Get Depression Relief With TMS

When you struggle with Depression and your medications aren’t working, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy can offer hope.

Inspire TMS Denver is a specialty TMS practice providing individualized TMS protocols for each patient.

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Medication Free

TMS Therapy is a non-invasive, non-drug therapy that treats depression at the source. TMS utilizes magnetic fields or pulses, somewhat similar to a MRI, to stimulate parts of the brain associated with depression.

19 Minutes Sessions

The treatment can take as little as 19 minutes or less. You should typically be able to get in and out of the office in 30 minutes or less.

No Side Effects

TMS therapy is not painful or disruptive, does not cause systemic side effects. TMS is safe and easy to tolerate. TMS allows you to return to normal activities right away!

Is TMS Right for Me?

TMS may be right for you if you agree with two or more:

  • Depression symptoms have interfered with my daily life.
  • I am not satisfied with the results I get from depression medication.
  • I have had or worry about side effects from depression medications.
  • I have switched medications for depression due to side effects.

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an exciting new therapy that can give you significant results in four to six weeks..

Frequently Asked Questions

TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. It is used to treat depression by stimulating the brain non-invasively using electromagnetic fields, similar to those produced by an MRI machine. During TMS Therapy, a magnetic field is administered in very short pulses to the part of the brain that research has demonstrated to be associated with depression. .

TMS Therapy system uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate the area of the brain that is thought to function abnormally in patients with depression. The magnetic field produces an electric current in the brain that stimulates the brain cells (neurons). This results in changes that are thought to be beneficial in the treatment of depression.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation-TMS, was approved by the FDA for treating treatment resistant major depression in 2008. Currently, all insurance companies (outside CO Medicaid) now cover TMS for treatment resistant major depression.

Inspire TMS Denver also provides sliding scale self-pay rates for individuals that may pursue off-label treatment or not qualify for insurance coverage. We only provide TMS off-label when we feel there is sufficient evidence base and safety data. Rates are listed in our easy-to-complete electronic forms prior to intake evaluation.

Feel free to contact us and we will provide a free phone consultation to discuss options and pricing in more detail.

To follow is a brief summary of major insurers in CO and their coverage policies. These are subject to change and based on our own research. Please consult your insurance to verify. For all insurers, these basic criteria are required:

  • Patient is 18 years of age or older.
  • Patient has a current diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder and the severity is at least moderate to severe based on a standardized rating scale (such as the PHQ-9)
  • The current episode of depression must have some level of treatment resistance. This typically involves a range of antidepressant failure from as little as one up to as many as four failed medications. The medication trials must be of adequate duration and dose and have resulted in less than 50% improvement based on a standard rating scale. Medication intolerance can also count in place of failure.
  • A documented previous course of failure to psychotherapy of sufficient time and frequency is also required.
  • Prior treatment response to TMS of at least 50% improvement in symptoms can authorize repeat coverage. Maintenance treatment is NOT covered, but re-treatment with sufficient time having passed since the last TMS therapy course will be covered.
  • If a patient is a candidate for ECT, but cannot pursue or declines ECT treatment (or has a history of intolerance/side effects to ECT), TMS will typically be covered.
  • There are a few exclusion criteria – The patient cannot have ferromagnetic material near the brain/treatment site or medical devices in the body that may respond to magnetic fields. The patient should also not have active psychosis (or a psychotic disorder diagnosis), current suicide intent or action, active abuse of alcohol or drugs, or be pregnant or nursing. The patient must also not have a seizure disorder or other condition that places them at high risk for seizure.

 

TMS therapy is non-systemic (does not circulate in the blood throughout the body), so it does not have side effects such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, dry mouth, sedation, etc. The most common side effects reported during clinical trials were headache and scalp discomfort – generally mild to moderate – occurring less frequently after the first week of treatment.

No. TMS Therapy involves a unique method of using pulsed magnetic fields for therapeutic benefit. The intensity of the magnetic field is similar to that of the magnetic fields used in magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. These techniques differ radically from the popular use of low intensity, static magnetic fields. These products deliver weak and undirected static fields that are not capable of activating brain cells.

TMS is not ECT (electroconvulsive therapy). TMS uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to target key areas of the brain that are under-active in people with depression. Unlike ECT, TMS does not require the use of anesthesia and person will remain awake during the treatment.

As noted above, once you have completed your initial consultation and been determined a good fit for treatment, you will be prescribed the appropriate course of TMS therapy.

An initial ‘mapping’ session will take place where Dr. Clinch determines the best treatment stimulation intensity and location to cause electrical firing in your brain. You wear soft earplugs as a safety precaution as the stimulation emits a mild to moderate tapping noise. The first treatment takes place following the ‘mapping’.

  • You will be seated in a comfortable reclining chair.
  • The magnetic coil is then positioned at the treatment site, resting gently on your scalp.
  • The treatment begins with repetitive stimulations at the treatment site.
  • In-office treatment with TMS Therapy takes  less than 20 minutes.
  • You will be fully awake and alert. You can read or watch TV and return to work after your treatment with no restrictions.

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About Inspire TMS

Your Denver TMS Specialist Committed to your individual care & recovery

Inspire TMS Denver was founded by Sam Clinch, MD, aboard-certified Psychiatrist with over 10 years’ experience in the field. 

He opened Inspire TMS Denver after realizing the limitations of medications and counseling for a significant portion of his patients.He has provided TMS services at the VA during his residency training, completed a fellowship at Duke University in TMS, and received additional TMS training through the Clinical TMS Society.

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