Phases of Treatment
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy lasts less than 2.5 hours per session, and consists of three phases:
After you are settled in the chamber, compression takes place for about five to ten minutes. Oxygen can be heard coming into the chamber and there is a slight increase in temperature, which is controlled by our staff. You may notice pressure building in your ears, similar to the feeling experienced when landing in an airplane. During this phase, and throughout the treatment, our staff can assist with relieving ear discomfort or pressure.
- Prescribed time at pressure
A treatment plan devised specifically for you determines the number of hyperbaric oxygen sessions needed and the length of time per session. Normally, patients receive pure oxygen for two hours per treatment. You may spend this time in a relaxing way by sleeping, listening to music or watching television.
As pressure is decreased in the chamber, the temperature drops. Symptoms are minimal during this phase, although some patients experience a popping noise in theirs ears.
- Treatments are administered daily and require patients to be present for approximately 2.5 hours each day. Course of treatment varies by diagnosis, but usually consists of 20-30 treatments.
- You will be seen and evaluated by our staff before and after your therapy.
- Only 100% cotton hospital gowns or scrubs are allowed in the chamber. These will be provided to you before the procedure begins.
- Do not drink any alcohol prior to treatment.
- Do not smoke for at least two hours before treatment (this is especially important for diabetic patients).
- Eat a regular meal before treatment (this is especially important for diabetic patients).
- If your doctor has prescribed any medications for you, take them as usual (including pain medication) before you arrive and inform our staff during your evaluation.
- If you have a cold or any sinus congestion, please inform our staff upon arrival, as this may determine whether nasal sprays and decongestants are administered.
- If you have an existing wound, a dressing change may be performed.