By: Dr. Gary Bellman on January 29, 2020
To improve patient comfort, and reduce anxiety associated with urological procedures, Dr. Gary Bellman now offers Nitrous Oxide at the Southern California Urology Institute.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
You've most likely heard of Nitrous Oxide by its informal name, "laughing gas." Used for decades in dental offices, and during labor and delivery, Nitrous Oxide is now available as a safe way to sedate, but not anesthetize, patients who are undergoing delicate urological procedures. Nitrous Oxide is an inhalable gas, comprised of 50% N2O and 50% O2. This makes Nitrous Oxide an effective analgesic (pain reliever), that takes effect within seconds, but doesn't have lasting side effects.
Benefits of Nitrous Oxide for Urology Patients
Nitrous Oxide puts patients in control. The gas is self-administered, and takes effect immediately, alleviating anxiety, and preventing the sensation of pain. Because anxiety tends to increase pain, and pain tends to increase anxiety, the use of Nitrous Oxide makes perfect sense because it reduces both. The dose, and timing are closely monitored by the physicians, so there is no risk of overdoing it, but the patient is granted control to administer according to their needs.
Because Nitrous Oxide is fast acting, with a short duration of effect, it is also metabolized very quickly, (thus "out of your system" within minutes). In fact, the sedation and pain-relieving qualities are gone so quickly that patients feel normal almost immediately after discontinuing use. As such, patients are able to drive themselves home from procedures.
Other benefits of Nitrous Oxide for urological procedures include the non-addictive nature of the gas, and the ease of use. Using Nitrous Oxide also allows patients to forgo other types of local anesthesia or pain relievers, and it may be used for the duration of the urological procedure.
Nitrous Oxide is also 100% non-invasive (administered by simply inhaling from a tube). It is completely colorless and odorless.
What Types of Urological Procedures is Nitrous Oxide Used for?
At the Southern California Institute of Urology, patient care, wellbeing, health, and comfort are always Dr. Gary Bellman's top priorities. That's why we're proud to now provide the anxiety-reducing and pain-relieving Nitrous Oxide for many urological procedures.
Patients preparing to undergo a variety of urological procedures may opt for the anxiety reducing and pain-relieving properties of Nitrous Oxide. Some of these procedures may include:
- No Needle, No Scalpel Vasectomy
- Prostate Biopsy
- Rezum Therapy for Enlarged Prostate
- Urolift for Enlarged Prostate
- Cystoscopy with Biopsy
- Genital Skin Procedures
- Removal of Ureteral Stent
- Other Procedures that Induce Anxiety or Pain
Nitrous Oxide for Urological Procedures in Southern California
If you've been putting off a trip to the urologist, because of anxiety or fear, you're not alone. But suspected problems or pain, should never be ignored. At the Southern California Urology Institute, we urge you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bellman today. You don't need to live with the pain and disruption to your life caused by urological conditions.
To schedule an appointment with top Board-Certified Los Angeles Urologist, Dr. Gary Bellman, please call 818-912-1899