Beneits of BrainsWay Deep TMS Depression Treatment
Unlike other treatments, BrainsWay Deep TMS is noninvasive and doesn’t have any serious systemic side effects. Keep in mind that there are a few other potential side effects you could temporarily experience during treatment, including:
- Tenderness of the scalp
- Jaw pain
- Tooth pain
In very rare cases, a seizure may occur due to TMS. Generally, the side effects of TMS are more easily tolerated than those of antidepressant medications or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which can lead to symptoms like anxiety, insomnia or drowsiness, nausea and memory loss.
What Happens During a Deep TMS Procedure?
BrainsWay Deep TMS is commonly done five days a week for around four to six weeks. Treatments last anywhere from three to 20 minutes and are performed in a medical office.
Unlike other treatments like ECT, Deep TMS allows patients to remain awake and alert the entire time. You’ll be seated in a comfortable chair and given the opportunity to relax or engage in a quiet activity like listening to music or reading.
As a non-drug, non-invasive procedure, Deep TMS is a well-tolerated treatment that does not cause any adverse or long-lasting side effects. It does not require a significant recovery period, and the 20-minute treatment can easily be integrated into each patient’s day-to-day schedule. During this time, you may feel a gentle tapping on your head as the device delivers each repetitive pulse. You may also hear a clicking sound.
Once the treatment is over, you’ll be monitored for side effects and then allowed to resume your normal responsibilities, tasks and activities.Repeated peer-reviewed studies have found Deep TMS to be a highly effective treatment that can facilitate a profound improvement in a patient’s mental health, alleviating symptoms of depression and contributing to a significantly greater quality of life.
The Difference Between the Repetitive TMS and Deep TMS
TMS can be done in two different ways: Repetitive TMS and Deep TMS. Each type stimulates the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which is the area connected to depression, but there are differences in the way they are administered and the results achieved.
Repetitive TMS was the first form of TMS treatment. It involves using a figure-8 coil design that provides the ability to reach a depth of 0.27”. With Deep TMS, a three-dimensional H-coil helmet design provides the ability to cover a broader surface area, stimulating to a depth of 1.25”. Both types of TMS target the specific area of the brain associated with depression, but Deep TMS extends its range to stimulate some of the brain’s crucial surrounding regions with expanded depth and width ranges.
Deep TMS works by utilizing a magnetic field that manages to directly reach wider and deeper brain regions, regulating the neural activity of brain structures related to depression – specifically the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC). Deep TMS’s magnetic fields spread over wider areas of the brain, while Repetitive TMS’s fields are activated through a narrower prism, increasing the risk of missing relevant brain structures. Deep TMS provides a decreased chance of a targeting error occurring.
Patients typically find Deep TMS to be a well-tolerated treatment safe from any long-lasting side effects or any significant recovery period. Since Deep TMS is often used in lieu of prescription medications that did not assist with depressive symptoms, the procedure eliminates a patient having to deal with the side effects that often accompany the usage of these medications.