Benton & Nelson DDS

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
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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