Ketamine is an anesthetic drug traditionally used to block pain. However, it has mood-boosting qualities that have caught the attention of mental health professionals.
Emergency rooms sometimes use ketamine as a “rescue” drug during emergency suicide situations, and psychiatrists are starting to take notice of its positive effects for those with treatment-resistant depression.
Unlike the antidepressants doctors usually use, which take months to kick in, ketamine works immediately. One dose lifts the mood and alleviates suicidal thoughts within a short amount of time and works for several days.
Dr. Best has found ketamine to be an effective treatment for:
Researchers theorize that ketamine blocks a specific receptor in the brain that plays a role in depression. As such, it’s excellent for treatment-resistant conditions such as depression. It also treats chronic pain with superb efficacy.
If a patient has tried other long-term therapies and hasn’t found relief for their pain or mental health issues, Dr. Best may be able to help. His combination therapy shows great promise for those untreatable conditions.
Dr. Best developed a technique to increase the effectiveness of ketamine infusions. By administering them during brain stimulation treatment, each subsequent treatment boosts the effects of the previous ones. The combination treatment also helps the effects achieve semi-permanence, allowing some patients to enjoy relief for up to seven years.
The Neuroscience Center uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) to “wake up” parts of the brain that are typically inhibited in people with depression or neuropathic pain. These noninvasive, painless methods bring relief for a significant number of patients, and to an even higher degree when combined with ketamine.
Dr. Best can predict who will respond best to ketamine treatments with an EEG, brain SPECT and cognitive testing. Often, he can localize the dysfunction in a specific region of the brain network that connects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain that ketamine seems to target.
If you’ve been searching for relief for treatment-resistant mental or pain issues, contact Dr. Best by phone or online to get on the schedule right away.
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