Sedation Dentistry in Winston-Salem

Sedation Dentist Dr. Nelson in Winston SalemOffering All Forms of Dental Sedation

Dr. Nelson knows how stressful dental care can be and prioritizes a comfortable, painless experienceLike 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 procedure from fillings to crowns to extractions.  

Because of his personal experience, he's committed to prioritizing patient comfort. Sedation dentistry is one of Dr. Nelson's passions and one of the main reasons he became a dentist. 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. 

A great office for patients who are nervous about their upcoming appointment. As 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. 

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

A stress-free experience for the nervous patient. Patients who are nervous or anxious about their dental visit are encouraged to consider sedation dentistry. If you elect to have moderate sedation dentistry for your dental procedure, you are guaranteed to have a stress-free experience with no memory of the procedure. 

Other benefits of sedation dentistry:

  • Comfortable
  • Pain-free
  • Elimination of all dental anxiety
  • No memory of the procedure
  • Elimination gag reflex
  • Very safe and effective
  • Enables all treatment to be completed in one visit

Can all of my treatment be completed in one visit? 

Yes, all of your treatments can be done at once. Sedation dentistry allows all treatment needs to be addressed, with no memory of the dental visit!

Sedation dentistry also allows for longer appointments where all of your treatment needs can be addressed in a comfortable, anxiety-free environment. For patients with extensive treatment needs, typically those procedures are split up into multiple appointments. For nervous patients, this causes more anxiety associated with the time at the office and lost time at work.

Sedation dentistry allows Dr. Nelson to complete several hours of treatment at once. When you are finished, you will have no memory of the experience!

It can also be a more affordable option. Because all treatment can be done at once, sedation dentistry can be the most affordable option for patients who would otherwise have to miss work for multiple dental appointments. 

Woman relaxing during dental sedation in Winston SalemWhat types of dentistry can be completed under sedation?

Most dentistry procedures can be performed under sedation from examinations, cleanings, x-rays, cleanings, fillings, crowns, root canals, implants, extractions, bone grafts, and many more. Dental sedation ensures a comfortable visit with no unpleasant memories!

Dr. Nelson's Training and Safety Precautions

Extensive Training in Sedation Training During His Residency Program  

Dr. Nelson was formally and extensively trained in sedation dentistry during his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is one of the few general dentists in the Winston-Salem area who is licensed in all forms of dental sedation. 

Up-to-Date Patient Monitoring Equipment  

Our office has the latest patient monitoring equipment for your safety and comfort.

We Always Prioritize Patient Safety Winston-Salem Dental Therapy Dog

Dr. Nelson will conduct a thorough medical history to determine the level of sedation that can be safely administered to you. During the sedation procedure, two additional trained office personnel with sedation training will also be present to monitor you during the sedation. 


Dr. Nelson has completed several hundred dental sedations comfortably and safely.

How much does sedation dentistry cost?

Sedation dentistry is often covered by insurance, and we will deal with your insurance for you. In many instances, dental insurance covers the majority of the cost of dental sedation. These benefits are determined by your insurance company and depend on several factors. Our office will take care of the filing with your dental insurance to attain maximum benefits.

Our office accepts and files all dental insurance policies. We accept and file all dental insurance policies and will fight on your behalf so that you receive the maximum benefit. We offer financing plans that allow you to fit your needs into your budget. We also offer discounts to patients without dental insurance or for those who prefer to pay in cash. 

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.

Sedation dentistry can be the most affordable option. Sedation dentistry can pay for itself if it allows you to complete a large amount of dental work in one visit without missing time for work. 

Sedation Dentistry Fees*

The cost of dental sedation varies from $368-$474 depending on the complexity and length of time required to address all of your dental needs.

  • Simple Case (15 minutes of dental sedation): $368
  • Moderate Case (1 hour of dental sedation): $421
  • Complex Case (2 hours of dental sedation): $474


Forms of Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide is often referred to as laughing gas. It provides anxiety relief as the mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide is inhaled through the nose during treatment. Most patients remark that they feel warm, cozy, and relaxed while on nitrous oxide. However, nitrous oxide does not "put you to sleep." Patients are still awake during the procedure, and will still have a memory of the appointment. Nitrous oxide is best suited for mild procedures or those patients with very mild anxiety. Winston-Salem Downtown Painting

Oral Sedation 

Oral sedation is when a patient is prescribed an anxiety-controlling medication (such as Valium or Xanax) before treatment is completed. Oral sedation is often unpredictable since many people have different tolerances to the medications. Some patients will be very relaxed and have little memory of the procedure and others will only experience slight anxiety relief. 

Moderate Sedation or IV Sedation

This is Dr. Nelson's preferred method of sedation. He is part of a small group of general dentists in NC (1%) that are licensed to provide this treatment. 

Moderate sedation allows the sedation medicines to be delivered quickly and effectively through a small IV. Unlike oral sedation, IV sedation can be dosed specifically to your anxiety needs and tolerances for the medications. It is much safer and more predictable than oral sedation. 

You will have no memory of the treatment performed during moderate sedation, which makes it an excellent choice for anxious patients. In addition to the sedation medications, pain relievers and antibiotics can be delivered to your body in a very quick and effective manner through the IV.

How do I know if I'm a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Consultation and evaluation. Dr. Nelson will complete a full evaluation of your medical history, past surgeries, medications, allergies, and previous anesthesia experiences. You and Dr. Nelson will decide together on the best form of sedation for you.


Patient Dental Sedation Testimonials 

They have changed my life. I am actually looking forward to my next cleaning.

""ow! I am 53 years old and have dreaded the dentist my whole life until yesterday! I chose Benton and Nelson for sedation but after meeting them at the consultation I felt comfortable to try without it. I walked in and everyone was friendly and not just to me but to everyone! Dr. Nelson let me know I was in control and could stop at any moment by raising my hand. I ddidn'thave sedation and also no pain, no discomfort and no stress. They have changed my life. I am actually looking forward to my next cleaning. This after a lifetime of breaking out in a sweat, crying and missing appointments due to fear. Why did I wait so long to try a new dentist? If you are looking for a great dentist and staff who care, I urge you to make an appointment today! Your teeth will appreciate it!""-Pam C

Wonderful for my very anxious teenager

Wonderful experience for my very anxious teenager. Dr. Nelson and the entire staff could not have been any better. Everyone was patient, kind, knowledgeable, and helpful. II'mone grateful mom!

-Leslie B

My daughter needed dental sedation for her fillings 

My daughter has a deep-rooted fear of going to the dentist. We are so happy to have found Dr. Nelson! He and his staff are patient, supportive and caring. My daughter (sshe'sa young adult) needed some fillings and opted to have sedation in order to minimize her anxiety and fear and the whole process was easy and painless. I am so grateful to Dr. Nelson for offering sedation dentistry because otherwise my daughter would likely not have gotten the cavities filled which would have led to even greater problems. If you are fearful or anxious about going to the dentist you MUST go see Dr. Nelson. You do not need to go the sedation route (and most patients probably ddon't but iit'snice to know this is an option for those with extreme anxieties.

-Linda A


*Fees are quoted from our ooffice'sJanuary 2021 fee schedule and are subject to change. Changes in fees are typically nominal (less than a 3% adjustment).

Video of Dr. Nelson discussing Dental Sedation