Golden Gate Urology Berkeley
Urologists & Pediatric Urologists located in Berkeley, CA
If you require a urology procedure and experience anxiety because of it, you can rely on urologists Joel A. Piser, MD, Chi K. Lee, MD, Andrew J. Pienkny, MD, Daniel Oberlin, MD, and Greg A. Barmé, MD, at Golden Gate Urology Berkeley in Berkeley, California. They offer Pro-Nox™ nitrous oxide for pain management to help you feel comfortable during your treatment. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Nitrous Oxide Q & A
What is nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide at Golden Gate Urology is a safe gas mixture containing 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen. It’s safe and effective for relieving pain and anxiety during urology procedures. This mixture enhances the effects of local anesthesia. Pro-Nox nitrous oxide allows you to respond to pain on your own terms without feeling groggy afterward.
Why might I choose nitrous oxide?
Your urologist might recommend nitrous oxide for urology procedures if you:
- Have anxiety
- Want to feel alert after your procedure
- Prefer to drive yourself home after treatment
- Have adverse reactions to medications
With other types of anesthesia, you often feel groggy when you wake up and can’t safely drive yourself home afterward.
How does nitrous oxide work?
Pro-Nox nitrous oxide delivers safe, medical gasses through a valve inhalation system. You simply hold on to a disposable mouthpiece and breath in nitrous oxide gas. You control how little or how much of the gas you breathe in.
Effects of nitrous oxide take place within seconds of inhaling it, which immediately improves comfortability and reduces anxiety. You breathe into the mouthpiece as needed during urology procedures.
What happens after treatment with nitrous oxide?
When you no longer need nitrous oxide, begin taking normal breaths to allow medical gases to quickly move out of your system. Nitrous oxide effects wear off after 5-10 minutes, with no traces of the gases in your body afterward. When your provider gives you the OK, you can safely drive yourself home.
Is nitrous oxide right for me?
To find out if you’re a candidate for nitrous oxide for pain relief and anxiety management, your Golden Gate Urology specialist reviews your medical history and completes a physical examination. They might recommend blood tests, urine tests, imaging procedures, or other diagnostic tests to find out which treatment, if any, you need.
Pro-Nox might not be for you if you struggle with extreme fatigue, anemia, or other vitamin deficiencies. It’s not the best option if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), nasal obstruction, claustrophobia, cystic ﬁbrosis, or recent tympanic membrane surgery.
If you’d like to learn more about nitrous oxide and find out if it’s right for you, call the Golden Gate Urology office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.