Education:

  • Certificate in Endodontics and Master of Science (2011), University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, MN
  • General Practice Residency (2009), Veterans Administration Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (2008), University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, MN
  • Master of Physical Therapy (1996), Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Special Professional Interests

My goal is to provide quality care in a respectful and comfortable environment.

Professional Activities

  • American Association of Endodontists
  • Minnesota Association of Endodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • Former adjunct faculty 2011-2015, University of Minnesota

Publications

Barsness S, Bowles WR, Fok A, McClanahan SB, Harris SP. Anatomic investigation of the roots of second mandibular molars using micro CT. Surg Radiol Anat. 2015 Apr; 37(3): 267-72.

Verified Patient Reviews

4.9 out of 5 (130 Reviews) (44 Comments)

Overall patient ratings are based on the average score given by The Dental Specialists patients who voluntarily complete a satisfaction survey from Press Ganey, a nationally recognized firm dedicated to improving patient experience. Click to learn more about our patient ratings.

5 out of 5
February 6, 2024
Great experience, they had good recommendations.
5 out of 5
February 5, 2024
I had a great experience! Dr. Sarah was so kind, knowledgeable, gentle and compassionate. She made me feel very comfortable and explained everything she was going to do with my procedure. I was so grateful she was able to see me with my tooth hurting so bad. I felt 100 percent better the next day. I would see Sarah again!
5 out of 5
January 31, 2024
I very much appreciated the effort of care to save my tooth
5 out of 5
January 22, 2024
Very straightforward about my chances for the tooth.
5 out of 5
January 17, 2024
My Dentist was very good and very informative on what was going to take place. I really appreciate the outstanding care by her
5 out of 5
January 17, 2024
My whole visit from beginning to end was excellent
5 out of 5
November 8, 2023
Dr was very informal bowl about what she was doing what she was going to do very very professional highly recommend her
5 out of 5
November 8, 2023
All good all around
5 out of 5
November 7, 2023
I never give "very good" answers unless deserved. Dr. Barness and team deserve it. Excellent clinic all the way around.
5 out of 5
November 7, 2023
I have already spoken to my regular dentist that they I highly recommend Dr. Barness and team.
5 out of 5
October 25, 2023
Just a superior and caring individual. She is just outstanding in her field. Patient care and quality of her craft is evident throughout the entire process.
5 out of 5
October 25, 2023
High marks for all! I felt so relaxed and trustful.
5 out of 5
October 6, 2023
Dentist was kind, informative, and efficient (as were the assistants). Root canal could not have gone more smoothly or comfortably!
5 out of 5
September 28, 2023
Dr. Barsness stopped during the treatment to see how I was doing. Always checking to make sure I was comfortable. When doing the procedure, they continued the conversation we had been having which made me feel part of the conversation. At my regular dentist I was talked over as if I wasn't there discussing their plans for the rest of the day or week. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.
5 out of 5
September 16, 2023
As l mentioned in my 1st comment both the doctor and the assistant were both very good.
5 out of 5
September 16, 2023
Very good experience with Dr Sara Barsness.
5 out of 5
September 4, 2023
She listened and answered all the questions that I asked.
5 out of 5
September 1, 2023
10/10 for the dentist!
5 out of 5
August 29, 2023
I have never had such great care at a dentist. All worked to help me make appointments and get the fastest care possible.
5 out of 5
August 29, 2023
The doctor was very knowledgeable and she caught a potential issue which helped to give me the appropriate care as fast as possible.
5 out of 5
August 18, 2023
I was so pleased to get in quickly for my root canal procedure. Dr Barsness was so good! Highly recommend her!
5 out of 5
August 17, 2023
My son was very nervous and the staff made him feel comfortable and even gave his a tooth stress ball!!
5 out of 5
August 14, 2023
Dr. Barsness was so thorough and made sure that we understood everything for the treatments plan. My daughter was so nervous for the appt but she made it so much better. She was kind and compassionate and great with her.
5 out of 5
July 28, 2023
Excellent care. Walked me through every step, and answered all of my concerns. Get comfortable the whole process.
5 out of 5
July 27, 2023
Excellent care and above expectations on explanation of procedure and risks/benefits.
5 out of 5
July 17, 2023
Dr. Sara B. Was very caring and I would highly rrecommend her for a dental procedure!
5 out of 5
July 17, 2023
As I said before, Dr Barsness was awesome.
5 out of 5
July 17, 2023
Excellent experience. I will recommend to others.
5 out of 5
July 12, 2023
Seemed very caring.
5 out of 5
July 7, 2023
The treatment was well described and the bill was easy to understand. Everyone did an excellent job of explaining what was going to happen and how I was able to pay with my insurance.
5 out of 5
July 7, 2023
I had a root canal surgery and the experience was easy and I felt very informed and well taken care of .
5 out of 5
June 30, 2023
Clear and open discussion of assessment and any next steps
5 out of 5
June 23, 2023
I had a great first experience. Thank you for being kind and taking care of me!
5 out of 5
June 14, 2023
Dr. Barsness was absolutely amazing! Id recommend her to anyone. Great bedside manner, super polite with her assistant. I was impressed by her!
5 out of 5
June 9, 2023
Both of them were very caring.
5 out of 5
June 4, 2023
Really like the Endodontist and staff
5 out of 5
May 12, 2023
All good
5 out of 5
May 12, 2023
I would recommend them to everyone.
5 out of 5
May 12, 2023
Very good about making sure I understood everything.
5 out of 5
May 12, 2023
I was extremely pleased with the care I received. Everyone was very kind and pleasant. Dr. Barsness is very knowledgeable and professional and kind. This is wonderful as we octogenarians often are not treated respectfully. Thank you all for making this experience pleasant and making me comfortable. I am grateful!
5 out of 5
May 12, 2023
For having a root canal it went well!
5 out of 5
April 27, 2023
Both Dr Barsness and Dr Rivers were absolutely awesome!!
5 out of 5
April 26, 2023
It was a good experience!
4.6 out of 5
April 20, 2023
I was very impressed with the whole procedure and the dentist and assistant were very thorough and nice. Thought procedure was expensive for our income.
5 out of 5
April 12, 2023
I really liked Sara! She was gentle, kind and very thorough.
5 out of 5
April 10, 2023
I had an excellent experience with Dr. Barsness. I would seek treatment from her again and recommend her to friends and family. Having received a lot of poor dental care from bad dental professionals, it was so refreshing to experience competent, professional dental care!
5 out of 5
March 22, 2023
I was in bad shape and in a lot of pain when I came in for a root canal. More novacain could have been administered because I experienced momentary jolts of pain during the procedure. Additional novacain was required and quickly administered. There were a few days of lingering pain and soreness after the procedure, but that was to be expected from the trauma. However, a week after the procedure I'm pain free!
5 out of 5
March 20, 2023
I was very impressed with the Dr. Barsness and her team. She was informative, answered all my questions and explained procedure so well. I actually heard her talk with an other patient and she was the same with him. I'm going to suggest to my normal dentist they refer to Dr. Barsness because of the care I received. I actually was referred first to someone else but because of your working with my insurance company directly and only expecting my copay I went with you. And, so glad I did!
5 out of 5
March 20, 2023
They were very transparent on all costs, and, possible costs if procedure needed to be changed. I appreciated that vey much.
4.2 out of 5
March 13, 2023
The provider and assistant talked about the entire time l was in the chair getting a procedure done on their personal issues. What they did over the weekend, how the husband and boyfriend were doing, ect. I knew their whole life story. I felt uncomfortable with that conversation because that should be done privately and not working on my tooth. I felt they were too involved about themselves and not on me, the patient. The final outcome was good for the procedure but the chair side manner needs improvement. Would not recommend because of that!
5 out of 5
March 10, 2023
Dr Barsness was awesome.
5 out of 5
March 9, 2023
The team took very good care of me. I was quite nervous and each team member took time to explain options and procedures so I fully understood what treatment was required and at each step, I was told what to expect. Excellent patient care.