LUCKNOW: Patients with sleep apnea will get better treatment at King George’s Medical University (KGMU) as the department of prosthodontics has been granted a patent for a device designed to accurately measure the gap between the upper jaw and the lower jaw.
“Until now, the gap measurement is taken manually by calipers from outside the mouth, so accuracy has been compromised, but now, with this device, the gap is assessed in inserting it into the mouth,” said Prof Pooranchand, head of KGMU prosthodontics, who invented the device.
Gap measurement is essential as it is used in the manufacture of modular advancement instruments that are given to patients with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that often occurs in patients with a neck diameter greater than 17 inches. In this state, breathing repeatedly stops and starts again due to a blockage in the airways, usually when the soft tissues at the back of the throat collapse during sleep.
Prof Pooranchand said they applied for the patent for the device in 2018 and have now been granted approval after extensive review by the Indian government.