The medical community has used FDA-approved ketamine as an anesthetic since the 1970s. But its potential for treating mental disorders is a new and exciting medical frontier. At Summit Ketamine Innovations in Parker, Colorado, patients have access to this innovative mental health and pain disorder treatment. If you’re in the Denver metro, Colorado Springs metro, or the great Colorado Front Range area and would like to learn more about what ketamine can do for you, call the office or request an appointment with ketamine infusion specialist Sarah Coakley, DO, online today.
Ketamine is a synthesized, fast-acting, non-opioid anesthetic. The FDA approved it for use in pain relief in 1970, and it has been used both in the United States and across the world ever since. In fact, it’s the most commonly used anesthetic in developing countries. Medical practitioners use it in relatively high doses to bring patients fast, effective pain relief, and to anesthetize them for surgeries and diagnostic procedures.
Recently, researchers noted that ketamine doesn’t just affect the way the body registers pain, but it also impacts the brain. As a result, an increasing number of studies have looked into the effectiveness of this drug in treating a wide range of mental health and chronic pain disorders. To date, ketamine has been used to treat:
What’s more, ketamine can be effective when other treatments like antidepressants have failed.
Researchers are still working to understand how ketamine interacts with the brain. What we know today is that it blocks the brain’s N-methyl D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. This helps your brain balance glutamate levels, which supports your central nervous system. This makes ketamine effective in treating a wide range of pain conditions.
At the same time, ketamine encourages neuroplasticity, or your brain’s ability to change the way it functions. It supports the connections between the cells of your brain, allowing you to forge new neural pathways that support healthy thinking and behaviors. In other words, ketamine allows your brain to change, breaking up destructive thought patterns, and helping people heal from a wide range of mental health conditions.
At Summit Ketamine Innovations, ketamine is administered in a small and carefully measured dose. After taking ketamine orally or intravenously, you relax at Summit Ketamine Innovations, so their team can monitor you. The team encourages you to bring a music playlist you enjoy so you can feel comfortable and entertained as you’re monitored.
The details of your ketamine treatment will vary based on the condition Summit Ketamine Innovations is using ketamine to treat. The team talks with you before treatment, so you know exactly what to expect.
If you’re interested in ketamine treatment, call Summit Ketamine Innovations, or book your appointment online today.