The Cookeville dentist that cares about you and your dental needs

Do you feel like a number at the dentist? Is your dental care lacking a personal touch? Let us be the first to welcome you to a Cookeville dentist that cares. At Rhodes & Slager Family Dental Care we will take the time to explain everything, and give you up front pricing so you can plan ahead without surprises. Come see for yourself how our compassionate team will make you feel less like a patient, and more like family.

Top-Notch Care for the Whole Family

Implant Dentistry

There's Nothing To Fear Anymore

We work hard every day perfecting the art of dentistry. Getting dental work is hardly the highlight of your day, but we strive to make every patient as comfortable as possible each and every time.

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Invisible Braces

A Straighter Smile, At Any Age

Whether you had braces as a child and forgot to wear your retainer, or never had them in the first place, we offer an invisible option for you. Simple cases can be completed in as little as 12 weeks.

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Children's Dentistry

Keeping Baby Teeth Healthy

We love your kids almost as much as you do. We recommend the first visit at 2 years old where we can promote a positive experience and avoid a lifetime of dental phobia.

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Meet your dentist

Dr. Justin W. Slager, DDS

Member of the AGD, AAID

A native of Michigan, Dr. Slager practiced dentistry in the United States Air Force before moving to Cookeville with his wife and 2 daughters in 2015. Making little kids smile is one of his passions, and most patients say they didn't feel anything when he numbs a tooth! He will get to know the wants and needs of every patient to ensure they feel taken care of and their dental needs have been met.

What Our Patients Say About Us

  • Felicia S.
    A dentist hurt me as a child and I have been terrified of the dentist every since. My teeth, in turn, were in horrible shape and needed much work. I was scared to go back to the dentist and even more embarrassed at the shape my teeth were in at age 35. Dr. Slager and his staff were very welcoming. They are professional and didn't make me feel worse about my teeth. I have had ALOT of work done since I started going to Dr. Slager last year and now I don't even request the nitrous. I only have 3 more fillings to go and all of my dental work will be complete. Thank you Dr. Slager and staff for being gentle and making sure I'm not in pain. I am not scared to come in anymore. It's a huge relief knowing all of my dental work is almost complete.
    Felicia S.
  • Carey V.
    Dr. Slager did an excellent job talking to my 11 year old son. When he learned he needed a tooth pulled, he began to cry. Dr. Slager was excellent calming him down and completing the removal with little to no pain. So very appreciative and thankful for his patience and the help of the remaining staff. My first visit was possibly the most pleasant dental visit I've ever experienced!!! I have a new dentist, and I'm excited to be able to catch up on way-overdue procedures that I couldn't afford prior to having dental insurance.
    Carey V.
  • Darla M.
    CONVENIENT, EFFICIENT, and NO JUDGMENTS! I'm one of those people who hasn't cared for my teeth as I should, and I've got the problems that come with that. I'm also cursed with a fairly low pain tolerance. Once I finally made an appointment, any inconvenience became a reason to cancel or delay treatment If this describes you, THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! First, I was able to complete my paperwork online prior to the date of my appointment at my convenience. Less than 10 minutes in the waiting room (didn't even have time to choose a magazine!), and a beautiful calming atmosphere. Secondly, I needed an extraction as a new patient. They completed the work prior to my new patient visit without judgement or delay. Dr. S listened to my concerns, considered the potential sources of the pain, and completed a quick test to verify his diagnosis. Prior to the surgery I was given the amount I would pay for the procedure, and that is exactly what I paid. In addition, they made sure I was FULLY numb before beginning. The extraction included a stubborn root, and Dr. Justin Slager completed the removal with an alternate solution. No pain, no broken teeth, and complete confidence in what he was doing.
    Darla M.
  • Barbara B.
    Great Experience! New crown in 2 hours! Dr. Slager was fantastic!
    Barbara B.
  • Cecilia T.
    Due to periodontal disease, I had to have a tooth extracted. The thought of needles being stuck in the extraction area made me quite nervous & anxious. But with Dr Slager's constant reassurance that the procedure will go smoothly, I managed to calm my fears & I didn't feel anything. Great job, Dr Slager.
    Cecilia T.
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