Magnetic anti-snoring implant (patent)

Snoring_Avoidance_PatentFor the avoidance of snoring, and apnea in general, a new patent (August 20, 2013) has been granted to Gillis, et al. of California, US.

“The present invention provides devices, systems, and methods for resisting posterior movement of the tongue during sleep, thereby keeping an airway open.”

The drawing shows :

“… magnetic interaction of a ferromagnetic structure implanted in regions of a tongue with a magnetic structure carried outside an airway (e.g., on a chin and/or jaw).”

See: US 8,511,315 B2 ‘Devices, systems and methods using magnetic force systems in the upper airway.