Summertime Snooze

What Does Obstructive Sleep Apnea Look Like?

A daytime nap on a long, summer day is a beautiful thing. However, too many naps can be a red flag. Why? Well, daytime sleepiness can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a serious condition that can lead to heart and other health problems.

While there are a number of risk factors associated with OSA, a recent study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison* suggests that America’s widening waistline is in part responsible for the increasing rates of OSA. Among other data, the authors estimate that 10% of men between the ages of 30 and 49, and 17% of men between the ages of 50 and 70 show symptoms of …

Um. Excuse Me. Your Tori are Showing…





Like our Secret Patient last week, have you ever discovered a strange or unexpected growth in your mouth near the jaw line, on your gums, on the roof of your mouth, or under your tongue? While they can look scary or gross, an exostosis or torus (plural: exostes or tori) can occur in any patient.

So. What Exactly is an Exostosis? An extostosis is the formation of new bone on the surface of a bone.  While many are asymptomatic, they can cause chronic pain ranging from mild to severe, depending on the shape, size, and location of the lesion. They usually grow when there is an excessive amount of stress and tension placed on the teeth’s underlying structures. Tori are widely seen in patients …

Shhhh! It’s a Secret…Patient! True Story from a Patient’s Perspective.

Chapter I – Mt. Brushmore

I’ve had it since I was 22 years old. I could feel it on the left side of my mouth every day of my life—it was…well, just there.  However, this was different from the right side of my mouth and I had a daily, sometimes painful reminder of that with every bite. Over the years, I noticed that the bump on my gums was slowly getting bigger and bigger, and eventually it grew to be about the size of a gumball; dentists would occasionally poke at it, ask if it bothered me, ask if it had always been there, etc, etc. But there it was. Finally, my new dentist made it crystal clear — it was time for a visit to …

Giving Back – Let’s Put Our Money Where Our Mouths Are

At McGann Facial Design, giving back is an important part of our practice. That is why Dr. McGann is part of the Fresh Start Surgical Gifts volunteer dental team. As part of a team of clinical specialists, Dr. McGann helps to transform the lives of disadvantaged infants, children, and teens with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse, or disease through the gift of reconstructive surgery. Dr. McGann has been a volunteer, giving his time with Fresh Start since 2009, and is dedicated and passionate about the group’s mission.

Fresh Start holds a number of fundraising events throughout the year, including the upcoming PayLease Golf Tournament on June 8th at the Maderas Golf Club in Poway.  To learn more about volunteering, donating, or participating in events supporting …

The Age of Wisdom…Teeth!

As the school year winds down, many young adults will be returning to their hometown of San Diego for the three S’s — Sun, Surf, and Surgery! We know you were not expecting the last one but it’s true. Many college-aged men and women are informed by their dentists that they need their wisdom teeth removed, and summer is a natural time to get this done.

What are Wisdom Teeth? Otherwise known as third molars, the wisdom teeth are are the last teeth in your mouth to develop. As such, they usually come in between the ages of 17-25. Thus, many college-aged children find themselves needing a visit to the oral surgeon.

Do all Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed? No, but according to the American Association of Oral …

Leadership In Dentistry & Beyond…It Starts With Integrity

Leadership = Integrity


Integrity can mean a number of things. But when it comes to running a successful dental practice, it is almost entirely about keeping your word to your patients and your colleagues.  This was part of the inspiring message delivered at the McGann Facial Design Workshop featuring Greg Clowminzer, a seasoned practice and leadership coach.

The event was well attended by leading dentists, orthodontists, and dental specialists from around San Diego. Not only did these dental professionals take time to gain insight from Mr. Clowminzer, many brought their staff. Greg defined the concept that continuous self-improvement and communication is everyone’s shared responsibility and that creating a culture of success does not happen by accident.

In the end, the participants left with an initial roadmap of how …