our mission



Do you have extreme dental anxiety?

Does your child have a fear of the dentist that prohibits them from cooperating?

Does your patient have a physical and/or mental disability that limits access to dental care?

Do you have a severe gag reflex?

Do you have difficulty getting numb with local anesthesia?

Do you or your child have a significant amount of dental treatment that will require multiple visits & days from work?

At Southern Office-Based Anesthesia, we believe that

every patient should have access to a painless and

comfortable dental experience.


We are dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable, and affordable hospital-grade anesthetic experience in the comfort of the dental office thus allowing the dental provider to focus solely on rendering high-quality dental care.


We specialize in providing all levels of anesthesia in the office setting. These levels range from conscious sedation to general anesthesia. We enjoy working with our dental providers and staff, and most importantly taking care of our patients. We work closely as a part of the dental team to provide you, the patient, the safe and comfortable experience that you deserve.


Most dental cases can be done under local anesthesia alone or sometimes in conjunction with an oral sedative and nitrous oxide sedation. However, certain complex cases, anxious patients, and children may require a more controlled and deeper level of anesthesia.  The degree of anesthesia in such cases can vary between moderate-deep sedation and general anesthesia. 

Moderate sedation is a drug-induced depression of consciousness in which the patient can respond purposefully to verbal or tactile stimuli.  This is often referred to as a “twilight” sedation.


Deep sedation is defined as a drug-induced loss of consciousness in which the patient cannot be easily aroused or respond purposefully to verbal or tactile stimuli. 


General anesthesia is a drug-induced loss of consciousness in which the patient is not arousable regardless of the type of stimulus. 


There are certain cases in which one level of anesthesia is preferred over another,  but ultimately this  depends on the type of treatment being  provided and what is safest for the patient. Together, we will  determine the ideal level of anesthesia  where patient comfort meets safety and ideal treatment conditions. 

Dr. Braxton M. Henderson is a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology. This credential is the highest level of anesthesia training that can be achieved in dentistry.

Dr. Braxton M. Henderson is a native of Memphis, TN. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in Biological Sciences.  He earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh and completed extensive training in a three-year postdoctoral anesthesia residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 

Dr. Henderson founded Southern Office-Based Anesthesia to increase access to high quality and comfortable dental care for all patients. 

Dr. Henderson is exceptionally well-trained at providing all levels of anesthesia so that your dentist can fully focus on your dental surgical procedure.  This allows for a safer, more predictable, and comfortable experience for both the patient and the dentist.

Dr. Henderson's passion is to increase the safety of anesthesia in the field of dentistry.  He enjoys educating dental students, residents, and dental providers on all subjects related to sedation/anesthesia.  Dr. Henderson has lectured extensively to many dental societies and organizations on topics such as conscious sedation, medical emergencies, office-based anesthesia, management of the medically-complex dental patient, and more.

He maintains current certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Basic Life Support (BLS), and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). He is licensed and holds a current General Anesthesia permit by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners and the Virginia Board of Dentistry. Dr. Henderson is a member of the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, Old North State Dental Society, and the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists. 

Dr. Henderson and his wife, Chalis, are happily married and have two sons, Silas and Aldon. In his free time, Dr. Henderson enjoys running, playing basketball, traveling, and barbecuing.

meet dr. henderson

"We believe all patients

should have access to

high-quality & comfortable dental care."

Dr. Braxton M. Henderson,

Dentist Anesthesiologist

contact us

P.O. Box 2656
Henderson, NC 27536

Phone:  (252) 213-8484
Fax:  (855) 520-7290

E-mail: info@sobaanesthesia.com

our team

Braxton m. Henderson, dmd

Chalis Henderson, Office Manager

Kayla Roberts, RN, Anesthesia Assistant

Shannon Towns, RN, Anesthesia Assistant



Tel: 252-213-8484

Fax: 855-520-7290

PO Box 2656

Henderson, NC 27536

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