Needle Phobia? Fear of Surgery? Introducing ProNox for Pain Management!

Do anxiety and the thought of discomfort plague your medical visits? Do you suffer from a phobia of needles? Or maybe the anxiety is strong enough that it’s kept you from pursuing a plastic surgery or medspa treatment that you’ve been longing for. It’s time to stop delaying and pick up the phone to schedule your treatment because the Center for Plastic Surgery Ann Arbor now offers ProNox!

ProNox is a device that administers “laughing gas” in an inhaled mixture of 50% Oxygen and 50% Nitrous Oxide.  The device is used to reduce anxiety and discomfort during in-office procedures, and it can be used in conjunction with local anesthesia.  It is inhaled using a mouthpiece, delivered to the lungs, and then exhaled.  You won’t fall asleep. Instead, you’ll be awake during your procedure but have very little anxiety or discomfort. 

During your procedure, you’ll take several breaths through the ProNox device and feel the relaxing effects in less than a minute. These effects last approximately 5 -10 minutes.  If you start feeling anxious or uncomfortable, you’ll inform the team, who will take a break for a few seconds while you take several more breaths.  Once you reach the perfect state of relaxation the procedure resumes.  You control and regulate your intake so you can achieve the optimal level of relaxation specific to your needs.

Which procedures can be done with ProNox? 

Pronox can be used with a variety of plastic surgery and medspa procedures, both in the office and in the operating room.  It can be used with medspa procedures such as filler injections, as well as skin resurfacing treatments, including laser resurfacing, chemical peels, micro-needling, and Morpheus8.  It can also be used with more involved plastic surgery procedures such as blepharoplasty (eye lift), fat grafting, facelift, and scar revision, among others. 

Is ProNox Safe? 

Nitrous Oxide has been used safely for decades during dental procedures, and is frequently termed “laughing gas”.  It is non-addictive, non-sedating, and not messy.  When used occasionally for medical purposes, it is not thought to have any long-term side effects.  For example, this system is currently being used in labor and delivery units, without any adverse effects for mother or newborn.  Some short-term side effects include headache, nausea, or a room spinning sensation.  Fortunately, these effects are uncommon, mild, and short-lived.  One of the benefits of this system is a rapid onset of action, which means that it takes effect quickly.  Similarly, once the procedure is finished, its effect wears off within minutes. 

Why Choose ProNox? 

Sometimes people are very interested in a procedure but are dissuaded by a fear of needles, a fear of discomfort, or a fear of medical offices in general.  With ProNox, these fears don’t seem so big.  Often one of the most unsettling things about surgery is a fear of general anesthesia.  Similarly, some people cannot undergo general anesthesia due to medical problems.  ProNox is one way to avoid general anesthesia for certain procedures.  ProNox also helps avoid other shortcomings of general anesthesia such as grogginess, GI upset, downtime, expense, and inconvenience.  Because its effects wear off so quickly, people may drive themselves to and from their procedure.  And perhaps most importantly, ProNox is patient-controlled.  This means that you have control over your level of relaxation during the procedure, so you can be as alert or relaxed as desired. 

Ready to schedule that treatment you’ve been dreaming of but putting off? Call The Center for Plastic Surgery Ann Arbor today to make your appointment at 734.712.2323.

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