Ketamine Antidepressant Experience
Many new patients are curious about how ketamine antidepressant therapy works and what to expect during treatment. Most are pleased to find out how painless this procedure is and are surprised to learn they could be enjoying the benefits within hours to days after their second or 3rd infusion.
At Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, we do everything we can to ensure your visits are as comfortable as possible. Whether you are seeking treatment for depression or treatment for a mood disorder or need alternative remedies for chronic pain or pain relief, we are here to help. Our highly experienced and compassionate staff administer low-dose ketamine infusion treatments in a relaxing and comfortable setting so you can get the relief you deserve as quickly as possible.
The Ketamine IV Procedure
Each ketamine infusion procedure is administered in our state-of-the-art facility in Culver City, California. We discourage eating or drinking anything for four hours before your scheduled appointment to minimize the chances of nausea. You may enjoy clear liquids up to two hours before your appointment. The procedure begins with you relaxing in one of our comfortable infusion chairs in a private room where we connect you to blood pressure, oxygen, pulse, EKG, and other monitors. Ketamine is a very safe drug when used responsibly by a clinician, and we take all precautions to ensure your comfort and safety. We will locate a suitable vein on your arm, wrist, or hand and insert a very tiny needle with a tube right under the skin’s surface. Most patients are surprised at how painless this process is, even those who are scared of needles. Our medical team trains rigorously to ensure they start most IVs on the first attempt. After the IV is established, we remove the needle and all that remains in your arm is a small, soft tube so there is no discomfort when moving. We then connect the tube to a syringe with your tailored dose in a special digital infusion pump. Unlike most clinics, we do not use IV bags, we use digital infusion pumps that can be precisely programmed to administer a very fine-tuned rate to infuse the medicine. Should you need more or less medicine during an infusion, the press of a few buttons causes a change in the amount you are receiving within one minute. Our superior results are partly due to this crucial personalization and continuity of care.
We start the infusion at a target dose to ensure proper delivery into the bloodstream. Your intravenous infusion therapy is 50-55 minutes and you will need to stay seated in your chair the entire time. Once the infusion is complete and you are stable, we will remove the tube from your arm and apply a small bandage.
What to Expect During a Ketamine Infusion Procedure
Many patients ‘tune out’ and listen to relaxing music that we provide while enjoying our premium noise-canceling headphones. Patients generally close their eyes and relax with our soft silk eye masks that we offer during the procedure. Ketamine reaches the brain within seconds and some people report a sense of disassociation where they lose awareness of their body. This is not usually unpleasant in any way but can be startling to some patients. If you are an anxious person by nature, you may experience some tension and a heightened state of anxiety as your treatment begins. The important thing to remember is that the treatment is safe and you are in expert hands in a fully staffed medical facility with all the necessary monitoring equipment. Our team is highly trained to handle a wide variety of situations and when needed, additional medications can be administered to aid in relaxation.
Our physicians and nurses will monitor you for comfort and effect during treatment to see how you are responding to infusion therapy. In some cases, feelings of nausea occur, particularly in people who suffer from motion sickness. This is almost always managed with an antiemetic given before, during and/or after your infusion.
You will feel relatively normal shortly after the treatment is complete, usually within 20-30 minutes. Lingering side effects tend to dissipate within a few hours of your visit. Fatigue is the most common and longest-lasting, but still short-lived as it generally goes away after a meal and a full night of sleep. We require a responsible adult to drive you home after your infusions. You will not be able to drive for the remainder of the day, resume work, operate heavy machinery, or sign legally binding agreements, so plan accordingly.
Schedule Your Ketamine Treatment Today
We have helped thousands of patients since opening in 2014. Almost all of them were deemed treatment-resistant before coming to us and yet 83% experienced relief from their suffering through our infusion therapy for depression. Our compassionate and highly trained staff at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles provides a concierge-level experience and our facility is a spa-like boutique medical practice. If you suffer from a mood disorder or chronic pain condition, call now to find out if ketamine is right for you. It won’t take long for you to realize why we have such an immaculate reputation. Contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles today for your assessment and free phone consultation. We accept Advance Care simple and affordable financing.