Anxiety-Relief Options at Vein Specialists of the South
Still anxious? We understand that you respond to life events in your own way. At VSS, our Better Veins for Life® Protocol is designed to include multiple options to ease your anxiety. Our goal is for you to be a ‘raving fan’ telling your friends and family that you wish you had sought care earlier. Want to know more about how we can?
A Relaxing Environment
At VSS your treatment team is focused on your comfort. It’s a friendly smile, a gentle welcome including a warm blanket and music of your choice to relax by. At that moment you can sense that we are here to ‘help’ you along on your journey to Better Veins for Life®.
Attention to Your Needs
Seeking your well-being, we talk with you to allay your anxiety. It’s one of our favorite times, as we learn about you, your family, and what is important to you. It is our opportunity to welcome you as part of the VSS Family.
Stress Relievers That Make a Difference
Often it is the little things that matter most like a stress ball to squeeze and a buzzer which provides a vibratory distraction. Using one or both makes a difference with patients telling us that they feel ‘very little discomfort’ with the numbing process.
Anxiety Medication is Available
Despite our best effort, some patients need mild oral sedation. In those instances, we offer prescription medications to ease your anxiety during your procedure. These medications can be helpful in managing anxiety and discomfort
If you are interested in learning more about our anti-anxiety medications, please speak with one of our team members. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and help you find the right medication for you.
Note with mild oral sedation you will be relaxed but not ‘asleep’. However, with mild oral sedation you will need someone to drive you home following your treatment.
Pro-Nox Nitrous Oxide Helps Relieve Physical Discomfort and Anxiety
If “feeling out of it” doesn’t appeal to you, you may want to consider low-dose nitrous oxide (Pro-Nox) similar to what you might have had at your dentist. Self-administered Pro-Nox is an alternative to relieve anxiety and physical discomfort during procedures, and it’s available at Vein Specialists of the South.
Pro-Nox is administered through a patient-controlled breathing device similar to a nebulizer. Inhaling the 50/50 mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen directly results in an instant feeling of relaxation and well-being. Best of all, Pro-Nox is available on an as-needed basis so you can relax during your procedure without feeling drowsy or out of control.
Unlike mild oral sedation, the effects of Pro-Nox wear off very quickly, so you can expect to be able to drive yourself home following your procedure if you so choose.
If you are interested in learning more about Pro-Nox, please speak with your provider before your treatment. We would be happy to answer any questions and help you feel more comfortable during your vein procedure.
Our Therapy Dog Rubble is Available for Emotional Support
Emotional support dogs are trained to allay anxiety and stress. Based on clinical studies, the use of Support Dogs has gained wide acceptance. Here at VSS, patients who are interested in our emotional support dog service rave about Rubble.
Rubble loves spending time with patients and he has a calming presence that can help ease anxiety. If you would like to have Rubble by your side during your procedure, please let us know. We would be happy to accommodate you.