Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
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. Bring reading material, a meditation tape, an iPod to listen to music, or a tablet or laptop—free wi-fi is available. A typical session is up to 60 minutes, based on one’s treatment plan. Treatment plans addressing chronic and neurological issues, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, systemic mold infections or traumatic brain injury may require 30-40 sessions. Treatment plans for optimizing surgical outcomes, diabetic non-healing wounds or enhancing athletic performance may consist of 10-20 sessions.
INTAKE & CONSENT
A physician’s (ND, DC, DO, or MD) Prescription is required for mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We can provide this at your Intake visit, and will devise a treatment plan for you or work with your physician to determine a treatment plan that meets your individual needs.
Please note the following:
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Leave coat and shoes in entryway.
- Sign in at the Community Hyperbaric office.
- Inform us of changes in your medications and medical status.
- 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 or sharp implements allowed inside the chamber.
We strive to accommodate individual treatment plans and patients’ personal schedules. Treatments are available Monday through Friday by appointment.
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. Included in these PrePaid Plans is a re-evaluation with a physician.
These fees reflect time of service and pre-pay discounts. For other charges see below.
You may be interested in checking out Lyme Financial Support, Education and Research Resources to apply for financial assistance for treatment or Financial Assistance for Lyme and other Conditions that may apply to you.
Initial Intake with Prescription from a referring provider – $90
Initial Intake with Prescription from our office – $110
Initial Intake without time of service discount – $290
TREATMENT PLAN VISITS
Pay per treatment up to 60 minute session – $75
Pre-paid Package Discounts, up to 60 Minutes:
$685 for 10 sessions
$1,210 for 20 sessions
$1,635 for 30 sessions
$1,960 for 40 sessions
Treatment session per 30 minutes $50
The average cost for hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Vermont is $400/hour. Donations to Hyperbaric Vermont, a 501c3 nonprofit, allow us to provide this crucial care for less than the cost of providing it. We welcome and are grateful for your support. Click here to Donate.
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, it may be necessary to shorten your session in order to maintain our schedule for other patients. 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.
- 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.
CONTRAINDICATIONS & SIDE EFFECTS
Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is painless and non-invasive, and one of the safest medical procedures available, 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 reading material, a meditation tape or 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, rarely, temporary myopia (nearsightedness). 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.
An untreated pneumothorax (collapsed lung) is the only absolute contraindication for mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Please note the following relative contraindications for mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy:
- Congenital Spherocytosis
- COPD/Emphysema with air trapping
- Untreated Pneumothorax
- Upper Respiratory Infections—URIs can make it difficult to clear the ears, which can result in inflammation of sinuses, or sinus squeeze.
Please notify us if you are or if you will be taking any of the following medications:
- Cisplatin—a chemotherapy agent
- Doxorubicin (Adriamycin®)—a chemotherapy agent
- Mafenide Acetate (Sulfamylon®)—a topical cream used to prevent and treat bacterial or fungal infections
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