Relief from depression, anxiety and pain within hours!

Looking for Ketamine treatment in Arroyo Grande, CA?Ketamine is now recognized as a safe and effective treatment for Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, PTSD, Fibromyalgia and Pain Syndromes. Ketamine was developed more than 50 years ago as an anesthetic agent. It’s now commonly used in outpatient centers to treat severe refractory depression and pain syndromes like chronic neuropathic pain. Studies confirming benefits from low dose ketamine infusions have been done at Yale University, The National Institute of Health, Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.

The Ken Starr MD Wellness Group provides over 20 years of experience using Ketamine for a variety of conditions. There is no need to travel out of the area for this progressive and effective treatment.

The rapid acting antidepressant effects of Ketamine have been life changing for our patients. We welcome you to try Ketamine therapy, even for a single session. Decide for yourself.

Experience the powerful effects of Ketamine Therapy with one single infusion. That’s all it takes for patients to feel less depressed and more optimistic. Chronic pain is relieved with an infusion lasting a few hours longer.

Experience the powerful effects of Ketamine Therapy with one single infusion. That’s all it takes for patients to feel less depressed and more optimistic. Chronic pain is relieved with an infusion lasting a few hours longer.

The protocols developed at multiple centers now recommend a series of 4-6 treatments over a 2 week period. Patients know within just a couple of days how effective and helpful this program is.

At the Ketamine Center we individualize the infusion and adjust it for maximal effect. Doctor Starr has been administering Ketamine for over 20 years and is an expert at knowing what types of pain syndromes will respond with treatment.

Ketamine allows patients to decrease or even eliminate their opiate use. Find out why Ketamine has been hailed as the most promising therapy available today.

We are proud to serve all of San Luis Obispo County and our neighbors in Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties. You’ll find us in the Village of Arroyo Grande.

Frequently Asked Questions: Learn More About Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Why did you start the Ketamine Center?

For years I have been committed to wellness therapies. I started as a specialist treating patients with substance use disorders and I’ve learned that “ dual diagnosis” patients are the norm and not the exception; meaning most patients with a substance use disorder also have anxiety, depression, and pain. For several years we’ve also become experts in IV infusions that target addiction behavior. That’s why the NAD+ Brain Restoration Therapy Program was implemented. As ketamine therapies have proven effective, it’s a natural extension that we would implement ketamine into our programs to maximize treatment options for our patients.

Ketamine works faster and has less side effects than typical antidepressant therapies

Isn’t Ketamine a party drug or drug of abuse?

Yes, it is. However, the doses used in our infusion program are significantly lower than those used in the setting of recreational drug use. The development of addiction in this setting would be unlikely.

How does it work?

Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist. This is the area of your brain that has a role in pain perception, memory, learning. Ketamine seems to reset this area. Ketamine seems to prime the brain for making new connections and learning.

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What disorders does Ketamine treat?

At this time, ketamine is used for severe depression and chronic pain syndromes. About 15% of people treated for depression will be resistant to traditional methods. The depression can be the depressed phase of bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Pain syndrome include chronic headaches, reflex sympathetic dystrophy ( complex regional pain syndromes) and fibromyalgia.

What are the risks?

Ketamine does increase blood pressure and heart rate. Patients are required to have a normal blood pressure prior to infusion. Emergence reactions can occur as well. This is when patients come out of the sedated state and have terrors or severe anxiety. Medications can be administered if this occurs and this syndrome is brief.

What does that Ketamine infusion experience feel like?

Patients feel “intoxicated” or like “floating”. Often time they feel “disconnected”. The medication is given over a 40 minutes period with another 15 minutes for patients to recover.

What do I do during the infusion?

Chill. Bring an eye mask or music if you like. You really won’t be able to carry on a conversation. You’ll be in a comfortable recliner in a room by yourself during the infusion. A nurse or physician will be frequently checking in on you.

How do I know if the Ketamine worked?

Some patients will know within 1 hour after the infusion. Most patients within 24 hours  will feel more hopeful, happier and more content. Some patients report increased calmness and an overall better outlook. Over the course of treatment further improvements are seen.

Do I continue with my current psychiatrist or therapist?

Yes. We are consultants who provide the Ketamine Procedure. We are happy to offer our therapists and psychiatric nurse practitioner for your services if you like.

What is the typical treatment frequency?

Patients know in just 2-3 treatments if Ketamine is helping them. If so, we recommend 6 treatments initially over a 2-3 week period. Patients will need to do boosters frequently to maintain their response. The total treatment program is uniquely dependent on each individual’s circumstances.

How long do the results last?

Depression: the results can last from a couple of days to a few weeks. However, when the treatments are stacked the results are longer lasting.

Pain: Infusing Ketamine for pain results is different than a mental health indication. The infusions for pain are longer and are stacked together. The initial treatments may only result in pain relief for a few hours. However, longer infusions stacked together have a cumulative responsive and the results can last weeks to months. Boosters monthly should be expected if a patient has a good response.

What is the cost?

For Depression and Mood Conditions: Each 40-minute infusion is $450

For Pain Indications like regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia, the infusion is 4 hours. The cost is $1600. Package pricing is available for all services.

Insurance doesn’t cover the costs of the Ketamine Infusion as this treatment is not FDA approved and is considered off label.

See if Ketamine works for you!

New Patient Appointment

Medical Evaluation and Clinician Intake (60 mins): $295

New Patient intake with a referral from a current treatment provider: $175

Ketamine Infusion Session (40 min): $450

Package of 6 sessions: $2450

4-hour Ketamine Infusion for Pain: $1200

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