Ketamine Treatment Specialist in Los Altos, CA
Ketamine is a promising treatment for chronic pain, severe depression, and more. Learn about its benefits and find out if it could be right for you by visiting us at Bay Area Ketamine Center. Call for more information or visit us to schedule an appointment online. Our clinic is conveniently located at 746 Altos Oaks Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024.
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Ketamine is a powerful drug that has earned a negative reputation due to its popular misuse as a recreational, and illegal, drug in the 1970s.
When used properly, as prescribed and monitored by a licensed doctor, at a very low dose, it has been shown to be effective in the improvement of psychological conditions, as well as some physical conditions.
In the medical world, ketamine has primarily been used to treat patients with major depression that has been resistant to other forms of treatment programs.
Patients will need to undergo extensive evaluations before being considered for ketamine treatment due to the potential health risks it can cause.
Ketamine treatment can also help patients who suffer from other psychological issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and suicidal thoughts and tendencies.
Ketamine has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of physical conditions such as migraines and chronic pain.
At a high dosage, ketamine can be used as an anesthetic when patients are undergoing surgery.
A ketamine infusion is a form of ketamine therapy where the drug is injected directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous drip.
The IV controls the amount of ketamine entering the bloodstream, allowing the psychiatrist to administer the low dose needed to provide the desired effects.
With a ketamine infusion, patients will start to feel the effects of the drug very quickly due to the direct injection into their bloodstream.
As the treatment is performed in a clinical setting, the patient is able to work with their psychiatrist during the injection to help them open up to new ideas, which will help to change the way their brain processes thoughts.
The effect of this combined treatment will last long after a ketamine infusion session as the positive thoughts and ideas have worked their way into the patient’s subconscious.
With additional treatments and therapy sessions, patients will find their negative thoughts are being outnumbered by positive thoughts.
Treatment costs for any type of treatment will vary based on the individual treatment needs, the clinic costs, the doctor performing the treatment, and other factors such as accessibility of the treatment.
Ketamine is administered through a couple of different treatment options such as injection, intravenous drip, or nasal spray.
All of these are administered by a psychiatrist trained and experienced in the administration of ketamine, with the treatments being given in their clinic.
Ketamine is not a drug that patients take home to take at a later date.
Due to the training and experience of the doctor providing the treatment, as well as the method of administration, a ketamine treatment can cost anywhere from $400-$800.
Most ketamine treatments are not covered through medical insurance, and your psychiatrist can provide you with a more accurate quote for your treatment prior to starting your treatment plan.
Your psychiatrist will want to perform an extensive evaluation on you prior to receiving a ketamine infusion to ensure that there is nothing that would cause negative interactions with the drug, putting you at serious risk.
This evaluation will not just look at your physical health, but also your psychological and biological health, as well as the social and environmental aspects of your life.
Ketamine is an extremely dangerous and highly addictive drug when used incorrectly or in high doses, and your doctor will want to make sure that the risks associated with the treatment are minimal.
Once your psychiatrist has cleared you as a successful candidate for ketamine infusion, they will let you know any additional information you need to prepare you for your treatment, and anything you need to know about possible side effects afterward.
The team at Bay Area Ketamine Center specializes in ketamine infusion treatments and can answer all of your questions regarding your individual treatment plan. We serve patients from Los Altos, CA, Sunnyvale CA, Palo Alto CA, Stanford CA, Atherton CA, Cupertino CA, and BEYOND.