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I just wanted to sincerely thank you all again for such an amazing, positive, first-time experience in your ‘dentistry home’! I’m not even going to call it an ‘office’ because it’s nothing like an office at all! From the second I stepped in, and my senses immediately caught the beautiful aroma in the entryway, I knew I was going to get royal treatment! I was nervous as all heck, but red carpet here we come! I was so very nervous as a first-time patient, not knowing what to expect (given my past history and worried I’d be frowned upon). I walked out of your ‘home’ totally floored and in shock that you all have such a genuinely compassionate personality about you (and funny too!). You were all so darn sweet that I was almost in tears! You really do live up to your ‘Exceptional Dentistry’ motto, as I felt very special today in your care. Dr. Murray, you have chosen your team well, and I am already amazed with you in one visit. When I was there I felt as if I was your only patient that day (good thing I wasn’t cuz you wouldn’t make any money that way! LOL) But you and your awesome team catered to me as if I was, and this is how it should be no matter where you go – but it’s not…so thank you. I know I have a little bit of a road ahead of me to achieve the beautiful smile I desire – but I trust you – I knew that after today’s visit that I made the right choice to come see you. Thanks again.


I have none. As the staff is now aware, I’m scared to death of dentists! Everyone made me feel secure and assured me that all would/will be okay. I’m still scared, but do know that everyone actually cares about me and my  health and will do the best they can to make me comfortable in whatever procedures need to be done to give me back a healthy mouth and a healthy smile! Thank you all so much!


I came to Exceptional Dentistry because of the fear that I had from past experience. This experience was so wonderful and the staff was awesome that my comfort level with the dentist has grown. I may even try a less invasive approach for my next dental work because of the care and service I received from your office. Thanks for making this comfortable for me…


You definitely live up to the name of your business and the services provided! My thanks to you fo re-arranging you patient roster to work me in on such short notice. Everyone on staff has been professional, courteous, and caring. I am very glad I chose this practice for my dental needs (and my husband Randy). I will gladly recommend Exceptional Dentistry to colleagues, friends, and acquaintances. I look forward to a good professional/client relationship with your office. Thanks again for everything!


Best dental experience I have ever had! My anxiety isn’t gone, but it is diminished to the point I’ll be able to finally give my teeth the dental care they deserve on a regular basis. I went from being tortured at the dentist to being cared about. I didn’t believe it was possible. ‘Exceptional’ describes Dr. Murray and his staff perfectly!


A trip to the dentist is not on the top of anybody’s list but Dr Murray and his staff are outstanding and I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else


I am thoroughly pleased and amazed at the level of professionalism, efficiency, and caring displayed by each and every staff member. The attention to detail and commitment to advanced technology is always appreciated. I would be remiss in not heaping large doses of praise for the interior design and decoration of the office suites.


From the minute I walked into your office I felt at ease and treated with warm, caring respect. My whitening procedure went smoothly. I was extremely pleased after having old, yellow, smoke-stained teeth looking almost like new again. Thanks for giving me my smile back again.


No issues. Hands down the best dental experience I have had. It amazes me that after 6 months, the staff knows your name and everything you told them from the last visit. Truly and excellent experience.


There were no issues or concerns. Actually I just wanted to mention that I had to take my 4 year-old daughter and everyone went out of their way to make her feel comfortable…thank you!


This office continues to amaze me with the level of service and professionalism I experience in every aspect of my dealings with them. I am very grateful for that day I first visited and it is my intention to continue to use Exceptional Dentistry for my dental health care.  Thank you


Your office is very pleasant and everyone there definitely has “patient service” in mind. I am always impressed with the professionalism offered by everyone on the team.


I have no concerns, only praise at Exceptional Dentistry. I never thought in my wildest dreams I would ever look forward to a dentist appointment…but I actually do!!!


Dr. Ted Murray and Dr. Kristen Berning along with their friendly staff have made ‘going to the dentist’ a trip I now look forward to


We have ALWAYS been very pleased with the reception and care when in the office. We have been patients for many years (20+) and have been recommended Dr. Ted’s practice to newcomers to the city.


Melissa always does a great job. Very professional and personable.


Not a concern, but a Kudos. Talia is AMAZING! I typically dread getting my teeth cleaned. She is a constant professional while making the experience light-hearted and fun. Even thought I only see her twice a year, she remembers me a person not just a patient. I can’t say enough good things about Talia.


Everything was explained in great detail by Dr. Berning. Maureen took the time with scheduling my follow up appointment. I feel the staff is excellent and very willing to help in any way they can.


Dear Dr Murray, Thank you for the wonderful care and services yesterday. You always make me feel so comfortable. Your assistant, Amy, is so great. She always tells me the next step of the proceduere. After 50 plus years, I am no longer apprehensive about going to the dentist. That’s an accomplishment. Thank You.


I am so happy with my first experience at Exceptional Dentistry. The office was beautiful and the team you have there was VERY nice and extremely professional, they treated everything like it mattered. I was impressed with the technology used in your office. I appreciated how most aspects of my consultation were explained to me. The little details mean a lot to me (water offered upon my arrival, a follow-up (hand written) card, etc…). SO happy with everything!!!

Keep up the great work. LOVE the staff & services. So personable, efficient, & high-quality. I recommend your office VERY often


It goes without saying that many people, including myself do not really enjoy going to the dentist. I have not been very responsible with the health of my teeth over the last ten years but your team did not make me feel ashamed of that inaction but instead focused on going forward and my health now.


Charity gave me the most painless injection that I have ever received


Dear Dr. Ted Murray,

I want to thank you for my recent experiences at your truly "state of the art"office.

I have had dental work done in several cities (Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, Tampa, Denver, Houston…) over the years and have never experienced the caring, gentleness, quality, diligence and professionalism as I have with you, Dr. Berning and your staff. I feel very fortunate to have found you and the services you offer.

Warmest Regards,


Dr. Ted Murray,

Thank you so much for the excellent care you and your staff have given me. The Sedation Dentistry is the perfect option for me and I am so happy you offer it. Thank you for a pain free root canal!



Thanks for all your help, especially in understanding me. You and your staff are excellent in all that you do. Other people could learn a lot about life from you and your staff.


Dr Murray,

Thank you for the outstanding care you have given me and my family. I believer that you truly saved my teeth and my smile with the restorative work that you did.

Eric referred you and said that you were the best in Dubuque and obviously our family wholeheartedly believe it. I hate to think about where my teeth would be in respect to losing them, or nor, if I would have stayed under the previous dentist I used. We obviously would rather you check our mouths and find nothing wrong, but that hasn't always been the case. The good thing is that we aren't scared if something shows up. We know that you'll be able to take care of any problems professionally and pain free. That says a lot for a dentist. I can't say enough about how confident Eric and I are in our smiles. That confidence spills over to may other areas of our lives.

Because we have such a trust in your work, and that each and everyone of your staff, it was only natural that our children be treated at your office. Now Kristen Berning has become involved in our dental health and she appears to be continuing in her father's foot steps in providing excellent care.

Thank you from the Lockharts.

My crooked teeth had always bothered me, but at my age, years of braces just wasn't something I was willing to do. The procedure to create my new smile was relatively painless. In fact, DR Murray and his staff made the whole process so easy and comfortable and it produced great results! I smile more and feel more confident about my appearances. Well worth the time and money. Thank you, Dr. Ted Murray!





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