What is ketamine therapy?
Ketamine therapy is a science-backed treatment consisting of low ketamine doses delivered in a relaxation state to induce a neurological response within the body.
Specifically, these doses stimulate the formation of new receptors and neuron connections to help “rebalance” the central nervous system.
Designed by a lead psychiatrist and facilitated by an expert clinician.
Ketamine increases the formation and activation of neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain. When neurons are able to better communicate with each other, new pathways are created. As a result, thought patterns and mood often improve.
New thought patterns allow patients to think and feel differently about what they may be experiencing. It allows them to disconnect from past trauma so that they can find a resolution within themselves.
A slow drip ketamine dosing is administered in a dimly lit, private treatment room in a comfortable reclining chair. The patient has access to blankets, eye masks, and noise cancelling headphones with optional music/sounds to feel completely relaxed.
Ketamine therapy is a science-backed alternative to traditional therapy and medication, with faster response times – even for patients who have had resistance to previous depression treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthetic medication that has been used safely since the 1970s and is a medication that Dr. Reeves is extremely comfortable administering.
In much smaller doses than are used to administer anesthesia (sub-anesthetic doses), Ketamine has shown excellent success in treating patients with certain mental health disorders in a controlled clinical setting, with monitoring and scientifically proven dosing.
In low doses, much lower than those used for anesthesia, Ketamine is known to have effects on the excitatory pathways in the central nervous system that help nerve cells communicate better with each other, and expand their network by forming new connections called synapses.
Ketamine activates this essential communication web to “reset” or repair the brain in a way that helps patients get relief much faster than typical daily medications like selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
There is the most evidence for the success of Ketamine in treating patients with treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, and anxiety. Our protocol will be geared toward these conditions and tailored to each person.
Patients closely followed by a psychiatric provider with suicidal thoughts, Bipolar Disorder, and eating disorders will be considered for treatment on a case-by-case basis. Patients closely followed by a medical provider and conditions such as anxiety, OCD, Post-Partum Depression, and patients with certain pain conditions will be considered.
Patients that have reached a roadblock in their psychotherapy journey will be considered and their therapist is encouraged to support them during their infusions. All patients are encouraged to continue or begin their own psychotherapy sessions during the initial treatment series.
BEFORE your first ketamine infusion, you will have an intake appointment with one of our providers and a thorough history will be obtained. Depending on your medical history, we may need additional information including lab work, vital signs, or notes from other physicians/providers.
DURING the day of your treatment, you will be able to have a light meal of toast or cereal 4 hours before your appointment time and clear liquids (pulp-free juice, water, Gatorade, black tea, or coffee) 2 hours before your appointment time. A set of vital signs will be obtained. You may be asked to complete a quick assessment. A small IV catheter will be placed.
You will be led to one of our relaxing treatment rooms with a comfortable zero gravity recliner. There will be low lighting and relaxing music. You will be offered a blanket, an eye mask, and headphones if you prefer your own music or white noise. We will decide in advance if a support person will accompany you into the treatment room. We HIGHLY encourage your therapist to join you. The infusion will begin and within 15 minutes you may enter a “dissociative” state. Most people describe this as pleasant and profound. Some call it their “happy place”, others describe it as a state of connectedness and empathy.
Your vital signs will be monitored at regular intervals during the session. The infusion will last between 40-50 minutes. Soon after the infusion is complete the dissociative effects will wear off. You will remain in our clinic for approximately 30 more minutes before you are released home with a friend or relative.
AFTER, you will not be able to drive the rest of the day and we recommend no major life changes or decisions are made for 24 hours after your treatment. Most patients notice a difference after the first 1-3 infusions, especially with small functional improvements like sleeping better, having improved energy, and leaving the house. It is important to not have set expectations for how you will feel…There is no one way to feel after your first infusion and this is a series for a reason!
The scientific literature shows that a series of 6 IV ketamine infusions produce a sustained anti-depressant effect and this is the protocol we will use. If a patient has bad experiences or notices no benefits after the first few infusion we will recommend stopping the series.
For best results, we recommend completing the series and having a plan for follow-up. It is important to remember that while ketamine has been proven effective, it is not a cure and may require “booster” infusions.
Scientific studies and clinical experience around the US have shown a response rate of 70% for patients that complete the initial series of ketamine infusions with 25% achieving remission in patients that have failed traditional medications. Scientific studies have shown large decreases (>50%) in depression rating scales for patients with treatment-resistant depression.
The literature shows that results are often seen early in the treatment course, exert a broad effect on symptoms of depression, and last for a period of time beyond the initial series of infusions. Most clinicians believe that when combined with psychotherapy and other lifestyle changes during the treatment phase, effects can be even more profound.
Ketamine therapy will be available this September to patients with a diagnosis of treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
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Treatments will be $450/infusion. Research supports a series of 6 infusions over the course of 3 weeks to produce the best results. We accept Care Credit for you to set up an affordable payment schedule.
Please check out our website or call our office for a complete list of other therapies we offer. Our IV infusions and vitamin injections can work synergistically with your therapy on your journey to whole body wellness.
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