This will be an initial evaluation appointment. Prior to your first infusion appointment, we will perform a medical history review. We will ask you to fill out a medical release so we may consult with your physician or psychiatrist. We will then determine if you are a good candidate to proceed with ketamine therapy. The initial consultation can be completed over the phone to help expedite your treatment.
If our team finds that you are a candidate for ketamine infusions you will be able to schedule your 6 initial infusions. Ideally these will fall within a two-week period.
Unfortunately, ketamine infusions are not covered by insurance carriers yet. Until this happens, ketamine treatments are considered an out of pocket expense. You may be able to recover some out-of-pocket expenses. Some insurances cover the cost of psychotherapy before and after the infusions.
Each patient is responsible for submitting their own claims to their insurance company. Altasano can help facilitate this process by providing you with a detailed superbill receipt.
Payment for the infusions can be made at each of the 6 appointments or up front for the entire series. The cost of each infusion is $350.
- Infusion cost includes every aspect of treatment, no added costs.
- We provide a detailed invoice (“superbill”) for submission to your insurance for plan approved reimbursement.
- We accept all major credit cards and cash. No checks accepted.
You will not have any activity restrictions immediately after the treatment, except for driving. Expect to spend about 2 hours at each visit. Please arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home.
Do not eat food or drink anything that has milk in it at least 6 hours prior to your scheduled time. You may drink clear liquids (i.e. water) up to 2 hours prior to your infusion. Please avoid caffeine/nicotine (cigarette/vape) 4 hours prior to your scheduled time. Some people find that good hydration and “clean” eating (minimal processed foods) several days prior to the ketamine infusion helps improve well-being during the process.
Take your normal medications at your regular time on the day of your infusion. We will go over your medications during the initial evaluation.
Bring a valid ID to your first treatment.
Allow yourself 2 hours for the ketamine infusion. Your treatment will start in a quiet, private room that allows you to be free from interruption or exposed to external stimulation. At your first treatment visit, we will again go over the treatment plan and goals, review the risks and benefits of the procedure, and answer any further questions you may have. We will assess your vital signs and then start your IV.
Once the IV has started, your perceptions will change and your sense of your body may alter. You will be with a board-certified registered nurse anesthesiologist while you undergo your infusion. You will not be alone. You will be monitored through the experience. We will seek to maximize the benefits of the inner experience, while at the same time ensure that you are safe.
The ketamine infusion is administered over 40-60 minutes. We have eye shades to minimize external visual input, if you choose. Free Wi-fi, snacks/drinks, and seating are available for loved ones who accompany you.
After the ketamine infusion, plan to rest about 30 minutes post treatment.
For those who respond to Ketamine, the effect is usually noticed within the first few hours of receiving the first IV treatment. 6 treatments are typically done in a two-week time period. After the initial infusions, a booster treatment may be necessary 2-3 weeks later, and then every 1-3 months, as needed. It is normal to feel tired the day of treatment, so no driving or operating heavy equipment for the remainder of the day. You’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home.
We expect that you will be able to eat normally, but use common sense. Stick with foods that are good for you. Avoid alcohol. Take your normally scheduled medicines.
We encourage you to express your experience in the form of journaling, artwork, or other creative means of processing.