About Our Compassionate Highlands Ranch Dental Care Practice

About Cottonwood Dental Group

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Welcome to Cottonwood Dental Group: A Top-Rated Highlands Ranch Dental Practice

For more than 40 years, Cottonwood Dental Group has been providing a complete range of dental services to patients in Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, and surrounding communities. Unlike other Highlands Ranch dental practices, our dental office is not corporate-owned.

History of Cottonwood Dental Group

Dr. James DeLapp founded Cottonwood Dental Group in the summer of 1982. Dr. DeLapp found dentistry in a roundabout way. His degree is in teaching and he wanted to be a high school biology teacher and football/swim coach. When he graduated, there were no available teaching positions, so he decided to get a master’s degree. During his program, his lab partner was going to dental school and Dr. DeLapp thought “that sounds like a good idea”. He completed his program at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry (now called the school of dental medicine) in 1982.

Dr. Jim DeLapp encouraged his wife Dr. Candace DeLapp to pursue dentistry. Dentistry is a second career for Dr. Candace DeLapp. After high school, Dr. Candace DeLapp excelled at typing and sought a career as an administrative assistant at the University of Colorado in the Neurology department. Throughout that career, she co-authored several papers and articles. After the encouragement of Dr. Jim DeLapp, Dr. Candace DeLapp felt she had the talent to become a dentist. She put herself through night school to attain her pre-requisite courses while working full time and raising a family. She was accepted and completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1992.

Dr. Candace DeLapp and Dr. Jim DeLapp worked together (and stayed married) for over 20 years. The volunteered many hours through Give Back A Smile, Kids in Need of Dentistry, Atlantis Disabled community, to name a few along with volunteer hours in USA swimming.

As Dr. Candace DeLapp was going to school in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Dr. Sarah (DeLapp) Parsons spent lots of time hanging out at Cottonwood Dental Group after school. Dr. Jim DeLapp’s then receptionist would pick Dr. Parsons up from school and bring her to the office. During that time, she would hang out under Dr. Jim’s desk watch Wizard of Oz on VHS or playing with wax and stone. This instilled her passion for dentistry. After her collegiate swimming career at Colorado State University (GO RAMS), she was accepted to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2010.

Since then, Dr. Jim pursues his original passion for teaching. He is now an Associate Professor in the department of restorative and the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He is a student favorite and often wins the professor of the year and has been awarded the President’s award several times.

Dr. Candace DeLapp and Dr. Sarah Parsons practiced together for nearly 10 years. She retired from clinical dentistry at the end of 2019. She went on to accept a position as the executive director of the Dentist Professional Liability Trust which helps the dentist of Colorado.

Cottonwood Dental Group Today

Dr. Sarah Parsons now runs the family business nearly 40 years later. She continues the legacy of treating each patient like family. She is married with 3 children. Wouldn’t it be great if one of her kids continued the next generation of the family business and became dentists? Fingers crossed.

Residents of Highlands Ranch can rely on us for high-quality dental care. At our Highlands Ranch dental practice, we offer everything from cosmetic dentistry to laser dentistry. Sedation dentistry is also an option that we provide. Additionally, you can turn to us for clear tray orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, 1-day crowns, and dental implants.

Those with obstructive sleep apnea can come to us for treatment, as well. We focus on complete family dentistry care; any member of your family can come to us for treatment, be they eight or eighty. Patient comfort and well-being are very important to us, which is why our fillings are mercury-free. Cottonwood Dental Group aims to create an atmosphere that is friendly, calm, and soothing. Aside from offering our dental services, we educate patients on their dental care without being judgmental – ever.

We hope you will contact us today to set an appointment.

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The Cottonwood Dental Group Mission Statement:
Experience the Difference

Our vision and mission at Cottonwood Dental Group is relationship dentistry. You are not just a patient to us; you are a part of our dental FAMILY. We take the time to sit down with you and discuss your long-term health goals, your vision for your teeth, and what you want your teeth to look and feel like.

We believe that you should be treated on a personal level. We see one patient at a time, this means that when you have an appointment with our Highlands Ranch Dentist, Dr. Parsons, her attention is 100% with you. You will be the only patient scheduled with her. For your cleanings you will see our fantastic registered dental hygienist every time. Only our licensed professionals will be doing your treatment. You are more than just a number to us… you are our dental family.

We know your time is Valuable. That’s why when you are scheduled with our office, we will see you on time every time. No more waiting. We strongly believe, when your appointment is scheduled with us, that is the time you will be seen.

Dr. Parsons takes hundreds of hours of additional education and training every year. She stays on the forefront of the latest technology, products and services. She makes sure you are receiving the best dentistry has to offer. She will only recommend what she would recommend for her own family- the highest quality dentistry has to offer.

Our office goes above and beyond to make sure your visits are comfortable and an award-winning experience. We provide individualized treatment, sedation options, as well as entertainment during your appointment. Experience the difference and become a part of our dental family. We can’t wait to meet you.


 Come discover why every year we are a top-rated Highlands Ranch dental practice.

We Love Changing Lives One Smile at A Time!

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