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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT – Ketamine brings hope and healing to people living with treatment-resistant depression and many other disorders. However, patients should not trust just any clinic for their ketamine treatment. The Desert Sands Ketamine Treatment Center has been recognized as the best in southern Utah.
AT Desert Sands KetamineDr. Eric Evans administers ketamine by IV infusion to treat depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, as well as chronic pain. Ketamine in a therapeutic setting represents an optimistic new frontier for many patients who have already tried a variety of drugs with little or no success.
âI hesitate to use the word ‘miracle’ with any medicine, but ketamine has been just plain miraculous for a lot of people in our clinic,â he said. “With ketamine, people can wake up in the morning and joy is a possibility again for them.”
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Clinical studies of treating depression with ketamine have shown a success rate of around 70%, Evans said, adding that some patients experience an improvement in mood after their first infusion. In comparison, oral antidepressants typically have a 40-45% success rate and take between four and eight weeks to achieve maximum effectiveness.
Ketamine targets the amygdala, the area of ââthe brain that plays a key role in mood and baseline emotional state. Providing long-lasting results with a much higher success rate than antidepressants, Evans proclaims it a “wonder drug” for treatment-resistant depression and other mood disorders. Patients with painful conditions like migraines, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and complex regional pain syndrome have also experienced remarkable results.
âIt’s a great alternative for patients who struggle and haven’t found relief in traditional pharmaceutical offerings,â he said. “We encourage them to reach out and try something different before they give up hope.”
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Many patients seeking treatment for mental health conditions and pain have already received a complex list of medications, some of which may not be compatible with ketamine. At Desert Sands Ketamine, each patient sees a doctor who carefully assesses their medical history.
As a certified anesthesiologist, Evans has administered ketamine regularly in the operating room for the past 25 years and has said the drug is extremely safe. The vast majority of people tolerate both surgical therapeutic doses without side effects. Either way, patients are closely monitored during and after their Desert Sands Ketamine infusions to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness.
âThere is an art to donating ketamine,â he said. “We tailor the dose to the individual, which is the main reason we’ve seen such high success rates.”
Serving Southern Utah
Desert Sands Ketamine won Gold in Alternative Therapies as well as Silver in Behavioral / Mental Health Treatment category in 2021 Best of Southern Utah competition. Evans said that although they serve many patients in the greater St. George area, people have come from as far away as New York and Los Angeles, and many places in between, due to the solid reputation. that they established.
As a native of southern Utah, Evans relishes any opportunity to give back to his community. After working in the hospital for decades, he saw the need for another mental health treatment option locally and knew that ketamine, a drug that he administered almost daily to surgical patients, could provide a lifeline. rescue for those struggling with mood disorders.
âThe opening of Desert Sands to help patients here in our community has been very gratifying,â he said. “To be voted the best is truly an honor.”
Discover the Desert Sands difference
At Desert Sands Ketamine, Evans has created a welcoming, spa-like healing environment with compassionate staff who are dedicated to helping each patient achieve the best possible results. Nurses are caring professionals whom he has personally selected for their ability to cope with difficult conditions.
âThe setting for ketamine treatment is extremely important,â he said. âHaving a comfortable space that allows your mind to relax while consuming ketamine is key. ”
In addition, the clinic provides resources for patients to improve all aspects of their well-being, including dietary counseling, meditation, massage therapy, relationship counseling and talk therapy. The patient experience always begins with a free consultation to discuss their issues and determine if ketamine is right for them.
âEach person has a unique story and a set of issues they face,â Evans said. “We try to use a comprehensive approach for each patient.”
For more information or to schedule a free consultation, visit the Desert Sands Ketamine Treatment Center website or call 435-522-5190.
Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.
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