Dr. Oyebola specializes in ketamine infusion therapy for Dallas-Ft. Worth and nearby communities. She has the distinction of being board certified in both Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology and is uniquely qualified to help you overcome issues of chronic pain and severe depression using IV ketamine infusion therapy.
Ketamine infusion therapy is a relatively new practice and may be suitable to help you overcome symptoms of:
What is ketamine?
Ketamine is a well studied and widely used general anesthetic for humans. It has a proven record for safety, and is on the World Health Organization Model List of Essential Medicines. Dosages used for ketamine infusions are much smaller than traditional hospital use.
What is ketamine infusion for pain management?
Studies hosted by leading research and academic institutions, including Yale University, Stanford University, and Johns Hopkins University, have demonstrated the effectiveness of low doses of ketamine in the treatment of severe chronic or acute pain. Ketamine interacts with the neurotransmitter glutamate to create new signaling pathways in the brain, to not only suppress pain but eliminate it at the source. Ketamine is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, which plays a role in reducing occurrence of chronic pain symptoms.
What is ketamine infusion for depression?
Clinical, research and treatment data increasingly supports the benefits of ketamine infusion treatment for patients suffering severe chronic depression and who are not helped by standard treatments. Ketamine is also sometimes used in emergency rooms to help curb suicidal ideation and continuous thoughts of self harm.
Ketamine is not recommended for mild to moderate depression that is successfully treated by standard therapies or medications.
Is ketamine infusion therapy FDA approved?
The FDA has not yet approved ketamine for pain management therapy or to treat severe depression. Ketamine’s safety and effectiveness within these contexts are supported by numerous clinical studies and patient reports, however FDA approval is a process that requires very large controlled studies and a massive research effort. Data gathered from completed and ongoing studies may help expedite approval, however for now ketamine is being used by doctors “off label” to treat chronic pain and severe depression, just like many other promising medications are being used similarly in lieu of official FDA approval.
Because ketamine infusion therapy is not FDA approved for these uses, it is typically not covered by health insurance.
How long does a ketamine treatment take?
Treatment of Mood Disorders: A typical ketamine infusion procedure for depression, anxiety, and PTSD, takes about an hour, with 30 minutes post-procedure recovery time. The usual recommended beginning schedule is six ketamine treatments within a 12 day period, followed by regular maintenance treatments as needed.
Treatment of Chronic Pain Disorders: Ketamine infusion for pain disorders is administered for four consecutive hours, for an average of five days during the initial round of treatment. Patients retain consciousness during the infusions, but may experience side effects such as dissociation and nausea. These side effects are limiting, and treated with medication as needed. It is not unusual for patients to experience fatigue after ketamine infusions for pain.
How long do the benefits of ketamine infusion therapy last?
The length of relief from symptoms of chronic pain or severe depression vary from patient to patient. Some patients return 8 to 12 weeks after the initial cycle of infusions for a “top-off” infusion, which are shorter than the original cycle.
What will I experience during IV ketamine infusion for depression?
Most patients experience mild dissociation and/or an “inner reflective experience” that is calming and typically well tolerated. The dosage is not sufficient to cause loss of consciousness. Unpleasant reactions are rare and can be countered quickly. Your thoughts will be clear within 15 minutes following ketamine infusion therapy and there are no lingering symptoms or “flashbacks.”
Why choose Dr. Oyebola for your Dallas-Ft. Worth ketamine infusion therapy?
Dr. Oyebola is dual board certified in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties and in Anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and is an experienced provider of ketamine infusion therapy.
Ketamine Infusion for Depression and Pain Management
You don’t need to live with the symptoms of chronic pain or severe depression. If you have any questions about low dose ketamine infusion therapy, please contact us and let us know how we can help. A treatment specialist will return to you as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you enjoy the comfort, relief and high quality of life you deserve!