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ORA®, new ‘green’ dental practice, opens in South Loop

ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, the nation’s first “green” Oral surgery practice, recently opened its second location at a 4,200-square-foot renovated space in the South Loop for Oral surgery services. The practice blends a modern environment and state-of-the-art technology with eco-friendly practices, procedures, and products. “We want ORA® to lead the way for the next generation of dental offices and be one that creates a cleaner, healthier, more environmentally responsible dental experience, while empowering our doctors, our team, and our patients to live an eco-minded, sustainable lifestyle. We employ a minimally invasive treatment philosophy with our patients, so it was only natural to extend that approach to our daily clinical and business practices.”

ORA® not only practices green healthcare, but builds sustainable, green facilities as well.

The creation of the South Loop practice strictly followed GGHC (Green Guide for Healthcare) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards throughout all construction, interior design, and current operational phases. Concern for the environment and sustainable development — minimizing the impact of consumption of renewable resources — is a necessary and growing consideration for everyone. Both consumers and patients are beginning to realize that their choices in supporting green businesses reflect a responsible commitment to their communities.

“We have designed a dental practice that reflects our commitment to the well-being of our patients, our team members, our community, and the environment.

We are also completely committed to offsetting our residual carbon footprint by annually contributing to reforestation campaigns, energy efficiency programs, and renewable natural energy sources,” said Steven Koos, MD, DDS, managing partner and oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. “The medical field has already demonstrated a growing eco-consciousness and, as both a physician and dentist, I want to bridge the gap and bring the dental industry on board with delivering green healthcare as well.”

ORA® implements a host of environmentally conscious day-to-day operations, some of which include a paper-free office with digital charts and radiographs, a revolutionary green biohazard neutralizing waste disposal system, and eco-friendly cleaning products. All of ORA®’s appliances, audio-video equipment, and information technology systems are Energy Star rated and the studio utilizes energy-efficient compact fluorescent, LED (light-emitting diode), and special low-voltage efficient halogen lighting throughout its space. Additionally, there are sensor-automated, certified lowflow faucets and lavatories and GreenSpec certified electric hand dryers to eliminate paper waste.

In keeping with its minimally invasive treatment philosophy, ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio inCorporates the latest “green” dental technology such as digital x-rays, which reduce patient radiation by 90% and eliminate toxic processing fluids, lead foil content, and film manufacturing compared to traditional x-rays; VelScope immunofluorscence used for oral cancer screenings and early detection of oral cavity abnormalities, eliminating the need for solutions, dyes, and the production of traditional testing materials; and the Navigator soft tissue laser for nonsurgical treatment of periodontal disease and minimally invasive treatment of oral pathology.

In addition, ORA® is one of only a few centers in Chicago that offers the i-CAT 3-D cone beam digital CT scanner for oral and Maxillofacial imaging. The i-CAT offers the most complete and accurate information on the anatomy of a patient’s mouth, face, and jaw areas available today. Anatomy that clinicians once estimated is now completely visible in a three-dimensional view. This leads to more accurate diagnoses, treatment planning, minimally invasive procedures, and predictable outcomes for patients’ oral and Maxillofacial procedures.

The doctors at ORA® are members of the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) and the EDA (Eco-Dentistry Association), and are collaborating to form the association’s Midwest Chapter. They are official endorsers of the GGHC (Green Guide for Healthcare) and are Energy Star partners with the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). They are currently enrolled in the Leadership in Green Healthcare Program and are partners with HCWH (Health Care Without Harm), Practice Greenhealth, and the Teleosis Institute, which is a leading advocacy group of healthcare professionals in service of the global environment and sustainable medicine.

The doctors at ORA® also participate in the Give Back a Smile program, providing dentistry for victims of domestic abuse; the One Step at a Time summer camp for children with leukemia; and the DDS (Donated Dental Services) program, donating services for the disabled, elderly, and medically compromised.

Some patient comforts at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio include treatment rooms with in-wall iPod stations to play your own music, Bluetooth headphones, high definition satellite television and radio during treatment, massaging treatment chairs, Wi-Fi within the space, as well as a refreshment bar with organic drinks. The office has even developed a small plot of adjacent land to create its own zen garden.

ORA®’s new South Loop practice is located at 1827 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 328-9000 or log on to www.orasurgery.com to experience what eco-friendly dentistry® is all about.

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Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Jessica P. Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Koos and his team at ORA are incredible. It’s a shame he isn’t in a field where you would need to see him on a regular basis, because he is one of the best medical professionals i’ve ever experienced. He took his time to explain everything during the consultation, his team played some good [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Cheryl S. Chicago, Illinois. I’m pleased to say they fixed the tooth. They worked to assure me they’ll continue to help; if any issues arise in the future. Let’s hope they’re aren’t any!
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Rahul L. Chicago, Illinois. As far as wisdom tooth extraction goes, I had an excellent experience with Dr. Schrotenboer. Understandably so, I was not looking forward to it, and had been putting it off for a while. The previous oral surgeon I consulted with was abrasive and impatient with my questions and it did nothing but increase my anxiety. [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Zahra H. Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Koos was phenomenal. I had 1 consultation before him and wasn’t a big fan but Dr Koos won me over instantly as a loyal patient who has referred a couple people thus far. I had 4 impacted wisdom teeth and, while they were not causing pain, he sat with me and talked to me [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Jessie B. Chicago, Illinois. I have been to Ora surgery twice- first to get a tooth extracted, and following to get a screw put in for an implant. I can’t say enough positive things about this place! The receptionists are all very friendly and informative. The decor, and ambiance of this place feels like a spa. Dr. Jason has [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Victoria P. Chicago, Illinois. An incredibly gifted oral surgeon. Dr. Schrotenboer provided me with a thorough explanation both during my consultation and the day of my wisdom teeth extraction. He is patient and detailed when answering his patient’s questions, and definitely establishes trust with his patients. The staff and the office is the perfect environment you’d ever want to [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Katie S. Chicago, Illinois. This has to be one of the best oral surgery offices in the city. I’m impressed with the design, staff and friendliness of the office (esp lily!). It was super easy to make an appointment too. Dr. Schrotenboer is very knowledgeable and easy to talk with. He put my mind at ease and was very [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Olia D. Chicago, Illinois. The best Dental Experience I’ve ever had! I got 3 wisdom teeth removed. They used laughing gas for this procedure. It basically makes you feel like you can touch the sealing and it makes the whole going to sleep thing a lot easier! I had all for impacted get plenty of rest!
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Yaya M. Chicago, Illinois. First I have to start off by saying that DR. JASON SCHROTENBOER is hands down the best in his practice!!! I had been putting off getting my wisdom teeth pulled out for abt a year cuz I was terrified abt the entire procedure & the fact that I had to get 2 taken out scared [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Caitlin M. Chicago, Illinois. I just had 2 of my wisdom teeth pulled here this morning. At 28 years old, I had been putting off this procedure for a looooong time. Had I known it would be so easy, I would have done it years ago! I wish every dental procedure was so good! I have nothing but positive [...]