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What is deep TMS?

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Deep TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) uses magnetic waves to reach a deep, targeted area of the brain called the limbic system. Advanced research shows that improperly functioning neurons and nerve cells in the limbic system strongly correlate to depression symptoms. Therefore, treatments that promote healthy neuron growth and function can serve to alleviate depression symptoms.

Deep TMS technology was created by BrainsWay. While the bulky machine is not a pretty device, it has proven to be an effective one. A specially designed H-Coil is housed in a helmet-like device that fits on the head. The technology uses magnetic waves generated by the coil to rejuvenate the brain in a targeted way.

Since deep TMS is FDA-approved, most insurance plans will cover thirty-six treatments over the course of nine weeks. Prime TMS is happy to help work with your insurance company to check your coverage.

Based on patents from the National Institute of Health, deep TMS has undergone more than sixty double-blind clinical trials. In addition, it is FDA-approved for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder and Treatment Resistant Depression.

In Europe, deep TMS has been CE approved to treat depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic pain and assist with smoking cessation. Patients have also seen beneficial results for the treatment of chronic migraines.

Deep TMS is a technological advancement that shows the potential to be game-changing in the treatment of depression and other mood disorders.

What happens during treatment?

Prime TMS takes every effort to ensure your comfort while you receive deep TMS treatments. Treatment consists of fitting a bulky helmet on your head and allowing the machine to work by transmitting magnetic waves into a targeted portion of your brain. The sensation will feel like a light tapping. While it may feel a bit strange, it won’t hurt!

Deep TMS Treatment Room - Prime TMS in Lawrence, KS
Deep TMS Treatment Office in Lawrence, KS - Prime TMS
Antidepressants typically aim to stimulate neuron growth and function. Unfortunately, these treatments often come with significant side effects. However, deep TMS alleviates depression symptoms without the significant side effects.

Why is deep TMS better?

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• Side effects: nausea, insomnia, anxiety, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, dry mouth, sweating
• Can be prescribed for an indefinite or permanent period
• Results are usually achieved within four to six weeks

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Deep TMS

• Side effects: possible, mild and temporary discomfort at the application site; very rare risk of seizure
• Twenty-minute sessions over a period of three months
• Results are usually achieved within the first four weeks

Deep TMS treatment

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twenty minutes a day for thirty-six days over the course of nine weeks

Deep TMS treatment consists of thirty-six twenty-minute sessions where the patient sits in a comfortable chair with the deep TMS technology fitted to their head.

Deep TMS has helped thousands of people treat their depression

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If you wish to discuss with your psychiatrist about whether deep TMS is right for you, feel free to print off our referral form. Your psychiatrist can fax it to our office (888-965-5147) and we will follow up with you to schedule a consultation.

Discover more

We understand what you’ve been through as you’ve looked for answers and ways to treat your depression. Often, you may have received treatments that you didn’t fully understand. At Prime TMS, we want you to be able to make informed decisions about your wellbeing and mental health. That’s why we’ve provided additional resources about deep TMS for you. We encourage you to do your own research so you can make an informed decision that is best for you.