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December 29, 2021
Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Laser Dentist- Dubuque, IA   Since 2014, Dr. Kristen Berning has been releasing tongue ties and lip ties on infants who have difficulties with breast feeding and/or bottle feeding. Dr. Kristen Berning uses a CO2 LightScalpel laser to release the tight band(s) of tethered oral tissue, so that the range of motion and the function can improve. This results in an improvement in latch, which can also improve an infant's weight gain and decrease gas and fussiness, and lessen pain and frustration that the mother might be experiencing from a shallow latch at the breast.  Like many physical traits, tongue ties and lip ties can... Read More
July 09, 2021

Tethered Oral Tissue Specialty Training - Dubuque, Iowa Laser Dentist

Dr. Kristen Berning with Autumn Henning CCC-SLP To stay current with the latest and greatest knowledge in the tongue tie and lip tie field, Dr. Kristen Berning attended the TOTS Training ®️ course. TOTS stands for tethered oral tissues, which includes tongue ties, lip ties, and buccal (cheek) ties. This training program was developed and presented by Autumn Henning MS, CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC of Chrysalis Orofacial. As the founder of Chrysalis Orofacial, Autumn Henning is well rounded and very experienced as she is all of these things:  a speech language pathologist,... Read More
March 25, 2021
New CO2 Laser Technology at Exceptional Dentistry in Dubuque, Iowa Dr. Kristen Berning and Dr. Alexia Oetken with dental assistants Larae, Amy and Amanda​​​​ Dr. Kristen Berning and Dr. Alexia Oetken at Exceptional Dentistry in Dubuque, Iowa have upgraded to a state-of-the-art LightScalpel CO2 laser this year. One of the many procedures performed with the LightScalpel laser is a tongue-tie release. After proper diagnosis, a LightScalpel laser tongue-tie release is quick, precise, and has minimal bleeding. For both adults and children, a restrictive tongue-tie can lead to difficulties with eating, speech, breathing, and sleep. In babies,... Read More
March 25, 2021
We are providing routine dental care at Exceptional Dentistry with enhanced sanitation and social distancing protocols. It has been over 1 year since March 2020 when our office was closed temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since returning to deliver routine care in May 2020, we continue to serve our patients' important oral dental health needs with ongoing attention to health, sanitation and safety.  Our office is following the recommendations for dental offices from the Iowa Dental Board, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

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November 19, 2020

We are providing routine and essential dental care at Exceptional Dentistry with enhanced santitation and social distancing protocols. 

  Our office is following the recommendations for dental offices from the Iowa Dental Board, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

We have enhanced guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety: 

You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via text, phone, or email and asked a series of health-related questions. It is required that you complete this health screening questionnaire. ... Read More
May 09, 2020
Dear Exceptional Dentistry patients and families, We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. We know these recent months have been challenging for many. We want you to know that we are here, we appreciate you, and we look forward to when we can see you again in our Dubuque dental office.   We welcomed patients back to routine dental care on May 18, 2020. If you have a previously scheduled appointment, we will be contacting you as many appointment times will be adjusted. Our office hours may be different for some time. Our summer office hours are 7:00 am- 3:00 pm Monday- Thursday. As a team, we have educated... Read More
April 02, 2020
Notice of Temporary Closure due to COVID-19   Dear Exceptional Dentistry patients and families,   We hope this message finds you and your family healthy.  We care very much about you. We miss seeing you and catching up with you. Our hygienists miss making every smile healthier and sparkling clean. Our dentists and assistants miss repairing, enhancing, whitening, and restoring your smile. We miss delivering care and solving dental concerns. We miss being together as your dental team. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our patients, families, team, and the Tri-State community. In this unprecedented time, we are committed to... Read More
October 03, 2019

We keep learning more to be able to give you, your family, and even your baby... exceptional care. 

  Dr. Kristen Berning recently traveled to Portland, Oregon to see Dr. Bobby Ghaheri speak on the topic of tongue-ties and lip-ties. His presentation was cleverly titled, "Untying Ankyloglossia." Dr. Bobby Ghaheri and Dr. Kristen Berning Ankyloglossia/ Tongue Tie The definition of ankyloglossia is tongue-tie. A tongue-tie is when the string of tissue under the tongue (the frenum or frenulum) is too tight and causes restrictions with movement that affect feeding or other functions such as speech. This congenital condition affects about... Read More
June 24, 2019
Dr. Kristen Berning recently completed a 510-hour postgraduate program at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. By completing this program, she has earned a Certificate in Contemporary Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry. This continuing education program was comprised of 400 hours of class and a 110-hour independent dental research project. In the United States, there are only a few premiere University-based Esthetic Dentistry programs like this.  Dr. Paul Olin and Dr. Fred McIntyre present Dr. Kristen Berning with her Esthetic Dentistry Certificate   This comprehensive Certificate Program in Contemporary Restorative and... Read More
May 03, 2019
Modern dentistry has become much more comfortable with improvements in technology, techniques, and materials. However, there are still patients who avoid the dentist due to fear and anxiety. Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option for these fearful patients, as sedation dentistry allows for a pain-free and anxiety-free dental appointment.  Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during their dental appointments.  It can be an oral medication or an intravenous (IV) medication. Sedation dentistry is sometimes called "sleep dentistry", however, patients are not actually put to sleep like with general anesthesia. Patients who... Read More

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