Pavad Medical, Inc.
|Pavad Medical, Inc. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20100319711||AIRWAY IMPLANT AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING - A system and device for maintaining and/or creating patency in airways is disclosed. The methods of using the system and device are also disclosed. The system includes a power source that energizes a electro-active polymer implant. The energized polymer implant provides stiffness and shape to the airway, thereby minimizing collapse or deformation of the airway. A method of making the device is also disclosed.||12-23-2010|
|20100198305||DETECTION OF IMPLANT FUNCTIONALITY - Techniques are disclosed for detecting a functionality of a medical device implanted within the human body. A testing method includes delivering power to and measuring an electrical response of ion exchange polymer metal composite (IPMC) material that is part of the implant device in a first testing interval. Power can be transmitted at radio frequencies which penetrate tissue such that direct contact with the implant device is not required. Following the first testing interval, the implant can be powered continuously for a predetermined time. The implant can be powered in a second testing interval and the electrical response can again be measured. A functionality of the implant device can be detected based on the electrical response in the first and second testing intervals. The testing method can be practiced in connection with a handheld device, a retainer, or other suitable apparatus.||08-05-2010|
|20090173351||CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A TONGUE STABILIZATION DEVICE - A tongue implant control system and methods for stabilizing the tongue are disclosed. The tongue implant control system includes an implant device and a non-implanted control device in wireless communication. The control device provides an inductive power transfer for operating the implant device. The control device also sends commands for changing a state of the implant device. The implant device includes a flexible portion for attachment to the tongue and to one or more actuators. The one or more actuators may include shape memory material. The implant device detects a command from the control device and powers an actuator based on the command. Optionally, the implant device communicates its operating state to the control device and the control device displays information about the implant device at a user interface.||07-09-2009|
|20090084388||Methods and Devices for Removal of a Tongue Stabilization Device - An airway implant device for maintaining and/or creating an opening in air passageways is disclosed. Methods and devices for removing, the device are also disclosed. Methods of treating airway disorders such as sleep apnea and snoring with the airway implant device are disclosed herein.||04-02-2009|
|20090078275||Palatal Implant Fixation Devices and Methods - Devices and methods for securing an implant to the hard palate are disclosed. The device may use a bracket and a retention element, such as a screw or tack, for retaining the device to the hard palate. The device may include a housing and an actuator element for actuating a portion of the soft palate. The method may include securing the retention element into the hard palate.||03-26-2009|
|20090078274||Implantable Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sensor - Systems and methods for detecting an obstructive sleep apnea event are disclosed herein. The systems and methods may use an electrical output generating ionic polymer metal composite sensor attached to a region in an airway passage in an oral cavity. The electrical output may be wirelessly transmitted as a signal for indication of an obstructive sleep apnea event. The signal may be further analyzed for treatment of the obstructive sleep apnea event.||03-26-2009|
|20090078273||Smart Mandibular Repositioning System - Systems and methods for detecting an obstructive sleep apnea event are disclosed herein. The systems and methods may use an electrical output generating ionic polymer metal composite sensor attached to a region in an airway passage in an oral cavity. The electrical output may be wirelessly transmitted as a signal for indication of an obstructive sleep apnea event. The signal may be further processed by a smart mandibular repositioning system for treatment of the obstructive sleep apnea event.||03-26-2009|
|20090078257||Auto-Titration of Positive Airway Pressure Machine With Feedback From Implantable Sensor - Systems and methods for detecting and treating an obstructive sleep apnea event are disclosed herein. The systems and methods may use an electrical output generating ionic polymer metal composite sensor attached to a region in an airway passage in an oral cavity. The electrical output may be wirelessly transmitted as a signal for indication of an obstructive sleep apnea event. The signal may be further analyzed by a positive airway pressure system for treatment of the obstructive sleep apnea event.||03-26-2009|
|20090069866||IMPLANT TESTER - An implant testing device and a method of detecting an airway implant are disclosed. The testing device detects the presence of the implant within a patient's body and can be used to determine its location. The testing device also provides an indication of proper function of the implant electronics. A detector circuit of the testing device generates an output signal representative of proximity of the airway implant. A processing circuit receives the output signal and determines proximity of the implant based on one or more detection thresholds. The processing circuit also provides a visual and/or audible alert. In some embodiments, the processing circuit varies the flash rate of one or more light emitting diodes and/or the pitch of an alert tone based on proximity of the implant. Various embodiments of the testing device are adapted for handheld use and can include a handle, elongated portion, and detector element.||03-12-2009|
|20090038623||INDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM FOR PALATAL IMPLANT - An inductive power transfer system associated with an airway implant device is disclosed. A non-implanted portion of the system comprises a mouthpiece or retainer. The mouthpiece includes a power transfer circuit and a power source. The power transfer circuit includes a receive circuit configured to receive a first inductive power transfer from a charging device and to deliver a charging current to the power source. The power transfer circuit also includes a transmit circuit coupled to the power source. The transmit circuit is configured to provide a second inductive power transfer from the mouthpiece to the airway implant. Some embodiments of the non-implanted portion include a charge controller and a lithium polymer battery. Some embodiments of the charging device include a microcontroller for controlling operation of the charging device based on a proximity of the mouthpiece.||02-12-2009|
Patent applications by Pavad Medical, Inc.