Meet Dr. Koos

Forward-Thinking Dental Sleep Medicine in Chicago

Dr. Steven Koos DDS, MD is a dual degree physician and dentist who has the unique and comprehensive training needed to provide advanced care to a wide variety of patients of all ages.  Treating sleep related breathing disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea, has become one of the primary focuses of his practice.  Dr. Koos has thoughtfully designed his dental surgical and sleep medicine practice to work smoothly and collaboratively with your primary care provider, sleep physician, and sleep study center, to provide excellence in care for all patients in need of a solution for a restful and peaceful night’s sleep.

Understanding the cumbersome, claustrophobic and annoying aspects of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) face masks, machines and tubing, Dr. Koos can offer relatively simple and proven solutions.  These solutions include FDA-approved, custom oral appliances that are easy to use and have demonstrated tremendous success, where up to 91% of patients reported substantial improvement in sleep quality.   In fact, as early as 1995, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) issued a position paper stating that oral appliances were the second line of treatment for CPAP non-compliance patients.  CPAP is a major lifestyle change and many patients do not tolerate this treatment, however oral appliances offer a viable alternative.

Additionally, current surgical techniques used to remove respiration- impairing soft tissue, like the UPPP (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty), have shown only moderate success rates (20 to 40 percent).  Back in February 2006, the AASM published a position paper stating that oral appliances are now the gold standard for mild to moderate cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and should be used prior to opting for a surgical procedure for severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Based on his compasionate care, bedside manner and consummate clinical skill, Dr. Koos received the “Patient’s Choice Award”, an honor bestowed to only the top 5% of the 720,000 active physicans in the United States.

Furthermore, Dr. Steven Koos can be described as a pioneer when it comes to his additional work within the field of Green Healthcare. He has augmented his professional education with formalized graduate studies and certifications in the field of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. As a well-known advocate for eco-friendly dentistry® and sustainable medicine, Dr. Koos’ leading-edge thinking and sense of environmental responsibility culminated in the creation of ORA® Oral Surgery, Sleep Disorder & Implant Studio, the first and only “green” oral surgery practice in the Nation.  ORA®’s success proves that medicine and global awareness can – and do – go hand in hand.

Dental Sleep Medicine & Sleep Disorder Memberships and Affiliations:

  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA)
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Related Certifications & Affiliations:

  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Illinois Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (ISOMS)
  • Illinois State Dental Association (ISDA)
  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)
  • Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners (NERB)
  • Fellow International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS)

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