Preparations & Safety

How should patients prepare for treatment?

  • Only clean cotton clothing is allowed in the chamber.
  • No cosmetics, perfumes, hair preparations, deodorants, wigs or jewelry are allowed in the chamber. No petroleum products (vaseline, Neosporin). Please ask technician if you are not sure.
  • Prior to the appointment, do not use: body lotions, lipstick, nail polish, or hair products such as hair spray, oil or gel.If you get your nails professionally done (acrylic, gels) please make your appointments after treatment is done.
  • The technician needs to know if any medications, including non prescription drugs, are being taken by the patient, and patients are advised not to take alcohol or carbonated drinks for four hours prior to treatment.
  • In most cases, patients should give up smoking and any other tobacco products during their treatment period, as they interfere with the body’s ability to transport oxygen. Smokers must refrain from smoking at least two hours before and after treatment. Smoking constricts the blood vessels, and interferes with the body’s ability to transport oxygen.
  • No carbonated drink, alcohol or coffee starting 4 hours before therapy.

Is HBOT safe?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is prescribed by a doctor and performed under medical supervision. Although there are minor risks like all medical treatments, overall hyperbaric oxygen therapy is extremely safe. The risks will be discussed with you before you sign your consent form for therapy.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effect is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses caused by the change in pressure. To minimize this risk, patients learn techniques to promote adequate clearing of the ears during compression or tubes may be inserted in the ears. Occasionally some patients may experience changes in their vision during their treatment period. These changes are usually minor and temporary. A rare side effect is oxygen toxicity which is caused by administering too much oxygen.

What information does the technician need to know from the patient prior to HBO?

· If you have any cold or flu symptoms, fever, sinus or nasal congestion, or chest congestion.
· If there is a possibility that you may be pregnant.
· If there has been a change in any of your medications.
· If you have skipped a meal prior to your HBO treatment.
· If you are diabetic and did not take your insulin prior to your treatment.
· If you have any concerns or anxiety.