Tongue stabilizing device

  • US 7,073,506 B2
  • Filed: 12/15/2000
  • Issued: 07/11/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/15/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A one piece tongue stabilising device formed of a resiliently flexible material and comprising a body having a hollow interior within which the end of a user'"'"'s tongue fits and is held by negative pressure when the device is fitted on to the user'"'"'s tongue and which body comprises an entry portion having an opening to the hollow interior of the device and a squeezable expanded bulb portion connected by a narrower diameter neck portion, and having a flexible wall section whereby the expanded bulb portion may be squeezed and released in application of the device to a user'"'"'s tongue, the length dimension of the device from the opening to said entry portion to the narrowest part of said neck portion being shorter than the length dimension of the device from the narrowest part of said neck portion to the distal end of said bulb portion, said body also comprising a cut out into the side wall of the entry portion, and integrally moulded tabs extending from the bulb portion which in use engage the exterior of the user'"'"'s face or between the user'"'"'s teeth and lips, to hold the tongue forward to assist in opening user'"'"'s airway and reducing snoring, said tabs comprising a first tab extending from the exterior of said expanded bulb portion substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the device.

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