‘May, 2022’ Archive
Did you know that there is an incredible painless healing modality that aids rapid recovery following dental work? There are new advancements in research regarding postradiotherapy cases, osteonecrosis of the jaw, osteomyelitis, periodontal disease, and dental implants. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can even be used in conjunction with other procedures such as bone grafting.
The FDA has approved Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for recovery from dental procedures, including post extractions, post surgical healing, pre and post implant procedures, osteomyelitis (jaw or facial bone infections), cavitations, oral non healing wounds, non healing soft tissue infection, and osteoradionecrosis, or complications in radiation therapy that leads to bone damage of the jaw. HBOT aids in the healing process of many dental procedures.
HBOT assists with post surgical healing through angiogenesis, or growth of new blood vessels, prevents infection, and assists antibiotics to kill bacteria. Patients report reduced hospitalization time, infection clearing due to the antibiotics working better, as well as reducing the adhesion of leukocytes, thereby reducing inflammation, swelling and edema in the area.
On our website, we detail the full benefits a patient may receive with doing HBOT before and after certain dental procedures here, Dental • Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery, Inc. Sometimes HBOT is used in conjunction with the surgical procedure, as well as antibiotics to give the patient the best opportunity for true and complete healing. Comparatively, according to studies, healing time is greatly reduced when a patient also has HBOT treatments and less complications from their procedures are reported.
In this study, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – Can It Be the New Era in Dentistry? – PMC, it describes the benefit of HBOT in connection with different dental conditions that are covered by insurance, and the effects it has on the healing process. The study finds that in the case of osteomyelitis, there was an increase in “the host response and at making the environment more favorable for the action of the inflammatory cells.” In a study which was done on the treatment of chronic refractory osteomyelitis, 11 out of 14 patients were successively treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy without any complications.” The study concluded that “hyperbaric oxygen therapy serves a promising future and a new era of safer treatment modalities.”
Osteomyelitis is a condition that can be caused by staphylococcus bacteria. It is incredibly painful, and it enters the bone through the bloodstream. It is an infection of the bone. Some individuals may be more at risk if they have conditions like diabetes, or kidney disease. Treatment includes antibiotics and surgery at the site. HBOT is being used for osteomyelitis because of the antibiotic enhancing abilities of the oxygenation process. Here, Adjuvant hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of hemodialysis patients with chronic osteomyelitis, a comparison study was done for patients with chronic osteomyelitis. They were given HBOT treatments when the tissue failed to heal after traditional methods, and it was concluded that HBOT “is effective as an adjunct to aggressive medical and surgical treatment.”
A patient, Helena S, was not able to treat her osteomyelitis due to a tooth abscess. The pain was unbearable. Since starting HBOT at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC, Helena has seen major improvements. “This program has certainly improved my well being from the standpoint of improved blood flow to the area of my jaw, and hopeful improvement of the infection long term…I’ve noticed an amazing side effect, a marked improvement in my vision. It has been really remarkable.” The full testimony is here, Dental Osteomyelitis Patient Recommends Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).
Contact us to learn how you can benefit from HBOT following your next dental surgery, or oral procedure. We can answer any of your questions, including if it will be covered by your insurance (most dental patients using HBOT will be). Here at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC, we will make sure you receive the best in care. Call us at 415-785-8652 to start your HBOT journey.