DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) promotes DNA methylation to maintain cancer drug resistance. The epigenetic drug, decitabine (DAC) is a potent hypomethylating agent, but its effect is transient because of its instability. We tested the efficacy of DAC-loaded nanogels in doxorubicin-resistant breast cancer cells, DAC-resistant melanoma cells, and leukemia cells. DAC in nanogel sustained DNMT1 depletion, prolonged cell arrest in the G2/M cell-cycle phase, and significantly enhanced antiproliferative effect of DAC. The efficacy of DAC-loaded nanogels was more significant in resistant than sensitive cells. Our data suggest that effective delivery of DAC and prolonged DNMT1 depletion are critical to overcoming drug resistance.