Why do I need a prescription for hyperbaric therapy?
Medical oxygen is a controlled drug by the FDA and must be prescribed by a physician.
Where do I get a prescription?
Your physician can prescribe the therapy for you. If appropriate, he/she will prescribe the therapy for you. If your physician has questions concerning the therapy, we will be happy to discuss hyperbaric treatments with your doctor!
How do I know if I am a candidate for treatment?
Most people are able to have hyperbaric oxygenation therapy. In a few cases, those taking certain medications or chemotherapeutic drugs or those with poor heart function or decreased lung capacity (as with emphysema) and some other rare instances, are ruled out. We will be happy to provide information to you or your health professional if you have questions regarding a particular condition and how it may be affected by this therapy.
What is the age limit for treatment?
All ages, including babies, young children, and the elderly, can safely receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy, unless certain physical conditions exclude them from therapy.
How many treatments will I need?
A treatment plan is based on your diagnosis. Some conditions need a few treatments 5-10 or so. Many conditions require 20-40 treatments or more (a treatment generally is 60 or 90 minutes). Nationwide, some patients have had hundreds of treatments over the years. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has a cumulative effect on the body and as changes happen, future treatments build on past effects.
What does a treatment feel like?
Typically, patients feel a change of pressure in their ears, similar to the descent of an airplane or driving over a mountain. Also, a patient may feel warm while going to pressure, comfortable when at pressure and chilly when coming up from pressure. (The temperature changes have to do with the laws of physics.)
How can I clear my ears?
We recommend holding your nose and swallowing as an easy technique to "open" your ears. Holding one's nose and blowing out lightly (the Valsalva maneuver) is a technique used by many scuba divers and works well in the hyperbaric setting. Other techniques include yawning, swallowing, taking sips of water, jutting out the jaw, and tilting your head back.
What can I do during a treatment?
During your treatment you can watch a movie, listen to music, meditate or sleep. It's a great time to unwind and relax.
Can my child go in the chamber alone?
Unless the child has difficulty swallowing or clearing their airway, most children are quite capable of being in the chamber by themselves. They are easily entertained by the TV or videos playing outside the chamber and quickly forget that they are alone. In fact, in many cases, this is the easiest therapy the child has ever had.
Will my insurance cover treatment costs?
Insurance companies vary slightly in their coverage. However, they usually only cover certain conditions, typically only what's on the Medicare "approved indications" list. But this is not true in all cases and in all states. Check with your insurance carrier for more information. When contacting them, ask specifically if your diagnosis is covered when receiving hyperbaric oxygen treatments. Beware the statement, 'hyperbaric oxygen is part of your benefit package,' because "benefits are not a guarantee of payment!" While hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be a benefit under your insurance plan, payment is only made if the claim meets certain requirements and is considered "medically necessary." The diagnosis must meet the requirements for an insurance 'covered condition.' Members may request a predetermination of benefits from their insurance company for a particular diagnosis and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.