Deep TMS Therapy Specialist

Sandhya Prashad, M.D. -  - Psychiatry - Depression Specialist

Houston Deep TMS Therapy & Ketamine

Sandhya Prashad, M.D.

Psychiatry - Depression Specialist located in Bellaire, TX

Don’t give up hope if you continue to struggle with depression that doesn’t respond to antidepressants — help is available with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Sandhya Prashad, MD, at Houston Deep TMS Therapy offers deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) using the cutting-edge BrainsWay® dTMS system. It delivers safe, noninvasive magnetic pulses that improve brain activity and effectively improve symptoms of depression and other psychiatric disorders. To learn more about dTMS, call the office in Bellaire, Texas, or book an appointment online.

Deep TMS Therapy Q & A

What is deep TMS?

TMS uses a magnetic field to stimulate electrical activity in your brain. As TMS targets brain regions associated with psychiatric disorders, the magnetic pulses modify nerve activity, rebalancing brain function and improving symptoms caused by:

  • Treatment-resistant depression
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Bipolar depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Dr. Prashad offers TMS treatment using the advanced technology found in the BrainsWay deep TMS (dTMS) system.

BrainsWay has been tested in more than 60 clinical trials around the world. It has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance as a safe and effective therapy for treatment-resistant depression.

How does dTMS work?

The BrainsWay system creates a magnetic field by passing electricity through a coil of specialized wire. The field sends out magnetic pulses that safely pass through your skull to reach your brain.

The patented wire-coil design in the BrainsWay dTMS system penetrates more deeply and has a broader impact compared to other TMS devices. As a result, it consistently and effectively stimulates the targeted brain areas.

Dr. Prashad customizes each patient’s treatment, but most need daily sessions for about four to five weeks

What happens during BrainsWay dTMS treatment?

When you come in for dTMS therapy, you’ll sit down in a comfortable chair, then a padded helmet is placed over the top of your head. The helmet contains the coils that emit the magnetic pulse, while the padding inside the helmet is custom-fitted to your head to ensure your comfort.

Treatment with the BrainsWay only lasts 20 minutes. During that time, you’ll feel a tapping sensation and hear a clicking sound, but earplugs help diminish the noise.

Some patients develop unpleasant scalp sensations or facial muscle twitching during the magnetic pulses. These issues typically go away during your treatment, but Dr. Prashad can adjust the coil positioning to help reduce the problem.

Will I have side effects after dTMS treatment?

Treatment with BrainsWay dTMS is very well-tolerated and causes few side effects. Mild headaches are the most common problem reported by patients, and they diminish over the course of your treatment.

TMS doesn’t affect your thinking or memory, so you can get back to your normal activities when your treatment is finished.

To learn whether TMS can help you find symptoms relief, call Houston Deep TMS Therapy or book an appointment online.