What Is HIPAA? And What Does It Mean For Me?

What Is HIPAA? And What Does It Mean For Me?

Have you been to a healthcare provider’s office and read something or been given a flyer about HIPAA? Have you wondered what it’s all about?

Well, HIPAA stands for the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which was enacted in 1996. The law was passed in part to protect employees, especially those with long-term health conditions, who might be hesitant to leave a job due to the fear that pre-existing condition clauses could limit their healthcare coverage under a new insurance plan. The law establishes that anyone with a group health insurance plan must be allowed to purchase health insurance within a specified period of time after previous coverage is lost.

In addition to …

Dental Anesthesia — A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Oral Surgeons Have Extensive Training and Experience in the Control of Pain and Anxiety

Dental anesthesia is an important topic for patients. At McGann Facial Design, we frequently receive questions from patients about the anesthesia they may receive for their procedure. Not only do we expect these questions, we welcome them. Why? Well, we want our patients to be as informed as possible because an informed patient is a more relaxed patient. Ultimately, we are reducing what can be an anxiety generating experience with knowledge of what to expect before and after surgery.

Oral surgeons are experts in delivering anesthetic and monitoring post-anesthetic patients. This expertise comes from formal and continued training throughout their careers. Dr. McGann and his staff are highly trained on all emergency patient protocols …

The Connection Between Comic-Con and Oral Surgery?

It is that time of the year here in San Diego — Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013. The city swarms with fans, gamers, celebrities, animators, artists, filmmakers, and media-types focused on the biggest and newest in popular culture. Of course, superheroes are always part of the attraction. And here is where the intersection of oral surgery and Comic-Con lies.

If you have tooth pain and it is determined that you need a tooth removed, an oral surgeon can quickly become your superhero. We are all guilty of not appreciating our oral health until something goes wrong. Then, a small issue quickly becomes a large emergency, because eating and drinking is central to our daily lives. Oral surgeons are exactly the professionals we need in these …

The Implants You May (Or May Not See) At The Beach This Summer

Dental Implants – A Solution of Choice for Replacing Missing Teeth

Today, dental implants are often the best solution for missing teeth. This was not always the case. Two decades ago, patients would likely have dentures or a permanent bridge to fill the gaps caused by the loss of adult teeth. Nowadays, patients are fortunate to have a long-term option in the form of an implant that is secured to the jawbone. Oral surgeons use a variety of techniques to secure the implant depending upon the individual case specifics. While implants and crowns can often be placed in a single visit, there are times where bone grafting (moving bone from one place to another) is required in order to optimize the patient’s outcome. Whatever …

Summer School! Continuing Education is Key!

School Never Ends When You’re an Oral Surgeon! Continuing Education (CE) is Key!

While most of you are basking in the warm weather and heading off to enjoy the San Diego County Fair and our great beaches, Dr. Grant McGann of McGann Facial Design is busy. Busy consulting with patients and their families, performing complicated surgeries, and going to summer school!  It turns out that school never ends if you are an oral surgeon. In order to maintain in good standing with the Dental Board of California, oral surgeons must completed a set number of educational credits, which are known as continuing education (CE) credits. While the educational topics can be varied and cover a broad selection of relevant topics, everything is geared to keeping our doctors up to date …

What is Orthognathic Surgery?

What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Simply put, it is corrective jaw surgery. It is surgery to correct conditions of the jaw and face related to structure, growth, sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, jaw misalignment, or congenital problems like cleft palate that cannot be easily treated with braces. While an orthodontist uses techniques to straighten out teeth, those approaches have no effect on the location and relationship of the upper and lower jaws.

What can Cause the Jaw to be Misaligned?

Injury or birth defects are common causes and patients can have problems with chewing, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. The last should not be underestimated as the profile and appearance of our face is central to our sense of self. Unhappiness with how we face the world can have negative long-term consequences. …