WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR APPOINTMENT
Welcome to Hyperbaric Vermont. Our mission is to make affordable Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) available throughout Vermont. HBOT is a powerful tool that can allow life changing healing and greater functioning for people dealing with a wide array of health challenges. Our staff physician is certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and will recommend an appropriate treatment plan for you.
Our hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers offer large, comfortable, bright spaces to relax in during treatment. Bring a book to read, an iPod to listen to music, a tablet or laptop, meditate or sleep comfortably. 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. Session are approximately an hour in length.
Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled treatment time in order to check in with our staff and prepare for treatment. Although we will always do our best to accommodate unforeseen events, please be aware that if you arrive late for an appointment your session may be shortened to ensure that others can be treated as scheduled.
INTAKE & CONSENT
A physician’s (ND, DC, DO, or MD) prescription is required for mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We can provide this for you or you may request it from your primary care or treating physician. We ask that you notify your treating physician that you are seeking care at Community Hyperbaric so as to allow for an integrated approach to your health care.
Please note the following:
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- 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 in the chamber. However, if you have diabetes or are hypoglycemic, please bring a snack in case your blood sugar drops during treatment.
- No flammables or sharp items are 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, and to share this with our staff, who will help facilitate any discomfort you may have.
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. 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 may present a contraindication 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
*HBOT increases the effectiveness of Cisplatin, and some oncologists are comfortable using HBOT in conjunction with it in order to lower dosage and protect against some of Cisplatin’s side effects.
Hours & Locatations
3619 Roosevelt Highway, Suite 106
Colchester, VT 05446
(802) 662-5993 Fax (802) 857-5461
Phone (802) 472-8900 Fax (802) 472-3022
371 River Street, Montpelier VT 05602
Phone (802) 613-3929 Fax (802) 613-3957
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. These fees reflect time of service and pre-pay discounts. For other charges see below.
Outside Referral – $90.00
Prescription From Our Office – $110.00
TIME OF SERVICE AND PRE-PAY CHARGES
60 Minute Session $75
60 Minute Pre-pay Package Discounts:
$600 for 10 sessions
$1100 for 20 sessions
$1500 for 30 sessions
$1800 for 40 sessions
90 Minute Session Pay Each Visit $100.00
90 Pre-paid Package Discounts:
$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 a few minutes early 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 Hyperbaric Vermont 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. Hyperbaric Vermont and Community Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy make 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.