New Cambridge dentists offer sedation

East Cambridge Dental and Minnesota Sedation Dental celebrate grand opening

By Elizabeth Sias

Cambridge residents now have a new, unique option in town to get their teeth cleaned and cavities filled.

East Cambridge Dental and Minnesota Sedation Dental celebrated their grand opening Tuesday, Nov. 29, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Holding the scissors are Dr. Geoffrey Archibald, left, and Dr. Adam Curtis. Between them is Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer, and to the right is Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce President Nicki Klanderud, with other Chamber representatives and dental clinic staff surrounding. Not pictured is Dr. Nathan Robison. Photo by Elizabeth Sias

East Cambridge Dental, which also operates Minnesota Sedation Dental, celebrated the grand opening of their clinic Tuesday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“I love meeting new people,” Dr. Adam Curtis said. “The whole reason I got into the business in the first place was that I was amazed at how much of a difference having a nice smile can improve your confidence.”

He and two other dentists have a clinic in North Branch, but Curtis is a Cambridge native, and with many of their patients driving to North Branch to see them, they took the opportunity to grow the business.

East Cambridge Dental also runs Minnesota Sedation Dental, giving patients the option of receiving their dental work while sedated. There are only about 40 dentists statewide who can perform sedation dentistry, Curtis said.

“That’s unique because, when you think about how many people are scared of the dentist, you’d think with there’d be more people out there, but there isn’t,” he said. “The reason is it takes a significant amount of training and it’s expensive to get that training to be able to sedate people.”

As the northernmost sedation dentistry practice in the state, Minnesota Sedation Dental has seen people come from as far as Grand Marais.

Dr. Adam Curtis and Executive Officer of Operations Sarah Burt at East Cambridge Dental, which opened Nov. 7. Photo by Elizabeth Sias

One reason people prefer being sedated is to save time and money — if they have three appointments of dental work on three separate days, they’d have to take that time off work. Instead, they can choose sedation and have one longer appointment.

For other people, sedation offers an escape from the usual fear or anxiety they feel with a visit to the dentist’s office.

“They’re just terrified,” Curtis said. “There are some people that have been paralyzed with fear for so many years that their last dental visit was when they were a kid. When they come in and we’re able to treat them, they’re extremely happy. We get responses from them that this is the best dental experience they’ve ever had because they don’t remember it.”

Three dentists work between the two locations in Cambridge and North Branch, and Curtis said the eventual goal is to employ six dentists and twelve hygienists. The building in Cambridge has room to expand, which would double the number of patient rooms.

East Cambridge Dental sees patients of all ages and offers a variety of services, including cleanings, dental  implants, tooth-colored fillings, same-day crowns, Invisalign, root canals, extractions (such as wisdom teeth), bleaching, periodontal therapy and oral cancer screenings.

The clinic, located at 1596 2nd Ave. NE, Suite A, (behind Caribou Coffee)  is open Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 763-689-5699 or visit

Minnesota Sedation Dental is by appointment. Call 763-689-5501 or visit