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[Equipment] Altering Amara View to Eliminate Nostril Shelf?
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Altering Amara View to Eliminate Nostril Shelf?
So I've had pretty decent success with the Amara View mask. My numbers are good (usually around 1.0 - 1.3, sometimes 0.X, never over 2.0), but the mask ultimately wakes me up several times a night because of the fit between the "nostril shelf" and my nostrils.

It shifts or something, and one or both nostrils get blocked off by the "shelf". I am thinking about taking one of the masks and carefully eliminating the darn shelf with scissors to see if that eliminates the problem. Has anyone tried this?

Because of this issue, I tried the AirFit F20 For Her for several nights, but no matter what I did, I couldn't get a good seal. Very frustrating, and made for a really crappy week at work. So I surrendered and went back to the Amara View.

I would love to be able to sleep through the whole night without feeling as though someone has placed Scotch Tape over my nose holes.

I'm very grateful for my VPAP machine, as it seems to be doing a great job. But I know my sleep can be even better, and I guess I've gotten greedy.
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RE: Altering Amara View to Eliminate Nostril Shelf?
Are you using the correct size Amara View mask? Download the fit guide from the Mask Primer (see my signature)
This guide measures the extension of the nose from the face, not a verticle height like most masks. I would also watch an Amara View mask fitting video.
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RE: Altering Amara View to Eliminate Nostril Shelf?
Yep. In fact, I have (and have tried) both the small and the medium. According to the fit guide, I'm a medium, but for some reason (um, like they didn't use the fit guide) they initially ordered me a small. I was able to get the medium with little trouble. Either one, however, cause an issue with that nostril shelf. I wish it was all open like the AirFit F20.
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RE: Altering Amara View to Eliminate Nostril Shelf?
I initially had great trouble with the Amara View migrating up my face, with my lower lip eventually dropping out of the mask.

I have found some tricks to stop the mask moving up during the night:

The back lower harness part of the mask needs to be very low, with the crown strap way back also. This helps to stop the mask riding up. (for me, anyway).
The other thing that helps is giving a little tug downwards on the lower side straps before retiring.

My upper lip 'shelf' now stays firmly put where it should be all night.

Good luck. It is a really fiddly mask, but a good one.
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RE: Altering Amara View to Eliminate Nostril Shelf?
that strap is not a shelf for your nose, it goes flat against your upper lip. Try starting out with the mask too low and against your lip, then slide it up under your nose, this should keep that strap against your lip. Make sure the cup at the end of your nose is only covering the very tip and not pulling the mask up too high

If you cut that strap, the sides will leak. The strap keeps the sides from blowing out
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RE: Altering Amara View to Eliminate Nostril Shelf?
I'm going to try to be more aware of exactly where that strap is sitting. Hopefully, PoolQ has struck on a solution for me.

It's 3:26 AM, and I am up because my O2 concentrator won't stop alarming. First time this has ever happened. Meh. Meh. Meh. I just want to go to sleep.
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RE: Altering Amara View to Eliminate Nostril Shelf?
I am wondering if you need a large.

I've considered using scissors to cut the slits wider in my DreamWear cushions. I have wide nostrils, I think.
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