Kids Love Cottonwood Family Dental!

At Cottonwood Family Dental, in Murray, we’re more than a general dentist. We also offer dental care services for the entire family, including kids. We understand that the dentist’s office can be a scary place for children, which is why we take every possible step to make their experience better.

Our Approach To Pediatric Dentistry

Many members of our team have kids of their own, so they know how to provide approachable, friendly care that our young patients will look forward to. During every visit, our patients are given headphones so they can watch Netflix or listen to their favorite tunes on Pandora. They’ll also be provided with a cozy blanket, eye mask, and scented face towel to freshen up and relax after the visit is over.

If our young patients are still too nervous, we never force children to receive treatment if they are not comfortable. If children are scared while they’re receiving dental care, they may have lifelong anxiety that prevents them from getting regular cleanings and checkups, which are essential for preventing more serious dental problems later in life.

However, we also offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to alleviate dental anxiety and help our young patients through visits when a deep cleaning, extraction, or filling as needed.

Get Your Child Excited About Dental Health

Healthy smiles are developed from a young age. When children are taught to be involved in their oral hygiene and dental care, they are able to maintain healthier smiles for life. That’s why we have a special place for kids to celebrate their good oral hygiene in our office.

Our No Cavity Wall is a place where kids can leave their signature when they have a cavity-free visit. Your children should love going to their family dentist!

Pediatric Dental Care Services We Offer

We provide all of the dental care services your child needs for the foundation of a healthy smile. During each visit, we will take the time to explain each treatment to your child, so they know why these services are so important. Our team emphasizes preventive care for our young patients to help them avoid more serious dental problems like cavities, gingivitis, and tooth decay. We take pride in teaching our patients how to maintain and clean their teeth at home.

And, as a pediatric and general dentist, we do it all! Here are a few key services we have to offer for our child patients, but please talk to our office if you don’t see what you need listed here.

Fluoride Treatment

Although fluoride is found in toothpaste and other dental care products, children benefit from additional fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel and reduce tooth decay. This treatment is safe and effective!

Teeth Cleaning

Dental cleanings are recommended at intervals of six months for most patients. These visits provide a gentle yet deep cleaning for the teeth and gums and help the dentist identify areas to improve your child’s brushing and flossing skills.


Sealants are coatings that are painted onto permanent teeth to prevent food and bacteria from getting stuck in the grooves of the molars. Dental sealants are an affordable way to prevent cavities from developing in these harder to clean areas.

Tooth Colored Fillings

Sometimes, cavities are unavoidable. If your child needs fillings to address dental cavities, we offer tooth colored fillings that look and feel like natural teeth. They will let your child smile with confidence!


Baby teeth do not always loosen and fall out as they should. Extractions ensure that the primary teeth are removed as safely and as gently as possible, so the permanent teeth can grow in their proper place.

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Why People Love Cottonwood Family Dental

  • Dr. Downing is great! My husband had to get an emergency root canal and was able to get an appointment the same day. He had a great experience and I am now switching to Dr. Downing as well.

  • Yes, I have been going to Cottonwood Dental for years. I’ve always had an excellent experience. Dr. Downing got me through a surprise tooth extraction very smoothly. I was in tears because I was not expecting that, but everyone comforted me through it. I love going to a dental office with friendly people surrounding me. I have confidence that my dental needs will always be excellently cared for by Dr Downing and his staff.

  • What a great team. As a new patient, I needed care as soon as possible and they were great to get me in quickly. In fact, within a day of my initial call. They made me feel at ease, were friendly and humorous. The office was clean, comfortable and equipped with what seemed to be the most advanced tools… which makes procedures quicker and as comfortable as can be. I would recommend them for sure!

  • What a great office! In and out for a crown prep in less than one hour. All of the staff was friendly and just wonderful to work with.

  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff put me at ease (I have really bad anxiety when it comes to the dentist) . The facility is absolutely beautiful and comes with an array of comfort options. Netflix, Pandora radio, and weighted blankets. And even the checkout was a pleasant experience, as they explained the expenses and what the insurance would cover, putting me at ease so I could financially plan for the year.

  • Cottonwood Family Dental was very helpful to schedule me in quickly with a broken filling. They are open Saturday’s which is great for my busy schedule.

  • I had an appointment with them yesterday and they were absolutely by far the best dental office I have ever been to. The staff was amazing, everyone was super sweet!!! And telling everyone I know about them. Thanks for an amazing experience.

  • I had my first appointment today for a cleaning and checkup. The staff is extremely nice and accommodating. They really listen and address your concerns and offer a variety of options when it comes to treatments. They also have a lot of comfort items available such as neck pillows, blankets, and TVs to watch while you’re getting work done. I’m very impressed and happy with Cottonwood Family Dental. Definitely Recommend!

  • I had my third apt with Cottonwood Family Dental today. I’m extremely impressed with their attention to detail when I receive my teeth cleanings. They’re efficient, gentle, and I always leave feeling so good about my teeth. Every staff member I’ve interacted with has been so friendly and wonderful. I’m happy and so are my teeth.

  • I always look forward to going to the dentist now that I go to Cottonwood Family Dental. They make it very comfortable and have a pleasant environment. They are very friendly and care for their patients. I had some crowns done and they are absolutely beautiful. They take pride in the work they do and it shows.