Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a medical treatment which enhances the body's natural healing processes by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled.
Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body's fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone.
This way, extra oxygen can permeate all damaged tissues and the body can support its own natural healing process. The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow rapidly.
"A simple, non-invasive treatment"
Greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria
Reduces swelling and inflammation throughout the entire body
Enhances the bodies natural healing processes
Dissolves into all of the body's fluids, plasma, central nervous system, lympth, and bone
Oxygen is carried to areas where circulation is blocked or diminished
Increases the growth rate of new blood vessels and nerve endings
Middle ear injuries, including leaking fluid and eardrum rupture, due to increased air pressure.
Lung collapse caused by air pressure changes (barotrauma)
Seizures as a result of too much oxygen (oxygen toxicity) in your central nervous system
We are Proud...
that after 12 years operating performing over 60,000 hyperbaric treatments, none of our patients have ever experienced any of the described risks.
Knowledge, experience, and dedicated staff is the perfect recipe for a safe environment at Ontario HBOT.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a very safe procedure. Complications are rare, however there are potential risks.
The air you are breathing right now is 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen, and other mixed gases. During HBOT, you are breathing 99.993% pure medical grade oxygen.
Over time, highly oxygenated blood vessels start going through a process called angiogenesis, where new blood vessels begin forming from pre-existing vessels formed in the earlier stage of vasculogenesis.
In addition, HBOT increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. This increase temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection.
Hyperbaric oxygen has several specific biological actions which can enhance healing processes. These include:
Hyper-oxygenation of tissue
Down regulation of inflammatory cytokines
Up-regulation of growth factors
HBOT is an excellent adjunct therapy, as part of an overall treatment plan.
We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions garnered by our walk-in, phone, and online inquiries. Of course, any further questions may be answered by a member of our care team.
Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) covered by Private Health Insurance Plans?While Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) gains notoriety in Canada and becomes more of a "main-stream" modality for the treatment of various conditions, in our experience, acceptance of most private health insurance claims and treatment plans (OCF-18) involving HBOT are increasing. If you would like to learn more about how we at Ontario HBOT help those seeking coverage under private health insurance plans, please click HERE. *Ontario HBOT does not guarantee acceptance of any private health insurance claims involving Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy used for?Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a type of treatment used to speed up healing, reduce inflammation, increase blood flow to the outer extremities, and promote angiogenesis. Common conditions treated with hyperbaric oxyegn therapy include: carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, non-healing wounds, diabetic ulcers, and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen.
How do I qualify for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?To qualify for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, every prospective patient must go through a pre-qualification consultation, over the phone, with one of our clinic directors. If the individual qualifies, they are tentatively scheduled for their first appointment, as well as sent a patient intake form link for them to fill out on their desktop or mobile device. Once the patient intake form is complete, our team reviews the answers from the pre-qualification and the patient intake, before making a final decision.
Is Ontario HBOT wheelchair accessible?Ontario HBOT is pleased to provide a fully accessible facility located at street-level. There are zero steps and inclines throughout the entire facility. All forms of mobility devices are welcome, including wheelchairs, power scooters, and walkers.
What is the parking situation at Ontario HBOT?All parking at Ontario HBOT is FREE for the entire duration of your treatment and is located directly outside the front door of the facility.
How much time should I allow for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?Private hyperbaric sessions run 75 minutes in length. At Ontario HBOT, all of our chambers run ON TIME. This means that your scheduled time is when are you going into the chamber. New patients are advised to come early in order to change into the cotton scrubs provided, go to the washroom etc. In addition, there is no formal reception area requiring you to check-in before every treament. This allows for a very efficient "in-and-out" experiece, especially for those doing a multiple treatment protocol.
How does scheduling work at Ontario HBOT?The first treatment commences at 8:00AM, with the last treatment going in around 3:00/3:30PM. All treatments are book on the hour or half hour. If you are booked at 8:00AM, doors are open at 7:45AM to allow time to change and use the restroom. Note: All chambers run ON TIME. Your scheduled time is when you are going into the hyperbaric chamber, not when you are pulling into the parking lot.
What am I allowed to bring into the hyperbaric chamber?The following items are allowed in the hyperbaric chanber: Water bottle (brand new, filled with reverses osmosis remineralized water) Post-sugical apparatus provided by referring physician Face cloth (100% cotton, provided by hyperbaric staff) Other items approved by the hyperbaric staff The hyperbaric safety director (HSD) will approve or deny any items going into the hyperbaric chamber regardless of third-party approval, if they deem the item to be unsafe in their professional opinion.