Just bought a new Amara mask, and have just started CPAP in the last week. I am wondering when fitting the mask whether the nose should be hard up against the plastic where the hole is or whether to leave a gap. I noticed last night with my nose hard up against the hole I seem to get less air to breath and felt as if I struggled to get enough oxygen. When I left a gap between the nose and the plastic it seem to be better. What is the recommended fitting? I have also read that some have suggested cut to open the opening wider. I think the hole is not open up wide enough to get full oxygen to the nose. I was measured to have a medium size nose, tried large air leaked.
Any thoughts would be helpful.
The air passage inside your nose is really quit small, you should get plenty of air.
This mask does not seal by upward pressure under the nose, instead if inflates in from the sides and seals around the lower side edges. That strip by the breathing hole should go flat against your upper lip and not up against the bottom of your nose.
The tip of your nose fits into the small cup and is covered slightly by that cup.
It likes to not be as tight as some other masks and once inflated it helps to pull it slightly away from your face so it inflates properly and then let it settle back.
When you adjust the straps 1/8" at a time (3mm) as it is quite sensitive to strap tightness.
Thanks, so the nose shouldn't sit hard against the hole - when it does that it covers some of my nostrils. My nose was half way between medium and large it was a in between size. I called the store all they could say to me was it sits under your nose, when asked about a gap or hard up against my nose they couldn't really give me a clear answer.