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PRO-NOX™️️️ Nitrous Oxide System

PRO-NOX™️️️ nitrous oxide delivery for pain & anxiety relief

At Houston Metro Urology, we know it is not uncommon for patients to experience some anxiety regarding their urological procedures and minor surgeries. Our top priority is our patient’s comfort and confidence throughout every stage of their treatment, which is why we now proudly offer the PRO-NOX™️️️ nitrous oxide delivery system for patients undergoing urological procedures in our facilities.

What is PRO-NOX™?

If you require an in-office procedure but are hesitant due to anxiety or personal pain tolerance levels, PRO-NOX offers a safe, self-administered solution. With PRO-NOX, you are in control. The PRO-NOX system provides a safe mix of 50% Nitrous Oxide (N2O) and 50% Oxygen (O2) in a simple device you control via a hand-held breathing tube with an on-demand valve that only delivers the medical gases when you inhale.

Is self-administered pain management with PRO-NOX safe?

Yes! The PRO-NOX system is carefully calibrated to ensure you’ll receive a safe, effective level of nitrous oxide with each inhalation. As the patient, you are empowered to determine how much gas you need for your pain and anxiety throughout the procedure under the medical supervision of your provider. Under the effects of nitrous oxide, patients are aware and able to interact with medical staff throughout their procedure but are generally unbothered by pain and anxiety. The gas takes effect in seconds and, when the procedure is completed, wears off within minutes.

I’ve never managed my own pain during a procedure before. What can I expect?

During the procedure, you will hold your own mouthpiece or mask containing the on-demand valve that only delivers medical gases when you inhale. The effects are typically felt within just a few breaths, offering immediate relief of pain and anxiety. When the pain subsides, you can breathe without the mouthpiece or mask for the rest of the procedure or until you feel you require more relief. Nitrous oxide is expelled from the body within minutes of ceasing inhalation of the gas, so you can drive yourself home following your procedure without restriction. No preparation is necessary to safely and successfully use the PRO-NOX system in our facility under provider supervision.

Benefits of PRO-NOX™️️️ include:

  • Rapid onset. Takes effect in seconds, immediately relieving pain and anxiety.
  • Patient-administered. Patients feel confident heading into their procedure, knowing they’re empowered to respond to their own pain and anxiety as needed.
  • No driver necessary. Analgesic effects wear off within minutes, allowing patients to safely drive themselves home following their procedure.
  • Non-addictive. Nitrous oxide has been used for decades as a safe, non-habit-forming alternative to narcotics or benzodiazepines.

Contact your Houston Metro Urology physician today to learn more about whether the PRO-NOX™️️️ nitrous oxide delivery system is an option for you during your upcoming procedure.