US 10,376,410 B2
Automated, snore activated electro-mechanical mandibular advancement device
Craig Flanagan, Wall, NJ (US)
Filed by Craig Flanagan, Wall, NJ (US)
Filed on May 6, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/148,517.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/230,438, filed on Jun. 5, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/179,473, filed on May 8, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2016/0324681 A1, Nov. 10, 2016
Int. Cl. A61B 5/00 (2006.01); A61B 5/08 (2006.01); A61F 5/56 (2006.01)
CPC A61F 5/566 (2013.01) [A61B 5/08 (2013.01); A61B 5/4818 (2013.01); A61B 5/4833 (2013.01); A61B 5/4836 (2013.01); A61B 5/682 (2013.01)] 5 Claims
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1. A mandibular advancement device for abating sleep disorders, comprising:
a maxillary jaw tray configured to fit over a plurality of upper teeth of a patient;
a mandibular jaw tray configured to fit over a plurality of lower teeth of a patient;
an electro-mechanical actuator connecting said maxillary and mandibular jaw trays; and comprising a cart that moves linearly in response to the expansion or contraction of a nitinol wire assembly, and a protruding arm configured to ratchet a ratchet gear with each actuation; and
a microcontroller in communication with at least one sensor, said microcontroller configured to, in response to an occurrence of a predetermined event, send a signal to an actuator indicating that the mandibular jaw tray should extend.