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What is the Kois Deprogrammer? And how it can relieve chronic pain, bite problems for good in Napier

Dr Sundar had the privilege of completing advanced training at the renowned Kois Center in Seattle, Washington, USA. The Kois Center is one of the only educational programs of its kind that conducts and publishes independent research. Now, Dr Sundar is proud to introduce one of those innovations to Dentiq patients in Napier: the Kois Deprogrammer. Developed by centre director Dr John C. Kois, the “deprogrammer” is actually a straightforward oral appliance designed to provide real and lasting pain relief ultimately and sustained chewing comfort and functionality. 

The problem 

Your “bite” describes the relationship between your upper teeth and lower teeth when you bite down. A “poor bite” may be incompatible with the joints on either side of the face (the TMJ) and interrelated muscles, ligaments, and tissues. Many people may take their ability to grind down food, or to chew without pain, for granted. But if you have bite-related problems that stress this complex system of joints and muscles, even the simple task of breaking down chewier foods like nuts and grains can be painful. Additionally, as dental professionals, we may find that these patients have uneven or excessive wear and tear. They may need more frequent dental-work, and that dental-work often degrades well before it should. 

The answer 

A removable, lightweight oral appliance, the Kois Deprogrammer resembles a retainer. When it slips over your teeth and is worn as directed, it helps Dr Sundar evaluate your bite’s stability accurately. It also provides critical insight into your optimal jaw position. Furthermore, this appliance encourages the lower jaw to relax. So, it eventually settles into the ideal position to your teeth. In this way, the device “deprograms” or reprograms the original, unhealthy, and inefficient bite position. We may ask you to wear the appliance for as little as a week to up to a month, whatever it takes to erase the old muscle memory. We will know that you no longer have to wear the device when you can achieve the same point of contact without the guidance or aid of the Deprogrammer.

After this diagnostics stage is complete, Dr Sundar will discuss options to retain your new and healthy bite position. Most patients adjust very quickly to having the device in, and it can be cleaned and cared for easily with toothpaste and warm water. 

If you experience radiating facial pain and avoid chewy foods that you once loved, you may be among the candidates for Kois Deprogramming. Schedule your evaluation at our office in Greenmeadows. Phone us on 06 880 6161.

Kois Deprogrammer Before After
Dr. Sundar Jagadeesan Dr. Sundar Jagadeesan received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2002 from the TN Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai, India. He completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Oral implantology in 2007 from the Manipal University, Manipal India. In 2008 he decided to move permanently to Aotearoa, New Zealand. And since then, he has been in private practice in different parts of the country, from West Coast to Waikato and now in Hawkes Bay.

In 2015 Dr. Sundar embarked on a journey of learning at the world-renowned Kois Center in Seattle, USA. Here he learnt under the tutelage of Dr John C Kois, DMD MSD. The Kois Center is the only continuing education program in the world conducting and publishing independent research. Every course is updated each year based on new scientific evidence. Dr. Sundar continues his learning at the Kois Center each year to bring the best evidence-based dentistry to Hawkes Bay.

Dr. Sundar and his family have been living in Hawkes Bay since 2012 and love the area. The family is complete with their beloved golden retriever, Maple. Dr. Sundar’s family’s love for Hawkes Bay resulted in his parents and siblings moving to sunny Hawkes Bay too.

He is delighted to meet you as you visit Dentiq, your first step towards better oral and overall health.

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