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January 02, 2020
Dr. Kristen Berning with Dr. Soroush Zaghi Dr. Kristen Berning is a Breathe Institute Ambassador. She attended a three day intensive course presented by Dr. Soroush Zaghi and The Breathe Institute team.  Dr. Zaghi is an otolaryngologist, also known as an ENT physician. He is considered a leading expert on the functional approach to sleep and breathing. Dr. Zaghi and The Breathe Institute team use surgical and nonsurgical methods to help patients improve their breathing. He provides instruction on a functional frenuloplasty, which is a complete tongue tie release that helps to improve oral function and more. He has published research on the... 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
June 11, 2018
Alexia Oetken, DDS, FAGD and Ted J. Murray, DDS, MAGD, LLSR traveled from Dubuque, Iowa to the Annual 2018 Academy of General Dentistry meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. They attended the Convocation Ceremony to receive awards that reflect their commitment to exceptional patient care, service and lifelong learning.  Dr. Alexia Oetken received the prestigious Fellowship Award during the Convocation ceremony. In order to receive this award, Dr. Oetken completed 500+ hours of continuing dental education and passed a comprehensive written exam. As a recipient of this award, Dr. Oetken has joined an elite group of the dental community, as less... Read More
June 09, 2018
Dr. Alexia Oetken Receives Prestigious Fellowship Award from Academy of General Dentistry Dr. Alexia Oetken receives Fellowship Award We are pleased to announce that Dr. Alexia Oetken received the prestigious Fellowship Award (FAGD) during the Academy of General Dentistry’s Convocation ceremony. This ceremony is a commencement celebration that recognizes AGD members' commitment to high-quality, comprehensive dental education. It was held at the AGD’s Scientific Session on June 9th, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Fellowship Award symbolizes excellence in the dental profession and a commitment to providing exceptional patient care by... Read More
May 22, 2018
Dr. Kristen Berning was a recent guest blogger for Compass Counseling and Behavioral Health of Dubuque, Iowa. Compass Counseling and Behavioral Health works with individuals, couples, families and groups to address a wide range of issues. One specialty area is maternal mental health in which they provide counseling and therapy to women in all stages of motherhood. These stages range from trying to conceive, pregnancy, coping with loss, and adjusting to the postpartum phases.   During Maternal Mental Health Week, Compass Counseling shared stories from real moms from Dubuque and Tri-State area. Dr. Kristen Berning shared her personal... Read More
March 08, 2018
Waiting Too Long Most people say they want to keep their teeth for a lifetime. Yet they let their dental health become a low priority.   We are seeing more and more people waiting to address their dental health. The reasons are many. The results are often very disappointing. Sometimes by the time people come to see us, it is too late. For some reason, people seem to think that if there is no pain things are okay. When it comes to dental health the opposite is true. By the time something hurts, it has progressed to an advanced stage of decay or gum disease. Waiting until there is pain sometimes is waiting too long, if it results in a tooth... Read More