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An intraoral electromuscular stimulation device and method to treat a breathing disorder. The stimulation device includes a first electrode, a first support member that maintains the first electrode in a sublingual location posterior to a frenulum and proximate to one of a first molar, a second molar and a third molar of a patient. A second electrode is maintained in a sublingual position posterior relative to the first electrode by a second support member. A further embodiment of the stimulation device includes a sensor that detects a respiratory parameter of a patient and outputs a signal indicative thereof. A control unit receives the signal from the sensor, distinguishes between inspiration and expiration, and initiates an electrical stimulation at a stimulation time prior to onset of inspiration and continues stimulation through a portion of inspiration at a level sufficient to induce muscle contraction without pain.

Title
Intraoral electromuscular stimulation device and method
Application Number
9/436857
Publication Number
6212435 (B1)
Application Date
November 9, 1999
Publication Date
April 3, 2001
Inventor
Douglas M Mechlenburg
Pittsburgh
PA, US
Eugene N Scarberry
Trafford
PA, US
Eric W Starr
Allison Park
PA, US
Stefanie Lattner
Gibsonia
PA, US
Agent
Michael W Haas
US
Assignee
Respironics
PA, US
IPC
A61N 1/05
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