US 9,808,327 B1
Automated method of manufacturing oral appliances
Sung Kim, Pleasanton, CA (US); David W. Kuhns, Pleasanton, CA (US); and Leonard A. Liptak, Pleasanton, CA (US)
Assigned to PROSOMNUS SLEEP TECHNOLOGIES, INC., Pleasanton, CA (US)
Filed by ProSomnus Sleep Technologies, Inc., Pleasanton, CA (US)
Filed on Jan. 26, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/416,715.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/365,974, filed on Jul. 22, 2016.
Int. Cl. A61C 13/00 (2006.01); A61B 34/10 (2016.01); G06F 19/00 (2011.01); A61B 1/24 (2006.01); A61B 6/03 (2006.01); A61B 6/14 (2006.01); A61C 9/00 (2006.01); A61F 5/56 (2006.01)
CPC A61C 13/0004 (2013.01) [A61B 1/24 (2013.01); A61B 6/032 (2013.01); A61B 6/14 (2013.01); A61B 34/10 (2016.02); A61C 9/0046 (2013.01); A61C 13/0006 (2013.01); A61C 13/0019 (2013.01); A61F 5/566 (2013.01); G06F 19/321 (2013.01); G06F 19/3437 (2013.01); A61B 2034/105 (2016.02); A61B 2034/108 (2016.02); A61F 2005/563 (2013.01)] 17 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of manufacturing an oral appliance, the method comprising the steps of:
a) preparing a three-dimensional electronic model of the a patient's dentition;
b) determining a contour curve for the dentition, wherein the contour curve is placed at an offset distance at either buccal or lingual side of the dentition, wherein the offset distance for each tooth of the dentition is a fraction of visible buccal or lingual height of the respective tooth; wherein a solid block is obtained based on the contour curve;
c) subtracting the three-dimensional electronic; model of the patient's dentition from an image of the solid block to obtain an appliance data set; and
d) manufacturing a dental appliance in accordance with the appliance data set.