Frequently Asked Questions
Ketamine is used by medical practitioners as a short-acting general anesthetic. It helps patients stay unconscious throughout surgeries and procedures. It’s also used as a painkiller. Unlike opiates, ether, and propofol, ketamine is one of the safest anesthetics because it does not suppress respiration or the heart rate and is completely non-addictive. It is also used in ketamine treatment for depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.
Ketamine treatment involves administering a controlled dosage of ketamine via injection to patients who struggle with treatment-resistant disorders. The procedure only takes about 40 minutes and provides near immediate relief from anxiety and clinical depression symptoms. The entire treatment is supervised by registered health professionals in a safe, comfortable environment. Patients describe the experience as feeling “warm, safe, and confident” and having “all the weight of stress taken off in layers.”
A direct referral from a doctor or psychiatrist is not required. While a referral from any mental health or primary care provider is encouraged, an initial phone or office consultation with one of our providers can determine if you are a good candidate for ketamine therapy. Without a referral, we will ask you to bring in copies of your medical records showing a documented diagnosis for one of the many disorders we treat like general anxiety disorder, clinical depression, or other mood disorders. We encourage you to inform your PCP or psychiatrist when you start your ketamine infusions.
We accept all payment methods. While we do not accept insurance, some insurance companies will cover all or a portion of the treatment as an “out of network” service. If so, we will gladly provide you with the necessary forms to submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement.
Most of our patients experience reduced symptoms within just 2 hours of the first infusion. That means relief of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, dysphoria, physical fatigue, insomnia, and so much more soon after your first treatment. Many patients report a dramatically increased ability to function and be productive.
Research shows that after the initial six infusions over 2-3 weeks, many patients have relief of symptoms for 1-2 months. We suggest booster or maintenance infusions every 3-6 weeks.
The most common side effects are drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, and a dissociative or out-of-body experience. These side effects occur in less than 2 percent of patients and generally wear off within 1 hour of your treatment.
We ask that you not eat 6 hours before your infusion. You may drink WATER up to 2 hours prior to your infusion.
There is no evidence that ketamine is addictive.
You should not drive or make important decisions for 24 hours after your treatment. You will need to have transportation arranged for after each treatment.