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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
November 19, 2018

We are honored and grateful to be voted Dubuque's favorite dental office again by Her Magazine readers.

Thank you so much to our incredible patients and our exceptional team, for you are the reason that we love what we do! Thank you for your confidence in choosing us as your dental family. Your referrals of friends and family to come to our office are the greatest gifts we can receive. 


This was the third year that we have been honored as the local favorite dental office. Below is the interview published in the recent Her Magazine:

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June 12, 2018
Dubuque Dentist, Dr. Ted Murray, honored with Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award Dr. Ted Murray This past weekend at the AGD Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Dubuque Dentist Dr. Ted Murray, was recognized with an achievement that less than 1% of AGD dentists are awarded. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional dental association of more than 40,000 general dentists.  The AGD is dedicated to the advancement of dentistry and oral health through continuing education and advocacy.  Dr. Ted Murray received the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition (LLSR) Award at the convocation ceremony. In order to receive the... Read More