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1. (WO2004060311) APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR TREATING SLEEP APNEA
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Pub. No.: WO/2004/060311 International Application No.: PCT/US2003/041560
Publication Date: 22.07.2004 International Filing Date: 30.12.2003
IPC:
A61F 2/20 (2006.01) ,A61F 5/56 (2006.01)
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
F
FILTERS 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
2
Filters implantable into blood vessels; Prostheses, i.e. artificial substitutes or replacements for parts of the body; Appliances for connecting them with the body; Devices providing patency to, or preventing collapsing of, tubular structures of the body, e.g. stents
02
Prostheses implantable into the body
20
Larynxes; Tracheae combined with larynxes or for use therewith
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
F
FILTERS 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
5
Orthopaedic methods or devices for non-surgical treatment of bones or joints; Nursing devices
56
Devices for preventing snoring
Applicants:
PFLUEGER, D., Russell [US/US]; US (UsOnly)
THOMPSON, Christopher, Paul [US/US]; US (UsOnly)
QUIESCENCE MEDICAL, INC. [US/US]; 22 Morgan Irvine, CA 92618, US (AllExceptUS)
Inventors:
PFLUEGER, D., Russell; US
THOMPSON, Christopher, Paul; US
Agent:
UXA, Frank, J.; Stout, Uxa, Buyan & Mullins 4 Venture, Suite 300 Irvine, CA 92618, US
Priority Data:
10/624,91522.07.2003US
60/436,94530.12.2002US
60/437,05830.12.2002US
Title (EN) APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR TREATING SLEEP APNEA
(FR) APPAREIL ET PROCEDES POUR TRAITER L'APNEE DU SOMMEIL
Abstract:
(EN) An apparatus and method for treating sleep apnea and/or snoring is provided. The apparatus includes an appliance sized and structured to be placed in the pharyngeal region of a human or animal and being effective in treating sleep apnea and/or snoring, for example in maintaining openness of an oropharyngeal region of a human or animal during natural sleep, advantageously while not interfering with normal functioning of the epiglottis. The appliance may be made of a super elastic material, for example, Nitinol, and may be submucossally implanted in the pharyngeal walls.
(FR) La présente invention concerne un appareil et un procédé pour traiter l'apnée du sommeil et/ou la ronchopathie. L'appareil comporte un accessoire de dimensions et de structure lui permettant de se placer dans la zone du pharynx d'un humain ou d'un autre animal. En l'occurrence, cet accessoire permet un traitement effectif de l'apnée du sommeil et de la ronchopathie, notamment en conservant ses caractéristiques d'ouverture à la zone oropharyngée de l'humain ou autre animal considéré pendant son sommeil naturel, avec l'avantage de ne pas contrarier le fonctionnement normal de l'épiglotte. L'accessoire, qui peut être fait d'un matériau superélastique tel que le Nitinol, peut s'implanter dans les parois pharyngées.
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African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (BW, GH, GM, KE, LS, MW, MZ, SD, SL, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Office (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (EPO) (AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IT, LU, MC, NL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, GQ, GW, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)