It is well known that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) accelerates healing and profoundly decreases inflammation. That is just one of the numerous reasons that HBOT treatments can be extremely beneficial in cases before and after oral surgery. HBOT is beneficial adjunct to very diverse clinical conditions. Non-healing ulcers, chronic wounds, and refractory osteomyelitis are a few conditions for which HBOT can be extremely beneficial.

How can HBOT help speed up recovery following oral surgery? 

During HBOT treatment, your lungs can take in up to 3 times more oxygen, allowing it to be picked up via the bloodstream and transported to damaged tissues throughout the body. The extra oxygen delivered through HBOT has remarkable results on the natural healing process of the body. Following oral surgery, HBOT significantly shortens the inflammation process, increases new capillary growth, increases oxygen perfusion area around the wounds, helps prevent infection, helps kill bacteria, increases the growth of new blood vessels, and more.

Can I undergo HBOT treatments while taking antibiotics? 

Yes! HBOT works synergistically with antibiotics to fight infection. HBOT treatments increase the effect of antibiotics and help kill infection. HBOT treatments helps the injured tissue regenerate through growing new blood vessels and repopulating the stem cells. 

What are the dental conditions where HBOT may be helpful?

Common conditions where HBOT may be helpful include: facial flap healing, nerve injury, dental infections, osteoradionecrosis of the jaw (plus its prevention), pain and swelling following surgery, infections, and many others.

Can HBOT help to heal bone disorders?

Yes! HBOT treatments can help immensely when it comes to bone infections and surgeries to remove a dead bone. Many times HBOT is used before and after surgery for best results. A number of repeated sessions has enormous healing power in stimulating the growth of new blood vessels, strengthening bones through the increase of blood circulation and flow of plasma, which carries red and white blood cells to fight infections. The new blood vessels help to ensure that a steady supply of nutrients, including oxygen, are delivered to the growing bone. HBOT helps repair nerves and accelerates healing. It helps fight infection and supports the function of the osteoclasts. The best treatment protocol includes antibiotics, surgery to remove the dead bone, and HBOT. 

How does HBOT help to fight infection following oral surgery? 

When a patient enters a hyperbaric chamber, with 100% oxygen at higher than normal pressure, it forces oxygen into the tissues that need it most. When the blood carries more oxygen to the tissues, it promotes new tissue and blood vessel growth. The high level of oxygen in the blood aids in fighting infection caused by bacteria. It promotes healing even when the patient may not respond to normal treatment. HBOT also increases the effect of painkillers and antibiotics.

Can HBOT prevent osteoradionecrosis in cases of oral surgery in irradiated areas?

Yes. HBOT is an established intervention in prevention and treatment of early osteoradionecrosis when oral surgery is needed in areas that received radiation. A series of hyperbaric oxygen therapy before and after extraction or dental surgery can prevent the development of jaw and mandibular necrosis. HBOT plays a prophylactic role and has a  remarkable therapeutic effect, promoting healing of lesions, decreasing pain, and improving muscle stiffness. HBOT is known to effectively increase tissue oxygenation and expedite the healing of wounds.

Can Hyperbaric oxygen therapy help with implant treatment?

Yes! We have great results with using HBO therapy before and after extraction and implant procedures. HBOT prepares the bone and the adjacent tissue for implant retrieval. It can also greatly improve the healing of the bone and tissues around dental implants. HBOT is also a safe and effective means of treating an infection that sometimes occurs following an implant. The administration of high concentrations of oxygen has a very positive effect on the growth of healthier tissue and higher affinity and implant-bone integration.

Can HBOT help with periodontal disease? 

Yes! The most common cause of periodontal disease is the accumulation of bacterial plaque. HBOT can safely and effectively lead to bacterial elimination in patients with chronic periodontitis. HBOT also promotes the healing of the infected periodontium.

Can HBOT help with AVN of the jaw?

Often, people first get AVN of the jaw after they’ve had a tooth pulled or other extensive dental surgery, such as a root canal. Various studies have reported that hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT), as an adjunct treatment, is successful, especially in the early stages of AVN. Oxygen therapy provides an optimal environment for repair processes, since the extra oxygen positively affects bone healing, brings vital nutrients to the jaw area, regenerates cells, and begins the formation of new blood vessels. It can heal the wound, stopping further mouth tissue decay. Patients often report that their pain subsides or even goes away completely after a course of treatment.

How many HBOT sessions do I need in order to experience the benefits? 

Every patient is unique. The recommended number of sessions of HBOT vary per patient, the severity of the condition, and your response to treatment. Since Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy works cumulatively in the body, the greatest benefits are seen when treatments are regular. Treatments can be anywhere from one to three or between 20 and 40 sessions. We will be happy to provide a free consultation in order to evaluate your particular situation and how HBOT treatments can help you. 

Are hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments following oral surgery covered by insurance?

The FDA currently recognizes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for 14 medical conditions, all of which are generally covered by insurance. When you come to us for your treatment, we will ask for your insurance card and then we handle the responsibility of dealing with your insurance company to find out what type of HBOT coverage your insurance company provides. We’ll talk to your insurance company to fully understand their flexibility, terms, and rules. Our first priority is your health, comfort, and safety!

Is hyperbaric oxygen treatment safe?

Generally, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a very comfortable and safe procedure with little if any discomfort. Some patients may feel slight discomfort in their ears, including popping sounds and ears being plugged, similar to the sensation during takeoff and landing in an airplane. Usually, this feeling subsides once the chamber reaches optimal pressure. You will be accompanied by our trained staff all throughout your treatment to ensure that you are safe and comfortable.