Dental Analgesia Patents (Class 607/47)
  • Patent number: 9509131
    Abstract: To avoid overheating of a spindle motor as easy as possible, a numerical control apparatus measures a cycle time in machining a work (step S5), measures a current amount per unit cycle flowing to the spindle motor (steps S3 and step S4), calculates, on the basis of the measured current amount per unit cycle, a duty cycle time in which suppression of the occurrence of overheating of the spindle motor is guaranteed (step S6), determines on the basis of a comparison of the duty cycle time and the cycle time whether the spindle motor overheats (step S7), and, when the spindle motor overheats (Yes at step S7), delays a start of the next cycle by a wait time setting value Tw obtained by subtracting the cycle time from the duty cycle time (step S8, No at step S10, and step S11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu Sagasaki, Toru Takeyama
  • Patent number: 9072889
    Abstract: A system for providing non-invasive neuromodulation to a patient includes a mouthpiece and a controller. The mouthpiece includes an elongated housing, a printed circuit board, control circuitry mounted within the elongated housing, and a cable for connecting to a controller. The controller includes an elongated u-shaped element, an electronic receptacle, and a microcontroller. A method for providing non-invasive neurorehabilitation of a patient including connecting a mouthpiece to a controller, transmitting a numeric sequence to the mouthpiece, generating a first hash code, transmitting the first hash code to the controller, generating a second hash code, comparing the second hash code with the first hash code, enabling electrical communication between the mouthpiece and the controller only if the first hash code matches the second hash code, contacting the mouthpiece with the patient's intraoral cavity, and delivering neurostimulation to the patient's intraoral cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Neurohabilitation Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Guarraia, Adam Muratori, Justin Fisk, Aidan Petrie, Jeffrey M. Wallace
  • Patent number: 8909346
    Abstract: Protocols are provided for the use of frequency specific microcurrent in conjunction with dental or orthodontic procedures to treat or prevent inflammation induced complications. Specific protocols are disclosed for use in conjunction with gingival surgery and chronic periodontitis, implant/osseous periodontal surgery, general post operative trauma, pulpal trauma, pulpal inflammation, root canal post op, chronic osteonecrosis, osteonecrosis surgery post op, orthodontic pain prevention, and orthodontic mid-adjustment procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Mary Ellen S. Chalmers
  • Publication number: 20140330336
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed that allow a patient to self-treat a medical condition, such as migraine headache and trigeminal neuralgia and the like, by noninvasive electrical stimulation of nerves of the head, particularly supraorbital, supratrochlear, infraorbital, and mental nerves in the vicinity of their foramen or notch. The system comprises a handheld mobile device, such as a smartphone, that is applied to the surface of the patient's head. One or more electrodes on the mobile device apply electrical impulses transcutaneously through the patient's skin to the targeted nerve to treat the medical condition. The system is designed to address problems that arise particularly during self-treatment, when a medical professional is not present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph P. Errico, Steven Mendez, Bruce J. Simon
  • Patent number: 8755906
    Abstract: A device for brain stimulation includes a cannula configured and arranged for insertion into a brain of a patient; at least one cannula electrode disposed on the cannula; and an electrode lead for insertion into the cannula, the electrode lead comprising at least one stimulating electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neruomodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Adam Moffitt, Paul M. Meadows
  • Patent number: 8667972
    Abstract: TENS can be applied to the TMJ of an athlete for a period of time to deprogram muscles. After TENS, a desired position of the lower jaw relative to the upper jaw can be determined and recorded. The desired position can be a physiological resting position, or a performance position in which the lower jaw is positioned anteriorly relative to the physiological resting position. A mouthpiece can be prepared including bite portions configured to substantially space apart and position the jaws according to the desired position, and substantially prevent movement of the lower jaw relative to the upper jaw. A connecting portion connects the bite portions within the mouth, and may extend labially along the anterior teeth and associated gum region of the lower jaw, and may be sized and shaped to substantially lie out of the way so as to not impede speech of the athlete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: 3162212 Nova Scotia Limited
    Inventors: Anil Kumar Makkar, Trevor Robert Laingchild, Preston Joseph Dokuchie
  • Patent number: 8667971
    Abstract: A spacing member can be positioned between teeth of the athlete to obtain a desired position between the upper and lower jaw. At least one bite registration can be recorded while the lower jaw is in the desired position. The desired position can range from the physiological resting position, to a performance position, in which the lower jaw is positioned anteriorly in relation to the physiological resting position. The mouthpiece can be formed to include a pair of bite portions configured to substantially space apart and position the jaws generally according to the desired position, and a connecting portion can connect the bite portions within the mouth. The connecting portion may extend labially along the anterior teeth and associated gum region of the lower jaw, and may be sized and shaped to substantially lie out of the way so as to not impede speech of the athlete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nova Scotia Limited
    Inventors: Anil Kumar Makkar, Trevor Robert Laingchild, Preston Joseph Dokuchie, Joseph Youssif Andary, Kris Shailer Astaphan, Deryl Dangstorp
  • Patent number: 8660656
    Abstract: A cuff assembly includes a frame assembly configured to be positioned about a limb of a user and support a functional electrical stimulation system, and an over center closure mechanism coupled to the frame assembly and configured to secure the frame assembly relative to the limb, the over center closure mechanism being located on a medial side of the limb when the frame assembly is positioned about the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hanger, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Moser, David Nieves, Mary-Kate Ennis
  • Patent number: 8639343
    Abstract: An electronic stimulation system to be worn in, behind or on a human ear having a casing; a detection device to sense breathing activity from a human being and to generate a detection signal; electronics within the casing and having a controller connected to the detection device to process the detection signal and generate a control signal when the controller has determined that the human being is in a state of developing apnoea; a stimulation device to receive the control signal from the electronics and to provide stimuli to one or more points of the human ear; wherein when the electronic stimulation system is worn in, behind or on the human ear, the stimulation device is pushed against a predetermined portion of the human ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: NasoPhlex B.V.
    Inventor: Gerrit Johannis De Vos
  • Patent number: 8571666
    Abstract: A processor implemented nerve stimulation system for regional anesthesia administration varies pulse width as a programmed function of applied current or varies applied current as a function of adjusted pulse width. The system also provides a waveform of repeating cycles of different pulse width components separated within the waveform frequency and which may be simultaneously attenuated as a function of applied current within an attenuation range. Among possible functional relationships between pulse width and applied current within an attenuation range is the exponential reduction of pulse width as a function of applied current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: William F. Urmey
  • Patent number: 8548602
    Abstract: A device for brain stimulation includes a cannula configured and arranged for insertion into a brain of a patient; at least one cannula electrode disposed on the cannula; and an electrode lead for insertion into the cannula, the electrode lead comprising at least one stimulating electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Moffitt, Paul M. Meadows
  • Patent number: 8538538
    Abstract: This disclosure describes delivery of omnipolar electrical stimulation with an external electrical stimulator. Omnipolar electrical stimulation may involve stimulation with an electrode carried on the housing of an implantable medical device (IMD) while substantially simultaneously delivering stimulation via one or more implanted electrodes having the same polarity as the electrode on the housing. An external medical device (EMD) may simulate the IMD housing electrode with an electrode separate from the electrodes carried on leads implanted near target tissue. This electrode may be an external electrode carried on the external housing of the EMD or an external patch electrode. Alternatively, the electrode may be an implantable electrode coupled to the EMD. The conductivity of the external or implantable electrode may also be optimized to approximate the conductivity of the IMD housing electrode. This electrode coupled to the EMD may be utilized during trial stimulation or chronic, external, stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Goetz, Nathan A. Torgerson
  • Patent number: 8523852
    Abstract: A power source delivers oscillating electrical energy to an electrical conductor, such as a wire or catheter, which is coated circumferentially with a ferromagnetic material in a selected region. With high frequency electrical energy, the ferromagnetic material has a quick response in heating and cooling adjustable by the controllable power delivery. The ferromagnetic material can be used for separating tissue, coagulation, tissue destruction or achieving other desired tissue effects in numerous surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Domain Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Manwaring, David McNally, Loraine Manwaring
  • Patent number: 8150522
    Abstract: Developing a measure of critical systems-like behavior in an epilepsy patient in order to map epileptic networks, either passively or evoking responses through subthreshold stimulation, and to apply “therapeutic” stimulations to the patient that cause smaller, but more frequent dissipations of “energy,” a transcription product, subclinical electrophysiological activity or seizures in order to raise the clinical seizure initiation threshold, through releasing accumulated interictal energy in a seizure onset zone or elsewhere in the epileptic network, thereby preventing occurrence of larger more debilitating seizures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Trustees Of The University Of Pennsylvania
    Inventors: Javier R. Echauz, Gregory A. Worrell, Brian Litt
  • Patent number: 8060220
    Abstract: A method for promoting oral hygiene and treating a patient for gingivitis, other periodontal problems, or oral mal odor by transmitting to the gums of a patient electrical current waveforms of electrical voltage within the range of from about ±0.1V to about ±3.9V as a combination of ultra-weak electrical currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventors: Sachiko Liebergesell, William G. Eppler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7333857
    Abstract: The method disclosed herein entails spinal cord stimulation via electrodes placed directly into the dorsal horn, dorsal column, spinothalamic tract, nucleus cuneatus, nucleus gracilis, spinal tract of V, or spinal nucleus of V (nucleus caudalis) depending on the source of pain. This “intramedullary” stimulation “jams” or otherwise prevents the pain signal from being transmitted. The method provides a means to stimulate the targeted area directly, creating a stable means of stimulating the desired area, and decreasing stimulation of other structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Arcl, Inc.
    Inventor: James N. Campbell
  • Publication number: 20030191507
    Abstract: An apparatus and process for empowering those in wheelchairs and others with loss of limb control to walk, climb stairs, sit in ordinary chairs, use normal bathroom facilities and stand at normal height with their peers. It also provides a means to speed rehabilitation of the injured while providing superior physical therapy without draining professional resources. The apparatus is worn under normal clothing allowing them to also look normal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventor: John Castle Simmons
  • Publication number: 20010031916
    Abstract: An electrode assembly adapted to be attached to the skin over selected facial muscle groups picks up signals to be analyzed by an anesthesia adequacy monitor that measures the level of awareness of a living animal, typically a human being. The electrode assembly also includes a stimulator that stimulates a facial nerve to determine the level of paralysis, or neuro muscular block, of the facial muscles. Also disclosed is a method of manufacturing the electrode assembly by printing a pattern of electrically conductive material through a silk-screen or an ink type process onto a flexible layer, and then coating the result with a non-conducting adhesive except at points corresponding to sensing points for the desired muscle groups. Finally, a method for using such sensing and stimulating devices is shown in determining and maintaining an appropriate level of patient awareness, muscle paralysis, and analgesia under anesthesia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Inventors: Henry L. Bennett, Jeffrey R. Cram, Bruce Jay Simon
  • Patent number: 6233472
    Abstract: An electrode assembly adapted to be attached to the skin over selected facial muscle groups picks up signals to be analyzed by an anesthesia adequacy monitor that measures the level of awareness of a living animal, typically a human being. The electrode assembly also includes a stimulator that stimulates a facial nerve to determine the level of paralysis, or neuro muscular block, of the facial muscles. Also disclosed is a method of manufacturing the electrode assembly by printing a pattern of electrically conductive material through a silk-screen or an ink type process onto a flexible layer, and then coating the result with a non-conducting adhesive except at points corresponding to sensing points for the desired muscle groups. Finally, a method for using such sensing and stimulating devices is shown in determining and maintaining an appropriate level of patient awareness, muscle paralysis, and analgesia under anesthesia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Patient Comfort, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Henry L. Bennett, Jeffrey R. Cram, Bruce Jay Simon
  • Patent number: 6198970
    Abstract: A simple, non-invasive device and method for treating oropharyngeal, respiratory, and oral motor neuromuscular disorders provides electrical stimulation to various regions of a patient. The method and device offer an effective and non-invasive treatment for these disorders. The device is an electrical neuromuscular stimulator that includes a pulse generator for generating a series of electrical pulses and a processor coupled to the pulse generator for controlling its operation. An electrode array of uni-directional or bi-directional electrodes is coupled to the pulse generator and provides electrical stimulation to the appropriate neck, chest, or facial region of the patient. Using bi-directional snap electrodes, for example, the electrode array may also generate electrical feedback signals in response to the neuromuscular stimulation of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: ESD Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: Marcy L. Freed, Howard Tucker
  • Patent number: 5626628
    Abstract: A novel use of an electronic medical electro-anaesthesia apparatus based on an adjustable DC power supply and electrodes which are interchangeable depending on the kind of operation, is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a housing (1) which an electronic device for regulating and controlling the DC power supply, and two electrodes of which one (2) is a patient-held member for gripping the housing while the other is any scaling instrument (15) used by the practitioner. The enamel of the teeth may be scaled with the instrument and the operation may be performed with full or partial desensitization. Another use of the apparatus relates to paradontic curetting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Inventor: Michel Ganansia
  • Patent number: 5540736
    Abstract: Transcranial electrostimulation apparatus including two current generators for providing electrical currents, two electrode pairs for detachable attachment to the scalp of a patient of which each is driven by an electrode pair dedicated current generator and control apparatus for independently controlling each current generator such that each electrode pair administers an independently regulated electrical current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Inventors: Yechiel Haimovich, Serge Pyatigorsky, Felix-Azriel Kochubievsky
  • Patent number: 5366489
    Abstract: TENS electrodes and connectors useful with such electrodes are disclosed. The electrodes include active electrodes and return electrodes having a common carrier with a field of pressure sensitive adhesive for adhering the electrode to a hand (finger or thumb) of the practitioner or an applicator. Extraoral electrodes adhere to facial skin of mammals and provide TENS treatment for intraoral-procedures. The electrodes can be single channel or dual channel to combine active electrodes and return electrodes on one electrode. The connector can be single channel or dual channel and has a ridge for projecting through the tab portion of the electrode for more secure mechanical and electrical connection. Optionally, a dual channel electrode is used in combination with an elongated applicator having a bifurcated end in order to facilitate guiding a syringe needle toward a desired injection site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Paul A. Burgio, Richard J. Simonsen