GB1569129A - Anti-snoring device - Google Patents

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GB1569129A
GB1569129A GB3017676A GB3017676A GB1569129A GB 1569129 A GB1569129 A GB 1569129A GB 3017676 A GB3017676 A GB 3017676A GB 3017676 A GB3017676 A GB 3017676A GB 1569129 A GB1569129 A GB 1569129A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61FFILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, e.g. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
    • A61F5/00Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices; Anti-rape devices
    • A61F5/56Devices for preventing snoring
    • A61F5/566Intra-oral devices

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(54) ANTI-SSORING DEVICE (71) I, MARGARET ADELAIDE ROTA, a British subject, of Lattice Cottage, 32 Mar ket Street, Swavesey, Cambridgeshire, gngland, do hereby declare the invention, Wr which I pray that a patent may be granted to me, and the method by which it is to be perfted, to be particularly de tå in and by the following state- ment: This invention relates to a device for re ducking the tendency to snore.

Many people suffer from a predilection to snore which can cause considerable irritation to others when they are attempting to sleep in close proximity. However no successful attenat appears to have been made to overcatne this problem by a simple device. The present invention is based upon the realisation that snoring is caused by the sagging the t lower jaw in a direc- tion which is generally downwardly and backwardly towards the throat and that this relative movement of the lower jaw causes a constriction of the air passages in the throat resulting in the characteristic snoring noise. To overcome this problem, the invention provides a device for reducing the tendency of the wearer to snore which comprises an arcuate body member of thermoformable plastics material shaped to fit within the mouth, the body member having a channel-shaped portion which is mouldable to fit the teeth or gums of one jaw of the wearer and another portion located so as to be capable of engaging the teeth or gums of the other jaw and restricting sagging of the lower jaw and constriction of the air passages in the throat during sleep.

Preferably, the channel-shaped portion is arranged to fit the teeth or gums of the lower jaw. Because the device is constructed from a thermoformable plastics material, it may be readily moulded to the shape of the lower teeth or gums of the user in order to provide a snug fit, after immersing the device in hot water immediately before use. The other portion may be in the form of a flange which is located so as to extend in front of and in close proximity to the upper teeth or gums when the wearer is awake. When the wearer falls asleep, the tendency of the lower jaw to sag is counteracted by this flange making contact with the fronts of the upper teeth or the gums of the upper jaw. Thermoformable plastics materials which may be used in the construction of the device include polyamides (e.g. nylon) polyvinyl chloride and polyolefines, including polyethylene and polypropylene.

One embodiment of a device in accordance with the invention will now be described with reference to the accompanynig drawings in which: Figure 1 is a plan view of the device from above, Figure 2 is a view taken along the line II-II in Figure 1; Figure 3 is a side elevation looking in the direction of the arrow Y in Figure 1, and Figure 4 is a front elevation taken in the direction of the arrow X in Figure 1.

Referring to the accompanying drawings, the device comprises a body section 1 having an arcuate shape in plan and an inverted channel shape (as seen in Figure 2) in cross-section comprising downwardly extending flanges 2 and 3. The downwardly extending flanges 2 and 3 of the body section 1 are dimensioned to extend in front of and behind, respectively, the lower teeth or gums of the wearer. Welded or otherwise attached to the forward part of the upper surface of the body member 1 is a projection or flange 4 which is shaped and dimensioned so as to extend in front of, and in close proximity to the upper teeth or gums when the jaws of the wearer are in their normal position. Preferably the projection or flange 4 is formed as an integral part of the device by e.g. moulding the entire device in one piece from thermoformable plastics material. The height of the projection 4 is such that when the lower jaw drops open, as is common during sleep, the projection still rests upon or is engaged on the front surface of the teeth or gums of the wearer thereby preventing the jaw sagging backwardly and constricting the wearer s air passages in the throat.

As indicated in the drawings, the projection 4 and/or other parts of the device may be formed with an aperture 5 or a plurality of apertures in order to make the structure lighter and/or reduce the impedance to breathing through the mouth when wearing the device. However, one of the advantages of the device is that it encourages breathing through the nose rather than through the mouth.

As the device is moulded in a thermoformable material, the entire device is placed in hot water just before use. The device can then be moulded with the fingers to a comfortable conforming fit to the teeth and gums of the wearer.

In addition to the reduction of the tendency to snore, another benefit arising from wearing the device of the present invention is that it prevents teeth grinding which is a serious cause of damage to teeth, and especially to dental caps, bridges and fillings.

WHAT I CLAIM IS: 1. A device for reducing the tendency of the wearer to snore which comprises an arcuate body member of thermoformable plastics material shaped to fit within the mouth, the body member having a channelshaped portion which is mouldable to fit the teeth or gums of one jaw of the wearer and another portion located so as to be cap able of engaging the teeth or gums of the other jaw and restricting sagging of the lower jaw and constriction of the air passages in the throat during sleep.

2. A device as claimed in Claim 1, wherein the channel-shaped portion is arranged to fit the teeth or gums of the lower jaw and the other portion is a flange arranged to extend in front of and in close proximity to the teeth or gums of the upper jaw so as to be engaged thereby in the event that the lower jaw begins to sag.

3. A device as claimed in Claim 2, wherein the flange is apertured so as to permit the wearer to breathe through the mouth.

4. A device for reducing the tendency of the wearer to snore, substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.

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**WARNING** start of CLMS field may overlap end of DESC **. on the front surface of the teeth or gums of the wearer thereby preventing the jaw sagging backwardly and constricting the wearer s air passages in the throat. As indicated in the drawings, the projection 4 and/or other parts of the device may be formed with an aperture 5 or a plurality of apertures in order to make the structure lighter and/or reduce the impedance to breathing through the mouth when wearing the device. However, one of the advantages of the device is that it encourages breathing through the nose rather than through the mouth. As the device is moulded in a thermoformable material, the entire device is placed in hot water just before use. The device can then be moulded with the fingers to a comfortable conforming fit to the teeth and gums of the wearer. In addition to the reduction of the tendency to snore, another benefit arising from wearing the device of the present invention is that it prevents teeth grinding which is a serious cause of damage to teeth, and especially to dental caps, bridges and fillings. WHAT I CLAIM IS:
1. A device for reducing the tendency of the wearer to snore which comprises an arcuate body member of thermoformable plastics material shaped to fit within the mouth, the body member having a channelshaped portion which is mouldable to fit the teeth or gums of one jaw of the wearer and another portion located so as to be cap able of engaging the teeth or gums of the other jaw and restricting sagging of the lower jaw and constriction of the air passages in the throat during sleep.
2. A device as claimed in Claim 1, wherein the channel-shaped portion is arranged to fit the teeth or gums of the lower jaw and the other portion is a flange arranged to extend in front of and in close proximity to the teeth or gums of the upper jaw so as to be engaged thereby in the event that the lower jaw begins to sag.
3. A device as claimed in Claim 2, wherein the flange is apertured so as to permit the wearer to breathe through the mouth.
4. A device for reducing the tendency of the wearer to snore, substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
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EP0298649A1 (en) * 1987-07-08 1989-01-11 David William Robert Wright Snore inhibiting device
EP0312368A1 (en) * 1987-10-13 1989-04-19 HAYS & MEADE, INC. A device for preventing snoring
US5092346A (en) * 1987-10-13 1992-03-03 Hays & Meade, Inc. Dental orthosis for alleviation of snoring
EP0487469A1 (en) * 1990-11-23 1992-05-27 Sandro Cecconi A device for keeping dental arches in an open and stable position during sleep
GB2264868A (en) * 1992-03-06 1993-09-15 Robert Mateljan Mandibular advancement device
US5427117A (en) * 1993-09-29 1995-06-27 Thornton; W. Keith Apparatus for prevention of snoring and improved breathing during sleep
US5467783A (en) * 1992-11-16 1995-11-21 Meade; Thomas E. Apparatus and method for the reduction of snoring
WO1996011653A1 (en) 1994-10-12 1996-04-25 Malcolm John Kennard Snorguard anti snoring device
US5537994A (en) * 1994-06-03 1996-07-23 Thornton; W. Keith Combination face mask and dental device for improved breathing during sleep
US5678567A (en) * 1994-03-25 1997-10-21 Thornton; W. Keith Apparatus for adjusting a dental device
US5829441A (en) * 1997-06-24 1998-11-03 Nellcor Puritan Bennett Customizable dental device for snoring and sleep apnea treatment
US5915385A (en) * 1997-04-02 1999-06-29 Hakimi; Farhad Snore and stress relieving device
US5954048A (en) 1994-06-03 1999-09-21 Thornton; W. Keith Device and method for improving breathing
US5983892A (en) 1994-06-03 1999-11-16 Thornton; W. Keith Device for improving breathing
US6247926B1 (en) 2000-01-17 2001-06-19 W. Keith Thornton Oral appliance having a bonding layer and methods for fitting and relining same
US6305376B1 (en) 1999-09-09 2001-10-23 W. Keith Thornton Device and method for improving breathing
US6405729B1 (en) 2000-04-05 2002-06-18 W. Keith Thornton Oral appliance for improving breathing and method of constructing same
US6464924B1 (en) 2000-04-05 2002-10-15 W. Keith Thornton Method of forming a custom mask using an impression mask
US6571798B1 (en) 2000-04-05 2003-06-03 W. Keith Thornton Device for improving breathing and method of constructing same
US6675802B1 (en) 2001-05-08 2004-01-13 W. Keith Thornton Device for improving breathing incorporating a detachable venting seal
US7174895B2 (en) 2002-05-01 2007-02-13 W. Keith Thornton Device and method for improving a user's breathing
US7328705B2 (en) 2003-03-10 2008-02-12 Mark Abramson Dental appliance for improving airflow through nasal-pharyngeal airway
US7677889B2 (en) 2006-08-07 2010-03-16 Thornton W Keith Device and method for forming a custom oral appliance
US7721741B2 (en) 2006-04-06 2010-05-25 Thornton W Keith Oral appliance for treating a breathing condition
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US8020276B2 (en) 2006-11-30 2011-09-20 Airway Technologies, Llc System and method for custom-orienting a medical mask to an oral appliance
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US8316858B2 (en) 2006-04-06 2012-11-27 Airway Technologies, Llc System for coupling an oral appliance to a medical mask
US8316857B2 (en) 2006-04-06 2012-11-27 Airway Technologies, Llc Oral appliance for treating a breathing condition
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US8671946B2 (en) 2011-04-05 2014-03-18 Airway Technologies, Llc Custom dental appliance and method of creating a custom dental appliance
US8684007B2 (en) 2011-03-30 2014-04-01 William R. Timmons Oral appliance for the treatment of sleep apnea
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EP0298649A1 (en) * 1987-07-08 1989-01-11 David William Robert Wright Snore inhibiting device
US5056534A (en) * 1987-07-08 1991-10-15 Wright David W R Snore inhibiting device
EP0312368A1 (en) * 1987-10-13 1989-04-19 HAYS & MEADE, INC. A device for preventing snoring
US5092346A (en) * 1987-10-13 1992-03-03 Hays & Meade, Inc. Dental orthosis for alleviation of snoring
EP0487469A1 (en) * 1990-11-23 1992-05-27 Sandro Cecconi A device for keeping dental arches in an open and stable position during sleep
GB2264868A (en) * 1992-03-06 1993-09-15 Robert Mateljan Mandibular advancement device
US5682903A (en) * 1992-11-16 1997-11-04 Meade; Thomas E. Apparatus and method for the reduction of snoring
US5467783A (en) * 1992-11-16 1995-11-21 Meade; Thomas E. Apparatus and method for the reduction of snoring
US6516805B1 (en) 1993-09-29 2003-02-11 W. Keith Thornton Apparatus for prevention of snoring and improved breathing during sleep
US5566683A (en) * 1993-09-29 1996-10-22 Thornton; W. Keith Apparatus for prevention of snoring and improved breathing during sleep
US5427117A (en) * 1993-09-29 1995-06-27 Thornton; W. Keith Apparatus for prevention of snoring and improved breathing during sleep
US6155262A (en) 1994-03-25 2000-12-05 Thornton; W. Keith Method and apparatus for adjusting a dental device
US5678567A (en) * 1994-03-25 1997-10-21 Thornton; W. Keith Apparatus for adjusting a dental device
US5537994A (en) * 1994-06-03 1996-07-23 Thornton; W. Keith Combination face mask and dental device for improved breathing during sleep
US6374824B1 (en) 1994-06-03 2002-04-23 W. Keith Thornton Device for improving breathing
US6209542B1 (en) 1994-06-03 2001-04-03 W. Keith Thornton Combination face mask and dental device for improved breathing during sleep
US5954048A (en) 1994-06-03 1999-09-21 Thornton; W. Keith Device and method for improving breathing
US5983892A (en) 1994-06-03 1999-11-16 Thornton; W. Keith Device for improving breathing
US5755219A (en) 1994-06-03 1998-05-26 Thornton; W. Keith Device for improving breathing
WO1996011653A1 (en) 1994-10-12 1996-04-25 Malcolm John Kennard Snorguard anti snoring device
US5915385A (en) * 1997-04-02 1999-06-29 Hakimi; Farhad Snore and stress relieving device
US5829441A (en) * 1997-06-24 1998-11-03 Nellcor Puritan Bennett Customizable dental device for snoring and sleep apnea treatment
US6305376B1 (en) 1999-09-09 2001-10-23 W. Keith Thornton Device and method for improving breathing
US6247926B1 (en) 2000-01-17 2001-06-19 W. Keith Thornton Oral appliance having a bonding layer and methods for fitting and relining same
US6405729B1 (en) 2000-04-05 2002-06-18 W. Keith Thornton Oral appliance for improving breathing and method of constructing same
US6571798B1 (en) 2000-04-05 2003-06-03 W. Keith Thornton Device for improving breathing and method of constructing same
US6464924B1 (en) 2000-04-05 2002-10-15 W. Keith Thornton Method of forming a custom mask using an impression mask
US6675802B1 (en) 2001-05-08 2004-01-13 W. Keith Thornton Device for improving breathing incorporating a detachable venting seal
US7174895B2 (en) 2002-05-01 2007-02-13 W. Keith Thornton Device and method for improving a user's breathing
US7963284B2 (en) 2002-10-24 2011-06-21 Airway Technologies, Llc Custom fitted mask and method of forming same
US7581542B2 (en) 2003-03-10 2009-09-01 Abramson Mark E Method for treating sleep apnea
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US8316857B2 (en) 2006-04-06 2012-11-27 Airway Technologies, Llc Oral appliance for treating a breathing condition
US8316858B2 (en) 2006-04-06 2012-11-27 Airway Technologies, Llc System for coupling an oral appliance to a medical mask
US8236216B2 (en) 2006-07-06 2012-08-07 Airway Technologies, Llc System and method for forming a custom medical mask using an orientation device
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US8020276B2 (en) 2006-11-30 2011-09-20 Airway Technologies, Llc System and method for custom-orienting a medical mask to an oral appliance
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US8573224B2 (en) 2009-10-16 2013-11-05 Airway Technologies, Llc Custom-molded oral appliance and method of forming
US8684007B2 (en) 2011-03-30 2014-04-01 William R. Timmons Oral appliance for the treatment of sleep apnea
US8662084B2 (en) 2011-04-05 2014-03-04 Airway Technologies, Llc Universal oral appliance with a universal coupler
US8671946B2 (en) 2011-04-05 2014-03-18 Airway Technologies, Llc Custom dental appliance and method of creating a custom dental appliance
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