Frequently Asked Questions about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
HBOT stands for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. During hyperbaric treatments, the body is saturated with 100% oxygen. This essential element is used by the body for healing. Hyperbaric treatments provide oxygen to cells and tissues that suffer from a lack of oxygen.
Tissues suffering from hypoxia are unable to heal themselves as effectively as when they have oxygen. Most cells in areas of swelling or other types of injury are suffering from hypoxia. HBOT helps boosts the abilities of the immune system by accelerating the creation of new white blood cells, the sentinel of the bloodstream.
This form of medicine has been steadily growing in popularity each year as a treatment for many different conditions. HBOT is a prescribed treatment that has been approved by the FDA for many different conditions.
What are the side effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Overall, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is extremely safe and minor risks are associated with the usage of hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Our professional HBOT techs will go over all listed side effects with you in person prior to treatment, but the most common side effect people experience is pressure felt within the ears or sinuses. Once treatment is over, the pressure in your ears will be able to equalize again.
How do I know hyperbaric oxygen therapy is safe?
When hyperbaric oxygen therapy is prescribed, your treatment is performed under medical supervision at all times. Like all medical procedures and treatments, there are some risks and overall hyperbaric treatments are safe. There are some risks, which will be discussed with you before you sign your consent form for therapy.
Our hyperbaric chambers meet or exceed the latest FDA guidelines governing hyperbaric chamber manufacturing and installation - ensuring that your treatment is extremely safe.
What does the treatment feel like?
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the air pressure in the room is about two to three times normal air pressure. The increased air pressure will create a temporary feeling of fullness in your ears.
The best way to describe the feeling of oxygen therapy is to picture yourself taking off in an airplane. There's a specific sensation that occurs when airplanes land and takeoff, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy is similar to this feeling.
How are patients referred for treatment?
Patients can self-refer or be referred a physician. Each patient is evaluated by our medical staff and medical director and is treated based on their specific needs and diagnosis.
How long does a single treatment session last?
On average, a single treatment session will last around 60 -90 minutes. Treatment time depends on various factors, however, such as the condition(s) you are being treated for, as well as any prescriptions or recommendations as noted by our medical director.
*The average treatment session does not factor in the amount of time necessary for setting up your treatment and treatment conclusion. Please allow additional time for pre and post-treatment steps.
How many treatments will I need?
The amount and duration of treatments you need are determined by the condition you are being treated for and generally, acute conditions such as carbon monoxide poisoning are treated in 1 – 2 sessions, whereas chronic conditions may require anywhere from 30 to 90 sessions.
Does my insurance cover the procedure?
We do not accept insurances. You will have to confirm this with your insurance provider, but typically Medicare and other insurance providers will cover hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions under certain indications. Reimbursement from your insurance will depend on the condition that you are being treated for and your diagnosis.
Payment in full is expected at the time of service. We accept VISA & MasterCard.
$200.00 Deposit is required to hold your scheduled spot. The $200.00 deposit is returned after all prescribed treatments are completed or can be applied toward your treatments.
FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS:
At this time, Medicare does not cover charges for Hyperbaric Center for Advanced Healing