Frequently Asked Questions
Under Pressure Hyperbarics loves the Octopus creature under the sea because of its ability to require more oxygen than other fish and mollusks. They require 4 times the normal amount of oxygen needed and have 3 hearts, 2 of which are dedicated to pump blood through the gills just for oxygen. Another cool fact is that Octopus use copper to transport oxygen unlike humans who use iron.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) helps the body in many ways, especially FDA-approved specific medical conditions that work well as a treatment for the body. Hyperbaric is shown to reduce swelling and increase the amount of oxygen that goes directly into the blood stream, which in turn, helps tissue growth. HBOT promotes natural healing with great benefits such as wound healing and stem cell growth. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has shown to improve clients quality of life in many sectors. Conditions such as head injuries, chronic fatigue, stroke, cerebral palsy, cancer, diabetes and more have responded favorably to HBOT in many studies and contentious real life use.
Our medical staff will evaluate each patient to determine if Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is right for you and customize a treatment plan depending on what you come in for.
For a list of conditions, please see our applications page.
For in-depth information on what hyperbaric oxygen therapy is, please see our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy page.
Below are the FDA-approved conditions that are covered by your insurance:
Below are off-label conditions that may or may not be covered by your insurance:
Recovery from Plastic Surgery
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
If you do not see your condition above, you may still have a chance to be covered by insurance as approved conditions are growing.
Here are 3 ways to see if you may be covered:
- Please call your insurance and ask if your condition is covered.
- Talk to your primary care physician.
- Contact us with your current condition and any questions you may have.
There are many ways to check if Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is right for you. Either you are in for a specific condition or you want to come in for the overall benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. You may also have a covered condition that is paid by your insurance. There is lots of research and studies available for many Non-Covered conditions that support HBOT’s use.
If your coming in for a specific condition and wonder if your condition falls within the FDA-covered and insured treatment, you can check the FDA approved Applications page for a full list.
If you have a condition that is not listed in the FDA Approved Applications, you can consult with your primary care physician or come in for a consultation where our physicians and certified-HBOT technicians will answer all questions needed before treatment.
Relax. Lay Down. Enjoy a movie. Breath 100% oxygen! Sounds simple enough right?
Every visit, your nurse technician will ask how you are feeling and make sure your ready to dive into the chamber as safely and comfortably as possible.
When entering the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber, there are several stages during the treatment:
- The first stage is compression, where the chamber gets ready to be compressed with the prescribed pressure (or depth), most commonly set to 2.0 atmospheres absolute (ATA).
- Your ears will start to be affected by the pressure just like being on a plane and you will need to clear your ears by swallowing, drinking water or holding your nose.
- You are now fully maintained at this pressure (depth) and are ready to breathe 100 percent oxygen via a mask towards your blood stream.
- After the session is finished, your nurse technician will notify you that the chamber will depressurized back to normal ATA and the treatment is finished.
Once everything is complete, you will start breathing 100% pure medical grade oxygen for the duration of your treatment inside the chamber. You may watch a movie, sleep, read a book, or just relax! Our nurse technician will monitor you the whole time and you can talk to them with the intercom.
We are one of few 100% Medical Grade Facility in California for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Only a medical grade facility can legally fill your prescription to use a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, as required by federal law in United States.
Just like with any treatment, side effects are possible after treatment, however after decades of research and innovation, side effects have become minimal. To stay on the side of caution, before you start your treatment plan, our physician will do a full exam to see if you are accepted as a candidate.
Most Common Side Effects
- Ear or sinus pain
Other Rare Side Effects
- Oxygen toxicity
- Lung damage
- Blood sugars may drop too low in diabetic patients
Other Areas of Concern
- Being Pregnant
- Congenital spherocytosis
- History of middle ear surgery or disorders
- History of seizures
- Optic neuritis
When coming for your treatment you will dress in one of our HBOT approved outfits.
Please avoid makeup, perfumes, hair preparations, deodorant, wigs, jewelry when going into the chamber.
The technician needs to know if any change in your medical history since you last checkup.
If you are a smoker, we suggest quitting smoking during the treatment period.
Patients are told not to have any carbonated drinks 24 hours before treatment. You are also notified to not smoke during the treatment duration of planned visits or it will compromise on your absorption of oxygen. Good nutrition and balanced diet will be excellent for your healing.
A normal treatment for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy lasts between 60 to 120 minutes or 1-2 hours long. Patients usually visit for treatment in the suggested increments of 20 or 40 sessions. You are more than welcome to come in for a 1-time session as well. Our physicians will monitor your progress and adjust your treatment course as necessary.