While many of us look back fondly on our school days, no one gets a warm and fuzzy feeling going to the dentist. But for the patients of doctors Steven A. Koos and Goran Kralj, owners of ORA® Dental Studio on South Michigan Avenue, the prospect of a little poking and prodding is less daunting thanks to an inviting atmosphere. Standard-issue seating has been replaced with streamlined pieces that look like they belong in a luxury automobile. In addition to following LEED and GGHC (Green Guide for Health Care) protocols, the facility has been fashioned throughout with an unusual attention to color, texture and material. It doesn’t smell like a dental office; it doesn’t look like a dental office, says Koos. Patients are anxious when they come to see us. So we wanted to create an environment that offered some sense of serenity.

To achieve that goal, Koos and Kralj turned to designer Paula Feigum. To create a sense of calm and serenity, she relates, I began with a very neutral envelope and from there layered textures with materials that are as interesting to the eye as to the touch. Those included one wall clad in Bali pebbles (a mesh-backed product from Ann Sacks) and another finished with composite panels from modularArts that create a wavelike relief effect. Feigum specified deeply grained Oberflex veneers for the cabinetry she designed and covered the floors with a woven vinyl product from Chilewich. In most areas, stylish sconces and pendants intended for residential use-sourced from Lightology – add to the welcoming ambiance. Handsome, buffet-like casegoods perched on polished metal legs in the exam rooms are a far cry from the clinical cabinets common in most medical suites.


Dr. Koos was caring and professional.

Great experience from start to finish. Dr. Koos was caring and professional, making an otherwise uncomfortable experience as pleasant at possible.

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Caitlin Marcordes

Pleasantly surprised by post-surgery follow up

It was a pleasure to have straight forward information provided and constant follow up after my surgery. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a call from Dr. Steven Koos late at night to make sure I was having a healthy recovery. And the cherry on top of the ice cream was how updated the office was. State of the art equipment that I had no doubt I was in good hands.

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Heidi Ramirez

Great place and great staff.

Great place and great staff. I was well informed about the entire procedure and the follow up process. I also felt very at ease knowing the doctor called me later in the day and him providing me his number in case anything happens.

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Jim Morrissey

Dr. Koos is the best!

I love it here! Everyone is so kind and attentive! Dr. Koos is the best!

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Joanne Salem

They took great care of me.

I had an amazing experience. I went in scared and in pain and honestly they took great care of me. I would definitely be going back for any dental need. They are friendly and make you feel at ease.

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Katharyn Savary

Earns my trust for comfort and care

I had two implants, a sinus lift and one other procedure within the last year or so. I can’t speak highly enough of Dr. Koos and his staff. I was well informed about my needs and next steps. And more importantly, all went well with very little discomfort. I’m usually a little skiddish when it comes to dental surgery and any associated pain. ORA Oral Surgery & Implant Studio earns my trust for comfort and care.

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Paul Crossey