What to Expect

Getting ready for your visit:

For safety reasons, there are certain items not allowed inside the hyperbaric chamber. Please do not wear or bring the following into the chamber during your treatment:

  • Makeup
  • Perfume
  • Aftershave
  • Hairspray or hair oils
  • Wigs or hairpieces
  • Nail polish
  • Alcohol or petroleum based products
  • Cell phones or pagers
  • Metallic items (jewelry, titanium frame eyeglasses, keys, watches, coins, etc.)
  • Flammable materials or heat producing items (heating pad, lighters, cigarettes)
  • Hearing aids
  • Food, gum or candy
  • Implantable devices

When you arrive:

After an initial consultation and examination at the center, you will be ready to begin your therapy. When you arrive, you will receive complete instructions regarding your treatment. Before starting, you will change into a 100 percent cotton garment provided by the center. For safety reasons, no other clothing may be worn inside the hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber.

During Treatment:

Once you are comfortably positioned inside the chamber, the pressure will gradually be increased and the temperature will temporarily rise. You may experience fullness in your ears as a result of the increased pressure. The technician will instruct you in ways to help clear the pressure and relieve any discomfort. Most treatment sessions in the chamber last approximately two hours. While undergoing treatment, you may watch TV or videos, simply relax, or even sleep.