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Dallas Man Invents Custom Breathing Mask For Sleep
Dallas Man Invents Custom Breathing Mask For Sleep | Texas Business patent of the Day, dal_ftw_txbz, W. Keith Thornton, 7963284, patent, sleep mask, snore mask, apnea, Airway Technologies, Carrolton, breathing problem, sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea,

U.S. Patent 7,963,284: Custom fitted mask and method of forming same

Texas Business Patent Of The Day: A Dallas man devised a way to make masks fit to an individual’s unique facial structure.

W. Keith Thornton of Dallas received U.S. Patent 7,963,284 for “Custom fitted mask and method of forming same.”

Thornton filed for the patent on August 18, 2004.

The patent assignee is AirWay Technologies LLC of Carrollton.

Many people experience breathing problems on a recurring basis, which often results in sleep disordered breathing, such as difficulty sleeping, snoring, or other more serious conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea.

As technology advances, people with such breathing problems demand increased performance and comfort.

Previous devices for improving a user's breathing have included custom fitted masks that help deliver air or another suitable gas to the user's nose at positive pressure to help force open the user's breathing passage and thus improve the user's breathing.

However, previous masks may be relatively expensive due to the expertise often required to design, manufacture, and fit the masks to each particular user. Furthermore, previous masks have often been fitted to the user's unique bone structure and facial features rather poorly, if at all.

As a result, previous masks have often failed to adequately prevent leakage from around the perimeter of the mask, have caused discomfort for users, and have been relatively ineffective in treating breathing problems such as sleep disordered breathing.

Thornton’s invention attempts to eliminate or reduce the problems and disadvantages associated with previous custom fitted masks and methods for forming them.  His method includes a thin sheet of deformable material that has been formed and fitted to a portion of a face surrounding the nostrils to conform  to and individual’s unique facial features.

The thin sheet includes a perimeter defining only soft cartilaginous portions of the nose and portions on either side of and below the soft cartilaginous portions. and excludes hard bony portions of the nose; and an interior within the perimeter.