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 in Pickens.


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 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.


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

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.
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.
William Pennington
William PenningtonDMD
Dr. William Pennington joined our practice in July, 2017. Dr. Pennington graduated from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 2014. Following graduation he completed a General Practice Residency at the Foundry Dental Center in Bessemer, Alabama.

This is absolutely the best dentist office in Pickens County!

My whole family goes here and they do such a wonderful job. They welcome you by name when you come in and treat you like family. My son is special needs and they are just so patient with him and understanding. It’s so great not having to go to separate dentists for our needs. They even were able to put braces on my son so we didn’t have to go to a separate office!

Melissa R. 7/16/2018

By far the friendliest staff!

They always great you with a smile and treat you with respect. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else. Very clean facility and well maintained. The atmosphere is laid back and they all seem to love their job. You never hear any negativity when you go in. Blessed to be a patient here!

Missy P. 7/17/2018

I recommend this Dental office to anyone and everyone!

If you want a friendly hello, your questions answered, and a place that makes you feel comfortable Great Oaks Dental is the place for you. The staff is attentive, knowledgeable, friendly and makes you feel so welcomed. I have been a patient for years and will continue to be a patient. On top of the wonderful experiences I’ve had this busy mom really enjoys getting my reminder text for my appointments!

Christie W. 7/13/2018

You can’t ask for a better dental experience!!

My family and I have been patients here for as long as I can remember. They are always so great to work with and make my girls feel at ease. They make sure you understand the billing and are super helpful with booking appointments or answering insurance questions. When we arrive we are always met with a smile and they know us by name.

Tonya W. 7/14/18

I’ll never go to another dentist office again!

Great Oaks Dental is hands down one of the best dentist offices around. The atmosphere is laid back and everyone there is very genuine. All three dentists care about the patients. The staff has always been very friendly, caring, and thoughtful which is hard to find sometimes.

Ashley P. 7/14/2018

I HIGHLY recommend this office!!

Great Oaks Dental helped me get over my fear of the dental chair. The office in itself is beautiful and calming. Every member of their staff makes an effort to make your experience there a good one, and the doctors are patient and thourough in explaining the results of your visit.

Jennifer G. 7/19/2018

“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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