Benton & Nelson DDS

Meet the Team at Benton & Nelson DDS

Quality, Comfortable Dentistry in Winston-Salem.

Benton and Nelson Group Dental Photo in Winston-Salem

Proudly serving Winston-Salem for over 40 years. Our office prides itself on delivering excellent dental care to Winston-Salem and the surrounding Piedmont Triad area. We have been serving the community since 1978.

We prioritize your dental health and comfort. Our team takes pride in providing excellent treatment and building long-lasting relationships. Your dental health and comfort are our #1 priority!

Keeping You At Ease While in the Dental Chair

Our office uses multiple techniques to help keep you at ease while in the dental chair.  We will discuss all of our options with you thoroughly so you can choose the best treatment for you. 

Most effective, pain-free, and up-to-date numbing techniques. During any treatment, Drs. Nelson and Benton pride themselves on using state-of-the-art techniques to deliver painless numbing. We utilize the latest and most effective techniques for anesthesia. 

Calming nitrous oxide (laughing gas). For patients with anxiety, nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” will help eliminate nervousness and promote a more calm, tranquil state of mind. 

Stress-free sedation dentistry. Dr. Nelson is one of the only general dentists in the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad area who is trained and licensed in all forms of sedation dentistry.  Patients are always given the option to choose dental sedation during their procedures to guarantee a stress-free experience. In fact, most patients say that going to the dentist was never easier and that they have no memory of the procedure at all!


Reception Area in Winston Salem Family and Sedation Dental OfficeAffordable Care

We accept and file all dental insurance policies. Our office provides excellent care at an affordable price. We accept and file all dental insurance policies and will fight on your behalf so that you receive the maximum benefit.

Financial plans are available.  We offer financing plans that allow you to fit your needs into your budget.

Discounts for patients without dental insurance (cash pay). We also offer discounts to patients without dental insurance or for those who prefer to pay in cash. 


Dr. Blake Nelson, DDS

Dr. Nelson knows how stressful dental care can be, and prioritizes a comfortable, painless experience

He’s had a lot of dental work, too. Like many people, Dr. Nelson has a lot of unpleasant memories of dental work as a child. From the age of 4 to 18, he had just about every dental treatment procedure from fillings to crowns to extractions.  

Because of his personal experiences, he’s committed to prioritizing patient comfort. Dr. Nelson is extremely motivated to provide dental care with a high-level of compassion to patients with dental anxiety like himself. Dr. Nelson loves promoting oral health, relieving patients' dental pain, and restoring healthy, beautiful smiles. 

One of the few to offer sedation dentistryAs one of the only general dentists in the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad area with a moderate sedation license, Dr. Nelson is able to guarantee stress-free care to even the most nervous patients. 

A dentist who completed an additional residency training program and graduated at the top of his class

Dr. Nelson graduated with Honors from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied Biomedical Engineering. He went on to attain his dental degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.

  • Graduated in the top 10% of his class with distinction
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon (national dental honors society)
  • Dental Implant Award

During his time at The University of North Carolina, Dr. Nelson received multiple awards and was honored to graduate in the top 10% of his class with distinction and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honors society for outstanding graduating dentists. Dr. Nelson also received the Dental Implant Award upon graduation for his extensive interest and knowledge of dental implants. 

Dr. Nelson has extensive training in all fields of dentistry, including sedation dentistry

Dr Nelson in NC Mountains with FamilyFollowing dental school, Dr. Nelson completed an Advanced General Dentistry residency in San Antonio, Texas. During his year of residency, he completed extensive additional training to become certified to administer sedation dentistry.

Dr. Nelson is one of the only general dentists in the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad area who can administer sedation dentistry. Dr. Nelson also received additional training on dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, crowns, bridges, dentures, and temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ pain through his residency program and continuing education programs: 

  • Moderate sedation dentistry
  • Implant dentistry
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Digital dentistry
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Dentures
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or TMJ pain)

Dr. Nelson was born and raised just down the road in Hickory, North Carolina

Dr. Nelson was born and raised in Hickory, NC. He graduated second in his class from Hickory High School where he enjoyed playing soccer and basketball. As an Eagle Scout, he spent many memorable weekends hiking and camping in the beautiful western North Carolina mountains.

  • Graduated high school salutatorian
  • Eagle Scout

Dr. Nelson with family in Winston Salem homeDr. Nelson and his wife, Dr. Kelly Lipp, who is a pediatric dentist in Winston-Salem, are thrilled to be members of the Piedmont Triad community. They live in Winston-Salem in Sherwood Forest with their spoiled dog, a Goldendoodle named Teddy.  He and his wife were thrilled to welcome their baby girl home on March 22, 2021.

A dentist with a commitment to serve

Dr. Nelson is passionate about serving others and has gone on many mission trips to provide dentistry to underserved communities in countries such as Nicaragua, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Nelson also volunteers in the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad communities at the Mission of Mercy Clinics and at Veterans Health Clinics. 

Dr. Blake Nelson is a member of:

  • The Forsyth Dental Society
  • The North Carolina Dental Society
  • The American Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

Dr. Don Benton, DDS

A dentist with no shortage of experience and who is known for his gentle touch

Dr. Benton started our practice over 40 years ago. He has a passion for cosmetic and general dentistry, and he has been proudly serving the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad community since he graduated from dental school.

He’s focused on patient comfort. Dr. Benton has a calm and gentle demeanor, which is also reflected in his dental work. Many of his patients remark that he has the gentlest touch of any dentist they've ever been to! 

A dentist who is from Winston-Salem, and who trained at Carolina

Dr. Benton was born and raised in Winston-Salem. Dr. Benton graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School in 1969.  Following high school, he attended college at UNC Chapel Hill. He fell in love with Chapel Hill during his 4 years as an undergraduate, so he stayed 4 more years for dental school. Upon graduation, Dr. Benton returned to his hometown and established a private practice where he would go on to serve patients for 43 years and counting.

Dr. Benton knows his patients. He has meaningful relationships with his patients and is compassionate in addressing their dental needs.

He’s committed to continuing education. Dr. Benton has taken countless hours of continuing education over the years to further his skills to better serve his patients.

Dr. Don Benton is a member of:

  • The Forsyth Dental Society
  • The North Carolina Dental Society
  • The American Dental Association

In his spare time, Dr. Benton enjoys golfing and is a member of the Forsyth Country Club. He also enjoys renovation projects at his Buena Vista home and collecting artwork. Dr. Benton is the proud father of two and is thrilled to be a grandfather.  



Office Manager

Debbie is our office manager and has worked in our practice since 1980.  With over 30 years of experience, she knows our patients like family and loves connecting with them!  Debbie is from Pfafftown and has two daughters and 1 granddaughter.  When away from work, she enjoys being outdoors by the water at the beach, river, or lake.


Front Office Manager

Lacey is our front office manager and has been with Benton and Nelson Family Dentistry since 2013.  She loves helping people to have a healthy, functioning smile so they can have a good quality of life.  When not at the office, Lacey enjoys spending time with her husband and little girl.  She is from Yadkinville and her hobbies include coaching and playing softball, camping, golfing, and reading.


Dental Hygienist

Profile and photo coming soon! 


Dental Hygienist

Ashley is one of our dental hygienists and has been practicing since 2010.  She loves connecting with her patients while helping them have a healthy and beautiful smile.  Ashley is happily married and has a young daughter and dog.   She is from Lexington and enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.


Dental Hygienist

Sherrie is from Mocksville and has been a practicing dental hygienist for over 25 years.  She has been at our practice for 19 years and loves getting to know our patients.  Sherrie has two children and coaches cheer and tumbling.


Dental Assistant

Judy is originally from Cleveland, Ohio.  She has been working as a dental assistant for 44 years and joined our practice in 2017.  Judy has a son, grandson, and a dog named Scrappy.  She enjoys swimming and spending time with her grandson. 


Dental Assistant and Front Office

Photo and profile coming soon! 

Call us at (336) 760-1277 to schedule an appointment.
He fixed everything in my mouth

There is a reason Dr. Nelson has consistent 5-star reviews-he is a talented, knowledgeable, and caring dentist. I became a patient of Dr. Nelson’s office after an emergency and some previous unsavory experiences at other practices. Dr. Nelson has worked with me to do a full oral plan, explained everything in detailed and has fixed everything in my mouth including placing an implant. I never had any pain, felt any anxiety, or had any concerns. Highly recommend Dr. Nelson and his staff of talented professionals.

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