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March 14, 2022
Dental Assistants Recognition Week is celebrated annually in early March. This week is the perfect time to acknowledge and recognize our dental assistants for their versitility, for their caring nature, and for their many talents. Today’s dental assistants strengthen the entire practice and enhance patient satisfaction around the world. Dental assistants are committed to professional development and quality dental care.  When visiting a dentist, the first and last contact is probably with the dental assistant at the front desk or at chairside with the dentist. They are with patients for each step of treatment and help keep our doctors and... Read More
March 04, 2022
LightScalpel CO2 Laser   Dr. Kristen Berning and Dr. Alexia Oetken at Exceptional Dentistry in Dubuque, Iowa use a state-of-the-art LightScalpel CO2 laser.  The LightScalpel CO2 laser is an advanced laser device that produces a concentrated beam of light. The highly focused CO2 laser beam vaporizes cleanly and precisely to deliver superior care for soft tissue procedures. The LightScalpel allows for mimimized bleeding, less swelling and discomfort, reduced risk of infection, shortened surgery time, faster recovery and better results. The laser is commonly used in our office to perform frenectomies which is a procedure to release tight tongue... Read More
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
June 28, 2021
Dr. Kristen Berning's Tongue and Lip Ties Presentation    Dr. Kristen Berning is considered a dental expert in Eastern Iowa and the Tri State Region on the topic of tongue ties and lip ties. Dr. Berning provides support and treatment for breastfeeding mom-baby dyads who are dealing with tongue ties and/or lip ties. She uses a LightScalpel CO2 laser to perform tongue tie and lip tie releases, including posterior tongue ties. She treats infants, children, teens and adults with ties, also called tethered oral tissues. Many lactation consultants, midwives, therapists (OT, PT, SLP), chiropractors, fellow moms, etc. refer patients to our office... 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

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