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Good for the patient, good for the environment.

Dr. Steve Koos opens the nation’s first and only green Oral surgery practice here in Chicago.
Dentistry has found a new patient—the environment.

Meet Dr. Steve Koos, D.D.S., M.D., and mastermind behind ORA®, ORA® Oral Surgery and Implant Studio, the nation’s first and only green Oral surgery practice, located right here in Chicago. Koos practices in a completely eco-friendly building and environment.

He says he’s taking a tenant from the Hippocratic Oath, “do no harm,” a step further. He believes that what’s good for the patient should also be good for the environment.

“As a healthcare provider, I think that we have a collective responsibility not to harm the environment. We need to realize in general that human health and environmental health are inextricably linked,” Koos said.

Everything from the floors, to the ceiling tiles, from the toothbrushes to the metal reusable suction tips, to reusable cloth sterilization pouches—everything, literally, at ORA® was chosen, and is used with the environment in mind. The practice, which opened late last year in the South Loop, is LEED certified and follows both the guidelines of the United States Green Building Council and of Green Guide for Health Care.

Koos, who is in his early 40s, says he’s been conscious of the environment throughout his life, rethinking the use of different materials, and recycling, but didn’t think to bring it into his own work, until it suddenly dawned on him.

“It was actually appalling to me when I started to break down how much waste that I experienced and generated in a hospital and private practice setting,” said Koos. “It really took a complete slant in trying to look at things in a new direction and trying to implement things initially.”

Koos said he read for months and months on environmental topics to get his idea going. But, hearing him speak, you would think he’s been an environmentalist all his life, naming toxins and chemicals left and right, noting their harmful faults and listing alternatives that don’t harm the environment.

His practice is free of persistent bio-accumulative toxins (PBTs), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and instead, uses things such as Konecto flooring, a linoleum-like product that requires no harmful adhesives.

He used his newfound knowledge and guidelines from the Green Guide for Health Care to get detailed down-to-the-point information on where he could find tools to create an office that is PVC-free, such as syringes, IV tubing and bags. Even the aprons used for his state-of-the-art, less-radiating, x-ray machine contain no lead.

According to Koos, he learns something new every day about the environment and how to integrate that consciousness into his care. In the near future, he plans to start up a prescription take back program not only for his patients, but for the community. Prescribed medication ends up getting flushed down the toilet where it gets into the water supply—locally, Lake Michigan’s water has tested positive for small amounts of pharmaceuticals.

He hopes to be a resource where his patients and others can come and drop off their old prescription bottles and unused medications to be properly disposed of.

Not only concerned for his patients, Koos says his practice’s environment offers a healthier place for his employees to work without exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins. He carpools to work and takes public transportation in the summer, and even has an area for patients and employees to store their bikes, along with a locker room changing area.

Koos recently completed a leadership course in green health care and is on his way to becoming a LEED accredited professional for commercial interiors. His practice participated in the Green Festival and the CleanMed conferences in May.

He hopes that other healthcare facilities investigate the benefits not only of having a green office and environment, but also offer green healthcare. He firmly believes that health is two-fold: people’s health, and the health of the environment. While the costs of doing so may increase in the beginning, the benefits will pay off financially and environmentally.

“We’re not just a dental office and an Oral surgery office providing state-of-the-art treatment,” he says. “We want the message to come across that this is a care and healing facility—both in how things occur here and the thought behind it.”

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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 [...]