has a two or more fluid-containing cells embedded therein. The cells are configured to receive pressure applied by the teeth of a patient. The system is able to monitor bite pressures during a patient's sleep or time of resting. A method for monitoring bite pressures of a patient during sleep is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Youhanna Al-Tawil
  • Publication number: 20150039087
    Abstract: An in-ear device with one or more proprioceptive features for providing an indication to a subject to help manage or reduce pain, discomfort, or other symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. Also disclosed are methods of using optical scanning to create a three dimensional replication of the ear canal that is used to design a customized in-ear device. In some embodiments, the in-ear device is customized based on the configuration of the subject's ear canal when the subject's jaw is in the therapeutic or optimal position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: United Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Karol Constantine Hatzilias, Mayoor Patel, Wess Eric Sharpe, William Jacob Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150038871
    Abstract: An in-ear device with one or more proprioceptive features for providing an indication to a subject to help manage or reduce pain, discomfort, or other symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. In some embodiments, the one or more proprioceptive features are active and/or passive indicators. Also disclosed are methods of using optical scanning to create a three dimensional replication of the ear canal that is used to design a customized in-ear device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: United Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Karol Constantine Hatzilias, Mayoor Patel, Wess Eric Sharpe, William Jacob Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150035943
    Abstract: An in-ear orthotic with one or more features to help manage or reduce pain, discomfort, or other symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint disorder. Also disclosed are methods of using optical scanning to create a three dimensional replication of the ear canal that is used to design a customized in-ear orthotic to help manage one or more symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: United Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Karol Constantine Hatzilias, Mayoor Patel, Wess Eric Sharpe, William Jacob Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150038880
    Abstract: An in-ear device configured to help a subject manage or reduce pain, discomfort, or other symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. Also disclosed are methods of using optical scanning to create a three dimensional replication of the ear canal that is used to design a customized in-ear device. Also disclosed is a method of helping manage at least one symptom associated with TMD by customizing a series of in-ear device and modifying the devices over time, where each device in the series is customized to the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: United Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Karol Constantine Hatzilias, Mayoor Patel, Wess Eric Sharpe, William Jacob Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150038850
    Abstract: An in-ear device with at least one sensor configured to generate a signal to help a subject manage or reduce pain, discomfort, or other symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. Also disclosed are methods of using optical scanning to create a three dimensional replication of the ear canal that is used to design a customized in-ear device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: United Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Karol Constantine Hatzilias, Mayoor Patel, Wess Eric Sharpe, William Jacob Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150038849
    Abstract: An in-ear device configured to help a subject manage or reduce pain, discomfort, or other symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. Also disclosed are methods of using optical scanning to create a three dimensional replication of the ear canal that is used to design a customized in-ear device. Also disclosed is a method of helping manage at least one symptom associated with TMD by providing an in-ear device for wear while the subject is awake and providing a bite guard for wear at night while the subject is sleeping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: United Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Karol Constantine Hatzilias, Mayoor Patel, Wess Eric Sharpe, William Jacob Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150031994
    Abstract: A method of fitting a user with an athletic mouthguard. The method comprises determining a position of a user's jaw to achieve desirable inhalation characteristics, and providing a mouthguard to the user. The mouthguard is of a size and shape to position the user's jaw in approximately the determined desired position. The mouthguard is shaped and configured to enhance performance of the user during an athletic endeavor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher L. Straatmann
  • Patent number: 8939919
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a therapeutic system and methods of using the therapeutic system. In particular, the present invention relates to systems having hardware, software, and appliance components for assessing and entraining a neuromuscular pattern or behavior in a patient. The methods include configuring the hardware and software systems to receive data from an orofacial stimulation appliance and to generate a precise therapeutic pulse profile that is actuated as a tactile stimulus. In one embodiment, the system and methods also include collecting data using the orofacial stimulation appliance and delivering the tactile stimulus via the orofacial stimulation appliance to entrain an organized neuromuscular pattern or behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignees: Innara Health, Inc., University of Kansas
    Inventors: Steven M. Barlow, David L. Stalling, Kenneth Aron
  • Patent number: 8920166
    Abstract: The present invention provides a root canal length measuring apparatus and a root canal treatment apparatus which can acquire a position of a measurement electrode with high reproducibility in the same root canal. The root canal length measuring apparatus includes a measurement electrode which is inserted into a root canal, an oral electrode which is held in an oral cavity, a measuring section which applies an electric measuring signal between the measurement electrode and the oral electrode and specifies an apex position so as to measure a root canal length, a memory means which stores position data corresponding to a position of the measurement electrode in a root canal acquired by the measuring section, and an operating means which instructs the memory means to store the position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: J. Morita Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Seiichiro Yamashita, Hiroaki Kusakabe, Kazunari Matoba, Tetsuzo Ito
  • Patent number: 8905947
    Abstract: A force sensing and exercise device for assessment and therapeutic usage is described herein. The force sensing device may include a registration plate, to form a ridge with a body part of a patient and provide a fixed point from which measurements are taken. The force sensing device allows for linear movement as a component of the measurement and the ability to vary exercise resistance continuously over an exercise range. Tactile and auditory feedback is provided to a patient to indicate than an exercise objective has been achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Annett, Eric Friedland
  • Publication number: 20140343373
    Abstract: To propose an oral cavity sensor capable of analyzing tongue movements in more detail than before. In an oral cavity sensor (1) which is even provided with a sensor element (7) having a mechanical configuration capable of measuring each of external force components in three axis directions, the sensor element (7) can be protected by an elastic body (9), and the whole of the elastic body (9) is covered with the coating film (11a) made of a biocompatible material. Thereby, the sensor element (7) and the elastic body (9) can be safely attached in an oral cavity (MT) of a subject (EXA), and can measure each of the external force components in the three axis directions. As a result, on the basis of the external force components in the three axis directions, complicated tongue movements at the time of mastication or swallowing in the oral cavity (MT) can be analyzed in more detail than before.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicants: The University of Tokyo, Meiji Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Isao Shimoyama, Kiyoshi Matsumoto, Yusuke Takei, Kentaro Noda, Yoshio Toyama, Toshihiro Ohmori, Takashi Tachimura
  • Publication number: 20140323839
    Abstract: The present invention describes an apparatus, a systems and a method for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. the treatment involves monitoring the position of the tongue and/or the force exerted by the tongue an electrical stimulation of the hypoglossal nerve to move the tongue into an anterior position or to maintain the tongue in an anterior position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Huntington Medical Research Institutes
    Inventor: Douglas B. McCreery
  • Publication number: 20140316303
    Abstract: Provided is a method for creating a color scale that can be used as more objective assessment criteria used for the evaluation of the masticatory force by a color-changeable chewing gum by analyzing the characteristics of the color change in the gum along with the progress in mastication in people having toothed jaws. A method for creating a color scale, comprising having a plurality of people having toothed jaws masticate color-changeable chewing gums, obtaining a regression equation for the color presented by the masticated gum and the color difference between the gum before and the gum after mastication, and further, obtaining a regression equation for the number of times of mastication and the color difference between the gum before and the gum after mastication, to thereby obtain the number of times of mastication performed by the people having toothed jaws and the color difference in the color presented by the masticated gum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Makoto Sato, Takumi Tokumoto, Yasutaka Hiraoka, Ryota Sasaki, Daigo Sugita, Shunsuke Minakuchi, Tatsuro Uchida, Manabu Kanazawa, Yohei Hama
  • Publication number: 20140296661
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a system for detection and/or monitoring of sleep stages in infants. Said system comprises detection means to detect and record at least one signal related to oral sucking behavior, arranging means to arrange said detecting means in an oral position of an infant, and, optionally, analyzing means to determine, from the recorded data, the sleep stage of said infant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Petronella Hendrika Zwartkruis-Pelgrim, Gary Nelson Garcia Molina
  • Patent number: 8827933
    Abstract: The invention concerns methods and a device for the determination of the centric position of a human set of teeth with improved precision. This is needed for the adjustment of an articulator in the production of dentures. For this purpose a plurality of successive bite movements or displacement movements of the lower jaw are recorded in form of electronic signal data and evaluated for the determination of the centric position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kaltenbach & Voigt GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Walter Lang
  • Patent number: 8794962
    Abstract: In a method according to an embodiment of the present invention, a plurality of microsphere targets is applied to a surface of a tooth on the upper dentition of a person and a tooth surface of the lower dentition of the person. At least two sets of stereoscopic images are obtained, where the microsphere targets are visible in the field of view of each image. The center position of the beads is photogrammetrically determined in three dimensions for each set using the images taken from perspective positions. The change in bead positions in the sets of stereoscopic images is analyzed to mathematically characterize the jaw motion of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: 4D Dental Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark D. Lauren
  • Publication number: 20140207024
    Abstract: A cordless handheld device detects and analyzes orofacial activity based on compressions or deflections of an associated pacifier and oral cavity pressure. The device can receive and analyze data that can be used to train an infant to feed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Innara Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Aron, David L. Stalling, John Kean, Allen Ingling
  • Patent number: 8784341
    Abstract: A body force measurement system for both assessment and therapeutic usage comprising a non-rigid tongue depressor with a force sensing element attached to it and a means of converting the force sensed into quantifiable data. The system provides convenient method for making body force measurements consistent with current clinical practice and without the need for a fixed registration point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Eric Mitchell Friedland, Mark Shaffer Annett
  • Patent number: 8769758
    Abstract: An insert for an oral hygiene handle having a cavity is described. The insert has a load member capable of pivoting with respect to the housing and an output source disposed in electromagnetic communication with the load member, a power source in electrical communication with the output source having first and second contact areas, and an indication element forming an outer facing surface. When the load member pivots a predetermined amount, a first contact arm makes contact with a first contact area and/or a second contact arm makes contact with the second contact area thereby causing the power source to deliver power to the output source, wherein the output source provides electromagnetic energy to the load member, wherein the load member transmits the electromagnetic energy from the output source to the indication element, and wherein load member, the indication element, and the engagement section are integral with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Uwe Jungnickel, Soeren Jan Wasow, Bert Schrempel, Niclas Altmann, René Guebler
  • Publication number: 20140186793
    Abstract: A device for determining or measuring temporomandibular joint positions and movements of a patient. A method for determining or measuring one or more than one temporomandibular joint position or movement of a patient. A method of diagnosing a condition or disease of a temporomandibular joint of a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Ralph S. Kurti, JR., Keith E. Schubert, Serkan Inceoglu, Mathew T. Kattadiyil
  • Patent number: 8740622
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods and devices for teaching the proper configuration of the oral articulators, particularly the tongue, corresponding to particular speech sounds by providing intraoral tactile feedback. Intraoral tactile feedback is achieved by placing nodes in the oral cavity of the patient in locations corresponding to the proper lingual position required to produce a target sound. These nodes facilitate identification of the appropriate lingual position corresponding to a target speech sound by providing tactile differentiation when the target sound is properly produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Articulate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Penake, Alexey Salamini, Gordy Rogers, Joe Watson
  • Publication number: 20140142415
    Abstract: An apparatus for evaluating the tongue strength of a subject during a sucking event includes an insert positioned within a nipple element to provide an output in response to deformation of the nipple element during a sucking event. The output is at least one of resistive force exerted against the subject's tongue and movement measurement of deformation force exerted on the nipple element during the sucking event. The apparatus is configurable to evaluate nutritive sucking (NS) or non-nutritive sucking (NNS) capabilities of the subject. The insert may be a sensing device, a compliance element, an intermediate device or a combination of these. A coupling device is configured to position the insert relative to the nipple element and/or to receive output from the insert. A method includes evaluating tongue strength of a subject during NS or NNS and using inserts providing increasing levels of resistive force to exercise the subject's tongue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: CCB RESEARCH GROUP LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Cunningham, Gilson J. Capilouto, Timothy A. Butterfield
  • Publication number: 20140114146
    Abstract: Diagnostic devices may include features for determining at least one of bilateral nasal flow and tongue position. Automated mandibular manipulators may include at least one motor including a feedback feature for communicating at least one position of at least a portion of the mandibular manipulator to a computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Kosmo Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William H. Hanewinkel, Michael B. Gleeson, Jeremy D. Andra, Ellen Crean
  • Patent number: 8690800
    Abstract: A system for the detection of bruxism includes an electronics housing configured to be worn on the face of a user. The system further includes a first and second sensor, located on a side of the electronics housing. The first and second sensors are secured firmly to the face of the user, positioned a distance apart from each other, and positioned to rest over a muscle of the face; the distance apart being such that the first and second sensors both rest on the muscle of the face. The system also includes a feedback generator, configured to provide feedback to the user when a clenching event occurs. The system also includes a microprocessor, configured to receive a plurality of inputs from the first and second sensors, determine when the clenching event occurs, and activate the feedback generator to provide feedback to the user upon an occurrence of the clenching event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Erik Lillydahl, Adam Kirell
  • Publication number: 20140088437
    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: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: ApniCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Podmore, Kenneth Mejia
  • Publication number: 20140066812
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting lubrication conditions, lubrication regimes, impingement, stick-slip, and/or surface damage allows the health of a joint to be monitored. The system and method provides in situ or in vivo real-time monitoring of dynamic and static conditions of the joint. The monitoring system may use both passive and active sensing approaches that employ strategically placed piezoelectric transducers on/in the articulating components of the joint. In some embodiments, the transducers may be Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) transducers. Active sensing may be used to detect lubrication regimes under static and dynamic conditions. Passive sensing may be used to characterize the joint motion and abnormities, such as impingements and surface damages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicants: Institute of Orthopedic Research and Eduction, University of Houston
    Inventors: Gangbing Song, Yue Yu, Philip C. Noble