WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR APPOINTMENT
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (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 hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers offer large, comfortable, bright spaces to relax in during treatment. Our staff physician is certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and will recommend an appropriate treatment plan for you.
As oxygen is delivered through a face mask, 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. Bring a book to read, an iPod to listen to music, a tablet or laptop, meditate or sleep comfortably.
Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled treatment time in order to check in with our staff and prepare for treatment. (NOTE: If this is your initial visit and you are not downloading/printing the Intake Paperwork (pdf) and General Pain and Function Scale or having it emailed to you, please allow 30-45 minutes prior to your scheduled treatment to fill out forms in the office.) 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.
TREATMENT FEE SCHEDULE
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. Each pre-paid package now includes a physician re-evaluation.
The average cost for hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Vermont is $400/hour. Donations to Hyperbaric Vermont, a 501c3 nonprofit, allow us to continue providing this crucial care at a reduced cost. Your donation will help us continue to do so.
These fees reflect time of service (one individual visit) and pre-paid discounts (packages). 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 those with extreme need, we have limited funds that may be available. You can apply with this HV Financial Assistance Request (pdf).
- Prescription from referring provider – $90.00
- Prescription from our office – $110.00
TIME OF SERVICE AND PRE-PAY CHARGES
- 60 minute session (pay per visit) $75
- 90 minute session (pay per visit) $100.00
60 Minute Pre-paid Package Discounts:
- $685 for 10 sessions
- $1210 for 20 sessions
- $1635 for 30 sessions
- $1960 for 40 sessions
90 Minute Pre-paid Package Discounts:
- $885 for 10 sessions
- $1660 for 20 sessions
- $2010 for 30 sessions
- $2560 for 40 sessions
- Initial Intake without Time of Service discount: $290.00
- Treatment session per 30 min: $50.00
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 hyperbaric treatment 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
- 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.
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 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.
 Atmospheres Absolute (ATA in HBOT) ATA refers to gauge pressure that is true regardless of location. This way, a standard depth can be reached whether located above or below sea level.