Sedation Dentistry in

Providing safe and effective sedation is one of the most important components of dentistry. We always want to make sure that our patients are kept as comfortable and relaxed as possible while they receive necessary treatment. Sedation can be highly effective in helping patients manage discomfort and ease any feelings of nervousness or apprehension in association with receiving dental treatment. That is why we encourage any patient who is interested in receiving sedation to please ask us without any hesitation.

Sedation Dentistry in Murfreesboro

Salem Creek Family Dental offers local anesthesia and laughing gas as forms of sedation.

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is applied directly to the site of dental work, usually in the form of an injection, prior to initiating treatment. This substance is designed to numb the immediate area so that the patient will temporarily lose feeling in that spot. Local anesthesia will have no effect on the patient’s mental state, and the numbing effect will wear off shortly after the treatment has been completed. Although a local anesthetic will not directly reduce a patient’s anxiety, it can provide some patients with much-needed reassurance that they will be much less likely to experience discomfort during treatment.

Laughing Gas

Laughing gas is an inhaled substance that is provided during treatment. The patient will breathe in the substance by wearing a special mask. The medicine will go into effect very quickly, and the patient will feel much more comfortable with receiving dental treatment. Feelings of nervousness or anxiety will be replaced with a warm sensation of comfort and well-being. Once the treatment is complete, the medicine will quickly wear off, and the patient will return to normal. A great part about laughing gas is that it is a safe and effective sedation option for patients of all ages.

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Review from Cherie
five stars


I had the BEST experience at Salem Creek Family Dental! I had an extremely painful toothache and was able to get in right away and Dr. Costello was AMAZING and so was her assistant Miranda!! They helped make the experience so relaxing it was almost enjoyable! And believe me coming from someone with severe "dentist anxiety" that is saying a lot! I had no pain at all even after the procedure! Dr Costello even called the next day to check on how things were going! I recommend this dentist office to everyone!
Review from Reba Pinner
five stars

Reba Pinner

Very best staff and exceptional dental care. The office is beautiful, comfortable and spotless. Highly recommend this dental office. I have very sensitive teeth and they always ensure a comfortable treatment. The staff is friendly and work to accommodate patients’ needs.
Review from Jonna Hamby
five stars

Jonna Hamby

Dr. Costello really helped me out when I needed a mouth guard for grinding my teeth. She took the time to work with my crazy schedule and went the extra mile to let me know she was invested in my needs! Her office was so clean and welcoming, and both she and her staff are beyond kind. Thanks, Dr. Costello!
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Dr. Ashley Costello
When Dr. Ashley Costello opened Salem Creek Family Dental, her goal was – and still is – to create a compassionate and affordable dental home for families in her hometown of Murfreesboro.

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