MEET OUR ANESTHESIOLOGISTS
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. Henderson is a native of Covington, TN, a small town north of Memphis. Having spent many years living in Memphis and Covington, respectfully, he became familiar with the nuances of both city and small-town living. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in Biological Sciences.
He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed extensive training in a three-year postdoctoral dental anesthesiology residency program at the University of Pittsburgh.
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 dental professionals can fully focus on the dental surgical procedure.
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 and anesthesia. Dr. Henderson has lectured extensively to many dental societies and national organizations on topics such as conscious sedation, medical emergencies, office-based anesthesia, management of the medically complex dental patient, and more. He holds an adjunct assistant clinical professor position with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Dental Anesthesiology. He is also an Oral Board examiner for the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology.
He maintains current certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Basic Life Support (BLS). He is licensed and holds a current General Anesthesia permit by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners.
Dr. Henderson and his wife, Chalis, are happily married and have three sons named Silas, Aldon, and Owen. In his free time, Dr. Henderson enjoys exercising, reading, traveling, and smoking meats.
Dr. Benjamin Pritts 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. Pritts grew up in rural southwestern Pennsylvania where he began working at his family’s feed mill business and small farm at an early age. Following high school, Dr. Pritts decided to attend the University of Pittsburgh where he obtained a degree in Neuroscience. Dr. Pritts learned about the field of Dental Anesthesiology the first time he shadowed at a dental office and realized how anesthesia can improve the access to care for dental patients.
Dr. Pritts attended dental school at the University of Pittsburgh where he became an award-winning dental student, graduated at the top 5% of his class, and was inducted into the prestigious national honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU). Dr. Pritts first met Dr. Henderson during this time.
Upon graduating dental school, Dr. Pritts immediately began his specialty training in a 3-year Dental Anesthesiology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In addition to the extensive anesthesia training specifically for patients undergoing oral and maxillofacial procedures, he trained with his medical colleagues at two Level 1 trauma hospitals (UPMC Presbyterian and Mercy), UPMC Children’s Hospital, UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital, UPMC St. Margaret, as well as clinical rotations with: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Neurotrauma ICU, Internal Medicine, and Cardiology. The most rewarding experience during residency was providing anesthesia for hundreds of patients living with special needs at The Center for Patients with Special Needs located within the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Pritts provided general anesthesia for pediatric patients throughout his entire 3-year residency.
Dr. Pritts is has a passion for learning and holds an adjunct assistant clinical professor position with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Dental Anesthesiology. He maintains current certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Basic Life Support (BLS). He is licensed and holds a current General Anesthesia permit by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners.
Dr. Pritts, along with his wife and two daughters now call North Carolina their home. They have visited NC their entire lives, and the state always felt like home. Dr. Pritts and his wife actually got married at Cape Hatteras. In his spare time, Dr. Pritts enjoys snowboarding, relaxing at the beach, hiking, and enjoying life with his family.