US 9,808,227 B2
Tongue retraction and cleaning method and apparatus
Gilbert William Mettler, Jr., Washington, NH (US)
Assigned to Q-In Medical Technologies, LLC, Buffalo, WY (US)
Filed by Gilbert William Mettler, Jr., Washington, NH (US)
Filed on Jan. 14, 2008, as Appl. No. 12/13,911.
Prior Publication US 2009/0182364 A1, Jul. 16, 2009
Int. Cl. A61B 1/32 (2006.01); A61B 13/00 (2006.01); A01K 13/00 (2006.01); A61B 17/24 (2006.01); A61D 15/00 (2006.01); A61B 1/24 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 13/00 (2013.01) [A01K 13/001 (2013.01); A61B 17/244 (2013.01); A61D 15/00 (2013.01); A61B 1/24 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus for retracting at least a portion of sides of an animal tongue, at least a portion of a back of the animal tongue, and a dorsal portion of an animal tongue, comprising:
a tongue retraction handle that is elongate comprising a proximal portion that extends along a reference plane toward a distal portion, with the tongue retraction handle generally disposed above the reference plane; and
a tongue retraction cup coupled the distal portion of the tongue retraction handle, the tongue retraction cup extending along the reference plane and generally beneath the reference plane, the tongue retraction cup being generally concave and sized to locate a first side of the tongue retraction cup over a first lateral side of the tongue to forcibly retract the tongue laterally, the tongue retraction cup being sized to locate a second side opposite the first side and over a second side of the tongue that is opposite the first lateral side of the tongue to forcibly retract the tongue laterally, the tongue retraction cup being sized to locate a dorsal portion of the cup along the dorsal portion of the tongue and a posterior extending tip at least partially along the back of the tongue toward an oral pharyngeal portion of the tongue to retract the tongue, the first side, second side, and posterior extending tip defining a tongue receiving cavity of the tongue retraction cup,
wherein the tongue retraction cup is sized to locate the first side over the first side of the tongue while the second side is disposed over the second side of the tongue, and the dorsal portion of the cup is disposed over the back of the tongue, and
wherein the apparatus is formed of one or more materials adapted to maintain a shape, including an orientation of the tongue retraction handle with respect to the tongue retraction cup, to forcibly retract the animal tongue laterally.