WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR APPOINTMENT
Welcome to Community Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Our intention is to provide our community with mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) — a powerful tool that can allow life changing healing and greater functioning to a wide array of people with very low risk and few side effects.
Our staff physician is certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. Our hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers offer large, comfortable, bright spaces to relax in during treatment. Inside the chamber you lie down or sit in a lounge chair, in your own clothing—cotton is preferable. Bring a book to read, an ipod to listen to music, or a tablet or laptop—free wi-fi is available. Session length lasts from about one hour to ninety minutes. Treatment plans addressing chronic and neurological issues, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, or traumatic brain injury may require 30-40 sessions. Treatment plans for optimizing surgical outcomes or enhancing athletic performance may consist of 10-20 sessions.
As oxygen is delivered through a facemask, the atmospheric pressure inside the chamber is gradually increased to 1.3 ATA. You and a trained staff member remain in control of the process at all times.
Please be aware that your scheduled session of 1 hour or 90 minutes does not include the time required for compression and decompression of the chamber. Therefore please allow for an additional 15 minutes with each appointment. For example, if you have a 1-hour appointment scheduled for 8:00 am, it is likely that your treatment will conclude closer to 9:15 am. In addition, if you arrive late for an appointment, your session will be shortened to ensure that others can be treated as scheduled.
INTAKE & CONSENT
A physician’s (ND, DC, DO, or MD) referral is required for mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Your physician will determine a treatment plan that meets your individual needs. Our staff is available to work with your physician to determine what treatment frequency and amount of time is optimal for your situation—usually an hour to ninety minutes per session.
Please note the following:
- Wear comfortable cotton clothing.
- Leave coat and shoes in entryway.
- Sign in at the Community Hyperbaric office.
- Inform us of changes in your medications and medical status.
- Empty your bladder immediately prior to your session to avoid discomfort.
- No food or drinks allowed. However, if you have diabetes, we ask you to bring a snack in case your blood sugar drops in the chamber.
- No flammables allowed inside the chamber.
- Schedule your next appointment prior to leaving.
CONTRAINDICATIONS & SIDE EFFECTS
Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is painless and non-invasive, with possible minor, mild side effects. Please be aware that one possible side effect that may occur at the beginning and/or end of treatment (during compression and decompression) is a sensation of fullness in your ears, which can be alleviated by yawning. The sensation is very similar to taking-off and landing in an airplane. For those who may be claustrophobic, we suggest bringing an iPod/iPad to provide a distraction.
While high-pressure oxygen therapy entails managing the safety risk of using 100% oxygen and the possibility of oxygen toxicity, mild HBOT offers the same physiological benefits with only minor, temporary potential side effects, which may include barotrauma (temporary ear pain), mild sinus discomfort, and temporary myopia (nearsightedness) rarely. In addition, the risk of seizure from oxygen toxicity is a risk related to pressures typically greater than 2.0 ATA and is unheard of below 1.5 ATA.
Please note the following contraindications and drug interactions to mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy:
- Congenital Spherocytosis
- COPD/Emphysema with air trapping
- Untreated Pneumothorax
- Upper Respiratory Infections—URIs can make it difficult for the patient to clear his/her ears, which can result in inflammation of sinuses, or sinus squeeze.
If you are currently taking any of the following medications, then hyperbaric oxygen therapy should be avoided:
- Cisplatin—a chemotherapy agent
- Disulfiram (Antabuse®)—an oral tablet used to treat chronic alcoholism
- Doxorubicin (Adriamycin®)—a chemotherapy agent
- Mafenide Acetate (Sulfamylon®)—a topical cream used to prevent and treat bacterial or fungal infections
HOURS & LOCATION
Community Hyperbaric has two locations
54 School Circle in East Hardwick, VT off Route 16
Phone (802) 472-8900 Fax (802) 472-3022
371 River Street, Montpelier VT 05602
Phone (802) 613-3929 Fax (802) 613-3957
We strive to accommodate individual treatment plans and patients’ personal schedules. Treatments are available Monday through Friday by appointment. Saturday appointments or appointment times outside our regular hours will be considered by request.
Payment is expected at the time of service.
To make mild HBOT more affordable, we suggest you take advantage of our pre-pay discount plans below.
These fees reflect time of service and pre pay discounts. For other charges see below.
Outside Referral – $90.00
Referral From Our Office – $110.00
TREATMENT PLAN VISITS
60 Minute Session Pay Each Visit $75
Pre-paid Package Discount 60 Minutes:
$600 for 10 sessions
$1100 for 20 sessions
$1500 for 30 sessions
$1800 for 40 sessions
90 Minute Session Pay Each Visit $100.00
Pre-paid Package Discount 90 Minutes:
$800 for 10 sessions
$1550 for 20 sessions
$1875 for 30 sessions
$2400 for 40 sessions
Initial Intake: $290.00
Treatment session per 30 min: $50.00
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Click here to access a list of frequently asked questions and learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments.
- In consideration for people who are waiting for appointments, we appreciate 24-hour notice of cancellation. We may charge you for appointments that are missed or canceled without proper notice.
- Due to the sensitivity of other patients and staff, refrain from wearing perfume, after-shave, or essential oils.
- We encourage you to arrive on time for your scheduled appointment. If you arrive late, we may choose to shorten your session. A shortened session will be charged the full fee.
- For your convenience we accept cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard. Please note that all payments are due at the time services are rendered. Pre-paid packages must be paid in advance or at the time of service.
- Federal law dictates that we are not allowed to share health care related information about you without your permission. For example, we will not share information about your scheduled appointments or the number of visits you have left on a shared pre-pay package. This law also applies to your spouse/partner. If you would like us to be able to share this type of information with your spouse, partner, or anyone else, please complete the Designation of Personal Representative form.
- It is the policy of Community Hyperbaric not to discriminate, especially with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.
The content and information provided here within is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a physician before pursuing any form of medical treatment, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. No claims are made as to the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of specific conditions. Community Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy makes no express or implied warranty regarding any health benefits that may be derived from the use of a hyperbaric chamber. A portable hyperbaric oxygen chamber is a Class II Medical Device, and as such its use or purchase requires a physician’s prescription.