What is a Ketamine Therapy Appointment Like?


If you’re preparing for your first Ketamine infusion, it’s natural to feel curious and perhaps a little bit nervous about your upcoming appointment. We understand. We want every experience in our clinic to be positive and relaxing, which is why we’ve made our space unique, especially when compared to the standard medical office. Here, you’ll find giant LoveSacs to rest in during your appointment, themed rooms including some with meditation screens and inspiring artwork, and most with an incredible view overlooking the Big Cottonwood Creek tributary.

We pride ourselves in being different from our competitors, which means every aspect of our practice is specially designed to help you feel calm and relaxed during your appointment. That means no sterile patient rooms, no loud sounds or noisy equipment, and plenty of space for you to relax and connect with your surroundings. 

What can I expect during my Ketamine Therapy appointment?

After a brief consultation with our team, you’ll be ready for your infusion. Ketamine Infusions are administered via an intramuscular shot, typically placed in the upper forearm.

Ketamine is fast-acting, so many patients report feeling it’s effects within a few minutes. Responses to Ketamine vary, with patients identifying feelings of moderate sleepiness, a feeling of “lightness,” or slight tingling sensations. And while Ketamine is a psychedelic, the low doses administered in a therapeutic setting generally do not cause hallucinations or extreme adverse emotional responses. During your treatment, you may feel a slight headache or experience nausea. Both can be treated during your infusion, but should also go away on their own in a short period of time. 

Effects from ketamine shot usually peaks between the 5-20 minute mark, many patients use this time to listen to calming music, or spend time sitting with a loved one or caregiver. Conversation may be difficult during a Ketamine infusion, but enjoying the quiet and the scenery with a friend is a good option for many patients.

After your session is completed, you may still feel a little drowsy, so you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home. 

What are the Side Effects of Ketamine Therapy?

Side-effects from Ketamine infusions are rare, although some patients report feeling the effects for a few hours after their treatment, while others report feeling active and “back to normal” by the time they arrive home. Our staff will work with you to determine the correct dose and monitor your responses in order to manage your dosages based on your responses during each session. 

Our unique intramuscular step regimen means we focus on helping patients develop a positive relationship with Ketamine as a means of treating PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, and addiction. Doses are gradually increased over the course of six treatments, allowing individuals to adjust to the transformative properties of Ketamine without feeling overwhelmed. Once this relationship with Ketamine is established, follow-up appointments are scheduled as needed. 

Ketamine is an excellent resource for treatment-resistant patients suffering from potentially debilitating mood disorders, especially when provided in Ketamine SLC’s one-of-a-kind environment. Contact us today to learn more and begin your journey toward better health.

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