The procedure is performed in the office and no sedation is required. You are awake and alert during the treatment sessions.
Magnetic stimulation is delivered to the left prefrontal cortex of your brain (similar to the magnetic process used for an MRI). The stimulation activates nerve cells in the brain, and this relieves symptoms of depression, anxiety and many other maladies.
Deep TMS treatment demonstrates the best outcomes when sessions are daily (5X week) for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. This is followed by a series of “taper” treatments, for an average of 36 total treatments. Each treatment session lasts 20-30 minutes. Many patients see improvements after only two weeks of treatment—or sooner.
Our streamlined process allows you to be in and out of the clinic in just 30 minutes, returning to your work, exercise or whatever your routine includes, including driving.
dTMS by New England TMS has been widely tested and proven, in over 60 clinical trials worldwide. It’s technology is patented and registered by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
How Do I Know if I Am a Candidate?
dTMS treatment is for patients experiencing depression who have tried multiple anti-depressants without sufficient relief. dTMS is also for patients that would prefer a non-medication treatment for depression.
What to Expect:
In each session, you will be comfortably seated in a chair. A padded helmet, specifically sized for your head, will be placed over your head, and it will generate the magnetic pulses. You will feel and hear a tapping sound. During the depression treatment, you will remain awake and alert. A TMS Technician will be present with you for the duration of your appointment. Many patients read magazines, watch television or use their cell phones or tablets, during their treatments.
What are the Side Effects?
The treatment is not painful and does not have the side effects associated with many medications. Some adverse events occur in less than 5% of patients. These are minor, and include application site discomfort and easily managed headaches. And these minor side effects dissipated as treatment progressed.
I’ve Already Tried Different Types of Medication and Had Poor Results. Will dTMS Be Any Better?
Studies have shown dTMS to be effective for patients for depression, regardless of how many medications have been tried. dTMS works even when patients are are currently taking medicine, whether or not they have tried ECT, whether or not they have tried other TMS technologies, and whether or not they are engaged in psychotherapy.
How Does dTMS Treatment Compare with ECT?
ECT is a treatment that induces seizures, using electricity. dTMS causes no seizures, whatsoever. dTMS treatment stimulates brain regions using brief magnetic pulses (not electrical impulses). The pulses are similar to those used in MRI systems. ECT requires anesthesia and can have severe side effects, including memory loss. dTMS does not involve anesthesia, has no effects on memory and is well-tolerated.
Is This Covered by My Insurance?
New England TMS will be your advocate and optimize your TMS coverage. Many commercial and Medicare plans have recognized the effectiveness of treating depression with TMS Therapy and now cover TMS as part of their plans.
Our office will work with you to ensure you are covered by insurance, to the fullest extent possible.
How do I Get Started?
Please call one of our staff members at 978-255-7635, and we will be happy to answer any additional questions, as well as schedule your consultation.