What is Pro-Nox?
Pro-Nox is a powerful, effective and safe form of anesthesia which uses one of the oldest forms of natural anesthesia known, nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide used as anesthesia dates back to 1772, but you might be more familiar with this form of anesthesia by its nickname — “laughing gas.” Besides efficiently limiting pain, the gas also produces several pleasurable side effects. Individuals who have Pro-Nox describe the experience as one of euphoria, happiness or giddy intoxication, and yes, giggles or laughter may be another side effect of having Pro-Nox. Some individuals also report mild and benign hallucinations — hearing or seeing things — which are also enjoyable and pass quickly. Nitrous oxide also has no odor, taste or color, so patients have little difficulty breathing and receiving all of its pain-relieving benefits.
What are the benefits of Pro-Nox?
Pro-Nox has many benefits, which is why it is such a widely-used and trusted form of anesthesia. Some of these benefits include:
- Safety — used for decades in many medical contexts, including labor and delivery and now aesthetics
- Comfort — patients can safely administer the amount of Pro-Nox they need to control their levels of pain and anxiety
- Effectiveness — Pro-Nox begins working within 20 seconds, achieves maximum pain-killing ability within two to three minutes and lasts for up to 15 minutes per use
- Convenience — after use, the effects of Pro-Nox fade within minutes without any undesirable side effects; the gas dissipates from your body within 15 minutes; and afterward, you can even drive yourself home once
- Extremely low-risk — patients can use Pro-Nox throughout their procedure with no risk of overdose; it also poses no known dangers to the brain, lungs, heart, liver or kidneys.
What can I expect from Pro-Nox during my procedure?
While nitrous oxide is safe to use on its own, most often, the gas is mixed with oxygen for extended use in medical treatments; this also enhances its safety. The precise amounts of oxygen and nitrous oxide in the Pro-Nox you will have may vary, depending on your procedure and tolerance to pain. Dr. Cheng will determine the right mix of both gases for you; however, you will still administer the gas to yourself during your treatment.
Pro-Nox can produce three levels of sedation based on your needs and the procedure, and the sensations associated with each level are generally classified as follows:
- Feelings of vibration or tingling, typically in the arms and legs
- Feelings of warmth
- Feelings of euphoria, well-being and lightness
Nitrous oxide inhibits pain by depressing the nervous system’s sensory abilities, including auditory and tactile functions. The gas also can temporarily arrest the brain’s emotional functions, while leaving its cognitive functions and the ability to concentrate largely intact. While the medical community is still learning about which pathways nitrous oxide uses to achieve these effects, the gas has nonetheless been proven to be both safe and effective in a wide variety of clinical uses.
How do I take Pro-Nox?
Most patients find Pro-Nox easy to take since the nitrous-oxide mixture is simply inhaled through the mouth. For people accustomed to breathing only through their nose, this may take a few moments to become accustomed to, but most patients quickly overcome this issue.
- When you are ready to have Pro-Nox, Dr. Cheng will give you a comfortable, plastic mouthpiece attached to some tubing which will deliver the gas to you. The surgeon will then detail how to breathe in and out of the mouthpiece to obtain the maximum benefit. Both the mouthpiece and the tubing are single-use for your protection. The nitrous-oxide gas mixture will flow through the tube as you inhale and exhale.
- To ensure that you receive all of the gas when you inhale, you may either gently pinch your nose closed or use a small clip to keep your nose closed while having Pro-Nox.
You cannot overdose on Pro-Nox; you will only receive the concentration of gas that is appropriate for your needs and treatment, and the gas will quickly pass from your system once you stop taking Pro-Nox.
Can anyone have Pro-Nox?
Most healthy individuals can have Pro-Nox, with a few exceptions. If you have emphysema, multiple sclerosis or other cardiovascular issues, you may not be able to have Pro-Nox. Raise these issues with Dr. Cheng during your consultation if your medical history includes any of these problems or similar problems. For women who have recently become pregnant, it is recommended not to have Pro-Nox. Some but not all respiratory concerns will exclude you from having Pro-Nox, so discuss your specific concerns with your surgeon prior to your treatment. Finally, some individuals may have allergies to nitrous oxide; anyone with severe allergies or a history of allergy problems should also discuss this with Dr. Cheng before treatment.
Enhance your experience with Pro-Nox at the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation
Dr. Elbert T. Cheng and Dr. Jacqueline T. Cheng are committed to ensuring that every client of the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation receives the finest treatments with the highest-quality care and utmost safety. The surgeons also believe that having the most comfortable procedure possible not only enhances their experience but also respects the dignity of the individual. Pro-Nox at the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation helps the surgeons achieve this goal.
Further, the surgeons — who have both been board-certified in facial plastic surgery — treat each procedure and individual with personally-focused care and spend ample time with them to understand their esthetic concerns and goals comprehensively so that they may realize the attractive, long-lasting results their patients deserve.
Call 408-255-3223 today to schedule your complimentary, in-person consultation with Dr. Elbert Cheng or Dr. Jaqueline Cheng of the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation. Achieving the look you have been wanting can be a comfortable and satisfying experience from start to finish at the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation.