Many new patients are curious about how ketamine infusion therapy works and what to expect during treatment. Most are pleased to find out how painless this procedure is and surprised to learn they could be enjoying benefits as soon as hours to a day after their second 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 a mood disorder or need alternative treatments for pain, we are here to help. We administer low-dose ketamine infusions in a relaxing and comfortable setting so you can get the relief you need as quickly as possible.
The Ketamine IV Procedure
All ketamine infusions are administered as an outpatient procedure in our state-of-the-art facility in Brentwood, California. During your first consultation, we will need to know about any medications you are taking to ensure there are no contraindications with ketamine.
We discourage eating or drinking anything four hours before your scheduled appointment. You may enjoy clear liquids up to two hours before your appointment.
This intravenous 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, and other monitors. 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 barely feel anything during the insertion and 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 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 of medicine. Should you need less or more medicine during an infusion, the press of a few buttons causes a change within one minute.
We will start the infusion at a target dose to ensure proper delivery into the bloodstream. Your treatment can take up to 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 or they bring their own. We also provide premium noise-cancelling headphones for your experience. Patients generally close their eyes and relax during the procedure. Eye masks are offered to help keep outside sights and lights from disrupting you. 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 this treatment will help you feel calmer and more relaxed — you are in expert hands in a fully staffed medical facility with all the necessary monitoring equipment so there is nothing to worry about. In some cases, additional medications can be administered to aid in relaxation.
Our physician 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 30 minutes, and any lingering side effects usually dissipate within a few hours of your visit. Fatigue is the most common and longest lasting, generally going away after a meal and full night of sleep. We do recommend having someone you trust drive you home after your appointments, just in case you don’t feel like yourself right after your visit. Should you make other arrangements for transportation, you are not able to drive for the remainder of the day.
Schedule Your Ketamine Treatment Today
If you need relief from a mood disorder or chronic pain, speak with one of our compassionate and highly trained staff about ketamine infusion therapy. We have helped over 700 patients as of summer of 2017 to achieve the relief they need, including patients who have become drug-resistant or cannot tolerate other therapies. Contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles today for your assessment or consultation.