Why do you have an uvula?
The fact is that there isn't any general consensus on the
purpose of the uvula, that little flap of skin visible at the back
of your mouth. Many physicians believe the uvula is a vestigial
anatomic structure without a significant function, while others
believe that it has a role in speech and swallowing in that it
helps in sealing off of the nasopharynx during those
The uvula is involved in snoring and in fact, the uvula is often
surgically removed in treatments for snoring and sleep apnea. The
surgery is quite often effective.