|Title of Invention||
DEVICE FOR PREVENTING SNORING
|Abstract||A device for preventing snoring comprising two flexible, hollow, tabular members/tubes with a plurality of holes at rearward end, an elongated flexible connector being used to connect the said members/tubes there-between at forward end, each of the members/tubes adapted for insertion into a nostril of a person, outer surface of the each of the members being smooth, for comfortably engaging the nostril to prevent accidental removal of the member from the nostril.|
Field of invention
This invention relates a device for prevents snoring during sleeping, and more particularly to devices that support nostril air passageways.
Background of invention
Snoring is a condition characterized by rough, loud, rattling breathing or aspiratory noise during sleep or deep coma. The characteristic snoring noise is produced by vibration of the soft palate (the soft tissue in the roof of the mouth near the throat) or vocal chords by inhaled or exhaled air. As the soft palate vibrates, the lips, cheeks, and nostrils may also vibrate, making the snoring louder.
Various devices have been developed that keep the mouth open, the tongue depressed, or nasal passages open. These dental devices can be expensive custom-fit, or inexpensive over-the counter mouth pieces. Adhesive nasal strips, which are applied externally to cither side of the nose, have been developed. While these strips may dilate the nasal passages to small degree, they do not work well in patients with anatomical deformities ; or obstructions in the nose. Air masks that force pressurized air into the mouth and lungs are available. These devices can be cumbersome, unsightly, painful, or expensive, and the patient may abandon these approaches in short time.
Prior art nasal inserts disclosed in U.S. Patent. No. 5727543, 1255578, 1481581. 5479944. 4414977. 4201217, 4759365 and 3710799. To stay in the nose, all the above inventions depend on tension to the lateral nasal walls, the septum, the floor of the sills, and/or the Mips" of the external nares (external openings into the nose). The lateral walls slope down and outwards, promoting a device to slip out. The Mips' of the external nares arc slight and vary tremendously in size and shape from person to person. The Mips' provide inadequate support. Most of the above inventions also greatly distort the shape of the nostrils and have a displeasing appearance when worn
There arc further various snore preventing devices are disclosed in US patent no.6.474.339. 5.988,170, 2004153127, 2004144391, 6748951, 2751906. 2010485, also
disclosed in GB patents no.191323245, 190930582, 2398247. 191209390 and Wo2004060311
One of the devices disclosed in U.S. Patent No. 1256188. includes a device having connected lubes for insertion into the nostrils. The tubes have a smooth exterior surface and do not have inwardly tapered forward ends and rearward ends.
Another device disclosed in U.S. Patent No. 2569743, includes independent tubes for ■ insertion into the nostrils that have an enlarged forward end portion resulting in a prominently sized shoulder positioned on the tube. Substantially enlarged structure is positioned al the rearward end for engaging structure that joins two of the tubes. The enlarged forward end portion has a forward end taper. The exterior surface is smooth.
Yet another device disclosed in U.S. Patent No 2672138, includes tubes for insertion into the nostrils that have a smooth exterior surface, a bulging protrusion along the exterior surface for fitting in the pocket or nest of the interior of the lobe of the nostril. The protrusion does not extend along the entire perimeter of the tubes and is only partially present at the tube forward end. All, or substantially all, of the tube forward ends do not have an inward taper.
Still another device disclosed in U.S. Patent No 3424152, includes tubes for insertion into the nostrils and separate thin sheets of absorbent cotton for wrapping the tubes.
Another device disclosed in U.S. Patent No 3935859. is a surgical nasal splint that includes two tubes, mounted to two joined limbs, each limb having a flat plate part with a ) contour designed to fit the septum of the user. The plate part has a top edge that is convexly curved and lower edge that is nearly straight. The tubes do not have tapered forward or rearward ends.
Yet another device disclosed in Swedish patent no. SE453564. comprises a strip of flexible material is placed on the forehead or waist of the person involved. The strip has a metal rail to which a connection is provided for printed conductive circuits. On a flexible plate of non-conductive material, is placed a closed glass tube containing internal
electrodes which adjoin a raised section where a ball of solid metal or mercury may be moved horizontally and vertically. A buzzer provides a signal or vibration when the ball in the horizontal position rolls to the raised section and closes the current circuit between the electrodes. When the ball moves vertically, the circuit is broken.
Still another Russian patent no. RU2104051 comprises a method involves dividing air exchange among lung and surrounding medium into two respiratory channels, the first one being natural way through rhinopharynx and the second one being artificially open way through oral cavity. Air-conducting apparatus is to be introduced into oral cavity to make contact and fixation of palate immovability and uvula palatina with distal end of the apparatus during the whole sleep duration. Being applied as artificial channel (way) for breathing mainly in sleeping, obstacle against closing jaws and lips and occluding passage for making breathing in (air uptake), the apparatus excludes swallowing tube, its displacement towards below-positioned respiration zones. Mouth-piece as oval plate is manufactured on the tube.
Another disclosed in US patent number 6675804 comprises an apparatus adapted for partial insertion within the user's mouth for preventing snoring, teeth grinding, and light forms of sleep apnea is disclosed. The apparatus includes a multi-lobed tongue receiving structure, an undulating connector for connecting the multi-lobed structure to an inner lip 'plate, a hollow tube connecting the lip plate to a dome-shaped structure formed on an outer shield.
Yet another disclosed in US patent number 5921240 is used prevent snoring and the
grinding of teeth by a user during sleep. The device includes a generally oval plate
positioned in the mouth of the user between the teeth and the lips. The oval plate includes j an aperture centered therein to accommodate air flow into and out of the mouth. A tab
member extends from a first side of the oval plate and through the lips to position the air
passage in the flow of air into and out of the mouth when the lips are separated. The
device further includes a tapered rib extending along a second side of the oval plate so as
to prevent the upper teeth of a user from engaging the lower teeth of a user.
Still another disclosed in US patent number 6562057 comprises a open tubular elements which arc conic-frustum shaped along an axis, having a larger diameter first end and taper toward a second smaller diameter second end. The tubular elements may have passageways that extend transversely through the tubular elements. In another embodiment, the first ends of the tubular elements are connected by coupling element. The coupling element can be a curved strut shape that maintains the tubular elements in a spaced apart, generally parallel relationship. In alternate embodiments, tabs extend from the first end of the tubular elements and are elongated in the direction toward the second end. The labs may be attached to the first end, or extend from tab supports that extend radially from the first ends. The user inserts the tubular elements into the nasal passages lo increased airflow through the nasal passages during sleep.
Another disclosed in US patent number 5665104 comprises a nasal dilator device comprising two molded, rigid, substantially cylindrical insert pieces fixed to each other by a connecting strip at the respective bases thereof. Each insert piece is inserted into a vestibule of the nose to expand the area of the nostril, thereby enhancing breathing.
Yet another disclosed in US patent number 6669712 comprises a nasal cannula support device includes a generally L-shaped strut having a long leg and a short leg. The long leg of the device generally conforms to the ridge pole of the nose and is in an angular relationship with the short leg, allowing the short leg to pass around and under the tip of a
user's nose. In one embodiment, the short leg includes a curved portion that secures and positions the nasal delivery stubs of an oxygen delivery barrel within a user's nostrils. In other embodiments, a cup-like area of the strut, between the long and short leg, provides finger-like projections that provide similar retention and positioning of the delivery barrel and stubs. The strut may be secured to the user's nose by an adhesive backing, tape, or
forming the device to conform, closely, to the user's external nasal contour. The cannula support device also includes delivery tube management means so as to eliminate the need for uncomfortable ear loops and further stabilize the nasal cannula within the user's nostrils. A nasal breathing assistance device has a generally L-shaped strut having a long leg and a short leg and structure for securing the device to a user's nose. The nasal breathing assistance device leg is securable to a ridge pole of a user's nose in such a
manner as to raise and shorten the tip of the user's nose resulting in an increase in
diameter and decrease in length of the external nasal airway thereby facilitating aspiratory and expiratory air flow.
Still another disclosed in US patent number 6564800 comprises a nasal air passage device is provided that includes connected tubes for insertion into the nostrils. The tubes support the nostrils' interior walls, allowing an increased amount of air to pass through the nostrils, particularly during sleep. Each tube has an exterior surface that has nonconformities, such as mound-shaped, including bubble-shaped, and ridge-shaped protrusions, and the like, that are distributed in a substantially uniform manner across the exterior surface. The nonconformities cause discontinuities between the exterior surface area and the nostril interior wall tissue, thus reducing the tendency to dry and stick. The nonconformities can be arranged in substantial alignment or randomly, can be uniform or varied in size. and can be resilient or inelastic. Each tube has a forward and rearward end that is inwardly tapered, thus eliminating the presentation of a right-angled forward or rearward end to the nostril interior wall tissues. This reduces the disruption and dislocation of such tissues. The tapers can be flat, arcuate, and extending such that a semicircular cross-sectional profile is presented at the tube forward end. The tubes and nonconformities can be resilient or inelastic. The tubes are connected in the preferred embodiment, although each tube can be independently utilized, in other embodiments. The connecting member is sized to allow the tubes to be completely insertable into the nostrils, and can be flexible or'stiff. In another embodiment only one tube is provided, which includes a retrieval member. A smooth surface is used in another embodiment.
Another disclosed in US patent number 6216694 comprises a stuff-in type nose plug with air filters is made up a pair of plug units that are integrally connected to each other at one end and has an air filter made of active carbon fixed to the air inlet of each plug unit. Each plug unit made of soft material can be closely engaged with the nostril respectively so as to permit air to be inhaled via each active carbon air filter so that dirt and filthy air can be completely filtered before being inhaled by a person.
Yei another disclosed in US patent number 5775335 comprises two cylindrical members having an elongated flexible strap there-between. Each of the members is adapted for insertion into a nostril of a person to enlarge the nostril. Each of the members further comprising a series of longitudinally disposed ridges arranged annularly about the member for comfortably engaging the nostril to prevent accidental removal of the member from the nostril.
Still another disclosed in US patent number 4221217 comprises an article for holding one or more replaceable elements in the nasal passages of a human being for affecting gases passing through such elements includes a loop-shaped clip having a holder for such elements, preferably at one or both ends of the loop.
Disadvantages of the prior art
There are disadvantages associated with the prior art. One of the main disadvantages is that the conventional device to prevent snoring is complex in construction.
.Another disadvantage is that in the conventional device to-prevent snoring do not remove air passage block between throat and nose.
Yet another disadvantage is that the conventional device to prevent snoring is costly in nature and application is also difficult
Objects and advantages of the present invention
Therefore the main object of the present invention is to provide a device for preventing Snoring which goes inside the nose and reaches up to throat and prevents the blockage of the basal part of tongue between throat and nose and brought sufficient oxygen and thus prevent snoring and thus reduce unnecessary stress on human being.
Another object of the present invention is to provide device for preventing snoring that is low in cost, easy in application into nose.
Still another object of the present invention to provide device for preventing snoring which is easy to clean and durable.
Another object of the present invention to provide device for preventing snoring which is very simple in construction.
Yet another object of the present invention to provide device for preventing snoring which give good slip to the patient.
The following description contains many specifics; these should not be construed as limitations on the scope of the invention, but rather as an exemplification of one preferred embodiment thereof. Many other variations are possible accordingly the scope of the invention should not be limited to the embodiment illustrated, and the alterations and variations may be treated within the spirit and scope of this invention.
Statement of the Invention
According to the present invention there is provided a device for preventing snoring comprising two flexible, hollow, tabular members/tubes with a plurality of holes at rearward end. an elongated flexible connector being used to connect the said members/tubes there-between at forward end, each of the members/tubes adapted for insertion into a nostril of a person, outer surface of the each of the members being smooth, for comfortably engaging the nostril to prevent accidental removal of the member from the nostril.
Brief description of invention
In accordance with this invention a device for preventing snoring has two flexible, hollow, tabular members/tubes of particular length. A plurality of holes is provided near the rearward end of the members/tubes. An elongated flexible connector/strip is used to connect ai forward end of the said members/tubes. Members/tubes adapted for insertion into a nostril of a person. Outer surface of the each of the members/tubes are smooth and comfortably engaging the nostril to prevent accidental removal of the member from the
nostril. The rearward end of the said members/tubes, which is inserted into the nostril, is less in diameter as compared to the members/tubes diameter and has a conic shape.
Detailed description of invention
A device for preventing snoring according to the preferred embodiment of this invention is herein described and illustrated in the accompanying drawings wherein;
l;ig 1 shows the perspective view of the device from forward end
Fig 2 shows the forward end view of the device
Fig 3 shows the perspective view of the device from rearward end
fig 4 shows the rearward end view of the device
Referring to the drawings particularly Fig 1 & 3, a device for preventing snoring has a flexible hollow tabular members/tubes (1). The arrangement of this tube is done in such a manner that it is kept in parallel position. A plurality of holes (2) is provided near the rearward end (3) of the members/tubes and this device is inserted in the nose with the help of its ends (3). An elongated flexible connector/strip (4) (see fig. 2) is used to connect at forward end (5) of the said members/tubes (1). Members/tubes (1) adapted for : insertion into a nostril of a person. Outer surface (6) of the each of the members/tubes (1) arc smooth and comfortably engaging the nostril to prevent accidental removal of the members from the nostril. The rearward end (3) of the said members/tubes, which is inserted into the nostril, is less in diameter as compared to the members/tubes (1) diameter and has a conic shape (7) (see fig 4).
During the operation of the device first of all, two ends of the device for preventing snoring are inserted into the nostril. As the ends of the tube inserted inside the nose goes up to the throat and thus prevent blockage of basal part of tongue between throat and nose and brought sufficient oxygen and thus prevent the snoring. Through the cut hole in the ends of the device the air is taken and removed from the device and the person remains ■ under safety level of vibration for nose.
1- A device for preventing snoring comprising two flexible, hollow, tabular
members/tubes with a plurality of holes at rearward end. an elongated flexible
connector being used to connect the said members/tubes there-between at forward
end. each of the members/tubes adapted for insertion into a nostril of a person,
outer surface of the each of the members being smooth, for comfortably engaging
the nostril to prevent accidental removal of the member from the nostril.
2- A device for preventing snoring device as claimed in claim 1 wherein said an
elongated flexible connector/strip being connected at forward end of the said
3- A device for preventing snoring device as claimed in claim 1 wherein said outer
surface is smooth and flexible.
4- A device for preventing snoring device as claimed in claim 1 wherein said
members/tubes comprises a plurality of holes near the rear end o\" the
5- A device for preventing snoring device as claimed in claim 1 wherein said
rearward end of the said members/tubes, which is inserted into the nostril, is less
in diameter as compared to the members/tubes diameter.
6- A device for preventing snoring device as claimed in claim 1 wherein said
rearward end has a conic shape
7- A device for preventing snoring device substantially as herein described and
illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
|Indian Patent Application Number||1375/CHE/2004|
|PG Journal Number||36/2010|
|Date of Filing||15-Dec-2004|
|Name of Patentee||E.K. ABDUL RAHMAN|
|Applicant Address||HIBATHULLAH MANZIL, NEAR G H S KODUVALLY P.O, CALICUT, KERALA-673 572.|
|PCT International Classification Number||A61P 5/56|
|PCT International Application Number||N/A|
|PCT International Filing date|