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Title:
SMART DIAGNOSTIC MOUTH GUARD SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2014/110548
Kind Code:
A4
Abstract:
Various examples are provided for a smart mouth guard for diagnosis, quantification, and/or management of, e.g., bruxism. In one example, among others, a diagnostic mouth guard includes a plurality of pressure sensors and processing circuitry configured to provide pressure sensor data to an external processing unit when located in an oral cavity. The diagnostic mouth guard may also include temperature, pH and/or inertia sensors. In another example, a system includes the diagnostic mouth guard and the external processing unit such as, e.g., a smart phone, table or computer. The diagnostic mouth guard can communicate with the external processing unit over a wireless channel.

Inventors:
YOON, Yong-Kyu (9768 SW 52nd Road, Gainesville, FL, 32608, US)
CHENG, Xiaoyu (512 SW 34th Street, Apt. #3Gainesville, FL, 32607, US)
KIM, Gloria, Jung-a (9768 SW 52nd Road, Gainesville, FL, 32608, US)
WONG, Fong (5597 SW 39 St, Ocala, FL, 34474, US)
Application Number:
US2014/011409
Publication Date:
July 17, 2014
Filing Date:
January 14, 2014
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC. (223 Grinter Hall, Gainesville, FL, 32611, US)
International Classes:
A61C19/04; A61B5/01; A61C5/14; G06Q50/22
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SCHOEN, Randy, R. (Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP400 Interstate North Parkway,Suite 150, Atlanta GA, 30339, US)
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Claims:
AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 08 July 2014 (08.07.14)

1. A diagnostic mouth guard, comprising:

a plurality of pressure sensors; and

processing circuitry in communication with the plurality of pressure sensors, the processing circuitry configured to provide pressure sensor data to an external processing unit when located in an oral cavity.

2. The diagnostic mouth guard of claim 1 , wherein the processing circuitry includes an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), a microprocessor, and a transceiver embedded in the mouth guard.

3. The diagnostic mouth guard of claim 2, wherein the transceiver is configured to communicate with the external processing unit over a wireless channel.

4. The diagnostic mouth guard of claims 1-3, further comprising a temperature sensor.

5. The diagnostic mouth guard of claims 1-4, further comprising an intervention feedback unit.

6. The diagnostic mouth guard of claim 5, wherein the intervention feedback unit comprises a vibration motor.

7. The diagnostic mouth guard of claims 1-6, further comprising an inertia sensor comprising an accelerometer or a gyroscope.

8. A system, comprising:

the diagnostic mouth guard of claim 1 ; and

the external processing unit.

9. The system of claim 8, wherein the external processing unit is configured to obtain the pressure sensor data from the processing circuitry of the diagnostic mouth guard.

10. The system of claim 9, wherein the external processing unit is configured to process the obtained sensor data to determine a condition of bruxism.

1 1 . The system of claim 10, wherein the external processing unit is configured to initiate an intervention in response to the determination of the condition of bruxism.

12. The system of claim 1 1 , wherein the intervention is an initiation of music therapy.

13. The system of claims 1 1 -12, wherein the intervention is an initiation of feedback provided by the diagnostic mouth guard.

14. The system of claim 13, wherein the feedback provided by the diagnostic mouth guard is a vibration.

15. The system of claims 8-14, wherein the external processing unit is further configured to provide an indication of the condition of bruxism through a graphical user interface (GUI).

16. The system of claims 8-15, wherein the external processing unit is a smart phone or a smart watch.

17. The system of claims 8-15, wherein the external processing unit is a personal computer.

18. The system of claims 8-15, wherein the external processing unit is a tablet computer.

19. The system of claim 18, wherein the tablet computer is configured to implement an "mHealth" (mobile-health) monitoring system.

20. The system of claims 8-15, wherein the external processing unit is a cell phone or a smart watch configured to implement an "mHealth" (mobile-health) monitoring system.

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