Our Core Values

Our core values guide our relationships with our patients and our co-workers.
These values represent who we are and define our practice of dentistry.

Trust

You can trust that you will be treated with honesty and compassion at all times. We will never recommend any treatment for you that we would not offer to our own families. At the same time, we will never insist on any treatment for you that you are not comfortable with.

Excellence

Excellence is our goal in all that we do at Great Oaks Dental. Therefore, we practice the finest dental techniques available anywhere. For this there is no substitute.

Joy

We are committed to the enjoyment of life both for our patients and for our staff. Your visit to our office will be a reflection of the joy we take in caring for our patients and for each other.

Our Doctors

PAUL GIDDINGS
PAUL GIDDINGSDMD, FAGD
Dr. Giddings began practicing dentistry in Pickens County in 1982, following his graduation from dental school at the Medical College of Georgia in 1980, and completion of a two year general practice residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1982.
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ELLEN THRAIKILL
ELLEN THRAIKILLDMD
Dr. Ellen Thrailkill joined our practice in July, 2012. Dr. Thrailkill is a 2006 graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC where she earned a BS degree in biology. She received a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in May, 2010.
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HUNTER HICKLIN
HUNTER HICKLINDMD
Dr. Hunter Hicklin joined our practice in April of 2011 after graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina Dental School in 2009 and completion of a two year General Practice Residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
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Dr. Giddings and his staff are wonderful. The staff is professional and friendly, they care about their patients and it shows. I know most of us don’t like going to the dentist, but Dr. Giddings has a soft touch and really does his best to make the visit as comfortable as possible. I have TMJ and can’t leave my mouth open for long periods of time, and he is great to give me breaks so I don’t end up with headaches after I leave. I would absolutely recommend this team to my family and friends

Sharon S. 6/8/2016

This was the most thorough dental cleaning and checkup that I have ever had! I have a lot of confidence in this practice. Brittany was very professional and knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. Dr. Giddings was very nice and reassuring and also very professional. I would highly recommend this practice!!

Denise H. 6/2/2016

For a person with dental work anxiety like me, the level of professionalism combined with care and the desire to keep the anxiety to a minimum is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Venice D. 8/11/16

This was my second visit and it was as pleasant as the first. My questions were answered, all staff were extremely friendly, they did a great job cleaning my teeth, and they didn’t try to “sell” me on extra services.

Danielle W. 7/30/2016

This staff, from the Dentists to the assistants to the front desk are the friendliest, most professional and compassionate people ever to staff an office. I had to have an emergency cap for a broken tooth. With their machine (a lot like a 3D printer) I had a new, permanent cap in less than 2 hours.

Jack S. 4/21/2016

“Everyone, from the office staff, hygienist, and dentist, were extremely friendly and professional. State of the art equipment and care.”

5 Star Review – May 12, 2016

“It is an honor to be able to share life with our patients – as they grow up, marry, and become parents and grandparents. I share in their ups and downs, and have the privilege of caring for their dental needs all along the way.”
– Dr. Paul Giddings

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