Frequently Asked Questions About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Know Exactly What To Do During Your Visit
What can I take into the hyperbaric chambers with me?
In general, nothing can be taken into the monoplace unit. This uses a 100% oxygen environment, and is therefore strictly monitored. Take nothing into the chamber unless the item is cleared by the technician.
The multiplace chamber uses air, and so is less stringent. You can take water bottles and some books and magazines into the chamber. However, these items must also be cleared by the technician.
Underwear items with metal, such as underwire bras, can be worn as long as they are covered by cotton clothing. If you have a wound dressing of any kind, it must be examined before you enter the chamber.
What Not to Bring
Do not bring the following items into a hyperbaric chamber at any time:
- Hearing Aids
- Petroleum Jelly
- Lip Balm
- Hair dressings
- Synthetic fabrics
- Hard contact lenses
- Titanium Eyeglasses
- Metal objects
- Hair gel
- Hearing aids
- Heating patches
- Car keys
- Cell phones
- Bobby pins
General Rule: don’t take anything into either chamber unless you have been specifically told that it is safe to do so by the HCT staff.
What scented personal care products should I not wear?
- Fabric softener
- Scented aftershave
- Scented hair spray
- Shampoo with fragrance
- Hair conditioner with fragrance
- Scented deodorant
- Perfumed baby powders
- Scented laundry detergent
- Scented cosmetics
What are the side effects of hyperbaric treatment?
As with any treatment, side effects are possible. They are, however, minimal. HBOT has been proven to be extremely safe, and the actual number of side effects is very small.
The most common problem is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses caused by pressure changes. We will teach you auto-inflationary techniques that promote adequate clearing of the ears during treatment. Decongestants may be helpful. This problem is temporary and resolves when the prescribed HBO treatment depth is reached. If you have ear pain or are unable to clear your ears, inserting myringotomy tubes or placing a small hole in the eardrum may be necessary before the treatment continues. We also have special earplugs that can help with this problem and do not require surgery.
What is Hyperbaric Center of Texas’s Financial Policy?
Payment in full is expected at the time of service. We accept checks, cash, Care Credit, VISA, Mastercard, and AmEx. We will provide you with a superbill for your files.
Does Medicare cover hyperbaric treatment charges?
At this time, Medicare does not cover charges for Hyperbaric Centers of Texas.
To learn more or to schedule hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment in Dallas, call (972) 238-7333, or contact us online.