Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a prescribed treatment, so your physician must refer you for evaluation by our hyperbaric center team. Our staff will then determine whether you are a good candidate for HBOT. They will explain the treatment process to you and answer any questions you may have. You will probably be asked to show a photo ID, your insurance card, the referral or order from your doctor, and your list of medications to us.
Who is taking care of me once I start treatment?
We have a caring and professional staff of doctors,nurses, and certified technologists who are specially trained in the administration of hyperbaric medicine.
How often do I have to come for treatments?
Depending on the reason for treatment (like a diabetic foot wound),and how quickly you respond to the therapy,the hyperbaric physician and staffwill determine the number of treatments you will likely receive. Most treatment plans require that you are treated once a day, five days a week, and each treatment will last for about two hours.
What should I expect during my visit?
Before each treatment, you will change into hospital scrubs. Our staff will check your vital signs and blood sugar values if indicated. Our hyperbaric chambers are comfortable, and you will be able to communicate with our staff.
Our team will let you know if detail what you will feel during the treatment. The pressure changes and air flow noises will be similar to being on an airplane. Our staff will be there to help and to answer questions. Your will be able to watch TV or a movie while you are in the chamber, or listen to music if you prefer.
Is my insurance going to cover the treatment?
Medicare and most other health insurance plans pay for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for the approved indications. We will work with you, your referring physician and your insurance carrier to determine any financial issues prior to starting treatment.
I am diabetic. Is there anything special I need to do?
Our staff will work with you on an individual basis to determine the best approach regarding dietary considerations, medications including insulin (if applicable) and blood sugar monitoring. Your blood sugar level will also be tested before and after each treatment.
What items are prohibited in the chamber?
For safety reasons, some things are not allowed inside the hyperbaric chamber. Our team will discuss your concerns with you, including special considerations if you have pacemakers, insulin pumps or pain patches, as well as contact lenses. A complete list of prohibited items will also be available at the hyperbaric center.
- • Makeup or nail polish
- • Perfume or Aftershave
- • Hairspray/Hair oils, Wigs/Hairpieces
- • Alcohol or petroleum-based products
- • Cell phones or electronic devices like iPads
- • Any metallic items (such as jewelry, titanium eyeglass frames, keys, watches, coins)
- • Flammable materials or heat-producing items (heating pads, lighters, cigarettes)
- • Hearing aids
- • Food, gum or candy
- • Books, magazines, newspapers or any paper products
What if I am not feeling well?
Please let our team know if you have a cold or cough or any symptoms of the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Also, notify the staff if there are any changes in your medications before you begin treatment.
Can my family come with me into the chamber room?
For confidentiality reasons, your family and friends may not enter the treatment room with you. Please discuss your situation with a hyperbaric team member if you have particular needs. Your family and friends can wait for you in a designated area in the hyperbaric center.