Frequently Asked Questions
If you have been diagnosed with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, or PTSD and you have tried traditional antidepressants without adequate relief. ketamine treatments could be a good options for you.
You will be seated in a comfortable recliner during your treatment. Our staff will place monitors so that we can track your heart rate, EKG, blood pressure, and oxygen levels during your treatment.
A small intravenous catheter will be placed into a vein, after which ketamine will slowly be infused into the vein over approximately 40 minutes by a precise mechanical pump. Your provider will remain in the room during your treatment to monitor your response to the treatment. You will remain awake during the infusion. Most patients report a relaxing and peaceful experience.
Patients will also notice changes in their vision and/or a feeling of “lightheadedness” or “floating.” Many also report feeling somewhat disconnected and having slower thoughts. Typical recovery times last from 20-30 minutes after the completion of your infusion. Most people can expect to be at the office for a total of 90 minutes. You will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after your infusion.
Yes. All patients will require a referral from their provider before beginning infusion therapy.
- Schizophrenia or acute mania
- Uncontrolled hypertension or other cardiac conditions
- Allergic reactions to ketamine
- Obesity (BMI ≥ 40), and
- Other conditions based on clinical
Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the most common cause of delay or exclusion from receiving ketamine infusions. Please ensure that you have addressed this concern with you primary care provider.
You should continue your prescribed home medications unless directed otherwise. Your ketamine provider will review your medications during your initial consult and discuss any potential interactions.
The initial series of infusions consists of six ketamine infusions over a 2-3 week period. Many patients will notice a change in their symptoms after 1-2 treatments, however, some patients will not experience a benefit until later on in the initial series of treatments. While the effects of ketamine treatments can be life-changing, ketamine is not a cure for mood disorders. You will need maintenance treatments
in order to maintain treatment effects. Your ketamine provider will discuss a recommended maintenance infusion schedule for you, based on your response. On average, patients return every 4-6 weeks for maintenance or “booster” infusions.
There is approximately a 70-72% response rate for patient with depression.
Initial phone consultation: $0
Standard length infusions: $425
- We accept credit cards only.
- Financing options may be available upon request.
- You may be able to use your FSA funds to pay for
your ketamine treatments.
- Check with your employer’s FSA administrator to verify eligibility.
- We offer a discount for military veterans.
Ketamine treatments are currently NOT covered by insurance plans. At your request, we will provide you with a superbill and visit invoice for services provided.
Once we have completed your in person consultation and have a referral from your provider, your infusion can start immediately. We will work with you to schedule your initial series of six infusions. After that, you can schedule “booster” infusions on our patient portal whenever you feel you need them.