During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a person is given 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized environment. When you combine pressure and oxygen, the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream increases. To put it simply, oxygen lends a breath of fresh air to your wound and helps you heal faster. We've put together a few FAQs so you will know what to expect with your first treatment.
I'm claustrophobic, what will it be like inside the chamber?
The chamber is made of clear acrylic and is large enough for you to completely lie down. Once inside, you will hear a low level of constant noise and might experience small temperature changes.
How long does each treatment last?
Each HBOT treatment takes approximately two hours, and most therapy chambers come with television and DVD player to help the time pass more quickly.
How many treatments will heal my wound?
HBOT is given five days a week for four weeks, or 20 treatments. Your treatments may differ based on what your insurance company approves. Each wound is unique, so healing times will also vary.
Will it hurt?
HBOT is a safe and painless process. Your only potential discomfort is a popping in your ears, similar to what you might experience when taking off and landing at the airport. It's perfectly normal and should not be painful.
What will I do in the chamber?
Most chambers come with a television and DVD player. You can also listen to music. Or you may prefer to take a nap or spend your time in quiet reflection.
Will someone be with me at all times?
You are never left alone during treatment. Our staff remains close to ensure your safety and comfort.
What if I have to go to the bathroom?
Should you need to leave the chamber, the technician can start decompression to have you safely out in about six to eight minutes. However, it is best to use the restroom before you enter the chamber so that your session does not end early. Once you have left the chamber, we cannot restart the compression process.