Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation, also known as dTMS, is a non-drug, non-invasive treatment for depression patients. It is a type of brain stimulation technique where pulsed magnetic fields are generated by a coil placed on the scalp.
What are the side effects?
dTMS is a safe and well-tolerated treatment with few known adverse effects. Clinical studies show that the most common side effects are mild to moderate scalp discomfort and mild headaches, both of which are short-lived and can be addressed by temporarily reducing the intensity of the magnetic force.
Given that dTMS does not induce a seizure, sedation and anesthesia are not required; because of this, dTMS does not carry the same risk of respiratory or cardiac arrest.
Who benefits most from dTMS?
dTMS treatment is beneficial for people with treatment resistant depression and Major Depressive Disorder. Those who wish to avoid the side effects of antidepressants can also be helped.
So how does dTMS therapy work?
The patient sits comfortably in a chair while the dTMS coil is properly set in place. Then, magnetic pulses are sent to the area of the brain responsible for mood. This non-invasive treatment does not require anesthesia, and the patient can drive home afterwards.
Is dTMS safe?
Yes. dTMS therapy was cleared by the FDA in 2008 for Major Depressive Disorder.
Does dTMS therapy hurt or are there any side effects?
A few patients have reported slight headaches, toothaches, or some discomfort at the treatment site which typically goes away at the end of each treatment session.
How long does dTMS treatment take?
Each dTMS treatment generally takes around 20 minutes, 5 days a week for 4-6 weeks. Treatment duration may vary depending on the patient’s needs.
Is dTMS used to treat anything besides depression?
Anxiety is commonly treated with dTMS. Studies have shows that dTMS can also help treats Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anorexia, Epilepsy, Chronic Pain, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke Rehabilitation, and Tinnitus.
Is dTMS treatment better than antidepressants?
Antidepressants are ingested and systemic-affect the entire body.. With antidepressants, there are side-effects such as weight gain, decreased libido, nausea, and constipation. dTMS helps the brain function in a more natural, healthy way.
Is dTMS better than Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)?
Both treatments have been found to help. However, ECT is very invasive. ECT requires anesthesia, electrodes, and electric shocks, often resulting in memory loss. dTMS therapy uses safe, non-invasive magnetic pulses.
Will dTMS treatment affect my current medications?
Patients usually stay on their regular antidepressants throughout the dTMS treatment. After that, your doctor, or one of our doctors, can help you determine how to proceed.
Does insurance cover dTMS treatment?
Since more people are benefiting from dTMS therapy, more insurance companies are starting to cover it. We can help you find out whether or not your insurance will cover treatment.
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