Beauty is pain—or is it?
It is true that some of the treatments and procedures in our practice carry variable degrees of discomfort. Furthermore, some patients worry about pain or have a fear of the unknown—and experience anxiety even with mildly uncomfortable or painless procedures. We use Pro-Nox™ laughing gas to help our patients decrease anxiety and experience less discomfort with treatments. Used in thousands of medical and dental practices across the US, Pro-Nox™ is a non-narcotic medication which helps patients relax and has no lingering side effects.
What is Pro-Nox™?
Pro-Nox™ is a patient-driven delivery system containing a one-to-one mixture of oxygen and nitrous gases, also known as “laughing gas.” Laughing gas helps adult and pediatric patients obtain relief of pain and anxiety in a medical setting. Laughing gas helps patients disassociate, or feel a calm or “floating” sensation and decreases worry and anxiety about pain. Laughing gas has been used in medicine for over 200 years, and while it does not replace anesthesia for major surgery, laughing gas complements and enhances the effects of numbing medications and distraction therapy for in-office procedures.
As the patient, you are in control of administering your laughing gas with the Pro-Nox™ delivery system, and you are in complete control of how much you want to relax and decrease the sensation or intensity of your treatment.
How does Pro-Nox™ work?
The Pro-Nox™ delivery system provides anxiety and discomfort relief to patients within minutes, and in a patient-controlled manner, giving patients a powerful sense of control. The Pro-Nox™ system allows patients to breathe in a preset mixture of 50% N2O (nitrous oxide) and 50% O2 (oxygen), providing a sense of disassociation, relaxation, and “not caring” about pain or other concerns. In addition to its calming effects, Pro-Nox™ is a great non-narcotic alternative for pain management.
The benefits of Pro-Nox™ include:
- Decreased pain
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased fear of needles or medical procedures
- Increased patient satisfaction
- Fast-acting effects, with minimal down time
- Not a highly sedating anesthetic or narcotic
What is the downtime?
Because the effects of laughing gas are short-lived, there is not really any downtime for Pro-Nox™ use. Patients are able to return to work and social activities, and can drive after using it (as laughing gas effects wear off in 1-5 minutes after discontinuing use). With the Pro-Nox™ laughing gas delivery system, patients can manage both anxiety and discomfort during treatment without disrupting the rest of their day.
What is Pro-Nox™ laughing gas used for?
We typically use Pro-Nox™ for a number of our treatments and procedures, such as dermal filler injections, CO2 laser skin resurfacing, and strong chemical peels. We use Pro-Nox™ laughing gas very commonly for in-office surgery, such labiaplasty, eyelid surgery/ blepharoplasty, and lip lifting. We find Pro-Nox™ helps patients worry much less about discomfort, and it empowers patients to respond to their anxiety or discomfort in a fast and self-driven manner.
Is Pro-Nox™ safe?
Pro-Nox is a very safe and time-tested treatment. Laughing gas has been used to help laboring women decrease anxiety and pain for decades, and is also commonly used in Dental and Oral Surgery, Urological and ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) cases.
What are the risks of Pro-Nox™?
The risks of the ProNox™ laughing gas treatment are minimal and usually short-lived. The most common side effects of short-term nitrous gas use are dizziness, light-headedness, and nausea.
At Aviva Plastic Surgery, your safety, comfort, and excellent treatment results are our priority. Has helped us treat many patients in a comfortable and safe manner, while minimizing anxiety and discomfort.
Who should not use Pro-Nox™?
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary hypertension, anemia, vitamin B12 deficiency, and extreme chronic fatigue should not use Pro-Nox™. Likewise, Pro-Nox™ should not be used by patients, providers, and medical staff in their first trimester of pregnancy.
Patients with a history of vitreoretinal surgery within 3 months, and recent middle ear surgery, should avoid the use of laughing gas.
We focus on your safety and comfort before, during, and after every treatment in our practice. With the help of relaxing laughing gas delivered at your discretion via the Pro-Nox™ system, we can decrease your anxiety and discomfort, ensure a sense of calm and control, and help you focus on the benefits of your treatment!