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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions. However, we are here to help you through every step of the process so please contact us so we may answer any questions you may have!

How does Ketamine work?

Ketamine has been shown to stimulate neuron growth in the brain in as quickly as one hour. Many scientists studying Ketamine are focusing on the neurotransmitter glutamate, which plays an important role in neural activation.

Will my insurance cover Ketamine treatment?

What price would you put on your life to live how you’ve always wanted to live, with increased mental clarity and focus, surging and unleashed energy, and the ability to accomplish things you never thought were possible?

Currently, ketamine infusion therapy is not a covered benefit by insurance companies. Our success rate for treatments is extremely high because patients have this financial commitment. However, we understand the financial commitment can be challenging to some. We have worked incredibly hard to keep costs low, offering the same life-saving infusions as other clinics but for a fraction of the cost. We also offer two reasonable financing options so our treatments are affordable to anyone and everyone seeking hope.

Denefits offers a traditional loan with no credit check and low monthly payments! You can apply through us at your first treatment.

The Advance Care Card offers 0% APR for 12 months for those with good to excellent credit! You can apply at www.advancecarecard.com prior to your first treatment.

We also accept cash, check, and debit/credit cards.

Is Ketamine addictive?

Ketamine has no addictive properties.

What Are The Side Effects Of Ketamine?

Ketamine is very safe and has been used in many applications for over 50 years. From the battlefield to the operating room, ketamine has been consistently reliable and safe. Each patient has a different reaction to ketamine.

During the infusion, most patients are awake can interact with staff. You may want to talk to a counselor, listen to music, or relax in silence. Side effects are limited to the duration of the infusion and recovery period.

These may include an elevated blood pressure, dizziness, a sensation of floating or flying, blurred vision, mild nausea, vivid dreams, and rarely hallucinations. Your experienced staff will adjust the dose and length of your infusion to balance side effects with the therapeutic properties of the ketamine. During the recovery period, you may feel extremely fatigued or feel that your body is heavy.

What are the contraindications to Ketamine?

Uncontrolled blood pressure, unstable heart disease, untreated thyroid disease, current manic phase of bipolar disorder, or active psychotic (hallucinations or delusions) symptoms.

Is Ketamine Safe?

Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that has been used for over 50 years in a wide variety of applications. Recently, Ketamine has been found to have profound, rapid and lasting effects on mood disorders such as treatment resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideations, and chronic pain syndromes including neuropathic pain, CRPS, RSD, migraines, and fibromyalgia. Often, patients feel the beneficial effects after just one treatment. Published research from leading institutions worldwide have reported a 70% success rate or higher when used for severe depression. Suicidal ideations have been reported to subside within hours after infusion.

Is Ketamine evidence-based in medical literature?

Ketamine has been recognized as an innovative treatment for mood disorders and chronic pain syndromes for the last decade. The National Institute of Mental Health, Mayo Clinic, Yale University, Mt. Sinai Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Black Dog Institute are just a few of the institutions who found statistically significant outcomes with their ketamine infusion research.

A number of these studies have shown rapid improvement of severe depression when patients are given 6 infusions of low dose ketamine over 2-3 weeks. Well over 70% of patients have experienced this success. Experts at the National Institute of Mental Health have said, “IV Ketamine Therapy may be the most important treatment breakthrough in decades.”

What is the success rate for Ketamine?

Approximately 70-80% of patients respond to ketamine infusions.

Will Ketamine Help Me?

Research has found that ketamine helps three out of four patients for those seeking treatment for depression. Like all medical treatments, there are a small number of patients for whom ketamine may worsen symptoms or will not help at all. Although we cannot truly predict your response to ketamine, numerous research studies and countless testimonials from patients who have been ‘saved’ by ketamine, show that Ketamine Infusion Therapy is worth trying!

Additionally, our knowledgeable and compassionate experts will review your full medical and mental health history to identify certain elements which may affect your body’s ability to respond positively to Ketamine Infusion Therapy. We are here to help answer any questions or address any concerns you may have regarding this break-through, innovative treatment.

What is the process for Ketamine treatment?

Most patients report significant improvement by the (3rd) third infusion and more than 80% report remission at the (4th) infusion. In addition, there are some patients that initially become aware of the improvement in mood and well-being through loved ones such as a spouse, and this can occur after only one (1) infusion. Some patients want further gains before moving into maintenance and will continue to receive infusions at a frequency of two infusions per week until they reach remission or improvement levels they deem satisfactory. Typically this is achieved by the (6th) sixth infusion

We follow empirically proven protocols for bolus dosages; 6 infusions delivered at a frequency of 2-3 times per week for 2 to 3 weeks. Once patients complete this loading dose protocol, they begin the maintenance phase of treatment which is highly patient-specific. As a general rule, patients can expect to return for maintenance infusions about every 4 weeks for the first 12 months following treatment onset.

What is involved in a Ketamine infusion?

Patients will receive infusion therapy in a private room with constant mechanical monitoring of heart rate, pulse, blood oxygen saturation percentages and blood pressure. Infusion therapy means an IV will be placed and an appropriate dose of ketamine will be administered over a 40 min time frame or longer. Practitioners are able to see a patients vital signs from the monitors at all times from the nursing station.

However, patients will be constantly monitored by a practitioner experienced and knowledgeable about Ketamine Infusion Therapy, who will assess the depth of sedation and ensure patient comfort. Most patients report a relaxing and peaceful experience. Patients will most likely experience changes in vision and their ability to clearly focus on objects or people, the speech will be slurred or slowed, most will have an experience of floating or being disconnected.

Patients on average should expect to spend 90 to 120 minutes in the office allowing for the check-in procedure, the active phase of infusion, and recovery time. Patients will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after your infusion. Patients may drive and return to work the next day.

When can I schedule my Ketamine Infusion Therapy appointments?

Call us to schedule your appointment today! We offer a wide range of appointment times, including same day and “emergency” treatments after hours. Please let us know how we can help you!

What should I do before my ketamine infusions?

  • Please do not consume solid foods and non-clear drinks for at least 4 hours before your treatment.
  • Please schedule a driver prior to your appointment. Your Ketamine Infusion Therapy will be cancelled if you drive yourself to the appointment. Under no circumstances will you be allowed to operate a vehicle after treatment.
  • Please refrain from smoking, ingesting or smoking marijuana, consuming alcohol, or using cocaine, heroin, or other illicit substances. Use of these items prior to your treatment can impose a safety risk to your health when combined with ketamine or decrease its effectiveness.

What do I need to bring to my Ketamine Infusion Therapy appointments?

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointments. This allows us to complete all pre-treatment processes, including a urine drug screen and pregnancy test (if you are a female of childbearing age).

For your initial appointment, please bring the following: 1) your driver’s license, 2) a copy of your medical records and medications, 3) a referral from your provider, 4) method of payment.

You will always need a driver from your appointments. You will not be permitted to operate your own vehicle immediately after treatment.

You may want to bring items that make you comfortable, such as your own pillow, blanket, or music.

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