What to Expect from Your First Ketamine Therapy Appointment

What to Expect from Your First Ketamine Therapy Appointment

Mental health conditions, like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), intrude on your life and can be difficult to treat effectively. If you’ve tried other therapy and medication management methods without enough symptom relief, Dr. Bryant S. Edwards and his team at Iconic Infusions, PLLC might suggest ketamine.

Historically used as an anesthetic, intravenous (IV) ketamine shows significant promise as a mental health treatment. Dr. Edwards offers IV ketamine infusion therapy from a comfortable medspa-style environment at his Fayetteville, North Carolina, location.

What should you expect when you start ketamine treatment? Here’s the information you need on your first ketamine therapy appointment, your results, and more.

Consulting about ketamine

Before you start ketamine therapy, Dr. Edwards consults with you about your symptoms, health history, and more. Dr. Edwards can better tailor your treatment to your unique case when he knows more about your care needs.

Dr. Edwards understands how essential informational awareness and support are for patients with mental illness conditions like anxiety. It’s also important for you to have accurate expectations of ketamine therapy going forward. When you know what to expect, you can be better prepared and benefit more from starting ketamine treatment.

Your first infusion session

Ketamine infusion is typically a positive experience. Ketamine produces dissociative effects. You won’t lose consciousness, but you might have an “out-of-body,” euphoric, and relaxed feeling. Your mind remains active and aware, allowing you to process past experiences and form new neural pathways.

Most people tolerate ketamine therapy well. The team at Iconic Infusions, PLLC monitors your session, typically lasting for about 45 minutes to an hour or longer. We ensure that you rest comfortably during your treatment and watch out for any adverse effects.

Sensory stimulation supports some patients during ketamine treatment, while others prefer to use blindfolds and white noise to create a sensory deprivation effect. The Iconic Infusions team can help you with various sensory needs related to your infusion treatment.

You feel refreshed and positive after treatment, and your results kick in immediately instead of needing time to tell. Our team checks in with you after removing your IV, allowing you to communicate about your experience with this treatment method.

You may want to rest after the end of your infusion therapy. Plan on getting a ride home from your appointment, as driving is not recommended for several hours after ketamine treatment.

Your ongoing ketamine treatment plan

If you find that ketamine therapy is effective, Dr. Edwards will work with you to set up an ongoing ketamine treatment plan. Spaced-out infusion sessions give many patients real relief from mental health symptoms.

Could ketamine be your way out from symptoms of treatment-resistant depression or PTSD? Ketamine works for most patients. Contact Dr. Edwards and the team at Iconic Infusions, PLLC to learn more.

Schedule your initial consultation appointment with Dr. Edwards by calling Iconic Infusions, PLLC, or book your first session with our online tool, today.

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