What To Expect At Your Hyperbaric Visit
We understand that starting a new therapy can be distressing and want you to be as comfortable as possible. Below we have compiled some information we think you will find helpful. Click on an icon to skip ahead to a topic or read through the entire page to find answers.
How It Works
The air you are breathing right now contains around 21% oxygen. That amount of oxygen in the air is adequate for healthy individuals to oxygenate their blood and supply their cells with the oxygen required to function. However, certain injuries and illnesses decrease our body’s ability to absorb and distribute oxygen. The lack of oxygen in turn makes it harder for our cells to heal. This is where Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can help.
At our clinic in Grants Pass, we have two types of hyperbaric chambers, both of which are designed to increase the amount of oxygen available to our cells through increased pressure and increasing the concentration of oxygen. According to Boyle’s, Henry’s, and Dalton’s laws, the result is more oxygen available in our bodies for healing and cell function.
Risks and Side-Effects
There are few risks and side-effects associated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and they are generally mild. They may include:
- Ear Barotrauma (injury caused by increased pressure)
- Temporary vision changes
- Low blood sugar for diabetics treated with insulin
- Lung collapse caused by pressure change (uncommon)
- Seizures as a result of oxygen toxicity (uncommon)
Hyperbaric Treatment Overview
Your first visit will be a consultation with one of our providers to answer any questions you may have and review your medical history. Let our provider know if you are pregnant, smoke, or if you have a history of ear/sinus problems (ear infections, sinus infections, trouble clearing ears, etc.) To save time, please complete our New Patient Paperwork before your arrival.
Before Your Treatment
Wash in the shower or bath at home and skip the personal products. For your safety and comfort, makeup, deodorant, hair products, perfumes, lotions and contact lenses may not be worn. Wear a comfortable pair of underwear. (Ladies, leave the underwire at home. A sports bra will be more comfortable and safe).
At The Clinic
When you arrive, you will be shown to a changing room and provided with 100% cotton scrubs to change into and a bag in which to store your belongings. Please note that you may not take anything into the chamber with you. This includes jewelry, watches, and electronic devices.
Time To Relax
Before your arrival, the chamber was prepared with clean sheets and a blanket for your comfort. You can choose a show on Netflix to watch on the TV (in our acrylic chamber) or take a nap. In our soft chamber, you can bring a book to read. Treatments last between 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on the condition for which you are being treated.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy consists of a series of treatments. The number and frequency vary by condition and will be discussed at your initial consultation.
For your safety, the following items are not allowed into the hyperbaric chambers. Our staff add to this list during your visit at their discretion.
- Electronics of any kind including phones and tablets
- Matches or Lighters
- Hearing Aids
- Books or Newspapers (Except in the mild chambers)
- Hand warmers
- Keys, coins, or other metal objects
- Any static producing item or clothing.
- Anything containing oil, grease, or alcohol
These items may not be worn or ingested prior to your treatment:
- All hair styling products including sprays, gels, and mousse
- Nail polish
- Medication Patches
Frequently Asked Questions
HBOT is covered by most insurances and Medicare for the conditions listed on our home page. As a courtesy, we can contact your insurance to find out if your treatment would be covered. Please give us a call.