Ketamine Therapy Specialist

Pain Management Specialists & Anesthesiologists located in Des Moines, IA & West Des Moines, IA

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Ketamine Therapy services offered in West Des Moines IA

If it seems like you’ll never get rid of chronic pain or your depression doesn’t improve with antidepressants, you owe it to yourself to learn about the rapid relief you can achieve with ketamine therapy. The board-certified anesthesiologists and certified nurse practitioners at Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management specialize in ketamine therapy, offering two types, intravenous infusions, and Spravato®. To learn if you're a good candidate, call one of their two offices in West Des Moines and Des Moines, Iowa, or book an appointment online today.

Ketamine Therapy Q & A

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is an anesthetic medicine frequently used during surgery. In this role, ketamine is so safe that it's often used during pediatric procedures.

When used in a smaller dose, ketamine produces a different effect. Sub-anesthetic doses ease body-wide pain and treat depression. The medicine works in your brain, where it blocks pain signals and boosts levels of the neurotransmitters needed to regulate your mood.

What pain conditions does ketamine treat?

Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management may recommend ketamine for chronic pain caused by many conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Trigeminal neuralgia 

You may be a good candidate for ketamine treatment when your pain doesn't improve with conventional medical therapies. 

When would I need ketamine for depression? 

Though antidepressants are the first line of treatment for major depression, many people don't respond to these medications. You may be a good candidate for ketamine if you try at least two types of antidepressants and your depression doesn’t improve.

Ketamine usually produces rapid results. Many people with treatment-resistant depression experience a significant improvement within a few hours after receiving ketamine. 

What type of ketamine therapy will I receive?

Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management offers two types of ketamine therapy: 


Spravato is a nasal spray containing a kind of ketamine called esketamine. If you choose this method, you also take oral antidepressants along with Spravato.

You take Spravato in the comfort of the office. Your provider shows you how to use it, and you spray it into your nose. The spray immediately goes through the tissues lining your nose and enters your bloodstream.

You relax and stay in the treatment room for a while before going home. During this time, your provider monitors you to ensure you don't have side effects such as sleepiness, dizziness, anxiety, or changes in blood pressure. 

Ketamine infusion

You can also get ketamine to treat pain and depression through an intravenous (IV) infusion. You have your infusion in the office, where you receive individualized attention, and your provider can keep a close watch for potential side effects.

Ketamine infuses slowly, but the length of time depends on the reason for your treatment. After your infusion finishes, you stay in the office until the medication wears off. Most patients get a series of six infusions to produce long-lasting results.

To learn if ketamine therapy can ease your pain or lift your depression, call Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management or book an appointment online today.