How Ketamine Works
How Ketamine Infusions Work
Learn about the process for our outpatient, 40-minute infusions
Step one: After scheduling an appointment with our office (with or without a provider referral), you’ll come in having completed our patient forms, for an intake consultation to determine the safety and appropriateness of the treatment and dosage. This intake is done by one of the board-certified physicians on our team.
Step two: You’ll be put into a private room where a loved one is welcome to join you for the duration of your treatment, and a short period after observation. Our offices are specifically designed with patient safety and comfort in mind.
Step three: You’ll be informed of all of the benefits, risks, and possible side effects which may occur during or as a result of the treatment, and have an opportunity to ask your doctor any questions before you begin.
Step four: The medicine will be administered slowly through a constant intravenous (IV) drip, over the course of 40-minutes. Most people will leave treatment without side effects and do not experience side effects between treatments. Many patients listen to music and wear sunglasses during treatment. It can be difficult to carry on a conversation during an infusion session, so we encourage most people to simply relax. Most of our patients report feeling tired or tingly during treatment.
Step five: You’ll be kept for a short period after your infusion for observation. Once you’re cleared to leave by one of our physicians, you’ll be allowed to leave our offices. While sensations from the infusion generally wear off quickly, we ask that you have someone else drive you home following your session.
Why Ketamine Infusions Work
When ketamine is delivered by a slow infusion, at a low dose, it interacts with receptors and neurotransmitters in the brain to cause anti-depressant effects. Often seen immediately, this treatment even works for patients with treatment resistant depression.Ketamine is very different from a traditional antidepressant medication. While most antidepressants work on the neurotransmitters serotonin or norepinephrine, Ketamine focuses on a different neurotransmitter called glutamate. Ketamine blocks the receptors critical for receiving glutamate’s signals, which improves the brain’s electrical flow, resulting in reduced depression. See featured studies and research for more information on the science of what makes this treatment so effective.
Things to Know About Ketamine
Insurance is not accepted for this treatment.
Ketamine infusion therapy works best when repeated. While variable, results from a single infusion typically last anywhere from a couple of days up to 1-2 weeks. A series of 6 infusions may last anywhere from weeks to months, and often a single booster infusion when effects are wearing off can restore response. For those who have not had long-standing chronic depression, it may last much longer than that.
How Stellate Ganglion Blocks Work
The stellate ganglion is a group of sympathetic nerves found in the last vertebra of the neck. The stellate ganglion block (SGB) procedure consists of an injection to that area of the neck, performed under ultrasound guidance, with a long-lasting local anesthetic. Numerous published, peer-reviewed medical studies show that this procedure causes significant improvement of symptoms related to anxiety and post traumatic stress. The procedure takes about 15-minutes to conduct, under physician care, and benefits are felt by patients before they leave our office.
Why Stellate Ganglion Blocks Work
Stellate ganglion has a nervous system connection with Amygdala ( the brain center) which is activated in patients experiencing post traumatic stress disorder( PTSD).
The anesthetic injection to this area of the nervous system works to control the “fight or flight” response. By blocking signals to this portion of the nervous systems’ sympathetic chain, the brain is able to reset this instinct, allowing for long-term relief from anxiety and/or PTSD.
Booking a Session
Freedom Ketamine Treatment Centers has four offices across the DMV; two in Maryland, in Bethesda and Rockville, and two in Virginia, in Reston and Vienna. We offer appointments Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM. To schedule your appointment with us, call us at 301-235-9022. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for ketamine infusion treatment.