In over 25 years of clinical practice, as both an oral surgeon and a plastic surgeon, Dr. Clark will tell you that a lot has changed. One of the important elements of his practice that he is most proud of is his desire to be at the forefront of medical technology. In addition to offering a selection of services, both surgical and non-surgical, and to help patients in our Bluewater Bay office feel their best, Dr. Clark and his staff maintain a strong dedication to patient-centered care. An example of this commitment is his use of PRO-NOX™ Nitrous Oxide Delivery System.
ProNox® is an innovative analgesia system that involves the use of a patient-controlled, 50/50 combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen to minimize anxiety and discomfort from a procedure under local anesthesia. Nitrous oxide is a well-known sedative (once called laughing gas) that calms the central nervous system, allowing patients to feel comfortable during necessary or elective procedures.
The combined use of nitrous oxide and oxygen is not new to medicine. This method of mild sedation has been used around the world for more than a century. Most recently, the use of nitrous oxide and O2 has been recognized as a common way to manage dental anxiety during routine, restorative, and cosmetic procedures. Historically, this sedation method has been used in labor and delivery, during stem-cell therapy, and for cosmetic treatments such as RF Microneedling (Profound), Fillers, as well as surgical procedures that can be done in the office such as Otoplasty, Blepharoplasty, Implant Removal, Laser Treatments, or scar revisions.
Here is one of the reasons why ProNox® is so appealing, and why a large majority of our patients request this service: the controlled sedative effects are in the hands of the patient – literally. This aspect alone, regardless of the proven effects of nitrous oxide, have a calming effect on patients who may feel nervous about their treatment.
ProNox® is not a replacement for a local anesthetic, although nitrous oxide does have an analgesic effect. What happens during the time when a patient uses the ProNox® system is that the central nervous system slows down in terms of responsiveness. A natural byproduct of this is the enhancement of other pain medications. Patient comfort is a high priority to us, and we have elected to incorporate ProNox® as a way to complement the effects of local anesthetic such as lidocaine for surgical and non-surgical procedures. Because nitrous oxide does not put a patient “to sleep,” like general anesthesia does, communication between patient and staff can provide consistent feedback to manage comfort levels.
ProNox® has become one of our most requested adjunct services. Patients each have personal reasons for desiring sedation in addition to local anesthetic, but most relate to the desire for maximum comfort on the journey to a better face or body. Physical discomfort is only one aspect of cosmetic treatments. It is also common for patients to experience psychological stress, regardless of their excitement about achieving aesthetic goals. ProNox®, in its delivery of nitrous oxide, puts a substantial degree of this matter into the patient’s own hands.
If you have a sense of anxiety coinciding with your excitement about an upcoming cosmetic procedure, or you have been procrastinating in taking that final step to feel like your best self, ProNox® may be the catalyst that helps you make your move. Contact our office to learn more about how this analgesic system can help you.
The ProNox® system is based on a long-history of success using nitrous oxide as a calming agent and analgesic. Nitrous oxide has been safely used for more than a century in dermatologic, surgical, and dental settings. Historically, clinical staff has been in control of dosing and administration of this mild sedative. What ProNox® does is give you control. This is made possible by internal safety mechanisms such as, infection control via a one-way delivery valve and automatic shut-off if either nitrous oxide or oxygen levels in the machine become too low.
Nitrous oxide is one of the oldest and safest forms of sedation to be used in clinical settings. In comparison to oral and IV sedatives, the advantage of nitrous oxide is that the calming effects occur rapidly and dissipate within about 5 minutes after the completion of treatment. Due to this fast-action, patients need not arrive for appointments early nor are they required to arrange transportation to and from their appointments. Once the effects of nitrous oxide wear off, normal activities can be resumed. In cases where the specific procedure would not preclude driving, patients using ProNox® can drive home after their treatment.
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