Though it’s completely normal to feel a little anxious going into a cosmetic procedure, at Monarch Plastic Surgery, we want you to be as comfortable as possible. A simple solution may come in the form of “laughing gas”, or nitrous oxide. Seriously, though, it’s no laughing matter — we take patient comfort very seriously, which is why Monarch is now offering PRO-NOX soothing treatment.
An innovative new device, PRO-NOX puts both control and relief directly into the patient’s hands. The instrument releases nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, in a safe 50/50 combination with oxygen to calm nerves during procedures. Although it may sound intimidating, nitrous oxide is simply a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas used as an anxiolytic (a drug for anxiety relief) and analgesic (a drug for pain relief), according to the American Pregnancy Association. All you have to do is take a breath from the specialized tubing, and the gas will release for a brief sensation of reduced stress. It offers you peace of mind during a procedure, knowing that relief is at your fingertips if needed.
“The unique thing is that it’s completely patient-controlled,” says Monarch surgeon, Dr. Paul Leahy. “The company who made this device, their primary goal is patient safety.”
With proven effectiveness during labor and delivery, nitrous oxide is being increasingly applied to cosmetic procedures as well. Its ease and flexibility is a point in its favor in this area in particular — it’s an affordable option and easy to use for both the patient and the doctor. According to CAREstream America, the PRO-NOX system has the benefit of quick-onset relief that lasts only a short duration, meaning that recovery is quick and there’s no added downtime or after-effect. Within 10 minutes, you can safely drive home. It’s also non-addictive and reduces the need for other pain medication.
PRO-NOX is now available at Monarch as an add-in option for most in-office procedures. A safe, non-invasive way to soothe nerves during cosmetic procedures, nitrous oxide is a game-changing technique that keeps control literally in the patient’s hands.