US 11,654,284 B2
Stimulator systems and methods for obstructive sleep apnea
Harshit Suri, Pasadena, CA (US); Joseph L. Calderon, Culver City, CA (US); Gregory Frederick Molnar, Blaine, MN (US); George S. Goding, Jr., Minneapolis, MN (US); Alanie Atyabi, Chatsworth, CA (US); Siegmar Schmidt, Simi Valley, CA (US); William Dai, Ventura, CA (US); Brian Dearden, Pasadena, CA (US); and Desmond B. Keenan, Valencia, CA (US)
Assigned to THE ALFRED E. MANN FOUNDATION FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, Valencia, CA (US)
Filed by THE ALFRED E. MANN FOUNDATION FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, Valencia, CA (US)
Filed on Oct. 29, 2020, as Appl. No. 17/83,532.
Application 17/083,532 is a continuation of application No. 16/992,439, filed on Aug. 13, 2020.
Application 16/992,439 is a continuation of application No. 16/245,509, filed on Jan. 11, 2019, abandoned.
Application 16/245,509 is a continuation of application No. 15/885,618, filed on Jan. 31, 2018, abandoned.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/453,311, filed on Feb. 1, 2017.
Prior Publication US 2021/0038889 A1, Feb. 11, 2021
Int. Cl. A61N 1/36 (2006.01); A61N 1/05 (2006.01); A61N 1/378 (2006.01); A61B 5/00 (2006.01); A61N 1/372 (2006.01); A61B 1/267 (2006.01); A61B 5/083 (2006.01); A61B 5/087 (2006.01); A61B 5/394 (2021.01)
CPC A61N 1/3611 (2013.01) [A61B 1/267 (2013.01); A61B 5/0836 (2013.01); A61B 5/0878 (2013.01); A61B 5/394 (2021.01); A61B 5/4818 (2013.01); A61B 5/4836 (2013.01); A61N 1/0556 (2013.01); A61N 1/3601 (2013.01); A61N 1/36139 (2013.01); A61N 1/3787 (2013.01); A61N 1/37211 (2013.01); A61B 2562/0219 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
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1. An implantable neurostimulator for use in a patient having an ailment, comprising:
a case;
stimulation circuitry contained within the case, the stimulation circuitry configured for generating an electrical pulse train;
control circuitry contained within the case, the control circuitry configured for causing the stimulation circuitry to deliver the electrical pulse train to at least one electrode contact; and
a sensor affixed directly to or positioned within the case, the sensor configured for both sensing a plurality of successive taps on or in proximity to the neurostimulator and sensing physiological artifacts that are caused by respiration, wherein the control circuitry is configured for toggling the neurostimulator between an ON state and an OFF state in response to the sensed plurality of successive taps, such that in the OFF state, no stimulation energy is delivered to the at least one electrode contact, and wherein the control circuitry is configured for causing the stimulation circuitry to deliver the electrical pulse train in synchronization with a respiratory cycle based on the sensed physiological artifacts.