Deep TMS treatment in San Antonio, TX
What is Deep TMS treatment?
TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which is a safe, effective, FDA approved, non-invasive, and non-convulsive cutting edge treatment for depression.
Although TMS has been around for many years, Dr. Johnston is proud to be the first clinic in San Antonio to offer a newer and more effective form of TMS called Deep TMS by Brainsway. Deep TMS outperformed regular TMS in a head-to-head clinical study with better performance against depression symptoms.
We are paneled with multiple insurance providers who will pay for your TMS treatment to varying degrees depending on your individual plan! We will run a benefits investigation and let you know your out of pocket costs prior to starting.
How does Deep TMS treatment work?
Deep TMS treatment uses magnetic pulses, like those from a MRI machine, to activate several areas of the brain thought to play a role in depression and improve their overall functioning. Compared to regular TMS, Deep TMS uses a H-coil magnet design to reach more surface area of the brain, as well as penetrate to deeper structures within the brain, which likely explains its superior performance when compared to regular TMS.
What does Deep TMS treatment feel like?
You will be awake and alert for the entirety of the treatment session. You will also be able to resume your day, as planned, following the procedure with no effect on your cognitive abilities or alertness. Treatments should not be painful. During the treatment, patients may experience mild muscle twitches in their face and/or jaw-clenching, which is why we offer complementary bite-guards to those who require them. Patients may also experience headaches and mild scalp irritation, but this usually resolves after the first few treatments as the patient’s body becomes more accustomed to the procedure. More serious side effects, like seizures, are rare.
How long Deep TMS treatment last?
The first visit will be with Dr. Johnston and will last between 30-45 minutes as he customizes the treatment settings to your specific needs. The follow up visits will be completed by our certified/trained Brainsway TMS technician and will last 20 minutes each. The entire course of the TMS treatment is ~ 36 visits, to be done daily (not on weekends), in which you can stop in, get it done, and be on your way! Once the entire treatment course is complete, patients may be free of depression symptoms for 12+ months before requiring a booster treatment session. And patients who have a robust response to TMS may also be able to decrease or discontinue their antidepressant medications! Contact us now for more information.
Is Deep TMS treatment right for me?
If you are 18 and above and have tried prescription antidepressants with little/no effect, then TMS may be an option for you. Call our office today to schedule your free 30-minute consultation with Dr. Johnston to see if Deep TMS is right for you.
Will somebody be with me during treatment?
Dr. Johnston will be with you on your first visit and will likely do a re-evaluation half way through the treatment course. Our trained/certified Brainsway TMS technician will be present with you during each of your daily treatments.
TMS is covered by most insurances. If TMS is covered by your insurance, you will only be responsible for the out of pocket costs, such as co-payments, co-insurance, or deductibles. We also offer payment plans and options to help with payment burden.